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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 14, 2014


 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Mayor Eric Garcetti released his proposed 2014-15 budget:

 

"Since 2008, this city has endured the worst recession in its history. Through a comprehensive approach of meaningful reform and reductions, the city eliminated over 80 percent of its structural deficit while simultaneously building the strongest reserves in modern city history. I'm proud of the work that we've done so far to establish a more sustainable city budget, but our work is not yet done. 

 

"I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues to produce a balanced budget that continues the city’s progress towards enduring growth while maintaining fiscal discipline.

 

"Starting April 29, the Budget and Finance Committee will convene two weeks and a half weeks of lengthy daily hearings, in which we will closely examine every part of the proposed budget and hear from each city department, the public and others to shape a stronger Los Angeles. Our goal will be to ensure that the city’s budget reflects our residents’ priorities and values while working to eliminate the remainder of the structural deficit for the long term."


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first State of the City address on Thursday. In response to the Mayor's address, Councilmember Paul Krekorian released the following statement:


“Tonight, the Mayor set forth a positive vision for the future of our city, which I welcome. As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I share his passion for improving the economy of Los Angeles and working to achieve a balanced budget.


"The future for our city depends on re-establishing a robust economic and fiscal foundation. Our goal will be to ensure that the city’s budget reflects our residents’ priorities and values while working to eliminate the structural deficit for the long term. Small businesses and middle class families in Los Angeles continue to struggle, and continuing the move forward to create new jobs, restore services that are essential, preserve industries that drive our economy, and balance the city’s budget must be our priorities.


"Looking ahead, I look forward to working with him and my colleagues to maintain fiscal discipline and get our economy back on track through focused, sustained efforts, and creative, innovative and entrepreneurial policy.”

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES – A total of 37 submissions from 12 schools made up the final crop of films to be considered for the 4th annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival as the finalists will now vie for top prizes at the only film festival solely for Los Angeles County high school students. The finalists can be seen at lasmf.lacity.org/selections.
 
"I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to all of the extraordinary artists who submitted entries to the LASMF this year,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the festival. “As is true every year, the films that made the final cut prove that the level of talent and creativity of Southern California's high school students is unparalleled. I'm thrilled that our festival once again gives them a forum to showcase their vision. I have no doubt that some of the finalists we have announced will be walking bigger red carpets in the future, so the May 3rd festival is a tremendous opportunity to come and see what the future of cinema holds."

Students throughout Los Angeles County – from San Gabriel and La Cresenta to Woodland Hills and Santa Monica – made the final cut from the 150 submissions the festival received.
 
The final films will be screened during the May 3 festival at the AT&T Center in Downtown Los Angeles, 1139 S. Hill St., at 5 p.m. Free tickets are available via lasmf.lacity.org/tickets
 
Festival prizes will be announced soon. In addition, winning students will also receive an official commemoration from the city of Los Angeles for their work.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2014


LOS ANGELES –Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a motion today that could lead to limiting street sweeping no-parking restrictions on streets near elementary schools within the city of Los Angeles.

“Throughout my career, I have focused on making our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. I am especially concerned about safety on the streets around our schools, which far too often become a danger zone during pick-up and drop-off times,” Councilmember Krekorian said. “Street sweeping parking restrictions in areas around schools during these critical times can aggravate the problem. As parents are left with inadequate parking, many resort to illegal parking in some areas that creates dangers to pedestrians and other drivers.
“Also, it seems fundamentally unfair to write tickets at 8:05 a.m. when parents are walking their children into schools that start at 8 a.m. I believe the City can do a better job of partnering with our schools to enhance safety for children and reduce frustration for parents, and this motion is one step in that direction.”

The motion aims to increase safety near school zones and asks the L.A. Bureau of Street Services to report on the “feasibility of limiting street sweeping no-parking restrictions, on streets near elementary schools, to begin only after 8:30 a.m., and include an estimate of costs that would be incurred in changing the signage to facilitate the change in policy.”

The motion now heads to the Public Works Committee.

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Posted at 2:30 PM


LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian today announced the launch of the Neighborhood Council Beautification Program - an $80,000 matching grant program for neighborhood councils within the second district.
 
"This is a terrific opportunity to upgrade our neighborhoods and strengthen communities," Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. "With these funds, we will work closely with neighborhood councils in my district to kick off beautification and improvement projects throughout Council District 2. These grants will be used by each community for projects that will create an enhanced quality of life for our Valley."     
 
