Responding to Homelessness

The 2022-23 budget allocates over $1 billion, nearly a tenth of the total budget, to addressing the ongoing crisis of homelessness.  This includes substantially increased funding for housing and services, and for sanitation and protecting public health. Continue reading

Highlights of the 2002-23 Budget: Staffing Up For Better Service

Many departments are understaffed and services have suffered. The new budget beefs up the Personnel Department so it can fill funded vacancies faster.  The budget also expands the wildly successful Targeted Local Hire program that gives unhoused people and others who have struggled to find employment an opportunity to prepare for entry-level public service career jobs working for the city.  With the new budget, the City will have more crews for street cleaning, street lighting, tree trimming, sidewalk repair and traffic safety.  More staff means faster response time to service requests.  For example, the budget provides resources for the trimming of 10,000  trees throughout the city.  Additional crews will be hired to repair street lights and fortify them against the copper wire theft that has left so many streets in the dark. Continue reading

Metrolink Converts to 100 Percent Renewable Fuel

Metrolink, Southern California’s regional commuter rail agency, has become the first railroad in the United States to complete the transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable fuels for all of its locomotives.  Biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil costs less than ten cents a gallon, and can cut CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent.   Continue reading

L.A. Adopts Electric Vehicle Master Plan

On April 6, the Council approved a motion by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and his colleague Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to create the City’s strategic long-term Electric Vehicle Master Plan, a comprehensive roadmap to establishing an all-electric fleet of City vehicles.   Continue reading

Krekorian and City Council Take Aim at Plastic Pollution

Starting on April 22, 2022 (Earth Day), restaurants in Los Angeles will no longer automatically offer customers single-use plastic utensils and condiment packets with their takeout and delivery orders.  Customers who desire such disposable foodware items may still request them, but the wasteful practice of automatically providing unwanted disposable items that go straight to the trash will no longer be permitted.  This “Skip the Stuff” ordinance has applied to larger establishments since last November.   Continue reading

North Hollywood Welcomes New Economic Development Zone

One of the most significant features of Councilmember Krekorian’s Comprehensive Jobs Plan for Los Angeles was the creation of the Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) zone program.  JEDI zones now give the City a menu of resources that can be used for targeted economic revitalization in underserved areas. Continue reading

Fighting Organized Metal Theft

The high prices of metals such as copper, platinum and rhodium have caused a spike in theft of such metals across the United States.  Thieves damage public property to strip wires out of lampposts, plunging entire streets into darkness. While looting streetlights may net the thieves a few dollars, it costs the city thousands to repair them.  Continue reading

Modular Construction Saves Time and Money in Permanent Supportive Housing Project

Councilmember Krekorian has pushed aggressively to build adequate emergency interim housing in our district, adding two congregate shelters and three Tiny Home communities in just over a year. But interim housing is only the first step in giving people experiencing homelessness an opportunity to stabilize and restart their lives. The longer term solution, especially for those who have experienced chronic homelessness and more persistent challenges, is permanent supportive housing (PSH).  Continue reading

Reducing the Plague of Plastic Waste

Throughout the world, the use of plastics has proliferated, and so has plastic pollution in our neighborhoods, open spaces and waterways.  By the year 2050, there will be more plastic trash in the world’s oceans than fish.  Councilmember Krekorian has fought against this scourge throughout his time in public service. Continue reading

Changing the Narrative of Unhoused Youth

See the dedication ceremony of the new mural at Councilmember Krekorian’s Homeless Services Navigation Center Continue reading

City Sues Landlord Over Gang-Plagued Apartment Complex

On February 24, Councilmember Paul Krekorian joined City Attorney Mike Feuer in announcing a lawsuit against the owner of a notorious North Hollywood apartment complex that has been a source of countless problems for residents and the surrounding neighborhood for years. Violent street gangs have essentially taken the complex over and it has become a magnet for violence and crime. The LAPD has recorded nine gang-related shootings at the property over the past 15 months — five since December.   Continue reading

NoHo 5050 Groundbreaking - More Supportive Housing in CD2

(Artist’s rendering of NoHo 5050, permanent supportive housing project.Artist’s rendering of NoHo 5050, permanent supportive housing project.) Councilmember Krekorian has made it a top priority to build the housing necessary to allow people experiencing homelessness in his district to get off the streets and have access to services. To that end, in the last two years alone, he has built five interim housing facilities offering safety, hygiene, social services and meals to the unhoused.   Continue reading

175 Years Ago, L.A. Became an American City

January 2022 marks the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Cahuenga, which ended hostilities between Mexico and the United States in California and peacefully transferred the territory to control of the United States. Continue reading

Hybrid-Electric Street Sweepers and More!

Watch LA This Week: StreetsLA Showcases Plug-In Sweepers Continue reading

Krekorian’s Push to End Oil Drilling in Los Angeles Passes Council Unanimously

On January 26, the City Council took a historic step toward protecting our neighborhoods and public health by ending all oil and gas production throughout the city. By unanimous vote, the City Council adopted the policy intiated by Councilmember Paul Krekorian to prohibit any new oil or gas drilling within the city limits, and to make existing extraction a “nonconforming use” that will be regulated and eventually phased out entirely. Continue reading