Joint Task Force to Tackle Airplane Noise Concerns

Last week, I joined the inaugural meeting of the Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force, a group that was established by the Hollywood Burbank and Los Angeles World Airports to address the community concerns regarding the increased noise from aircrafts departing from Hollywood Burbank and Van Nuys airports.  Continue reading

Clean Streets Clean Start Program Helps People and Neighborhoods in Need

This month, I launched a new program in the East Valley to beautify our neighborhoods and help our neighbors experiencing homelessness get a fresh start, called Clean Streets Clean Starts. Continue reading

We Want You: Nominations for Veteran of the Year

Every November, we celebrate Veterans Day in honor of the millions of brave Americans who have served in the Armed Forces. These ordinary men and women embody our greatest ideals of patriotism and freedom through their extraordinary service and sacrifice. Continue reading

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Celebrates 20 Years of Service

This September, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission commemorated 20 years of service to Los Angeles.   It has been my honor to serve on the Rescue Mission's advisory board during my years on the City Council, and I was grateful to be honored by the organization last week during their celebration event.   Continue reading

Bringing Homeless Angelenos Indoors

Taking a step forward in the City's fight to end homelessness, Mayor Garcetti officially opened the first "A Bridge Home" temporary bridge housing site this week. Located near the El Pueblo Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles, the housing is the first of a series of projects planned for construction across the city to bring homeless people off the streets and into housing. Potential bridge housing sites across the city are being explored by every member of the City Council.  Continue reading

The Truth About Shelters and Homeless Services

Homelessness is the biggest social issue facing Los Angeles and I am committed to finding sensible solutions to this crisis. While the crisis is regional, its impacts are felt in different ways in every Council District 2 neighborhood. Continue reading

New Health and Recreation Center Coming to North Hollywood

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of breaking ground on New Directions for Youth's (NDY) Health and Recreation Center in North Hollywood. This was a special event for me because I have long supported NDY's work with at-risk youth. For more than 43 years, NDY has transformed tens of thousands of young lives by creating a positive atmosphere for children in the San Fernando Valley. NDY serves 3,000 youth each year and has provided free services for a whopping 90,000 people in our communities.  Continue reading

Solving Homelessness Together

Last Thursday, I sponsored the East Valley Town Hall on Homelessness at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen. More than 400 of my constituents came to discuss the defining issue of our time. Continue reading

2017 in Review

  Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, I'm happy to offer you this special edition of Our Valley News as a way to remember what made 2017 so special in our city. Continue reading

Update on Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park Improvements

  Last fall, my office joined forces with dozens of community members to help North Hollywood’s Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park win the Beneful Dream Dog Park competition. Together we succeeded due to a strong, united social media push by many North Hollywood residents, dog park users and my office. Continue reading

Trick-or-Treat: East Valley Halloween Guide

Halloween is here, and I trust you are busy getting your costume together, carving pumpkins, and decorating your home or apartment. Unless you plan on spending the night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, Halloween is the one night of the year you will see or accompany cute (and scary) little ghouls, goblins and superheros as they roam freely in your neighborhood. Continue reading

UPDATE: Harvard-Westlake Parking Structure Plans Suspended

On October 30, Harvard-Westlake made a tremendously important announcement: it is suspending its plans to build a parking structure on the west side of Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and will instead explore adding more parking capacity on campus. I want to thank the community for making its voice heard regarding the Coldwater project. I also appreciate that the school has listened to my concerns, and those of the community, and taken them seriously. The open discourse among the community, the city, the school and impacted neighbors highlights what makes our democratic process so great and important. Continue reading

Have a Plan, Be Prepared

  From the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to the recent earthquakes in Mexico City and the Southland, it's clear that disaster can strike at any time. Our newspaper headlines, television screens and social media feeds are inundated with stories recounting the debilitating affects of Mother Nature's wrath and the rising human toll left in its wake. News of these natural disasters certainly may seem overwhelming, but it should also serve as a great motivator to counteract them, and the best way to do that is to get prepared. Continue reading

Update on the 170 Sound Walls

For more than four decades, the neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley adjacent to the 170 Freeway have been in desperate need of sound walls to minimize interference with their homes and lives. Continue reading

Bringing Hope to Houston

In the week since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeastern Texas, the tropical storm has a left trail of devastation in the region. So far, it has claimed nearly 50 lives, flooded 136,000 structures in Houston alone and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the storm's wake. The rising waters turned familiar roads into rivers, and residents sought refuge in official and makeshift shelters. Continue reading