Two Wings honors anti-human trafficking efforts with Ambassador of Hope award

I am so proud of this year’s graduates of Two Wings’ “Qualified Academy”. Two Wings empowers survivors of sex trafficking to realize their dreams through life skills classes and career training. I was also honored to receive this year’s Two Wings Ambassador of Hope award for my work to combat trafficking.  Continue reading

Working to prevent human trafficking through LAX

Airports are hubs for human trafficking. To help prevent it, I teamed up with Deborah Flint, C.E.O. of the Los Angeles World Airports, to inform travelers about what to do if they suspect trafficking through LAX, or if they are being trafficked. Continue reading

Valley Human Trafficking Task Force announces uptick in arrests

I held a press conference with L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and officers from the LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau to highlight the hard work of the Bureau’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Last year, the Task Force arrested more than 700 johns and multiple pimps.  Continue reading

2018 Women's March Draws Hundreds of Thousands to Downtown L.A.

HEAR US ROAR! I was so proud to be among the hundreds of thousands of women who participated in this year's Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles. As we marched for women’s rights, we also called on women everywhere to vote.   Continue reading

Valley community gathers in Pacoima for annual MLK Breakfast

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I gathered with friends and neighbors at the San Fernando Valley Boys & Girls Club in Pacoima for the African-American Leadership Organization's annual MLK Community Breakfast.           Continue reading

Sixth District Partners with L.A. Venues on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

On Human Trafficking Awareness Day, my office turned City Hall blue to raise awareness about human trafficking in L.A. and show support for victims. We also took the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign citywide, partnering with venues across to turn their buildings blue.   Continue reading

L.A. Kicks Off Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

This holiday season, I helped launch the City's annual Christmas tree recycling program. The kick-off was held at L.A. Sanitation's East Valley yard in Sun Valley. Continue reading

Sixth District Wraps Up 2017 Gift of Reading Celebration

Valley second-graders and their parents joined our Sixth District team at the Panorama City Branch Library for this year's final Gift of Reading holiday celebration.   Continue reading

Call for tougher rules for banks that want to do business with the City

This month, in Council, I called for tougher rules for banks that want to do business with the City of Los Angeles. My proposed changes to the City's "responsible banking" ordinance would require these banks to disclose whether they use sales goals or quotas when selling consumer financial services.      Continue reading

L.A. City Council recognizes Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers founding president

This week, in Council, it was my great honor to recognize Rodrigo T. Garcia. Mr. Garcia is Founding President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Continue reading