COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET 2021-22

Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Budget and Finance Committee’s recommendations for changes to the 2021-22 that will restore services, programming, and investment in the Department of Recreation and Parks to levels not seen in more than a decade. Investments in this year’s budget will help disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

COUNCILMEMBER KREKORIAN RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STATEMENT ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Today we commemorate the Armenian Genocide with solemn remembrance of the 1,500,000 men, women, and children who were slaughtered by Ottoman Turks in one of the worst atrocities in human history. We remember the sadistic acts of torture, the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Armenian lands, the desecration of ancient churches.  We remember the Turkish attempt to erase a culture that had been enriching the world long before Socrates was born. Continue reading

CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST VILLAGE OF TINY HOMES TO SHELTER THE HOMELESS OPENS IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Today Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian officially opened the Alexandria Park tiny home village in North Hollywood. Built and funded entirely by the City, the site has 103 individual shelters and200 beds, the largest of its kind in the state. Continue reading

COUNCIL PASSES HISTORIC MEASURE LIMITING DISPERSAL OF PLASTIC UTENSILS

Members of the Los Angeles City Council heralded the passage today of a landmark ordinance that prevents restaurants from providing single use utensils except when specifically requested by customers. The ordinance, which goes into effect for larger restaurants in November, reflects the City’s determination to restrict the dumping of tons of environmentally-destructive plastic waste into our oceans and waterways. Continue reading

KREKORIAN, O’FARRELL MOVE FOR 100 PERCENT CLEAN ENERGY BY 2035

Los Angeles would achieve a 100% clean energy grid by 2035 under a proposal by City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell -- a full decade faster than state requirements. The Krekorian/O’Farrell motion, seconded by Council President Nury Martinez, instructs the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to present a Strategic Long Term Resource Plan that sets the 100% deadline and identifies the projects that must be implemented immediately to achieve it. Continue reading

Council President Martinez, Councilmember Krekorian request $150M from the federal government to front fund 10,000 hotel rooms

LOS ANGELES — Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a motion today to formally request through the California Office of Emergency Services an advance of $150,000,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide 10,000 hotel rooms to house people experiencing homelessness for the next 6 months. Continue reading

COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER HISTORIC PLAN FOR 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY AT LADWP

In 2016, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian authored a landmark motion, co-presented with Councilmember Mike Bonin, calling on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to develop and implement a plan to switch to 100 percent renewable energy. The Council’s approval of the motion represented one of the strongest, most comprehensive efforts of any municipal government to combat local air pollution and the catastrophic effects of climate change.  Continue reading

KREKORIAN, RAMAN CALL FOR A TAX ON OIL COMPANIES IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Nithya Raman today introduced a motion to initiate a measure for the November 2022 ballot to tax oil companies that are extracting oil and gas within the city. Continue reading

METRO BOARD APPROVES EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY LIGHT RAIL PROJECT

The Metro Board today approved the final configuration of the East San Fernando Valley Corridor project, which will be the first light rail transit line in the Valley since the demise of the Red Cars in 1952. The project will connect the Van Nuys Metro station with the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station, servicing busy commercial corridors and densely populated residential areas in the Valley. Continue reading

KREKORIAN CALLS FOR PUBLIC PRESSURE ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS TO BACK ARTSAKH AGAINST AZERBAIJANI, TURKISH AGGRESSION

In the wake of an unprecedented show of political support for Armenia and the Armenian people, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian has called on the public to pressure the American government to unequivocally back Artsakh, which was invaded September 27 by Azerbaijan and its close ally Turkey. Continue reading