Keeping our Communities Clean

Last month, my Strike Team was fortunate enough to be joined by several community groups, members of law enforcement, and other departments as we worked to clean up our community. On Saturday, September 10, my Strike Team partnered with the Department of Sanitation to clean up Burbank Blvd. between Woodley and the 405 Freeway. Continue reading

Sun Valley Recreation Center Receives an Upgrade

At the end of September, I joined the Department of Recreation and Parks for the Ribbon Cutting of a new playground at the Sun Valley Recreation Center. I am working every day to make sure that our communities get the resources they need to thrive. Using state and local funds, and with the support of Recreation and Parks, we are in the process of updating the playgrounds and surfaces at several parks in my District. Continue reading

Art and Culture in Our Own Backyard

On Friday, September 28, we transformed the Van Nuys Civic Center into the biggest arts festival my District has ever seen. With help from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Dyson & Womack, my staff, and so many more, we packed the Civic Center with music, food trucks, live performances, art-making, craft vendors, a beer garden, and more than can fit in this little article. Continue reading

City Hall Welcomes Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando

It was my distinct pleasure to recognize the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) for winning the California State Fair's Youth Mariachi Competition on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Founded in 2000, by members of the Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, MMAP was created by the late Señor Natividad “Nati” Cano, founder of the world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the City of San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department. Continue reading

San Fernando Valley’s Newly Elected Official

On Saturday, September 22, a truly impressive roundup of Los Angeles and California elected officials converged at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in Sylmar to welcome San Fernando Valley's newest elected official, Luz Rivas. I have known Luz since our days at San Fernando High School! Now, Assemblywoman Rivas has headed off to Sacramento to fight for the people she grew up with and the community she grew up in. Continue reading

Latinos Shaping the Future of STEM

On September 21, I was joined by members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - Los Angeles Professional Chapter, as I recognized them for their work to create a more diverse engineering field and supporting Hispanic Angelenos already hard at work. Continue reading

Making Our Streets Safer

On Thursday, September 20, I was joined by Councilmember David Ryu and officials from the Department of Transportation as we unveiled a traffic sign in memory of Traffic Enforcement Officer Gregory Park. Officer Park was killed this past July when he was struck by a vehicle in the line of duty. Until that day, only one other Traffic Enforcement Officer had been killed on the job in our City's history. But this is not a number to be celebrated. Continue reading

Ready for Women Fellows Leading the Way

In early September, we said goodbye to this year's Ready for Women Fellows. Each year, our City Hall office hosts a fellowship program designed to develop the next generation of female political leaders in our City. Continue reading

In Focus - Braving New Heights

Thank you Rene Eng and InFocus local news from Spectrum for putting a spotlight on this great and important program. Although we've come a long way in the fight for equal rights for women, we can always do better. Growing up, most girls aren't told: "you can be a firefighter when you grow up." Continue reading

Human Trafficking PSA Goes Live at LAX

I am proud to partner with Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint in preventing trafficking through LAX. This month, our human trafficking public service announcement went live at the airport.  Continue reading