Cleaner Streets, Trimmer Trees

On a daily basis it's not easy to gauge the great contribution of city employees to both the beautification and upkeep of CD2. But annual statistics released by Streets LA leave no doubt. Continue reading

Metrolink, An Economic Engine

As a member of the Metrolink Board, I am well aware of the positive effect on the Southern California economy of our transportation projects. A report issued late last week by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation offers more evidence. Continue reading

Lawsuit Against Federal Aviation Administration

For more than two years, the City Attorney and I have put the Federal Aviation Administration on notice that failure to comply with repeated requests for specific information about a southward shift in departures from Burbank Airport could prompt legal action. During that time the agency has answered our requests and those of the community with a series of evasive and hollow responses or non-responses. Continue reading

Improving Homeless Services

The resignation this week of the executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) affords the City the opportunity to take a closer look at an agency that has not performed to expectations during our current homelessness crisis. In 2017, voters approved a measure that allocates 355 million dollars per year for homeless services, and yet the number of people living on our streets every night continues to rise. By any standard, this is unacceptable. Continue reading

First-Ever Los Angeles Small Business Commission

Four years ago, I introduced a motion to create the city's first-ever Small Business Commission. My intent was to enable small businesses to have a more powerful presence within city government. Continue reading

City Council Approves Taxi Reform

This week the Council approved a motion that replaces the existing taxi franchise system with an open permitting system. I strongly believe these changes, set to be implemented in July 2020, will greatly benefit both drivers and riders. Continue reading

Seeking Help For Frustrated Passengers at LAX

As air travelers know only too well, the past few weeks have been a logistical nightmare at LAX. Arriving passengers have been forced to wait sometimes hours to take transportation from the airport to their destination. This intolerable situation is particularly exhausting and frustrating for those arriving on flights from the East Coast or foreign countries. Continue reading

New Bridge Housing in Van Nuys

At the end of last week I sponsored a motion to build additional bridge housing in CD2. The site is 7700-7798 Van Nuys Boulevard, which includes part of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power storage and maintenance yard and an adjacent parking lot owned by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  Continue reading

Stormwater Infrastructure Project at Ben Avenue and Victory Boulevard Approved

This week the Los Angeles City Council approved my motion to provide $850,000 for a stormwater infrastructure project at Ben Avenue and Victory Boulevard, site of intense flooding in the past. The money comes from Proposition O, approved by the voters in 2004 to provide funds to prevent and remove pollutants from waterways and oceans. Continue reading

Honoring Captain Alberto "Albert" Torres, Veteran Park Ranger

Last week, the City of Los Angeles and my office lost a dear friend. Captain Alberto "Albert" Torres, a veteran Park Ranger who served with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for 40 years, died of a heart attack after patrolling parks affected by the Saddleridge Fire.     Continue reading

New Signage For Cleaner And Safer Freeway Underpasses

This past year, I have been working closely with East Valley residents, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the departments of Transportation and Sanitation to make public health and safety enhancements along freeway underpasses across the Second District. Continue reading

Honoring Delia Huerta Arrearan, New Hybrid Activated Walk Signal In North Hollywood

Late last week I visited the makeshift memorial dedicated to Delia Huerta Arrearan, a Los Angeles Department of Transportation crossing guard who was struck by a vehicle on September 16 while guiding a student through the crosswalk at Sunnyslope and Vanowen. Several hours later, Delia succumbed to her injuries. Thankfully, the student, also struck by the vehicle, was not seriously hurt. Continue reading

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan's Visit To Los Angeles

This past Sunday, I had the honor of serving as host for the first-ever visit to Los Angeles by Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia. He was joined by his spouse, Anna Hakobyan, who visited Los Angeles and the City Council earlier this year. Continue reading

Javier Frias Is Transforming Council District 2

Javier Frias is quietly transforming Council District 2, one bulky item, blighted alley, overgrown tree, and weed-infested lot at a time. Continue reading

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