Laurel Plaza's Bright Future

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission just voted overwhelmingly to approve NOHO West, a critical redevelopment project that will revitalize Laurel Plaza and make this East San Fernando Valley commercial corridor thrive once again. This is a huge step forward for what I believe will be the cornerstone of a bright commercial future in the area. Securing a worthy redevelopment project here and in Valley Plaza has been my top economic development priority since I took office in January 2010. With NOHO West, we can all look forward to 24+ acres of top-notch, brand new retail, entertainment, office and housing options for Valley residents. Continue reading

100% Clean Energy Future

Today, the City Council took bold and decisive action by voting 12-0 to make Los Angeles the biggest city in the country to move toward a fossil-free future. We approved a road map that will get LA to 100 percent clean energy in an efficient, sustainable and equitable way. Councilmember Mike Bonin and I authored the motion because the realities of inaction on climate change are too stark for us to do nothing. My goal with this motion is to set an example for action that I hope other cities will follow.   Continue reading

Community Survey: That Shop on Your Corner

The San Fernando Valley is a treasure trove of hidden commercial gems. From restaurants and coffee shops, to great boutiques and salons, some of the best places to eat, shop and play are tucked away in our neighborhoods, just around the corner from where we live. Our communities wouldn't be the same without these go-to destinations. That's why I want to you to tell me about the important community fixtures that bring so much vibrancy to our neighborhoods.  In this quick and easy survey, please share your favorite places, how you get there and what makes them so special to you. As always, I look forward hearing your feedback and appreciate your insight into the things that make our neighborhoods so vibrant. Please take the Community Survey today and forward it along to everyone in your neighborhood. Your input will make our city stronger and help me better serve you.   Very truly yours,  Councilmember Paul krekorian  

Labor Day Weekend is Here

As we near the end of summer, it's time once again to celebrate Labor Day, a work- and school-free holiday full of picnics, barbeques and parades. I love Labor Day because it's the one and only day in this country dedicated to honoring the myriad accomplishments and sacrifices of working people. Continue reading

A Mid-year Review of 2016

This past year, we've celebrated many community accomplishments and made tremendous progress in moving our city forward. In this issue of Our Valley News, we'll take a look back at some of those moments, highlighting the important partnerships and collaborations that have improved the quality of life in our community.  Continue reading

Open for Business

Last March, the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power broke ground on a vital project to upgrade our city's aging infrastructure. Built in the 1940s, the existing water pipeline will be replaced with a larger 15,800 feet and 78-inch diameter steel pipe. It's a major transmission pipeline that's responsible for transporting large amounts of water from the Northeast Valley to the Central City area. The improvements will enhance water pressure, capacity and reliability, and better comply with federal and state water quality regulations. Continue reading

Lunching in the East Valley

Summer is a wonderful time to get out of the house and explore your neighborhood. Whether it's trying a new coffee shop or going to a new place for lunch, the East Valley has so many great spots for foodies to enjoy.   Throughout the year, I've had the pleasure of hosting Lunch with Paul community events at local eateries that are committed to serving our city and offer some of the tastiest dishes on this side of the hill. This special edition of Our Valley News takes a look at some of the great places we've explored so far.  If you've joined me for lunch in the past, you know how fun and delicious these events can be. If you haven't, I encourage you to join the fun and support a great local business at the next community lunch. In the meantime, I hope you visit the places featured in this newsletter, along with all the other great Valley eateries that enrich our communities.  Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop or ice cream parlor in your neighborhood? Please tell me about it by emailing paul.krekorian@lacity.org. Your suggestion could be the next spot for Lunch with Paul. Continue reading

Summer in the Valley

I love summer. Although it can get hot in the San Fernando Valley, it's a great time of the year. Not only is school out, but the days are longer and everything seems a bit more relaxed. Families go to parks, pools, ballgames and picnics. People venture out into their communities to try new shops and restaurants. Continue reading

Getting to Work

"What does the City of Los Angeles have to do with job creation?" That's a question I've been asked more than a few times as chair of the City Council's Jobs Committee. My answer always starts with, "A whole lot." Continue reading

LA Is Rising

Last summer, my colleagues and I proudly voted to raise the minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles. By 2020, wages will increase to $15.00 per hour, something that will put more money into the pockets of hundreds of thousands of hardworking Angelenos and increase consumer spending in our local economy. Continue reading

A Matter of Life and Death

Far too many lives are cut short or changed forever by gun violence every day in America. On Wednesday, right as the City Council voted to study how guns used in crimes make it onto LA's streets, we heard the chilling reports about another fatal shooting, this one on UCLA's campus. As an editorial in today's Washington Post points out, the UCLA shooting marks the 186th U.S. school shooting since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook. That tragic number is outrageous and completely unacceptable. I hope you agree with me that we cannot sit back and endure the status quo any longer.  Continue reading

Memorial Day: Remembering the Brave

  For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become a day for barbecuing and beach trips – a day to shop for mattresses and appliances.  But by being here today, each of you is declaring that above all else, Memorial Day is about remembering. It is about our national memory.  Fortunately, throughout these United States, in bustling cities and in quiet towns, Americans are gathering this morning, as we do here, to remember and to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country so that all of us, and others throughout the world, might live in freedom. Continue reading

Investing in Our Communities

After three weeks of budget meetings, input from 44 city departments and 173 public comments, my City Council colleagues and I just approved an $8.76 billion city budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. This is the city's fifth consecutive budget that I've had the pleasure to oversee as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Continue reading

We All Rescued the Mission

Two years ago, I stood with my City Council colleagues and local business owners in the charred ashes of a massive fire that brought down the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's warehouse and emergency homeless shelter in North Hollywood. We were saddened by the loss, but undaunted by the task ahead of us. That day, we asked everyone in the San Fernando Valley and beyond to join us in a campaign to rescue the Rescue Mission.  Continue reading

Transforming Transportation in Our Valley

Over the past 25 years, Los Angeles has experienced a transit revolution. In 1990 we had no subway or light rail tracks. Now, we have 87 miles with 80 stations throughout LA County, including a bustling regional bus and rail hub in North Hollywood. We have more than 2,000 buses on our streets, including the Valley's own Orange Line, a dedicated bus rapid transit that takes tens of thousands of working people from the east to the west Valley (and vice versa) each day. This is all attributable to Metro's good work, along with the courage and will of County residents who demanded more public transit options at the ballot box. But it's clear that traffic still plagues our neighborhoods and our communities need to be more connected. Continue reading