Spotlight: Sun Valley Neighborhood Council

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council (S.V.A.N.C) was one of several project leaders citywide to be recognized by the Board of Public Works on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017, as one of the top place finishers in the Clean Streets LA Challenge! The city launched the Clean Streets LA Challenge last Summer/Fall 2016 in efforts to promote more civic engagement in getting some of our toughest city streets clean. Along with focusing on specific problematic corridors that fall victim to illegal dumping, the Clean Streets LA Challenge also emphasized for project leaders and groups to promote the increase use of the MyLA311 app in their respective communities. This app allows Angelinos and the public to accurately report illegal dumping through submission of pictures and exact pin pointed locations of a request. SVANC chose to tackle the Peoria-Tujunga-Bradley Corridor, an area known for some of the city's heaviest illegal dumping activity. The Sun Valley community along with SVANC's leadership were successful in accomplishing their goal of cleaning up the entire corridor as Vice President Cindy Sower put it: Continue reading

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Annual Toiletry Drive

Every year I partner with key service organizations that work with victims of human trafficking, to provide them with toiletries. When a girl or woman is rescued from human trafficking, she often comes with little more than the clothes she’s wearing.  That’s why the toiletry drive is so important.  Giving these women the hygiene and toiletry items she needs often makes a huge difference in helping her feel some level of comfort and normalcy return to her life. We could really use your help as we hope to exceed last year’s successful drive.  We need things like shampoo, toothbrushes, tampons, deodorant, etc.  You can drop these items off at any one of my offices, or at bins throughout City Hall.  I hope you’ll join me and give a little to help these women. This year’s donations will go to two incredible organizations:  Journey Out and Saving Innocence.  Both groups serve women and girls in Los Angeles.

Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose: Rally to Save Roe & Defending Planned Parenthood

On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, I was proud to join the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, at a “Rally to Save Roe.”  We gathered to send a clear message to the incoming administration that women “Won’t go back” to the days when we didn’t have the choice to make our own reproductive and healthcare decisions. Many women in Council District 6 rely on the services of Planned Parenthood for their healthcare.  Women need to have all the accurate and honest information available to them to make healthy decisions for their own bodies, and Planned Parenthood provides this.  Additionally, many of these clinics provide cancer screenings, various forms of birth control, and other health services.  When the incoming leadership in Washington D.C. declared their first priority was to defund Planned Parenthood, it made me angry, as it will hurt many residents of my district. Ultimately, it is important to me that we send a clear message, that a woman in Los Angeles should make her own healthcare decisions, and men in Washington D.C. shouldn’t dictate those decisions to her!

Women's March Los Angeles

On the 21st, approximately 750,000 women and the men who support them marched in the streets of Los Angeles.  I was so proud to take my daughter with me and to be joined by my husband and friends at the march. Continue reading

Welcoming New Businesses to Van Nuys

I am committed to the revitalization of Van Nuys.  What was once the place to go and visit for shopping, entertainment, and community events has the potential to become that place again.  I would like to see the Van Nuys Blvd. area be a destination again, and I’m working every day to help make that happen. Recently we welcomed two new businesses to the area. Continue reading

LA's Safe Sidewalk Program

The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone. This collaborative effort included three years of public hearings and input from hundreds of residents across the City. Continue reading

New Neighborhood Watch: Arleta and Panorama City

Another newly formed Neighborhood Watch group in CD6 is in the Alreta/Panorama City area.  They held their first meeting on December 7th, and over 45 people attended!  They met at the American Legion Post 817 in Panorama City.   Continue reading

Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

I joined the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week to testify in favor of their new Women and Girls Initiative (WGI).  The WGI was introduced by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis.  The WGI, which the Supervisors passed unanimously, creates a five-year effort to study all 37 county departments for how they impact women and girls.   Continue reading

4th Annual Gift of Reading: Reading is Magical!

We celebrated the theme that “Reading is Magical,” during my 4th annual Gift of Reading events at local libraries. Every year during the holiday season, I bring together school kids from throughout the district to one of our local libraries.  My goal is to help spread some holiday magic through gifts to the kids that hope to inspire them to gain a love of reading and education. Continue reading

Honoring Our Valley Bureau LAPD Human Trafficking Taskforce

The men and women of the LAPD Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force put their life on the line every night when they're on the streets taking on the pimps and gang members who are selling our women and girls. It was honor to recognize them and their hard work today at a recent City Council meeting. I'm grateful for their dedication and hard work to make our streets and neighborhoods safer for all of us, but particularly the victims of sex trafficking. Continue reading