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!

2016 Summer Movie Nights

Join us for one of our Summer Movie Nights in the district.  We held our first in Panorama City in June, and our next one is this Friday night in Sun Valley.  We’ll be showing the “Minions” this week, and you can check out the rest of our movie nights throughout the district: Continue reading

Recognizing LGBT Pride in the Valley

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month! There are many LGBT Pride celebrations throughout the City, and I’m honored to represent the community at many of these events, but it is even more important to me to bring resources to families in our district.  When a family member comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, it is often something the rest of the family isn’t prepared to deal with and they turn to others for help.  It is our responsibility as a community to provide those resources for our youth and families here in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

Giving Voice to Victims of Sexual Violence

Rarely do we hear the voices of the victims of sexual violence.  When a women is raped or assaulted too often we never hear her story. Last Friday, I led a group of 22 women in giving voice to one victim.  Many of us have heard the story of the sexual assault out of Stanford University that led to the six month jail sentence and probation to the perpetrator, Brock Turner.  During sentencing, the victim “Emily Doe” prepared a statement that gave a vivid picture of her experience, and the impact the assault has had on her life since.  Her words are a powerful reminder of the devastating nature of sexual assault.  I chose to bring together women from Peace Over Violence, Planned Parenthood, the Commission on the Status of Women, as well as women leaders inside City Hall to read Emily Doe’s statement – word for word. My goal was to remind my colleagues, and the public, that we must take sexual violence seriously.  We must take every measure available to us to protect our women and girls from this type of violence.  I encourage you to read Emily Doe’s statement, or watch the video of our presentation on my Facebook Page. Leaders from throughout California are taking steps to ensure that perpetrators of this type of assault are not let off as leniently as Brock Turner was.  Assembly Member Evan Low introduced AB2888 to prohibit probation as a sentence in these cases, and last week I called on my colleagues to endorse that legislation. We must remain ever vigilant in our fight against sexual violence that targets women, children, and other vulnerable people in our community.