New Neighborhood Watch: Arleta and Panorama City

Another newly formed Neighborhood Watch group in CD6 is in the Alreta/Panorama City area.  They held their first meeting on December 7th, and over 45 people attended!  They met at the American Legion Post 817 in Panorama City.   Continue reading

Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

I joined the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week to testify in favor of their new Women and Girls Initiative (WGI).  The WGI was introduced by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis.  The WGI, which the Supervisors passed unanimously, creates a five-year effort to study all 37 county departments for how they impact women and girls.   Continue reading

4th Annual Gift of Reading: Reading is Magical!

We celebrated the theme that “Reading is Magical,” during my 4th annual Gift of Reading events at local libraries. Every year during the holiday season, I bring together school kids from throughout the district to one of our local libraries.  My goal is to help spread some holiday magic through gifts to the kids that hope to inspire them to gain a love of reading and education. Continue reading

Honoring Our Valley Bureau LAPD Human Trafficking Taskforce

The men and women of the LAPD Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force put their life on the line every night when they're on the streets taking on the pimps and gang members who are selling our women and girls. It was honor to recognize them and their hard work today at a recent City Council meeting. I'm grateful for their dedication and hard work to make our streets and neighborhoods safer for all of us, but particularly the victims of sex trafficking. Continue reading

Peace Over Violence Recognition

I was recognized by Peace Over Violence for my daily stand against violence against women in the City of Los Angeles.  Peace Over Violence is an incredible organization that works tirelessly to end sexual violence against women.  They lead us annually in “Denim Day” which highlights the struggles victims often face when their attackers place blame for his assault on the characteristics or activities of the victim.  Peace Over Violence reminds us that no one invites someone else to rape them, and there can be no excuses for sexual violence.  They also remind us that it is the responsibility of every one of us to be advocates against sexual violence. Continue reading

Champion of Choice

I was incredibly honored to be recognized by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles as one of this year’s “Champions of Choice.”  I was honored along side Sarah Aubrey of TNT, musician Sara Bareilles, and actress Gina Rodriguez.  These are all really strong women who speak up and take action to defend a woman’s rights to dictate her own reproductive health.  I couldn’t be prouder to stand with them. Continue reading

Addressing Homelessness in CD6

  On October 13th, I hosted a Homeless Town Hall at Rosa Parks Learning Center in North Hills.  We all know that homelessness is a serious and complex  problem in our communities, so I wanted to tackle the issue head on with residents of Council District Six.  There are no easy solutions, but my commitment is to the people who live and work in CD6, and the families and kids who walk to school on our sidewalks and play in our parks. We must have a healthy and safe environment for everyone.         Continue reading

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.