Made possible by the council office’s discretionary funds, the grant program aims to provide neighborhood councils in Council District 2 - comprised of Greater Valley Glen, Mid-Town North Hollywood, North Hollywood North East, North Hollywood West, Studio City, Sun Valley, Valley Village and Van Nuys - resources for community-driven, infrastructure projects that enhance, strengthen and beautify the neighborhood. Grants would help to support landscaping projects, tree plantings, benches, planters, curb cuts and more. The program's creation and launch are part of a larger push to increase beautification and revitalization efforts across the second district, led by the office of Councilmember Krekorian.
 
All projects will be initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the council office and all neighborhood councils are invited to apply for up to $10,000 each.
 
For full details on funding, the application process, proposal guidelines and submission deadlines, see bit.ly/NCgrantprogram.


Posted at 11:43 AM


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved vital funding to repair missing segments of sidewalks along Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, enhancing the community’s quality of life and upgrading public safety. Councilmember Krekorian, in his motion, instructed the Planning Department and Department of Transportation to spend up to $163,400 to fund and build out missing segments of sidewalks in Studio City. One example is 11533 Ventura Blvd., a heavily foot traveled portion of Studio City without sidewalks.

“This is an important first step to upgrade our community and act proactively to fix our neighborhoods,” Councilmember Krekorian said. “I am pleased the funds were approved, but the real work begins now to fix broken sidewalks and ensure that pedestrians in one of the busiest walking sections of Los Angeles can move about safely and easily. Our residents should not have to wade through broken or even non-existent sidewalks in Los Angeles and I am ready to tackle this issue throughout my district.”

The non-general fund money comes from fees paid by developers and is the result of a wider push by Councilmember Krekorian, a boardmember of the Metropolitan Transit Agency, to improve mobility throughout his district. Recently, he activated two new traffic signals in North Hollywood and convened a series of working groups in the east San Fernando Valley to improve multimodal access in the NoHo Arts District and beyond.

His motion also asks the city to study where other pedestrian improvements can be made along the entire stretch of the Ventura-Cahuenga corridor, from Mulholland to the West Valley.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2013

 

LOS ANGELES – Southern California’s only film festival intended solely for high school students kicks off its 4th year as students from throughout Los Angeles County are now invited to submit short films to the L.A. Student Media Festival. Started in 2009 by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the L.A. Student Media Festival invites students from any high school, public or private, in Los Angeles County to submit original films that do not exceed seven minutes in a variety of categories.


“This is an amazing opportunity for all high school students in Southern California who’ve dreamed of displaying their talents on the Silver Screen,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the festival. “Any student with a creative vision and a camera is encouraged to participate and compete against some of the best student filmmakers Los Angeles County has to offer. The festival has become an important and greatly anticipated annual event in the film-making capital of the world, and the hundreds who enter will have an opportunity not only to win great prizes, but also to be recognized with prestigious awards that could help advance their careers.”

  

Student work in the animation, comedy, commercial, drama or documentary / PSA category may be submitted and the winner in each category will win recognition as well as exciting prizes to help further their careers in cinema. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014, and the festival is slated for May 3, 2014, at the AT&T Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

For a complete list of rules, eligibility requirements and submission deadlines, visit lasmf.lacity.org/guidelines or call (213) 473-7002.

 

Last year, the LASMF received nearly 200 submissions with the final 36 works shown on the big screen at the historic El Portal Theatre. To see last year’s winning films, including the Best of Show 2013 winner, click here.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2013



LOS ANGELES –Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement on a proposed contract for the DWP union.


"Through the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Herb Wesson, the city has secured a labor agreement by which ratepayers will gain savings of more than $400 million over the next four years, and billions of dollars over the next 30 years, while keeping rates from spiking even higher. This agreement results in zero pay increases for the next three years, and a substantial reduction in starting salaries for many jobs, while also implementing pension reform. At the same time, we ensured that the Council and the Mayor will retain authority to continue implementing much needed and overdue reforms at the DWP. This contract certainly is not the end of our continuing efforts to reform the DWP, but it is a very important step in the right direction that achieves significant savings for ratepayers. In the months and years ahead, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Mayor as we continue to change the culture of the DWP and institute better practices and oversight to ensure that the people's utility will serve the best interests of the people."


 

 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

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LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Coucilmember Mike Bonin, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and "Jackie" Dupont-Walker to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.

