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

KREKORIAN/FEUER LETTER PROMPTS FAA TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD REGARDING BURBANK AIRPORT REPLACEMENT TERMINAL

In response to a request from Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted an extension of the comment period regarding the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed replacement terminal at the Hollywood Burbank Airport.  The FAA action means the public now has until October 27 to comment on the nearly 3,000-page document. Continue reading

“LA AL FRESCO” PROGRAM COMES TO NOHO ARTS DISTRICT

The restaurants of the NoHo Arts District will receive a huge boost this weekend when the “LA Al Fresco” program brings outdoor dining to a stretch of Magnolia Boulevard.  It is believed to be the first project of its kind that reclaims roadway space beyond the parking lane for dining purposes. Continue reading

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR KREKORIAN COMMENTS ON THE 2020-21 BUDGET PROCESS

The 2020-21 budget was assembled under conditions unlike any this city has ever seen. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March devastated the local economy, resulting in a drastic reassessment of the city’s financial prospects for the coming year. In a matter of weeks, revenue predictions declined by hundreds of millions of dollars.  The city’s reserves, which the Budget & Finance Committee had prioritized and built up to record levels through hard work and sacrifice over the last eight years, were decimated in a few months. Continue reading

BUDGET AND FINANCE CHAIR KREKORIAN STATEMENT ON LA CITY BUDGET

For the past few days, my office has heard from Angelenos across the city regarding the Mayor's proposed budget. I appreciate all of those comments, and I welcome the public's engagement in fundamentally rethinking how government as a whole, and our city budget in particular, can best meet the needs of the people of Los Angeles. Continue reading