Leading the Way on Paid Parental Leave

In mid-March I joined Councilmember David Ryu for an interview with Alex Cohen on our paid parental leave proposal. Since being elected to the City Council, I have made working women and children my priority. From raising the minimum wage to committing to building more green space for families, or creating safe working environments for our working women, I choose to focus on issues that will advance the status of women and children.  Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

This month, my office hosted three community cleanups in the communities of North Hills, Panorama City, and Sun Valley. The break in the rainy weather gave my Field Team the mild temperatures and clear skies we needed, so we wasted no time getting to work.  Continue reading

Lights Out for Illegal Cannabis

It has only been a few weeks since we passed the ordinance to give the Department of Water and Power the ability to shut off utilities at illegal cannabis businesses, but we are already seeing results! In mid-March, the LAPD partnered with LADWP to complete a search warrant at an illegal cannabis business in our District. Continue reading

Pink Is the New Orange

Although it is barely spring, Los Angeles has already received a year's worth of rain. Due to all this wet weather, our residents reported triple the amount compared to last year. If you look at just the numbers from January through March of last year, we saw a grand total of 5,918 reported potholes. Continue reading

A Night at St. Gen’s

As part of their Valiant Speaker Series, I visited Saint Genevieve High School in Panorama City for a panel discussion on my experience in politics, and how we can empower our fellow women to run for office and win. With questions submitted by students, we also discussed a diverse range of topics covering some of our City and country's most pressing issues. Following this event and my day at Harvard Westlake a few weeks before, I find myself more optimistic about the future of our democracy.  Continue reading

Honoring Nowlin Haltom

This month in honor of Veteran’s Day, I was proud to recognize Nowlin Haltom for his service to our country. A longtime resident of Van Nuys and the Sixth District, Nowlin is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and served our country in the armed forces until 1970. Since returning home, Nowlin has continued to answer the call of service. He has made it his mission to be an advocate for veterans (especially LGBTQ) as the community outreach chair for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights and as a volunteer for OutServe-SLDN.  Continue reading

Pieces of History in the San Fernando Valley

Midway through November, the Sixth District celebrated the grand opening of the Valley Relics Museum. Founded by Valley native Tommy Gelinas, the Valley Relics Museum began over 20 years ago as a private collection of trinkets and artifacts all relating to the San Fernando Valley. Continue reading

Public Safety Town Hall

This month I wrapped up my Public Safety Town Hall, where I hosted new leadership from the LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau and our new LAPD Chief of Police, Michel Moore. I wanted to show Chief Moore all the amazing work happening here in our communities, especially the work that community members like yourselves are undertaking. Things like forming neighborhood watches. Once upon a time, I myself was the neighborhood watch captain for my block. So I’ve seen first-hand just how much change can occur when communities come together to discuss issues and find solutions. This is why one of my biggest priorities during my time as Councilwoman, has been combating human trafficking through the Task Force I created three years ago. Public safety has always been, and will always be, my number one concern for the Sixth District. Continue reading

Valley Issues Matter

In early October, I joined my fellow Valley Councilmembers and the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce for a panel discussion on all things SFV. In the annual State of the Valley luncheon, we discussed cannabis, scooters, and everything in between. As we focus on solutions to the most pressing issue of the day, we must make sure those solutions are carried out equitably throughout our City. Continue reading

Sun Valley Film Academy Brings Local Talent to Time Square

In show business news, the Sun Valley Film Academy from Sun Valley High School competed in the All-American High School Film Festival this fall, where over 8,000 film kids from all over the world premiered a short film they produced to be screened at the AMC Times Square Theater in New York City. Continue reading