 

"I look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti, my MTA colleagues, and all stakeholders to tackle Southern California's most pressing transportation issues," said Councilmember Krekorian. "Through innovation and efficiency, we need to get more for our transportation dollars and accelerate MTA's work toward enhanced mobility throughout the entire region.  This is a critical moment in our pursuit of a seamless public transportation system that cost-effectively reduces congestion in the San Fernando Valley and all of Los Angeles, and I'm honored that the Mayor has entrusted me with this responsibility." 

Mayor Garcetti is committed to reducing traffic congestion and making commutes faster.  He will focus on continued improvement, expansion, and technological innovation of MTA's bus and rail service.  He will both fight for additional transportation funding and work to improve MTA operations so costs are lowered.  He will seek increased regional coordination and partnership, recognizing that L.A. traffic can result from a trip originating in a nearby city and ending in another.  He also recognizes that transit can catalyze overall economic development by reducing traffic (and its associated costs in lost productivity), improving quality of life, and making Los Angeles more attractive to businesses.  Mayor Garcetti will seek to harness on-going capital projects at MTA and leverage the work of L.A. city departments to stimulate economic development along transit corridors and station areas across the city.  Mayor Garcetti recognizes that this issue requires a multi-faceted approach, including better management of vehicular traffic and pedestrian and bicycle planning and infrastructure. In addition, transportation options are key to cleaner air and a more sustainable environment in Los Angeles.

MTA serves as transportation planner, coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for Los Angeles County.  More than 9.8 million people live and work within the 1,433-square-mile service area. The MTA is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors that includes the Mayor of Los Angeles and three mayoral appointees.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Today Councilmember Paul Krekorian was selected to lead the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, a coalition of representatives from the County of Los Angeles and cities of Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, Santa Clarita and San Fernando.  In accepting the position, Krekorian said the Council of Governments would focus its attention on significant transportation and economic development priorities that broadly impact the Valley and its residents.
 
Councilmember Krekorian was nominated for the chairmanship by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The vote in support of Krekorian, who is also the chairman of the L.A. City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, was unanimous.
 
“I am honored to assume the chairmanship of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments. The challenges facing our communities are best addressed through the coordinated efforts of all of the government entities that represent the Valley,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Increasing mobility, and spurring broad and sustainable economic growth in the Valley, while preserving the character of our neighborhoods, will require forward-looking cooperation among Valley cities and the County. While we may not always have complete unity of interests, we certainly can find consensus about the most pressing, Valley-wide priorities on transportation, jobs creation and planning issues.  I look forward to working with all of the elected representatives and stakeholders throughout the Valley in identifying and implementing long-term strategies for improving our economy and our quality of life."
 
The SFVCOG was established in 2010 to develop and implement policies and plans to address the unique needs of the greater San Fernando Valley region, including transportation, environmental and planning issues. The board meets bimonthly to discuss coordination of government programs while working to provide recommendations and solutions to problems of common and general regional concern.
 
The Council of Governments consists of the two County Supervisors and seven Los Angeles City Councilmembers whose districts encompass the Valley, as well as one councilmember from each of the City Councils of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita.
 
Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

 

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Posted at 4:04 PM


In a letter to the Chuckwalla Valley State Prison Parole Board, Councilmember Krekorian wrote a letter asking for the denial of parole for aronist Mario Catanio. Read the letter here.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES - The City Council today approved a $7.7 billion spending plan that increases the city’s reserve fund, provides for greater public safety resources and increases vital community programs. The 2013-14 fiscal year budget caps weeks of consideration and debate during hearings of the Budget and Finance Committee led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

“I am proud of the balanced budget we approved today, but know we still have a lot of work to do in the coming years to ensure our city continues to remain on solid fiscal ground,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “In this budget, there is more money for street resurfacing, tree trimming and graffiti removal. I am especially pleased that we restored funding for the Senior Meals program, which had been eliminated due to federal cuts. The city’s reserve is now the strongest it has been in a decade, and a healthy budget stabilization fund will make future budgets more stable and send a strong signal that Los Angeles is back on strong fiscal ground.”

The Mayor now has five days to sign or veto the budget.


Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley and the foothills. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2013

 

LOS ANGELES – Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, the Budget and Finance Committee, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, will hold a series of meetings to work toward finalizing the Mayor’s 2013-14 proposed budget. During two weeks of hearings, the committee will hear from multiple city departments and take testimony from the public on how the city can best implement a spending plan to ensure Los Angeles continues down a path toward greater fiscal responsibility and economic recovery. 

