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

Clean Streets Clean Starts 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