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

New District Lines for City Council and the County Board of Supervisors

As you know, the city recently completed an extremely contentious process of redrawing the boundaries of its Council districts.  Throughout the city, dramatic changes were required because of changes in neighborhoods’ population.  We are happy to report that, after an intense fight, Councilmember Krekorian was able to ensure that 85 percent of the Second District’s residents stayed in our newly-drawn district.  (You can see the new district map here.) Continue reading

From the Streets To a Home of Her Own

Last year, Councilmember Krekorian opened the city’s first homeless services navigation center and also built three Tiny Home communities that provide interim housing and services to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness so they can recover from life on the street and begin rebuilding their lives.  Partnering with LA:RISE, Councilmember Krekorian also created an innovative program to prepare them to return to gainful employment.  And for those facing significant long-term challenges, Councilmember Krekorian has secured funding for buying and building permanent supportive housing. Continue reading

Phasing Out Oil & Gas Wells

In 2022, Councilmember Krekorian’s landmark motion to make oil and gas production a “nonconforming” land use throughout the city, and to ban all new oil and gas drilling, is expected to be taken up by the full Council.  Continue reading

Fighting Plastic Waste in 2022

Especially with the rapid increase of delivered meals during the pandemic, Angelenos have been increasingly frustrated with the massive waste of single-use plastic utensils that are included in orders but never used.  Increasingly, the world is awash in such wasted plastic items whose production contributes significantly to climate change, and which end up littering our planet for centuries. (Councilmember Krekorian announces first stage of “Skip the Stuff” plastics ordinance in November 2021.) Continue reading

Light Rail Coming to the Valley

In 2022, construction is expected to begin on the first light rail line in the Valley since the demise of the Red Cars in the 1950s. The East San Fernando Valley Corridor project promises to transform life for hundreds of thousands of Valley residents, linking the Van Nuys Metro station to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station and providing swift efficient service to some of the busiest commercial and residential areas of the Valley.  (Artist’s rendering of transfer point of the Van Nuys Sylmar line and  the G (Orange) line.) Continue reading

L.A. Bans “Ghost Guns”

Responding to an increase in gun violence, the Los Angeles City Council enacted an ordinance prohibiting the weapon of choice of criminals — unmarked and untraceable “ghost guns” and the parts used to assemble them.   Continue reading

Success Stories: From the Streets to Safety

Unhoused people who enter interim shelter receive the help they need to begin their lives again.  Every day, Angelenos who have struggled on the streets for years are finding their way from homelessness to employment and permanent housing through the services they receive in interim housing.  Continue reading

Addressing Homelessness in 2021

Homelessness in Los Angeles continues to be an intolerable crisis situation, but 2021 has seen notable progress in housing those who are unsheltered and reclaiming order and hygiene in our neighborhoods.  Continue reading

Getting Things Done: City Services In Council District 2

In Council District 2 alone, over the last year Team Krekorian has ensured that the City of Los Angeles:   Made 36,644 square feet of pothole repairs   Repaired 1,416 streetlights   Resurfaced 110 lane miles of public streets Continue reading

Cleanup Efforts Continue

Hazardous encampments have been removed from many locations in Council District 2, such as the underpasses of the 134 at Lankershim Blvd. and the 101 at Moorpark.  One especially  troubling location was Strathern Park West, the strip that runs along the west side of the 170 in Sun Valley.  Councilmember Krekorian’s District Office coordinated the efforts of multiple agencies to move the occupants to safer shelter, and to clear the area of graffiti, litter and debris. Continue reading

Jobs and Business Recovery

Increased Opportunities for Small BusinessAs the local economy recovers post-COVID, local small businesses will have dramatically improved opportunities to benefit from public infrastructure projects and large sporting events thanks to improvements in the City’s procurement platform, the LA Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN). Continue reading

A Year of Progress On Energy and the Environment

LA100:  Building Our Clean Energy FutureIn August 2021, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmembers Krekorian and O’Farrell committing Los Angeles to a target of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by the year 2035.  This bold and nationally-significant achievement was made possible by the LA100 Plan, initiated by Councilmember Krekorian five years ago, which began an intensive study and planning process  by LADWP and the National Renewable Energy Lab.   Continue reading