Renters Relief Helps Families Before Holidays, New Fire Station 39 Improves Public Safety, the Latina Empowered Health Summit and much more!

  Friends, Below you will find stories about my office’s commitment to my Families First agenda that provides relief - in real time - to Council District 6 and the City’s hard working residents with protections against unfair rent hikes and evictions, improved LAFD emergency fire service and tips for young women to lead healthier lives. To combat skyrocketing rent increases ahead of the implementation of AB 1482, a statewide affordable housing bill that limits rent increases beginning Jan. 1, 2020, I authored the City’s first-of-its-kind Emergency Renters Relief Program to protect low-income renters from unfair evictions and rent gouging by unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of a loophole in that bill. We also celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Fire Station 39 in Van Nuys - replacing the oldest active fire station in the City, something I worked hard to bring to the community since my first days in office. And after cutting through much red tape dealing with state departments, the repaving of Osborne Street, from Arleta Ave. to Laurel Canyon Blvd. is underway! First as an emergency effort ahead of the rainy season, and second with a full repaving effort, complete with ADA-compliant ramps along the street. That work will be completed by Spring 2020. I also partnered recently with women’s health advocate Alejandra Campoverdi to promote, teach and encourage health awareness and participation for young Latinas in our community -- a subject that often isn’t discussed in Latino households. And with Phase III of our four-phase cleanup effort underway at Bull Creek at the Sepulveda Basin, my commitment to the safety of all people - those living at the Basin, as well as visitors and nearby residents - remains solid and enforcement of the park’s sunrise to sunset laws in the areas we have completed will continue. Read about these efforts and more below! Blessings, Nury     Continue reading

CD6 Clean Sweep Team Expanded, Sepulveda Basin Work Continues, and El Grito Takes Center Stage

  Friends, What a month September was! We announced our expanded Clean Sweep Team to remove tons of illegal dumping and trash from our Council District 6 streets, as well as Phase 2 of the Sepulveda Basin encampment cleanups in our effort to improve public safety for all and enforce sunrise to sunset park hours at the basin. Also as the Madrina (Sponsor) of the City’s Latino Heritage Month, it was a joy to host the “El Grito” concert and celebration, and to honor in City Council the godfather of Latino actors, Edward James Olmos, and award-winning journalists Andrea Gonzalez and Azalea Iñiguez. I even made it down to the Harbor area to kick off our 7th LAFD Girls Camp at Drill Tower 40 in San Pedro. Always a fun, empowering weekend for our City’s young women and girls. And no September would be complete without the Van Nuys Arts Festival, which reactivated the Van Nuys Civic Center into a glow-in-the-dark wonderland with live performances from The Gr818ers and Selenamos! Read on for more stories about the work my team and I are doing with our families-first agenda to make life better for the residents of Council District Six. Blessings, Nury Continue reading

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Dear Reader, Over these summer months, my team and I have continued to do the work I promised you I would as your elected representative on the Los Angeles City Council. We organized community cleanups, ribbon cuttings at improved parks, and we even introduced a new and safer Roscoe Boulevard. We did some community building at our annual Valley Pride festival in support of our LGBTQIA+ community. Looking at our efforts, I find my work always leads me back to one theme again and again: “families first.” Whether it’s a literal or figurative interpretation of that word - family - it means an awful lot to me. Council District 6 is home to some of the hardest working families in the City - people who get up early and come home late to put food on their kids’ tables. It also describes our family of distinct communities filled with individuals, groups, and organizations who go far and above to make Council District 6 so special. It is my distinct pleasure to be part of, and work for, the families of Council District 6 - Please read on to see how we’re putting families first in our district. Blessings, Nury Continue reading

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