Developing a Responsible Minimum Wage

This week, I was part of the first in a series of Economic Development hearings regarding the minimum wage increase proposal. Three studies from economic groups chosen by business and labor as well as the City Council reviewed our motion to increase minimum wage from $9 an hour to $13.25 by 2017, and to $15.25 by 2019.  When my colleagues and I first introduced this motion, my goal was to create policy that ensured that everyone in our City was able to earn a living and still give their children a chance for a better future. And one of the ways to do that is to increase the minimum wage but in a way that is responsible and supports job creators throughout the City. Continue reading

Bringing CicLAvia to the Valley!

I had such a wonderful time joining my colleague Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD-2), as CicLAvia made its first Valley ride in North Hollywood. The new Valley stretch ran 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon.  Continue reading

Celebrating Latina History Day

This year, I was proud to recognize March as Women’s History Month and create the opportunity for our City to remember great women that have changed history. In addition, we dedicated March 13th for Latina History Day because as we recognize all women, we can also remember the role Latinas have played and continue to play in women’s history and American society.  Continue reading

Celebrating Women's History Month

Today in Council, we kicked off Women's History Month by recognizing the great groups empowering women throughout the City as well as young artists whose pieces were chosen to grace City Hall as part of the Expressions of Strength exhibit. With my colleague Councilman Mike Bonin, the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), and all of our wonderful student artists, we came together to stand for equality in our City and our nation.   Continue reading

Joining the fun at Read Across America!

Each year the National Education Association celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with Read Across America events. For 18 years, over 45 million teachers, community leaders and children across the nation celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday by reading together and developing a love of learning. Here in the Sixth, I had a wonderful time joining Ms. Hayes' second grade class at Andrés and Maria Cárdenas Elementary School in Van Nuys.  Continue reading

Cutting the Ribbon on Arleta's Mid Valley Multipurpose Center

Today I was proud to join the ribbon cutting on the long awaited Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center! This 2.6-acre site includes a new single-story, 2,500 square\foot building that has an open-plan interior as well as a snack room, office space, and restroom access for residents enjoying its beautiful outdoors area. Continue reading

Bringing Light to the Night

Sex and human trafficking are not just major issues internationally: they are local and very real issues in the Sixth District. In our neighborhoods, prostitution is a problem that we live with every day. Houses and apartments in our neighborhoods see the evidence of this crime every day as families walk outside in the evening or early morning and see young women selling themselves. Continue reading

Breaking ground on the newest addition to VNY!

Clay Lacy has been a wonderful partner to the Van Nuys community, especially the Van Nuys Airport. As VNY’s longest tenant, Clay Lacy Aviation has not only invested in our long-term success but also the success of our local families and communities. Through their continued support of our local students through the aviation mechanic school and the annual VNY career fair. Continue reading

Going Red with Councilmember O’Farrell

Today I was proud to stand with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell as we discussed the leading cause of death among women: heart disease. Continue reading

Revealing the Panorama City We Love

Homeless encampments are a difficult issue facing the City. While we can’t turn our backs on those in most need in our City, we must also protect the quality of life for the families raising the next generation here. That’s why I am a strong supporter of homeless shelters and nonprofits such as the Rescue Mission that not only provide food for those in need but gives them a shelter and an opportunity to find their way.  Continue reading