Taking Action to Protect Neighborhood Trees

LOS ANGELES - Last month, Councilmember Krekorian introduced a motion to protect the city's large urban forest of mature street trees, thousands of which are removed each year due to private development and new construction. The motion instructs city departments, including the Planning Dept., the Dept. of Building and Safety, and the Bureau of Street Services Urban Forestry Division to study and adopt new policies that force developers to consider existing street trees before plans for new garages, driveways and curb cuts are approved. Continue reading

Filming and the Local Economy

STUDIO CITY - Have you spotted a film crew in your neighborhood? FilmLA shares insight on what that means for the local economy.  Continue reading

Metro Zips into the Future with Car Share Partnership

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Metro announced its partnership with car sharing service Zipcar to provide 20 vehicles for hourly and daily reservations at 10 park-and-ride locations.  Continue reading

City Council Approves $8.6 Billion City Budget

  LOS ANGELES - On Thursday, after three weeks of day-long budget meetings and exhaustive input from city departments and the public, the Los Angeles City Council approved an $8.6 billion balanced city budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, which begins July 1. Continue reading

New Film Festival Coming to NoHo in 2016

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - It's lights, camera and action for the North Hollywood International Film Festival, as it debuts its summer movies series and gears ups for its inaugural festival in Spring 2016. Continue reading

Hundreds of Guns Surrendered at LAPD Buyback Event

LOS ANGELES - Nearly 800 firearms were surrendered last week during the LAPD's annual gun buyback event.    Continue reading

Metro Welcomes New CEO Phil Washington

LOS ANGELES - Metro's new transit chief Phil Washington completed his first week on the job as the overseer of LA's $36 billion transportation infrastructure program.    Continue reading

A Good Solution: The City's Dispute Resolution Program

LOS ANGELES - Want to settle a dispute out of court? The Dispute Resolution Program, run by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, offers free mediation services to residents and businesses in Los Angeles County. Continue reading

The Los Angeles Fire Dept. Valley Bureau is Now Open

  LOS ANGELES - Earlier this year, your Los Angeles Fire Dept. implemented one of the most significant organizational changes in its 128-year history. In January, the command structure of the department divided into four bureaus across the city, allowing firefighters to deliver a more effective and responsive business model and to bring Department leadership closer to the community. Continue reading

A-Waze to Go: Krekorian Seeks to Reduce Cut-through Traffic

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a City Council motion to expand the city's partnership with mobile app Waze.  Continue reading

Neighborhood Clean Ups

LOS ANGELES - At the direction of Councilmember Krekorian, the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) recently cleaned and cemented a median in Sun Valley (above). Continue reading

#NoTag Campaign Takes on Graffiti

LOS ANGELES - The #NoTag Our Valley campaign is keeping our communities clean, beautiful and graffiti free. Continue reading

A Landmark from Valley's Past Becomes Its Future

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - When the Lankershim Train Depot was built in 1896, it was the Southern Pacific Railroad's first rail line in the San Fernando Valley and quickly became the transit hub of this fast-developing area.  Continue reading

Metro Bus Service Connects Valley to Westside

LOS ANGELES - Commuters rejoice! A new bus line is scheduled to begin service to the San Fernando Valley and the Westside this December.  Continue reading

Krekorian Pushes for Safer Gun Storage

LOS ANGELES - Today, after declaring Nov. 7 as "TALK Day"--a day to educate parents and children about preventing gun violence in the City of Los Angeles--Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a City Council motion that would require gun owners in LA to either store their firearms in a locked container or disable it with a trigger lock when not in use.  Continue reading