City Budget Recovers from COVID

The Council recently voted to adopt the City’s $11.8 billion budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. I’m happy to report that the City and our budget have bounced back with a very strong recovery since the COVID pandemic devastated our finances.     Continue reading

Thinking Globally and Acting Locally to Save the Earth

Last month, the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that unless the nations of the Earth drastically reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels, we will pass a point where worsening floods, drought, wildfires and ecosystem collapse are unavoidable.   Continue reading

RAMP — Big Opportunities for Small Business

One of my most important priorities has always been to foster the growth of small business.  An important step in doing so has been to use the City’s own purchasing power to create local economic benefit. Continue reading

Ending Homelessness — One Person at a Time

Along with thousands of volunteers across the county, my staff and I participated in the 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. This year’s homeless count had special significance because it was the first since the COVID pandemic began.  A USC research team is now processing and analyzing the raw data, and results will be released later this spring. Councilmember Paul Krekorian talks to Manuel S., an unhoused man, during annual homeless count, with members of his staff Lorraine Diaz, kneeling, Diana Gonzalez (behind bus shelter) and Karo Torossian.  (AP Photo/Marcio José Sanchez) Continue reading

Observing History… and Making It

Last month marked the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Cahuenga, which was signed right here in Council District 2.  That historic pact ended the Mexican-American War in California and made Los Angeles an American city.  The treaty was a magnanimous one, made in a spirit of mutual respect, with the expectation that people of different cultures would live side by side in peace.  It “guaranteed protection of life and property” to the Californios, and further provided that “equal rights and privileges are vouchsafed to every citizen of California as are enjoyed by the citizens of the United States.” Continue reading

Looking Ahead in 2022

As we enter the new year, I hope our first newsletter of 2022 finds you safe and well, refreshed from time spent with friends and family over the holidays. Continue reading

Councilmember Krekorian's Statement on the Shooting of Valentina Orellana-Peralta

Our entire community is grieving with the family of Valentina Orellana–Peralta over this unspeakably horrendous tragedy.  As a father, I am devastated to think of the pain they are experiencing, and my deepest condolences go out to them and everyone who knew and loved Valentina. Continue reading

2021: The Year in Review

As we enter the holiday season, I hope we can all look forward to festive times with friends and family.  As we do, I’d like to take a moment to look back on the year behind us.  We have come a long way since last year.  Most businesses have reopened and children are back in school.  Vaccination has spared most of us the misery of COVID infection, and has saved many families from the agonizing loss of a loved one. Continue reading

L.A. Salutes Our Veterans

Every November, our country honors the veterans of our armed services — men and women whose devotion to duty has made possible the freedoms we enjoy. November 11 was originally observed as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I, when the guns fell silent at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.  Since 1954, we have observed the occasion as Veterans Day, honoring all the men and women of our armed services.  For many years, it has been my privilege to lead the City Council’s Salute to Veterans. I initiated a tradition of the Councilmembers naming a Veteran of the Year in each district, recognizing one individual as a representative of the many whose contribution to our community has extended beyond their service in our country’s uniform. Continue reading

From The Streets To a Tiny Home To Permanent Housing

The magnitude of the homelessness crisis here in Los Angeles and across the nation can often seem overwhelming. The persistence of the challenges, and the barriers to what seem to be common sense solutions, can easily lead both the housed and the unhoused in our community to lose hope. Continue reading

Electric Buses Come to the Valley

This month, Metro finalized the conversion of the entire Orange Line (now known as the G Line) to zero-emission electric buses, achieving a goal that I initiated five years ago. Approximately 40 zero-emission Metro Liner buses now operate on the 18-mile dedicated busway between North Hollywood and Chatsworth. The new buses are cleaner for the atmosphere and quieter for the neighborhood, and they can be recharged at multiple points along the line to keep the buses running day and night, seven days a week. Continue reading

The Second Council District Achieves Interim Housing Goal

On September 21, the Whitsett West tiny home community opened its doors to serve as interim housing for those experiencing homelessness in my district.  It is the third tiny homes village I have opened this year in my district (out of only seven in the entire city).  With the completion of Whitsett West, together with our two previous cabin communities and two “Bridge Home” sites, we have now built enough bridge housing to accommodate 100 percent of the people who were living unsheltered on the streets of the Second District as of the last homeless count. Continue reading

Council Adopts 100% Clean Energy By 2035

On September 1, the Los Angeles City Council took the historic step of requiring that 100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero-carbon energy by 2035. Through a motion I introduced with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — the largest municipally-owned utility in the country — will lead the nation in this ambitious and game-changing commitment to sustainable energy. Continue reading

A Safe and Healthy New School Year

Last month, LAUSD welcomed more than 450,000 students to their campuses for the first time in almost a year and half. Continue reading

Defeating the Delta Variant

The return of our children to school should be an occasion for celebration, but as we begin the new school year, we cannot ignore the resurgence of Covid-19 here in Los Angeles.  We should all be vigilant in ensuring the safety of all children, as well as that of our teachers and school personnel.   Continue reading