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

April 27, 2022: Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz celebrate with community environmental advocates following Council’s landmark vote on comprehensive plastic waste reduction. Skip the Stuff:  Plastic Foodware Rules Take Effect on Earth Day Starting on April 22, 2022, 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. Comprehensive Plastics Strategy Single-use plastics are an environmental catastrophe, and the problem is getting dramatically worse.  While many consumers try to mitigate the problem by recycling, the truth is that most discarded plastic cannot practically be recycled and is sent to landfills or washed out to sea; only about five percent of plastic has ever been recycled.  Almost nine million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, a figure that could double by 2025.  And because plastic does not decompose like organic matter, it breaks into tiny particles that stay in the environment essentially forever.  These microplastics are consumed by fish and birds, and eventually end up in the human food supply.  Earlier this year, acting on a motion by Councilmember Krekorian and his colleagues Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz, along with Council President Nury Martinez, the Council unanimously agreed to devise a comprehensive plan to reduce consumption of single-use plastics, including plastic bottles and styrofoam packaging.  On April 27, the Council committed to zero waste policies in the operation of the City, and moving forward with some of the boldest local ordinances in the country to reduce single-use plastic waste.  Recycling is not the answer to this problem – we need to solve the problem at its source by dramatically reducing the use of plastics. Council Backs Statewide Initiative In March, acting on a resolution by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, the Council voted unanimously to support a statewide ballot initiative compelling California’s recycling authority to take sweeping measures to reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging and foodware.  Voters up and down California will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on the issue when the California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations Initiative appears on the general election ballot this November 8, 2022. “For decades, global petrochemical companies have defrauded the public, increasing their profits while they are destroying the planet. The only way to make meaningful progress against plastic pollution is to hold the producers of plastic accountable,” said Councilmember Krekorian. The ballot measure would require the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to adopt and enforce provisions to reduce single-use plastic packaging, promote innovations for packaging and foodware, and require producers to pay for cleanup of plastic pollution and management of waste.

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

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).  (Artist’s rendering of the soon to be completed Mahalia supportive housing project in North Hollywood.)   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

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

Standing Up for Justice for Asian Americans and Against Hate

On Sunday, January 30, Councilmember Krekorian joined U.S. Representative Judy Chu, California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and other local elected officials and leaders of the Asian-American community for a Justice Rally at the Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood.   Continue reading

Valley Plaza Fires Highlight Dangers of Derelict Property

Last month, a long-vacant property at the old Valley Plaza shopping center was engulfed in fire, requiring the response of more than 100 Los Angeles firefighters to extinguish the blaze — at risk to their lives and at great expense to the City.  At similar locations throughout the city, vacant and neglected buildings are a blight on their neighborhoods, becoming a magnet for squatters and criminal activity as well as a fire hazard for neighboring buildings. See LAFD video of Valley Plaza Fire, December 13, 2021  Continue reading