The Sheldon Skate Park in Sun Valley is well loved by many skaters from throughout the region. It is a great place for kids to get together and enjoy the outdoors and participate in their favorite sport. However, late last year, residents nearby, many park users, and others had grown weary with how the park was being treated by some users. Many complained about graffiti, vandalism, and blatant disregard for the park facilities. There were thousands of dollars of damage that were being reported almost daily. More
Riding your bike in the dark can be very dangerous – that’s why everyone should have lights on the front and back of their bike if they’re riding at dusk or after dark. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and I partnered to host one of their “Operation Firefly” events in Van Nuys this month. We set up our event along Van Nuys Blvd., and we distributed free bicycle lights to kids and adults who passed by on bikes without them. It is important that kids enjoying our community on their bike are able to do so safely. Hopefully, these bicycle lights will help keep a few more residents safe as they bike our neighborhood streets.
A fire department that reflects the communities it serves is something Los Angeles must achieve, and one area where we fall short is in female firefighters. The LAFD is taking aggressive steps to recruit more women and minorities to the force, and I am thrilled to partner with the fire department with the 2nd annual LAFD Girls Camp. This was our second camp for girls from throughout the City, and this year we brought the camp to the 6th District at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City. More
Sun Valley and North Hollywood Lighting Districts Phase II and Phase III were recently completed with the installation and construction of 42 permanent lights on 8 residential streets serving 140+ households! I am proud to continue being committed to bringing much needed lighting projects to Council District 6 through competitive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). More
I’m excited to announce that the City’s Speed Hump Program has started up again. It will be a small program to start, but it will get us headed in the right direction and help make some streets safer. The applicant period will be limited to 45 days and 30 applications per council district. That application window can close before 45 days if the 30 applications are submitted before the deadline. More
I will never get tired of fighting human trafficking. As long as our girls are bought and sold on the streets, I’ll keep fighting to rescue them and arrest the men who buy and sell them. Usually, the men who are behind selling these girls are gang members who have discovered that selling a girl over and over again can be much more profitable than selling drugs. More
When the City Council authorized new HOPE teams to assist with homelessness, I saw the value and was successful in getting the first team assigned to the Valley. These teams work with our homeless community, Sanitation, LAHSA, and together they develop relationships which are helping to get many homeless people off the streets and into the services they need. I was heartened to read about Mia’s story, shared with us by LAPD: More
In early April, I’ll be sponsoring Los Angeles’s 2nd LAFD Girls Camp. This time it’ll be housed right here in Council District 6 at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City. This Camp asks girls if they’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire fighter? Girls 14-18 are invited to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter with a two-day hands-on program taught by some of the City’s female firefighters and cadets. They’ll learn about career opportunities and enjoy fun activities with actual firefighting tools and equipment. To find out more, visit lafd-camp.eventbrite.com or call 213.893.9899
When someone signs up to be a Los Angeles Firefighter, they are embarking on a very intense process. Before even being admitted to the training, they face a serious of tests and evaluations. The training is then an intense twenty week program that tests each recruit by pushing them to the extremes that firefighters might encounter protecting our community. It is an incredible honor to see these recruits graduate after their training. Last week, I joined Chief Terrazas, along with Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, and Councilman Blumenfield at the graduation of LAFD Recruit Class 2016-1. This group of 45 new firefighters, 43 men and two women, started service to our City on Monday morning! More
Early in the morning on January 20th, our Operations-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force had an incredible success. Early that morning, the officers were successful in arresting a dangerous pimp off of Sepulveda Blvd. More importantly, however, is during the arrest the LAPD was able to rescue a 15 year old girl. My passion about human trafficking comes from seeing these young girls – teenagers – bought and sold on our streets by dangerous men. Many of these pimps are gang members, and by taking them off the streets for pimping helps reduce other crime in our neighborhoods as well. These are really sick people. Between my toiletry drive to help victims, and funding the LAPD to rescue the girls and arrest the men who would rape and hurt them, I will be unwavering in my efforts to combat this problem in our neighborhoods.