Addressing Homelessness is a Top Priority

Earlier this week, I joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and my City Council colleagues to announce the first step of a comprehensive strategy to address the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Protecting Our Urban Forest

Did you know that Los Angeles has a large urban forest, including an extensive network of mature trees that line our streets? If you've driven through the hills and the San Fernando Valley, including many parts of Council District 2, you surely do. These trees are often decades old and provide shade, aesthetic beauty, improved air quality and myriad additional benefits to our unique and precious urban ecosystem. Continue reading

Urging Action to Ensure Public Safety

Earlier this month, the City Council approved a measure I introduced that urges the state to act on tougher background checks and the city to study fingerprint-based background checks on all transportation services that provide rides in Los Angeles. Continue reading

LA Moves Forward with Mobility Plan

Los Angeles is a world class city with a growing population that is vibrant and increasingly diverse. Meeting the transportation and mobility needs of such a large and expansive city requires a comprehensive package of transportation strategies. Continue reading

The Next Step in Gun Safety

  The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved (14-0) a policy that I authored, which will require all handgun owners in Los Angeles to store their handguns in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when kept in the home. The only time a handgun need not be stored or locked is when it is carried on the owner's body or within the owner's close proximity and control. Continue reading

LA's Landmark Step for Public Safety

In late July, I stood on Ventura Blvd. after a man came to a busy area, waved a gun and fired into the air. Thankfully, no one died. Our law enforcement professionals did their jobs and kept us safe. But, it easily could have ended differently. It could have been much worse. Continue reading

A Warm Valley Welcome for the Special Olympics World Summer Games

On July 23, the Los Angeles Police Dept. and Valley community leaders in collaboration with my office welcome athletes, law enforcement officers from around the world, and the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the historic Campo de Cahuenga in Studio City.  Continue reading

Creating Jobs for Los Angeles

On Wednesday, the first day of business for the new City Council, I was appointed by Council President Herb Wesson to chair a new committee tasked with crafting a comprehensive jobs plan for Los Angeles - the Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation. Continue reading

Summer Night Lights Program Makes Our Community Shine

This week I kicked off another year of the Summer Night Lights program in Valley Plaza Park to provide a our community with a safe and enriching place for young Angelenos to spend their summer days as the school year ends.   Continue reading

Mad Men Created Great TV and Jobs in LA

Earlier this week, I proudly declared June 17, 1015 "Mad Men Day" in Los Angeles in honor of Mad Men's tremendous creative achievements and its great economic impact as a local TV production. Continue reading

Funding Approved for 170 Freeway 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

Walking the Talk on Sidewalks

As you may know, fixing broken sidewalks in our neighborhoods has been my priority for some time. I know that a significant amount of the city's 10,000 miles of sidewalks are in need of repair. I have heard from constituents, homeowners and businesspeople about the sorry state of LA's sidewalks and, as a frequent pedestrian and cyclist myself, I know firsthand how buckled sidewalks negatively impact our neighborhoods. I also know that the status quo just won't do anymore. Continue reading

Better Budget, Better City

  If you look back just a few years into our city's history, you'll see that our budget situation wasn't too rosy. When I took office in 2010, the deficit project for this year was over $1 billion. Vital neighborhood services hung in the balance, layoffs loomed and some even warned of the possibility of municipal bankruptcy.  Continue reading

Raising the Wage to Elevate Our City

It's been a big week for the City of Los Angeles. In fact, I don't think I'm overstating things by saying it has been historic. Continue reading

A Transit Transformation

  It was a big week for public transit, as we celebrated Bike Week and Infrastructure Week. As a City Councilman and member of the Metro Board of Directors, I used the week to promote active transit options for Angelenos and meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about the ways that our local and federal governments are working together to move transit forward. Continue reading