 

“My goal in the committee hearings will be to ensure that the city’s budget reflects our residents’ priorities and values while working to eliminate the structural deficit for the long term,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “The people of Los Angeles cannot afford a budget that merely gets the city through another year with short-term fixes, so I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Mayor to maintain fiscal discipline and protect our city’s future.”  

 

The meetings begin Tuesday, April 30 and will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, room 340 of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

 

The Budget and Finance Committee is comprised of:

  • Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Chair
  • Councilmember Mitchell Englander
  • Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
  • Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Councilmember Tom LaBonge 

 

 

All meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 35 and can be streamed live or on-demand at lacity.org, listened to by calling (213) 621-CITY(2489) or (818) 904-9450 via “Council Phone” or by following live updates on twitter.com/cdnews (@cdnews).

 

Click here to view the hearing schedule.

 


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his proposed 2013-14 budget:

“In the three years that I’ve served on the Council, this city has taken significant and difficult steps to reduce a projected billion dollar deficit by 90 percent. Deep departmental cuts, meaningful pension reform and steep reductions in the city's workforce have not been popular steps - but they have been essential in enabling us to close the structural deficit and balance the budget in the most difficult of economic times. Our city is now on a path toward both greater fiscal responsibility and economic recovery and I'm proud of the work that we've done together to create jobs and establish a leaner and more sustainable city budget.
 
“The proposed budget the Mayor released today appears to be another step in the right direction, but any optimism should be tempered by the reality that we still have much more work to do.  Our economic recovery is still slow and fragile, and all of the gains we’ve made in reducing the structural deficit could be lost if the city falls back into its old habits. Starting April 30, the Budget and Finance Committee will begin two and a half weeks of lengthy daily hearings, in which we will closely examine every part of the proposed budget and question the managers of every city department. My goal in the committee hearings will be to ensure that the city’s budget reflects our residents’ priorities and values while eliminating the structural deficit for the long term. The people of Los Angeles cannot afford a budget that merely gets the city through another year with short-term fixes, so I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Mayor to maintain fiscal discipline and protect our city’s future.”  

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2013

 

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his final State of the City address today:

 

“In the three years that I've been on the Council, Mayor Villaraigosa has worked very hard to get Los Angeles back on track.  Our city is now on a path toward economic recovery, and I'm proud of the work that we've done together to create jobs and establish a leaner and more sustainable city budget.  Under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council presidents Eric Garcetti and Herb Wesson, this city has taken significant and difficult steps to reduce a projected billion dollar deficit by more than 80 percent.  Deep departmental cuts, pension reform and reductions in the city's workforce have not always been popular steps -- but they have helped the city continue to close the structural deficit and balance its budget.

 

“The future for our city is bright, but we face many more difficult choices before we can fully erase the structural deficit and restore our City to a level of service of which all Angelenos can be proud. I applaud the Mayor for his continued hard work for our present and our future.  The next mayor likewise must focus on working closely with the Council and taking the hard steps necessary to create a balanced budget that reflects the values of our city and the priorities of its residents, who expect and deserve only the best from their government.”

 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian released the following statement after NBC announced that The Tonight Show will move from its base in Burbank to New York in 2014. Krekorian is chair of the Budget and Finance Committee in the Los Angeles City Council and, in 2009, authored the state’s first successful film and television incentive package.
 
“Obviously, it is a great disappointment that The Tonight Show will move back to New York after four decades in Burbank to accommodate its new host. At the same time, it’s important to emphasize that NBC made this decision due to the specific circumstances of this show and its host. NBC has personally assured me of the network’s continuing commitment to increase production in Southern California, and I will continue working closely with NBC to make certain their promise becomes a reality. The Tonight Show’s move east will not dampen our resolve to fight for jobs in Los Angeles and beyond.”
 
Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents the 2nd Council District. His website is cd2.lacity.org and you can get more information on facebook.com/paulkrekorian or twitter.com/paulkrekorian or twitter.com/cd2news.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES – After months of anticipation, 36 teams of student filmmakers will find out Saturday whether their short movie will take the top prize during the 3rd annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival. The filmmakers, who represent a diverse cross section of schools throughout Southern California, will also vie for category-specific awards and other prizes during the only film festival solely for Los Angeles County high school students. The Los Angeles Student Media Festival was created and is annually produced by L.A. Councilmember Paul Krekorian without taxpayer dollars.

