Community Spotlight: Arleta Neighbors Emergency Response Team (NERT)

When a couple of large tree limbs fell and blocked an alleyway that people use to get to their garages in Arleta, a few neighbors jumped into action!  These neighbors made quick work of the fallen tree, and opened up the alley for the families that live there. These neighbors decided to work with each other and create the Neighbors Emergency Response Team (NERT) to respond and help one another with quality of life issues in their immediate community. Continue reading

Women at the LA Fire Department

LAFD recently announced two exciting leadership promotions within the department which are exciting for women fire fighters! Kady Kepner was born and raised in the Valley, and now she has been promoted to be a Battalion Chief in Battalion 10, which covers much of Council District 6. Assistant Chief Kristin Crowley will soon assume the leadership role of the Fire Prevention Bureau for the City.  Chief Crowley will become the first-ever female Fire Marshall for our City! Congratulations Chief Kepner and Chief Crowley! Continue reading

Al Piantanida Square

Al Piantanida was a real community leader in Arleta and Panorama City. He was instrumental in the efforts to get a traffic signal at the intersection of Woodman Ave/Montague St/Parthenia St. When Valor Academy opened their doors, it was clear we needed a light to help improve safety for their students, as well as others like the folks going to Calvary Lutheran Church. "Big Al," as he was known, worked tirelessly to improve his neighborhood. We lost him one year ago, and to honor his memory his widow, Gina and I unveiled the new "Al Piantanida Square" signs at this intersection. We were joined by many in the community, and it's a fitting tribute for his hard work in making this intersection safer for kids and families in the neighborhood. Thanks to LADOT Official for making this happen. Also thanks to Pastor Walter Clarke from Panorama Baptist Church and Principal Maurice Regalado from Valor Academy Middle School for speaking. Thanks to Gina and all of Big Al's friends for making the unveiling a special tribute.  

Women's Equality Day Panel 2016

Women’s Equality Day is when we celebrate the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed a woman’s right to vote.  We also must dedicate ourselves to continuing to push forward equality for women throughout the political world.  Though there have, previously, been up to five women on the 15-member Los Angeles City Council at any one time, today I am the only woman serving there.  We’re headed in the wrong direction. Continue reading

National Night Out 2016 in the 6th District

Tuesday night community members throughout our district came out to participate in “National Night Out!”  This is an amazing annual community –building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  Here’s a snapshot of the activities that happened in the Sixth District this week: Continue reading

Meet my "Ready for Women" Fellows

  I’m the only elected woman out of 18 City Hall officials, and I know the difficult challenges that our leaders and community members face. I’m committed to encouraging girls and women to pursue leadership positions. In 2014 I launched a 9-week summer fellowship program that has been committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of female political leaders. Now in its third year, fellows are introduced to the importance of political leadership and develop a foundation in public policy.  The program selects candidates who are deeply driven, passionate about improving their community, have proven that they are motivated in school and involved in extracurricular activities. Continue reading

Fighting Human Trafficking at Summer Night Lights

The City’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program hosts a summer series each year called Summer Night Lights.  Summer Night Lights is a public and private partnership directed at strengthening community resiliency to the influence of gangs and gang violence.  It operates in 32 locations across the City of Los Angeles, keeping recreation centers and parks open between the hours of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the summer months.  Two of those locations are in the Sixth District:  Sepulveda Recreation Center and Sun Valley Recreation Center.  Continue reading

Summer Movies in the Park Continue

This summer we’re showing a series of fun family movies at parks throughout the Sixth District.  We have been to the Sun Valley Recreation Center, North Hills Park, Fernangeles Recreation Center, and the Branford Recreation Center.  I am grateful for all the amazing community organizations that have helped out, and the studios for lending us the movies for the community!  We’ve had up to 300 people per movie night show up and take advantage of the fun family event in our amazing city parks.  We’ll wrap up the summer movies in the park series on August 12th with Kung Fu Panda at the Van Nuys Civic Center! I hope you’ll bring your family and join us! 

Recognizing Great Public Servants

Two public servants who served Los Angeles and the Valley with distinction have recently retired from the City, and it is important to recognize their individual accomplishments. Continue reading

Neighborhood Council Presidents Meeting

Neighborhood Councils are an important way for the community to engage with City government and make positive changes.  As the Councilwoman for District Six, I know that every neighborhood has unique needs, but that there are common issues throughout our district that we can work together to improve.  That’s why I called a meeting of the leaders of the all the neighborhood councils in our district in early June – to identify big issues we could all work on together.  We talked about homelessness, and we recognize that we must work together so that the problem doesn’t just get pushed from one neighborhood council to another.  We also talked about the recently approved City budget, which will help us address common issues throughout the district and neighborhood councils:  from increasing street lighting and repairing sidewalks, to fighting homelessness in a comprehensive way, while continuing the great work of the Valley Human Trafficking Taskforce.  As we work together, as various neighborhood councils and as a district, we’ll be much more successful at improving the community for everyone. Thank you to all of these community leaders for volunteering their time to help improve the Sixth District!