Class Notes from Krekorian's Youth Leadership Academy

The students of Councilmember Krekorian's San Fernando Valley Youth Leadership Academy celebrated the end of the summer program. (l-r) Ivan Bermudez, Isabel Zavian, Ella Pallenberg, Wilder Short and Sheikh Jibran. EAST VALLEY - This week, the five bright students of the San Fernando Valley Leadership Academy's inaugural class completed the program. A civic-engagement program for high school student to learn about city government and cultivate their leadership skills to make a difference in their community, Councilmember Krekorian launched the program earlier this year. The student got an insider's look and shared their experience.    *** Continue reading

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out is an annual celebration for neighborhoods across Los Angeles and the nation to take a stand against crime. The yearly tradition spotlights the partnership of local groups, elected officials and law enforcement officers that keep our neighborhoods safe.  Continue reading

5 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

We're halfway through the summer, but there are still plenty of great things to do in the East Valley to make the most of the long, hot days. From movie nights and art exhibits to community gatherings and family entertainment, you don't have to look very far to find a fun activity for the whole family.  We're sharing a list of great events happening in our community that will make your summer more complete. So, before school starts and this season comes to and end, explore your neighborhood and enjoy an exciting day or night out. Continue reading

Krekorian Talks Transit with Valley Residents

LOS ANGELES - This week, Councilmember and Metro Board Member Paul Krekorian spoke with thousands of San Fernando Valley residents during an interactive telephone town hall meeting to discuss the Metro's plan to ease traffic. Continue reading

From Downtown to the Beach, the Expo Line is Ready to Serve You

LOS ANGELES - The wait is almost over for the opening of Metro's new Expo Line, the second phase 6.6-mile extension of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica. The current Expo Line runs for 8.5 miles between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. The extension adds seven new stations to the light rail line.  Continue reading

Krekorian, Community Break Ground on New North Hollywood Soccer Fields

  NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember Krekorian joined the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering, and community members to break ground on the construction of new synthetic turf soccer fields at the Whitsett Sports Fields Park.  Continue reading

Comoncy in Studio City

STUDIO CITY - At the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Laurelgrove Avenue, the bold orange facade, fresh ingredients, and smell of coffee entices locals through the doors of Comoncy Cafe.  Continue reading

Get Your Caffeine Fix Straight from Coffee Source

STUDIO CITY - The San Fernando Valley's newest micro-roaster Coffee Source is bringing residents a unique coffee shop experience with its flagship shop in Studio City. Continue reading

Krekorian Urges More Valley Services Amid Homelessness Growth

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles saw an uptick in homelessness over the last year, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Continue reading

Gift Cards for Guns: City Hosts Anonymous Buyback Program

LOS ANGELES - On May 7, the Los Angeles Police Department will host its annual citywide gun buyback initiative to remove dangerous firearms from our streets in an effort to curb gun violence. Continue reading

Los Angeles Unveils New City Website

LOS ANGELES - In true LA fashion, the city's web portal just got a facelift. The new design, which features easy-access to city services like 3-1-1, the city's jobs portal, tourism information, news and updates, and more, was unveiled earlier this week.  Continue reading

Krekorian Completes First Week of Budget Hearings

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City's Budget Chair, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, presided over the city's first week of hearings to review, modify and finalize the city's proposed $8.76 billion fiscal year 2016-2017 budget. The committee took comments from the general public and spoke to the leaders of 33 city departments, including the departments of Planning, Transportation, Recreation and Park, in addition to the bureaus of Street Services, Street Lighting, Engineering, Sanitation and more. This is Krekorian's fifth consecutive year at the helm of the city budget process. Continue reading

Krekorian Criticizes the Wall Street Journal for Hateful Ad Denying the Armenian Genocide

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian - a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors - introduced a motion directing all Los Angeles City offices to cancel their subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers for printing full-page ads paid for by a group dedicated to denying the Armenian Genocide. Continue reading

Los Angeles Leaders Announce New Jobs Initiative

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Krekorian joined Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Koretz and other city and community leaders to announce the city's new initiative to create equitable job opportunities for LA's underserved communities and restore city services. Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive 15, which lays the framework for how the city will grow its workforce by 5,000 employees and expand core city services over the next three years.  Continue reading

Preserving Our Valley's History: Portal of the Folded Wings at Valhalla Memorial Park

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Inside the quiet grounds of Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery sits a 75-foot tall structure made of marble mosaic and adorned with sculpted figures. The shrine, known as the Portal of the Folded Wings, is the burial site of 15 aviation pioneers.  Continue reading