Spotlight: Sun Valley Neighborhood Council

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council (S.V.A.N.C) was one of several project leaders citywide to be recognized by the Board of Public Works on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017, as one of the top place finishers in the Clean Streets LA Challenge! The city launched the Clean Streets LA Challenge last Summer/Fall 2016 in efforts to promote more civic engagement in getting some of our toughest city streets clean. Along with focusing on specific problematic corridors that fall victim to illegal dumping, the Clean Streets LA Challenge also emphasized for project leaders and groups to promote the increase use of the MyLA311 app in their respective communities. This app allows Angelinos and the public to accurately report illegal dumping through submission of pictures and exact pin pointed locations of a request. SVANC chose to tackle the Peoria-Tujunga-Bradley Corridor, an area known for some of the city's heaviest illegal dumping activity. The Sun Valley community along with SVANC's leadership were successful in accomplishing their goal of cleaning up the entire corridor as Vice President Cindy Sower put it: More

Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose: Rally to Save Roe & Defending Planned Parenthood

On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, I was proud to join the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, at a “Rally to Save Roe.”  We gathered to send a clear message to the incoming administration that women “Won’t go back” to the days when we didn’t have the choice to make our own reproductive and healthcare decisions. Many women in Council District 6 rely on the services of Planned Parenthood for their healthcare.  Women need to have all the accurate and honest information available to them to make healthy decisions for their own bodies, and Planned Parenthood provides this.  Additionally, many of these clinics provide cancer screenings, various forms of birth control, and other health services.  When the incoming leadership in Washington D.C. declared their first priority was to defund Planned Parenthood, it made me angry, as it will hurt many residents of my district. Ultimately, it is important to me that we send a clear message, that a woman in Los Angeles should make her own healthcare decisions, and men in Washington D.C. shouldn’t dictate those decisions to her!

ABC 7's "Newsmakers" with Adrienne Alpert

Every year, Adrienne Alpert from ABC7 hosts the leadership of the Los Angeles City Council on her show, “Newsmakers.”  This year-end episode allows us to report on the work the Council did throughout the year, and set our sights on the year ahead of us.  For the second year in a row, as the Assistant President Pro Tem of the City Council, I was pleased to join my colleagues, Council President Herb Wesson and Council President Pro-Tem Mitch Englander on Adrienne’s show.  You can watch the whole episode online, and see what we’ve been up to in 2016, and what our priorities are in 2017.

Women's March Los Angeles

On the 21st, approximately 750,000 women and the men who support them marched in the streets of Los Angeles.  I was so proud to take my daughter with me and to be joined by my husband and friends at the march. More

Welcoming New Businesses to Van Nuys

I am committed to the revitalization of Van Nuys.  What was once the place to go and visit for shopping, entertainment, and community events has the potential to become that place again.  I would like to see the Van Nuys Blvd. area be a destination again, and I’m working every day to help make that happen. Recently we welcomed two new businesses to the area. More

Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

I joined the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week to testify in favor of their new Women and Girls Initiative (WGI).  The WGI was introduced by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis.  The WGI, which the Supervisors passed unanimously, creates a five-year effort to study all 37 county departments for how they impact women and girls.   More

4th Annual Gift of Reading: Reading is Magical!

We celebrated the theme that “Reading is Magical,” during my 4th annual Gift of Reading events at local libraries. Every year during the holiday season, I bring together school kids from throughout the district to one of our local libraries.  My goal is to help spread some holiday magic through gifts to the kids that hope to inspire them to gain a love of reading and education. More

An Environmentally Friendly Zero Waste Franchise System

As the new Chair of the Environment & Energy Committee of the City Council, I was proud to lead the way to final passage of a new franchise system in the City of Los Angeles. First introduced by Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz in 2010, the policy was a long time coming.  This new Franchise System was championed by both workers and environmental leaders.  It will divide the City up into 11 exclusive franchise zones for waste hauling from commercial and apartment buildings. More

Attract Magazine Profile

I sat down and had a fun interview with Rose Barraza, a CD6 resident who writes for Attract Magazine.  The magazine published an article that highlighted my work on the City Council and the importance of electing more women to office.  Check it out!

Family Health & Resource Fair

Last weekend in Arleta, I hosted a Family Health & Resource Fair.  Over twenty service providers were on hand to provide  free flu shots, health screenings (including cholesterol, blood sugar, vision, nutrition and more).  Residents also learned about health care options available to them and their families.  Certified Covered California counselors were on site for enrollment.  I appreciate Walgreens for participating and letting us set up in their parking lot.  I also want to thank Congressman Tony Cardenas for co-hosting with me.  I’m glad so many people showed up and learned what they can do to keep themselves and their families healthy!