The festival received nearly 200 submissions and the final films – selected by an independent panel – will be screened during Saturday’s event at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. This year, the show will begin with an improv comedy group from Harvard-Westlake School called Scene Monkeys and the program will be hosted by Jonathan Weedman.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4 p.m.: Box office opens, Chef Robért Catering gourmet food truck available for patrons;

5 p.m.: Theater opens with red carpet entrance for filmmakers. Video and photography encouraged. Additionally, a free photo booth will be available for self-portraits inside the El Portal Theatre;

6 p.m.: Show begins and is expected to last for about three hours

Please note that free parking for festival attendees is available less than a block from the theater, behind the Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., though the parking entrance is on Weddington Street, behind the restaurant. Attendees are asked to keep their parking stub for validation.

Students from throughout Los Angeles County – from Beverly Hills and Pasadena to Van Nuys and Glendale – made the final cut from the 175 submissions the festival received. The field was winnowed by a crop of 11 judges who independently reviewed each film. The complete list of judges, which includes Ron Osborn, a screenwriter and former West Wing writer and Alice Walton, a journalist for KPCC, is available at lasmf.lacity.org/jurypanel.

This year, the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation is a proud partner of the Los Angeles Student Media Festival, and will present scholarships to qualifying students whose films are identified as the best in each category. Additionally, the film that is chosen for the “Best of Show” award will receive a $500 scholarship and winning filmmakers will also be treated to a special lunch hosted in their honor at CBS Studio Center with Studio President Michael L. Klausman.

Winning students will also receive an official commemoration from the city of Los Angeles for their work.


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LOS ANGELES – A total of 36 submissions from 14 schools made up the final crops of films to be considered for the 3rd annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival as the finalists will now vie for top prizes at the only film festival solely for Los Angeles County high school students. The finalists can be seen at lasmf.lacity.org/news.

"I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to all of the extraordinary artists who submitted entries to the LASMF this year,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the festival. “As is true every year, the films that made the final cut prove that the level of talent and creativity of Southern California's high school students is unparalleled, and I'm thrilled that our festival once again gives them a forum to fully showcase their vision. I have no doubt that among the finalists we are announcing today will be Oscar and Emmy winners of the future, so the March 30 event is a tremendous opportunity for everyone to come and see what the future of cinema holds."

Students throughout Los Angeles County – from Beverly Hills and Pasadena to Van Nuys and Glendale – made the final cut from the 175 submissions the festival received. The field was winnowed by a crop of 11 judges who independently reviewed each film. The complete list of judges, which includes Ron Osborn, a screenwriter and former West Wing writer and Alice Walton, a journalist for KPCC, is available at lasmf.lacity.org/jurypanel.

The final films will be screened during the March 30 festival at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., at 5 p.m. Free tickets will be available shortly via lasmf.lacity.org.  

The festival will offer each of its winning films a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. The film that is chosen for the “Best of Show” award will receive an additional $500 scholarship. Winning filmmakers will also be treated to a special lunch hosted in their honor at CBS Studio Center with Studio President Michael L. Klausman.

Winning students will also receive an official commemoration from the city of Los Angeles for their work.
 
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LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, wrote to President Barack Obama today asking that he oppose any push to limit or eliminate the tax exemption for municipal bond interest in ongoing fiscal negotiations.

In his letter, the Councilmember wrote, "The City of Los Angeles strongly opposes such an action because it would hamper job creation and place an undue burden on local taxpayers." An increase in interest costs of just one or two percentage points to municipal bonds would result in a sharp rise of tens of millions of dollars annually in additional expenses for the city of Los Angeles.

"Eliminating the tax exemption would not, as many assert, result in wealthy investors paying a larger portion of their income to the Federal government," the letter continued. "It would simply be a transfer of local tax revenues to the Federal government at a time when cities like Los Angeles are already struggling just to provide basic services and to ensure public safety."

Cities throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, rely on bond revenues to fund infrastructure projects, police and fire stations and other quality of life improvements. Municipal bonds also allow cities to comply with state and federally mandated environmental regulations that require significant capital investment.

"Eliminating the tax exemption on such bonds would simply require higher interest rates to compensate purchases for the taxes they will have to pay to the Federal government," Councilmember Krekorian wrote. "As a result, it is not the investors who will be making the sacrifice, it will be local taxpayers who will have to compensate the investors for the additional taxes they will have to pay."

The letter was also sent to the entire California Congressional Delegation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Herb Wesson and each member of the Los Angeles City Council.

The letter is attached and available on cd2news.tumblr.com.

 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents the Second Council District, which includes much of the eastern San Fernando Valley. Check him out on Facebook or Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) and stay up to date with news from the district @CD2news.

