Keeping our immigrant families safe

During these uncertain times in our country, many families are living in fear.  As a mom, I can’t even imagine the horror of going to the grocery store, and being detained leaving my daughter alone.  I understand why so many of our immigrant families are turning to anyone who offers to help protect them.  That’s why, as a City, we must protect our most vulnerable residents from being victims of predatory “notarios.” Far too often people who have no legal training will represent themselves as qualified to provide immigration help – and take large sums of money from vulnerable immigrants, but leave these folks no better protected.   Continue reading

Women's History Month 2017

We celebrated Women’s History Month throughout March in the City of Los Angeles.  I was pleased to lead the City Council in many of those efforts where we highlighted the incredible talents and contributions of women in the City of Los Angeles. On International Women’s Day, the organizers of the mid-January Women’s March called for a day of protest and action called, “A Day Without A Woman.”  As the only woman on the City Council, and a fierce advocate for the people of Council District 6, I wasn’t going to step away from the City Council and let the men run things without me for the day, so I decided instead to bring the women who work for the City of Los Angeles into Council Chambers to have our own demonstration.  For nearly an hour we shut down the work of the City Council and demonstrated to employees throughout the City what a day without women would look like.  I led the City’s women employees as we, one-by-one, stepped to the microphone and announced our name and role within the City.  This demonstration showed how every department in the City is dependent on the contributions of a talented, smart, and dedicated female workforce.  Well over two hundred women participated, and though that’s a fraction of the female workforce of the City, it filled the Council Chambers to capacity, and made a clear impact.  Continue reading

LAFD Girls Camp

A fire department that reflects the communities it serves is something Los Angeles must achieve, and one area where we fall short is in female firefighters.  The LAFD is taking aggressive steps to recruit more women and minorities to the force, and I am thrilled to partner with the fire department with the 2nd annual LAFD Girls Camp.  This was our second camp for girls from throughout the City, and this year we brought the camp to the 6th District at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City. Continue reading

Spotlight: Galaxy of Comics

When you see Galaxy of Comics on Saticoy in Lake Balboa, you might be tempted to think it is just another comic book store.  You’d be mistaken.  Galaxy of Comics has become a bit of a hang-out location for a wide variety of people from throughout the San Fernando Valley. Owner Warren Jaycox explains, “We want this to be a place that serves the avid comic book reader, while also being comfortable and welcoming to someone who has never picked up a comic book before.” Continue reading

Speedhump Program Re-Starting

I’m excited to announce that the City’s Speed Hump Program has started up again.  It will be a small program to start, but it will get us headed in the right direction and help make some streets safer.  The applicant period will be limited to 45 days and 30 applications per council district. That application window can close before 45 days if the 30 applications are submitted before the deadline. Continue reading

Addressing Homelessness with our HOPE Teams: Mia's Story

When the City Council authorized new HOPE teams to assist with homelessness, I saw the value and was successful in getting the first team assigned to the Valley.  These teams work with our homeless community, Sanitation, LAHSA, and together they develop relationships which are helping to get many homeless people off the streets and into the services they need.  I was heartened to read about Mia’s story, shared with us by LAPD: Continue reading

2nd Annual LAFD Girls Camp

In early April, I’ll be sponsoring Los Angeles’s 2nd LAFD Girls Camp.  This time it’ll be housed right here in Council District 6 at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City.  This Camp asks girls if they’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire fighter? Girls 14-18 are invited to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter with a two-day hands-on program taught by some of the City’s female firefighters and cadets.  They’ll learn about career opportunities and enjoy fun activities with actual firefighting tools and equipment.  To find out more, visit lafd-camp.eventbrite.com or call 213.893.9899  

Welcoming New Firefighters to LA

When someone signs up to be a Los Angeles Firefighter, they are embarking on a very intense process.  Before even being admitted to the training, they face a serious of tests and evaluations.  The training is then an intense twenty week program that tests each recruit by pushing them to the extremes that firefighters might encounter protecting our community. It is an incredible honor to see these recruits graduate after their training.  Last week, I joined Chief Terrazas, along with Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, and Councilman Blumenfield at the graduation of LAFD Recruit Class 2016-1.  This group of 45 new firefighters, 43 men and two women, started service to our City on Monday morning! Continue reading

Latina History Day: HOPE

Latina History Day celebrates the many accomplishments of Latinas in the United States. For the past 15 years, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) has worked with the City Council to declare a day in March as Latina History Day. This year’s resolution coincided with HOPE’s Latina History Day Conference. The Latina History Day conference, for which Latina History Day in California was created, draws over 900 women to celebrate the historic accomplishments of Latinas and gives them the opportunity to partake in forums on corporate advancement, the state of public education and financial empowerment. This is the 26th year that HOPE has been putting this conference together.  This year’s theme is “Embrace the Journey.”  I was honored to present HOPE with this year’s Latina History Day resolution at the City Council last Friday.

Hidden Figures: Inspiring LA's Girls

February was Black History Month, and to celebrate my colleagues Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Councilmember Curren Price joined me in bringing together hundreds of girls from throughout Los Angeles to a special private screening of Hidden Figures. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  It depicts the real-life story of three African American women who were instrumental in the early days of the United States’ space exploration program. Continue reading