"Dressember": L.A.-based campaign to end sex trafficking recognized at City Hall

Today, I recognized Dressember and its founder, Blythe Hill. Dressember is a L.A.-based, international campaign to abolish sex trafficking.  Continue reading

L.A. leaders look to reform City's sexual harassment complaint process

There is no place for sexual harassment  in the workplace, including at the City of Los Angeles. Earlier today, City Council unanimously approved a Motion authored by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and seconded by me, to re-examine the City’s sexual harassment policies.      Continue reading

CD6 staff partner with Valley rescue mission to serve Thanksgiving meals

No one should go hungry in our city, including on Thanksgiving. On November 22, to show our gratitude for our many blessings, the CD6 office partnered with the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission to serve more than 300 holiday meals to neighbors in need. Continue reading

Ready for Women: Class of 2017

Every year that I’ve been on the Los Angeles City Council, I’ve had a summer program called the, “Ready for Women Fellowship.”  This program brings together several woman for a paid summer fellowship that gives an immersive experience inside City Hall.  I believe that we must build a pipeline for future women leaders, and it’s my responsibility as a woman holding elective office to help build this pipeline. While working in this fellowship, these young women join high level meetings, develop and execute short-term projects, and have access to see the inner workings of City Hall.  We also hold weekly seminars for the participants to hear and ask questions of key players that can help shape their careers. This year’s fellows join us from varied backgrounds. Angelina Finau is a recent graduate from CSUN with a BA in Political Science.  She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.  Audrey Nicole Soriano is a recent graduate with a BA in Healthcare Policy from Mount Saint Mary’s University.  She’s previously interned with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles.  Elizabeth Garcia is a junior at UCLA, majoring in Political Science.  She has previously interned in the Mayor’s office, and is a volunteer with Reading Partners as a tutor for under-resourced students in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo L-R:  Lindsay Bubar from Emerge California, Danielle Cendejas from The Strategy Group, and Ready for Women Fellows Audrey Soriano, Elizabeth Garcia, and Angelina Finau

HOPE Team Keeps Inspiring

Our HOPE Teams are working every single day to help our homeless residents in the Valley, and every time I hear one of their success stories I want to share it with you.  I often hear from people complaining about the homeless issue – from the encampments to the lack of housing.  It’s a huge problem in our city and region, but by having our HOPE Teams building relationships with the homeless communities and identifying their specific needs, we are seeing concrete results. Recently, Sgt. Padilla with the LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau HOPE Team wrote me, “With some much appreciated help from Michael's Furniture Store, Gobethe 1, LAHSA and HOPE of the Valley the OVB HOPE Team and LAHSA were able to obtain and deliver food, clothing, gift cards, new beds, welcome home kits and misc household items to a newly housed Veteran Patrick and a mother/daughter Rachel and Rebecca. We still have some work to do but this was a great start.” I agree, there’s a lot more work to do, but this is certainly a good start.  I hope nothing but the best for Patrick, Rachel and Rebecca with their new start!

Keeping our immigrant families safe

During these uncertain times in our country, many families are living in fear.  As a mom, I can’t even imagine the horror of going to the grocery store, and being detained leaving my daughter alone.  I understand why so many of our immigrant families are turning to anyone who offers to help protect them.  That’s why, as a City, we must protect our most vulnerable residents from being victims of predatory “notarios.” Far too often people who have no legal training will represent themselves as qualified to provide immigration help – and take large sums of money from vulnerable immigrants, but leave these folks no better protected.   Continue reading

Women's History Month 2017

We celebrated Women’s History Month throughout March in the City of Los Angeles.  I was pleased to lead the City Council in many of those efforts where we highlighted the incredible talents and contributions of women in the City of Los Angeles. On International Women’s Day, the organizers of the mid-January Women’s March called for a day of protest and action called, “A Day Without A Woman.”  As the only woman on the City Council, and a fierce advocate for the people of Council District 6, I wasn’t going to step away from the City Council and let the men run things without me for the day, so I decided instead to bring the women who work for the City of Los Angeles into Council Chambers to have our own demonstration.  For nearly an hour we shut down the work of the City Council and demonstrated to employees throughout the City what a day without women would look like.  I led the City’s women employees as we, one-by-one, stepped to the microphone and announced our name and role within the City.  This demonstration showed how every department in the City is dependent on the contributions of a talented, smart, and dedicated female workforce.  Well over two hundred women participated, and though that’s a fraction of the female workforce of the City, it filled the Council Chambers to capacity, and made a clear impact.  Continue reading

LAFD Girls Camp

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. Continue reading

Spotlight: Galaxy of Comics

When you see Galaxy of Comics on Saticoy in Lake Balboa, you might be tempted to think it is just another comic book store.  You’d be mistaken.  Galaxy of Comics has become a bit of a hang-out location for a wide variety of people from throughout the San Fernando Valley. Owner Warren Jaycox explains, “We want this to be a place that serves the avid comic book reader, while also being comfortable and welcoming to someone who has never picked up a comic book before.” Continue reading

Speedhump Program Re-Starting

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. Continue reading