Response to Court Decision on Gun Safety

Los Angeles (June 24, 2022) - In yesterday's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, the Supreme Court of the United States adopted a misguided, politically motivated, unprecedented interpretation of the second Amendment.   In doing so, it has essentially nullified common sense public safety regulations requiring persons carrying firearms in public to obtain a permit attesting to their need to do so.  This decision may eviscerate many of the laws of California and other states that have effectively saved lives.    Continue reading

L.A. Appoints California’s First Chief Heat Officer

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2022) – Acting on a motion by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to create the position of Chief Heat Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Continue reading

Council Votes on $11.8 Billion City Budget for 2022-23

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2022) –  The Los Angeles City Council voted today to adopt the City’s $11.8 billion budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.   Budget and Finance Committee Chair Paul Krekorian won the Council’s approval of a spending plan that restores fiscal stability after a tumultuous two years. Continue reading

Groundbreaking Move to Reduce Plastic Pollution

(February 17, 2022) – Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Krekorian, and Paul Koretz, along with Council President Nury Martinez, today led the City Council in a unanimous vote approving a landmark series of instructions that will move the City forward in a reduction of single-use plastics.  Continue reading

Metrolink Meets Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Fuel

(April 13, 2022) – On April 13, Metrolink annnced its transition to 100 percent renewable fuel, the first rail agency in the entire country to achieve this goal.  Continue reading

Council Designates Oil Can Harry’s a Historic-Cultural Monument

(April 13, 2022) – The Los Angeles City Council voted today to designate  Oil Can Harry’s, the legendary Studio City bar and nightclub, as a Historic-Cultural Monument.     Continue reading

Council Approves Historic Electric Vehicle (EV) Master Plan

(April 6, 2022) - The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell and Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s initiative to create an Electric Vehicle (EV) Master Plan, a historic step to electrifying the entire City fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and, for the first time, implement the mass deployment of publicly accessible EV infrastructure citywide. Continue reading

Council Backs Ballot Initiative Curbing Plastic Waste

(March 22, 2022) – Acting on a resolution by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, and Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to support a statewide ballot initiative compelling California’s recycling authority to take sweeping measures to reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging and foodware. The California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations Initiative will appear on the general election ballot in November 2022. Continue reading

L.A. Councilmembers Call for Sweeping Reforms to Recycling Programs and State Enforcement of Labeling Laws on Plastics

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield have called on the State Legislature and the Attorney General to take immediate action to fix the state’s broken recycling system.  The Councilmembers introduced a resolution on February 16th declaring the city’s support for groundbreaking recommendations of the California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling, as well as several pending bills that align with those recommendations.  Continue reading

Councilmember Paul Krekorian Calls for Transparency and Accountability in Investigation of Tragic Shooting at the Burlington Store in North Hollywood

In the wake of the accidental fatal shooting of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta by an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department at the Burlington store in North Hollywood last month, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and several of his colleagues introduced a motion that calls on the LAPD to immediately release to the public all body camera footage, 911 calls, radio transmissions and other recordings related to the incident. Continue reading