 


Posted at 2:53 PM


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council this week voted unanimously to create an Ad Hoc Committee on Business Tax Reform. The Committee will be led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, and will look at ways the city can promote business development and stimulate economic growth throughout Los Angeles.
 
“As this city slowly recovers from the worst of the Great Recession, too many of our families are still impacted by the shortage of good jobs,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “We need to take bold steps to make Los Angeles a place that attracts new business activity, encourages more investment in existing businesses, and creates new jobs that help our middle class expand.  If Los Angeles is going to be restored to its rightful place as the economic capital of the Pacific Rim and the home of innovation and entrepreneurship, we need to make it easier and less costly to do business here, and we need to build a stronger partnership between city government and the private sector to lay the foundation for economic revitalization.  Reform of the city's business tax is vital to that vision.
 
“In my dual roles as Chair of the new Ad Hoc Committee on Business Tax Reform and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I look forward to working closely with my Council colleagues, civic leaders, the business community and labor to seize the opportunity to set a course for prosperity in the months and years ahead. The new Ad Hoc Committee will give careful analysis to business tax reform proposals in light of both their effectiveness in creating new economic activity and their fiscal impact on city services.  I am honored that Council President Wesson has entrusted me with this significant responsibility for renewing our local economy and ensuring that effective policies are enacted for the benefit of this and future generations of Angelenos.”
 
The Committee will also include Councilmember Eric Garcetti (vice chair), Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Councilmember Mitch Englander, Councilmember Jose Huizar and Councilmember Dennis Zine.
 
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LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian today introduced a motion that could lead to a ban on the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines within the city of Los Angeles.

In his motion, the Councilmember, a member of the Public Safety Committee, referenced both the North Hollywood shootout 16 years ago in which two heavily armed gunmen stormed a local bank and attempted to overpower an outgunned LAPD and the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that took the lives of 26 children and adults. In both instances, a high powered high assault rifle was used.

"While high-capacity magazines are not the cause of gun violence, they do make such tragic cases far more deadly," he said.

Currently, state law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines but not the possession of such clips.

"This gap in the law threatens public safety, because on the streets of Los Angeles, high-capacity magazines pose a daily threat to our citizens and police officers," Councilmember Krekorian said.

The motion by Councilmember Krekorian asks the City Attorney, the Chief Legislative Analyst and the Police Department to report on "the feasibility, effectiveness and benefits of an ordinance to prohibit the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines within the City of Los Angeles."

The motion will next be heard in the Public Safety Committee before it returns to the full Council for consideration. The motion is attached.

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[Read the motion by Councilmember Krekorian here

 


Posted at 2:32 PM


LOS ANGELES – With just days before the Jan. 16 deadline to submit films for the 3rd annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival, Councilmember Paul Krekorian called on students to finalize projects to ensure they are able to participate in the only film festival solely for Los Angeles County high school students

The LASMF is looking for original pieces created by high school students that do not exceed seven minutes in length. Student work in the animation, comedy, commercial, drama or documentary / PSA category may be submitted. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 16 and the festival is slated for March 30, at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.
 
“This is an amazing opportunity for all high school students in Southern California who’ve dreamed of seeing their name in lights,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the festival. “Any student with a creative vision and a camera is encouraged to participate and compete with student filmmakers from every part of Los Angeles County for great prizes and a chance to show off your talents in the movie making capital of the world.”
 
This year, the festival will offer each of its winning films a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. The film that is chosen for the “Best of Show” award will receive an additional $500 scholarship. Winning filmmakers will also be treated to a special lunch hosted in their honor at CBS Studio Center with Studio President Michael L. Klausman.
 
Winning students will also receive an official commemoration from the city of Los Angeles for their work.
 
Last year, the LASMF received nearly 300 submission with the final 32 works screened at the historic El Portal Theatre at which the winners were announced. For a complete list of guidelines and more details on how to apply, please see lasmf.lacity.org or call festival coordinator Hrag Yedalian (818) 207-5724.


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Dear Friend,

Like many of my constituents, I was saddened to learn this past weekend that the owner of Henry’s Tacos in Studio City has made the decision to close the business at the end of this month. If true, it would be a loss for our community and another example of unwelcome change that results in iconic businesses closing their doors to the detriment of the character of our neighborhoods and our city.

[Read the rest of the letter from the Councilmember by clicking here]


Posted at 1:16 PM


LOS ANGELES –Councilmember Paul Krekorian, city officials, members of the nonprofit group Shane’s Inspiration and First 5 L.A broke ground today on a new playground for children of all abilities in North Hollywood.

