The Budget and COVID-19

The catastrophic loss of life from COVID-19 throughout our country and the world has been an immense tragedy that none of us will ever forget. Throughout the crisis, our Mayor and our Governor have shown tremendous leadership, which has been sorely lacking elsewhere in our national response.  Our "Safer at Home" policies unquestionably have saved countless lives here in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Holidays Unlike Any Other

This week, Angelenos are celebrating Easter and Passover under the most extraordinary circumstances as we all continue to respect the Safer at Home edicts. Cherished family traditions, worship services and festive gatherings have been set aside, by necessity, in the interests of public health. For all of us, it will be a season unlike any we have experienced, or likely will ever experience again.  Continue reading

Saving Small Business

We are in the midst of an economic cataclysm the likes of which this country has not experienced for decades, perhaps ever. The effect on small businesses - the drivers of the American economy - has been devastating. Continue reading

Transforming NoHo Rec Center

Late last week, City employees worked tirelessly setting up emergency shelters to house people living on the streets during the COVID-19 crisis. By Friday evening, the shelter at the North Hollywood Recreation Center was ready to receive occupants. Continue reading

COVID-19 Response

In times of crisis, it is the role of government to provide critical information, hope, leadership, and reassurance. The public should expect nothing less. Continue reading

COVID-19 Update

There's obviously a lot of anxiety in our communities about the novel coronavirus outbreak. Everyone's feeling on edge, and at times like this, misinformation seems to spread like wildfire. I will be providing you with regular updates to ensure you have the information you need to be prepared and to keep safe, and to help limit and slow the spread of the virus. PLEASE do not rely on social media, much of which is baseless nonsense -- instead, here are some of the reliable sources for up-to-the-minute, accurate information that you should check regularly: Continue reading

Debut of the JEDI

As Chair of the Ad Hoc Jobs Creation Committee, I created the Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone Program. My intent was to put forward an economically advantageous plan for urban areas that would replace the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, which was eliminated by then California Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Continue reading

Councilmember Krekorian Responds to Coronavirus

On Wednesday, my colleagues and I heard from a variety of experts regarding the city's preparation for the coronavirus. The agencies involved included Los Angeles County of Public Health, the Emergency Management Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, the Port of Los Angeles and LAX. Continue reading

Van Nuys A Bridge Home Set to Open in June

This week, construction began on the Van Nuys temporary housing site, located at 7700 Van Nuys Boulevard. This structure will house 100 individuals experiencing homelessness in the Van Nuys area. It is at one of the Valley's most connected Transit Hubs, with access to buses and trains, near the LA County Social services building. Continue reading

New Hope for the Homeless of CD2

This week, on Sherman Way near Lankershim, we achieved another milestone in the effort to reduce homelessness across the northeast San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

Hope in the Valley

I had the opportunity this week to tour the new 85-bed Bridge Housing site at 13160 Raymer in North Hollywood that is scheduled to open in June. The facility, which will be operated by Hope of the Valley, is a critical part of my ongoing effort to provide both Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Bridge Housing in CD2. Continue reading

Hailing Taxis

This week, some two dozen taxi cab drivers and allies attended the meeting of the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee to express yet again their opposition to recently-enacted rules at LAX that adversely affect the drivers' ability to make a living. Continue reading

Advocating in Sacramento

This past Tuesday, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and I went to Sacramento to discuss funding for homeless services and other issues. We met with the governor's office and a number of legislators, including several from the San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

Better CARE

Last summer, Mayor Garcetti unveiled a new strategy regarding street cleanups, with the introduction of Comprehensive and Rapid Engagement (CARE) teams. As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I allocated $6.5 million for expansion of the teams, two of which are based in CD2. Continue reading

Holding LAHSA To Account

This week, the Homelessness and Poverty Committee approved my motion calling on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to demonstrate greater transparency regarding its funded programs and expenses. The motion, which will next be considered by the full council, specifically requests LAHSA provide any performance data and expenses by category, program, and provider going back four years. Continue reading