Banking on Los Angeles

This week, we marked the beginning of a new fiscal year in the City of Los Angeles with a new City Council and a renewed vision to serve the people. We celebrated the many historic achievements in recent years, including better wages for Angelenos, getting on a path toward clean energy, leading the way in the region's transit revolution, making it easier to do business in LA and investing in our sidewalks. Continue reading

Top 5 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

  Summer is in full swing, so make the most of the long, hot days and explore all the great things happening in our community. Whether you enjoy picnics, outdoor movie screenings, concerts or exploring the arts, you don't have to look very far to find a fun activity for the whole family.  In this special edition of Our Valley News, I'm sharing a list of great events happening in our community that will make your summer more complete. So, before school starts and this season comes to and end, I encourage you to explore your neighborhood and enjoy an exciting day or night out. Continue reading

Where to See Fireworks on July 4th

This Fourth of July weekend, there are plenty of fun activities to attend and places to see fireworks in the East San Fernando Valley. Studio City and Valley Village will be hosting July 4th events for the whole family to celebrate America's 241st birthday:  Continue reading

Ensuring a Safe Summer

With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, some of our neighborhoods are already witnessing the familiar pops and bangs of illegal fireworks exploding in the night sky. My office has received several recent reports about the possession and use of illegal fireworks in North Hollywood and Valley Glen. I have notified the Los Angeles Police Department and the Fire Department about this issue and asked them to remain watchful and to continue to educating the public about the dangers of fireworks. Continue reading

A Place to Call Home

This week at the grand opening of the Crest Apartments, a newly developed permanent supportive housing complex in my district, I met Randy Brader. Randy joined the military at the age of 17 in 1973 and for nearly 20 years, he served our country in the U.S. Army before he was honorably discharged. Continue reading

New Options for Lankershim

You may have heard about the Mayor's Great Streets Initiative and the options being discussed on portions of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. My office has held five public meetings with businesses, residents and stakeholders on the topic and we've received much valuable feedback. Because this is an important discussion for people in NoHo and the East Valley, I wanted to share with you my letter to the community with my thoughts on the current options. Continue reading

Planning Our Transit Priorities

Budget season in Los Angeles is in full swing. As the Budget and Finance Committee makes its final recommendations to the City Council this week about LA's $9.2 million budget, Metro has also begun deliberating on the agency's fiscal year 2018 $6.1 billion expenditure plan. The budget is a statement of the agency's priorities and reflects the will of riders and voters, who approved Measure M in November 2016. Continue reading

Whitsett Soccer Ready For Kick Off

We just made a positive difference in thousands of children's lives. Nearly four years ago, when Mayor Garcetti first took office, he came to visit places in Council District 2 that are important to me. The first place I took him was the Whitsett Sports Fields Park, a city-owned soccer complex in the heart of North Hollywood used by nearly 9,000 residents in the local neighborhood, most of them kids. Continue reading

Keeping the Promise

This month, Angelenos and people across the world commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one of the most horrific events of the 20th Century. The Genocide was a defining moment for Armenians, but because the Armenian people have survived and thrived in the years since, the cause of justice and recognition has been taken up by millions of people of all nationalities who care deeply about human rights. Continue reading

Budgeting for Today and the Future

  This week, I joined my colleagues at the annual State of the City address by Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he also discussed his fiscal year 2017-2018 budget proposal.  In the coming weeks, I will once again lead the Budget and Finance Committee in deliberations on the budget. This intense three week process will help shape our city's priorities and set the path for our future as a safer, more prosperous, sustainable, livable and well-run city.  Continue reading

Open for Business: Your Neighborhood Shops

Lankershim Boulevard is home to an incredible array of community businesses that add tremendous vibrancy to our neighborhoods, play a great role in the local economy, and are an important part of the history and character of the San Fernando Valley.  Continue reading

NOHO West: Beginning of an East Valley Renaissance

  As a Councilmember, I attend many groundbreaking events, but this week I attended a very special one. Over my nearly seven years on the City Council, I don't think I've been involved in a groundbreaking for a project that is this tied to the history of the San Fernando Valley as well as its future. NOHO West has ushered in a historic moment for our region. This is the beginning of a renaissance in the East San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

Give Input on the Lankershim Great Street

Lankershim Boulevard runs through the heart of the East Valley. It is a major corridor that connects our communities to one another. In 2014, this busy thoroughfare between Magnolia Boulevard and Vanowen Street was one of the first 15 streets to be designated as part of the Mayor's LA Great Streets Initiative. Continue reading

Student Filmmakers Get a Bigger Stage

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world and the film industry remains our region's heritage industry and the source of tens of thousands of good jobs. Throughout my years of work in public service, keeping this industry thriving in our backyard has been one of my top priorities. Continue reading

A New Valley Transit Connection

  I'm sure you've noticed that transit in the San Fernando Valley is improving quickly in ways that add both ease and comfort to your morning commute. Continue reading