When completed, the playground at Jamie Beth Slavin Memorial Park, named for a 16-year-old girl who in 1983 succumbed to the fatal disease Reye’s syndrome, will include play equipment specially designed to address childhood obesity and other portions for children living with disabilities.
 
“I am so proud to once again break ground on another inclusive playground in the San Fernando Valley,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “All children, regardless of differences in their or their family’s abilities, must be given the chance to play outside and enjoy park facilities. Jamie Beth Slavin Playground will ensure that all children in North Hollywood who want to swing, slide and play have the opportunity to do so. My thanks to Shane’s Inspiration and First 5 LA for  working to make this a reality, and to the entire community for working so hard to lift a shovel and help us kick start this project.”

Earlier this year, Shane’s Inspiration was awarded a $12 million First 5 L.A. Tot Parks & Trails Grant to develop five inclusive playgrounds in Los Angeles County, including one to be located within Jamie Beth Slavin Park. The playground is slated for completion in spring 2013 and is one of three Shane's Inspiration parks scheduled to be built in Council District 2 next year.


Posted at 1:29 PM


LOS ANGELES - A plan that is projected to create tens of thousands of jobs and provide $1.6 billion to the local economy was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council today. The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan includes office space for media outlets, an expansion of Universal Studios' back lot and theme park, and two 500-room hotels. The plan was significantly pared down since originally proposed, when it featured 3,000 housing units that would have caused horrendous and unmitigatable traffic impacts on surrounding communities. That plan changed in the face of strong opposition from residents, and all of the housing units have now been removed from the project.   

[Read the rest here .]
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LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement:

“Today, the City Council took an important step forward in reforming how we make policy. By approving my motion, the Council has committed to ensuring that the policies approved by the people’s representatives on the City Council are more efficiently and effectively enacted.
 
“I applaud the willingness of the City Attorney to engage in this discussion about improving and reforming the City’s policy making processes. Today’s Council debate made clear that our current model for creating legislation may be flawed and inefficient, but there is also a clear consensus that it can get better.
 
“This is a good governance measure and I look forward to continuing the dialogue in the next two weeks so we can all be more effective in doing the work the citizens of our city expect from us. I thank my colleagues for their support and expect to work closely with them and the City Attorney to improve the basic legislative functions of our City government.”

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Posted at 5:00 PM


LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Budget and Finance Committee and one of the earliest skeptics of a proposed plan to build a new stadium in Downtown Los Angeles, released the following statement on the potential sale of AEG:

“Reports that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) may be sold have validated my insistence that the city slow down the express train of stadium enthusiasm and require ironclad financial safety measures to protect taxpayers. At my urging, fortunately, those protections are now included in the proposal, and the City will not be left holding the bag regardless of any changes in AEG’s ownership or financial condition.

“I will continue to press aggressively, as I have throughout this process, to get real answers about the long-term consequences of this proposal in terms of traffic, air quality and many other environmental impacts, and to also ensure that the public has the greatest opportunity possible to consider the issues and weigh in. If those concerns are not adequately met, I will not support this project.”

Download the full release by clicking here.
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Posted at 4:23 PM


Last week, seven residents were injured while trying to save a car crash victim. Sadly, two died as a result of their heroism. Councilmember Paul Krekorian announced today that the community of Valley Village will join together to assist the Good Samaritans who risked – and in two cases lost – their lives helping.

“No one who puts themselves in harms way should have to struggle to pay the bills that accrue as a result of their altruism,” Councilmember Krekorian said. “This community is tremendously appreciative of the efforts and sacrifices of these Angelenos who came to the assistance of a stranger, and I’m proud to join with them in showing our support with financial assistance.”

Want to donate? Here's how.

Posted at 12:02 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement today following the Mayor’s veto regarding the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD):

“I appreciate the Mayor's prompt signing of the budget resolution today, and his validation of the hard work the Council has engaged in to improve the draft he proposed in April. Together, the Mayor and the Council have taken a difficult but responsible approach to solving a $228 million deficit, and in doing so we have taken a significant step forward in strengthening the City’s financial condition.

“This budget advances structural reform by eliminating more than 400 funded positions, and it sets aside the largest reserve in recent memory, while also beginning the difficult work of identifying and restoring services essential to the core functions of city government. In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues on the City Council as we continue to build a sound financial framework for a stronger and brighter future for our City.

