Women and the Vote

It has been almost one hundred years since Congress ratified the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote in every state in this country. But as it currently stands, it is clear we have a long way to go before we reach full gender equity, let alone equality. We have not done a good enough job of creating the pipeline to incentivize young women to see themselves as elected officials. It is not only good for our City to have gender parity, but it is good for our society. Continue reading

Welcoming a New Face to the LA Chamber

Just before the end of September, we gathered in the forecourt of City Hall to welcome Maria Salinas to her new post as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and I we were proud to co-host the event for Maria as she is both the first woman and the first Latina to ever hold the post. Continue reading

LAFD Girls Camp Turns Up the Heat

If you have ever read my newsletter before, you know I am a big supporter of our friends at the LAFD. Something I noticed soon after taking office was the real gender gap in the ranks of our City’s bravest. While we have made great strides in integrating our police and other departments, less than five percent of our sworn LAFD recruits are women. Continue reading

Power to the People

I was glad to join a coalition of leaders from the Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and members of the community, who have been a committed voice in the fight for environmental justice. Growing up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, I have seen firsthand what it is like to bear the burden of the City’s progress.  Continue reading

Sun Valley Recreation Center Receives an Upgrade

At the end of September, I joined the Department of Recreation and Parks for the Ribbon Cutting of a new playground at the Sun Valley Recreation Center. I am working every day to make sure that our communities get the resources they need to thrive. Using state and local funds, and with the support of Recreation and Parks, we are in the process of updating the playgrounds and surfaces at several parks in my District. Continue reading

Art and Culture in Our Own Backyard

On Friday, September 28, we transformed the Van Nuys Civic Center into the biggest arts festival my District has ever seen. With help from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Dyson & Womack, my staff, and so many more, we packed the Civic Center with music, food trucks, live performances, art-making, craft vendors, a beer garden, and more than can fit in this little article. Continue reading

City Hall Welcomes Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando

It was my distinct pleasure to recognize the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) for winning the California State Fair's Youth Mariachi Competition on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Founded in 2000, by members of the Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, MMAP was created by the late Señor Natividad “Nati” Cano, founder of the world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the City of San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department. Continue reading

San Fernando Valley’s Newly Elected Official

On Saturday, September 22, a truly impressive roundup of Los Angeles and California elected officials converged at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in Sylmar to welcome San Fernando Valley's newest elected official, Luz Rivas. I have known Luz since our days at San Fernando High School! Now, Assemblywoman Rivas has headed off to Sacramento to fight for the people she grew up with and the community she grew up in. Continue reading

Latinos Shaping the Future of STEM

On September 21, I was joined by members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - Los Angeles Professional Chapter, as I recognized them for their work to create a more diverse engineering field and supporting Hispanic Angelenos already hard at work. Continue reading

Making Our Streets Safer

On Thursday, September 20, I was joined by Councilmember David Ryu and officials from the Department of Transportation as we unveiled a traffic sign in memory of Traffic Enforcement Officer Gregory Park. Officer Park was killed this past July when he was struck by a vehicle in the line of duty. Until that day, only one other Traffic Enforcement Officer had been killed on the job in our City's history. But this is not a number to be celebrated. Continue reading