Public Safety

Councilmember Krekorian is committed to making the residents of Council District 2 safer through sound policies and supporting our city's police and fire departments. He has a long history of fighting for safer streets and communities in Los Angeles.

Krekorian has restored critical Los Angeles Fire Department services, by championing the hiring of hundreds of firefighters, and providing the department with funding to replace outdated safety equipment and to keep more ambulances on the street. He has prioritized decreasing emergency response times and proposed  new ideas to make the fire department more responsive to residents. Krekorian proposed implementing an innovative Next Generation 9-1-1 system, which would make it possible for the hearing impaired and people in danger to send a text to request emergency services.

Krekorian works hand-in-hand with the Los Angeles Police Department on community education programs, by supporting a well-funded and -staffed department, and by fostering strong partnerships between law enforcement officers, elected leaders and neighborhoods. On his watch, violent crime has declined sharply in nearly all neighborhoods of Council District 2.

He has also launched campaigns in his district to clean up parks, housing, railroad tracks and alleyways, turning them from hubs of crime into safe public spaces. Krekorian has also taken on graffiti head on with his #NoTag campaign, cleaning up more than one million square feet of graffiti in just 12 months.

Krekorian is also known for his strong stand against gun violence and for the safety of children and families. His City Council measures have mandated safe storage for handguns in homes and electronic reporting of ammunition sales. He has also successfully banned the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

In August 2021, acting on a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz, the City Council approved drafting an ordinance prohibiting the purchase, possession or sale of so-called “ghost guns” -- untraceable firearms assembled from parts manufactured without serial numbers.

The LAPD reports that a third of the guns recovered from crime suspects in 2020 were ghost guns. The shooter in the 2013 Santa Monica College killings, and the Saugus High School student who murdered two of his fellow students and wounded two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies committed their crimes using ghost guns assembled from mail order kits. In 2019, of all of the ghost guns recovered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms throughout the US, more than 25 percent were seized in California. 

Because they are assembled from kits, ghost guns allow criminals to evade background checks that would otherwise bar them from acquiring or possessing firearms.  Ghost gun kits also allow individuals to assemble firearms that normally would be prohibited from sale in California.  And because the parts do not bear serial numbers, the assembled ghost guns are untraceable by law enforcement and thus highly valuable to violent felons.  

The City is also suing Polymer 80, the Las Vegas-based manufacturer of most of the Ghost Gun parts that find their way to Los Angeles. If the City prevails, other jurisdictions may follow suit and the manufacturers of the criminals’ favorite weapons may be out of business. 

Councilmember Krekorian carried a motion before the Council that enabled the lawsuit to go forward.

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
Last summer, Mayor Garcetti unveiled a new strategy regarding street cleanups, with the introduction of Comprehensive and Rapid Engagement (CARE) teams. As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I allocated $6.5 million for expansion of the teams, two of which are based in CD2.

Posted on Jan 10, 2020
NORTH HOLLYWOOD - This week, Councilmember Krekorian was joined by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Shull and members of the LAPD on a tour of the Whitsett Fields Park/Valley Plaza Recreation Center, located at the intersection of Whitsett and Vanowen in North Hollywood.

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
VAN NUYS - Due to climate change, the notion that there is a well-defined "fire season" in Southern California is quickly falling out of favor. In many areas, high risk conditions apply much of the year.

Posted on Oct 04, 2019
LOS ANGELES - This past Tuesday marked the debut of the City's Cleaning and Rapid Engagement (CARE) teams. The teams, one of which is located in each council district, will use accurate data to rapidly deploy to clean up highest need sites in Council District 2.

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
LOS ANGELES - In recent weeks, a number of alarming reports have revealed the effect of vaping products on youth and young adults, including lung disease and death.