Cutting the Ribbon on Progress

As we said goodbye to May, I was joined by a coalition of LA's leaders in the fight to end homelessness to cut the ribbon on at the Irmas Family Campus, an LA Family Housing project. This location has a special significance for me. Once the home of Northeast Valley Health Corporation, I worked my first job here at age 16, providing HIV tests for homeless individuals during the AIDS epidemic of the early 1990s.  Continue reading

Cracking Down on Bad Actors

Towards the end of May, I joined City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield to announce a lawsuit against Blue Moon Relax Spas in Lake Balboa and Tarzana. A hotbed of prostitution, I have worked closely with the City Attorney over the years to penalize this and other criminal enterprises that prey on our residents. This “spa” is not only a violation of the permitting process, but it is a violation of ethical values when operating a prostitution ring under the guise of a massage therapy business. Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to a Devoted Friend and Public Servant

It was with a heavy heart that we bid a fond City farewell to Ramon Barajas, who retired from his post as Assistant General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks after 37 years of service to the City. Ramon started with the department in 1982! I know that my District will miss him greatly because, as a Valley boy raised in Van Nuys, Ramon has always taken great pride in his work and has worked with me to improve and increase the supply of parks in our neighborhoods. Continue reading

CAST Gala 2019

On Thursday, May 24, I had the privilege to participate in the 21st Annual From Slavery to Freedom gala hosted by CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking). If you have ever read this newsletter, you know that CAST, its team, and their wonderful Executive Director Kay Buck are near and dear to my heart. Continue reading

Celebrating Excellence on and off the Field

I was so very proud to recognize the young women, men, and the coaches of Birmingham Community Charter High School who won four, count em’, FOUR City titles in soccer, wrestling, volleyball, and cheer. Talk about impressive! These scholars and athletes have put in countless hours of preparation and training, to compete and win against their cohorts. Continue reading

Investing in a Better, Safer Future for Los Angeles

After weeks of careful study and hard work, I am happy to report that the 2019-2020 budget reflects my commitment to improving the quality of life for all of our residents. In addition to providing our residents with critical resources and services, this budget shares my priorities to combat workplace harassment and discrimination, eliminate human trafficking, and strengthen public safety. Continue reading

Celebrating Motherhood in All its Forms

As we headed into Mother’s Day weekend, I joined advocates across the country and on social media to raise awareness of postpartum depression and maternal mental health issues. As you know, I have been hard at work with Councilmember David Ryu to institute full paid parental leave for all working parents in Los Angeles. In researching the effectiveness of similar programs across the country, I came across a deeply troubling statistic: 25% of women in the US have to go back to work just two weeks after the birth of their child just to make ends meet. Continue reading

Keeping It Real With Jeannie Mai

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women's History Month, the City Council partnered with the Commission on the Status of Women to recognize the exceptional women making an impact right here in LA. Whether they are raising awareness of human trafficking, working support victims of domestic violence, or are survivors themselves these women are heroes. Continue reading

Partners in Feminism

For Women’s History Month this March, I welcomed the First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom to City Hall. For her first official visit to Los Angeles as First Partner, I hosted a conversation in Council Chambers before an audience of over 200 students. Along with students from high schools in my District, we also welcomed students from my alma mater California State University, Northridge. Continue reading

Planting Seeds for the Future

For Arbor Day this year, I partnered with City Plants, the State of California, and other members of our City family to plant over 180 trees by Van Nuys Recreation Center and give away hundreds more! As you know, I have been fighting for funding and resources to better protect our District’s parks and green spaces. Continue reading