“With regard to funding for the Gang Reduction and Youth Development program, the Mayor's proposed correction is consistent with the action taken by unanimous vote of the Council yesterday, and with the clear intent of the Council to continue funding the GRYD program at current service levels."

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Posted at 11:35 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2012 – At today’s meeting of the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmembers Dennis P. Zine and Paul Krekorian introduced a Resolution urging the County of Los Angeles to conduct an independent review of all properties within the County that received a property reassessment that reduced the value by at least 20% since December 2010.

In light of the ongoing District Attorney’s investigation and serious allegations about favorable treatment given to certain property owners, the Councilmembers called for a review of all properties that were reassessed from December of 2010 (when John Noguez took office) that were appraised downwards by 20% or more. It has been reported that prosecutors are looking at more than 100 properties to see if their assessed values were improperly reduced since the current Los Angeles County Assessor was elected.

The City of Los Angeles receives $0.30 cents of every $1.00 that is collected from the 1% of assessed value on properties in the City. In the City’s 2011-12 Fiscal Year Budget, 20.9% of the General Fund revenue came from Property Tax, by far the largest single source of general fund revenue for the City.

Additionally, Councilman Zine called for Assessor Noguez to temporarily vacate the office pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Honesty, transparency, integrity, and trust need to be restored to the Office of the County Assessor,“ said Councilman Dennis P. Zine, Chair of the Audits & Governmental Efficiency Committee. “I have some serious concerns about the potential funds that the City may have been cheated out of if these accusations turn out to be true. These funds could have gone to support critical functions of this City. Our concerns need to be laid to rest by having an independent review of the properties in question.”

"Yesterday, we finished putting together an extraordinarily difficult budget that requires more cutbacks in city services and more hardship for the citizens of Los Angeles and the city workforce that serves them," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee. "At a time when all local governments are facing challenges to maintain public safety and other core services, we cannot afford to allow even a penny of tax revenues to be improperly uncollected. The pending investigations surrounding the County Assessor's office raise serious questions about whether the people of Los Angeles have been cheated out of revenues to which they're entitled. Only a truly independent review can resolve those questions and ensure that taxpayers who play by the rules and comply with the law receive fair and equitable treatment." 

This Resolution was referred to the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

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Posted at 11:52 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement today following the City Council’s adoption of the 2012-13 budget:

“Today we approved a budget that takes a difficult but responsible approach to solving a $228 million deficit and enhancing the city’s solvency. The choices were not easy. We eliminated more than 400 funded positions, making the city’s workforce its smallest since the days Tom Bradley was mayor. But we also continued our momentum toward building a strong reserve and solving our structural deficit once and for all. And, we have begun the work of restoring services essential to the core functions of city government, including in our fire department, Recreation and Parks Department and in our library system, without spending beyond our means. Clearly, much more work is ahead of us, but so are better days as we continue to reinvent the way Los Angeles does business.”

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Posted at 5:23 PM


LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, with officials from the Department of Water and Power and Recreation and Parks, along with community leaders, broke ground on a new pocket park in North Hollywood Thursday.

The groundbreaking heralded the transformation of a dusty DWP water yard into a new slice of green space that will feature benches, playground equipment, and more at the corner of Fulton Street and Vanowen Avenue in North Hollywood. It is slated to open later this year.

“Generations of children and their families will benefit from the steps we're taking today to transform a dusty yard into what will be a thriving and much needed mini park,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Through an extraordinary partnership between the city and the neighborhood, we worked together to help realize our collective vision of revitalizing this area as we continue to improve quality of life in the San Fernando Valley.” 

"We are excited to be part of this project which will increase park land in the area,” said Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Department Recreation and Parks. “Not only will we be adding green space, but continuing with our efforts to improve water conservation through the installment of a smart irrigation system."

"It is no small feat for a new park to be opened in our crowded, land starved city,” said Judy Price, immediate past president of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association. “We currently have only one full park and two mini-parks within our community. Thanks to Councilmember Paul Krekorian's extraordinary efforts, we will now have another park sorely needed by the children living in the area. This is a very happy day for our children."

The entire intersection of Fulton Street and Vanowen Avenue has undergone a stark transformation, revitalizing the region and introducing a stream of developments that have dramatically improved the community. Near the southeast corner, new landscaping, benches and fencing along the Tujunga Wash invite residents to explore urban trails. Across the street, a relatively new “Welcome to Valley Glen” sign and new landscaping greets residents and drivers while county workers continue making a stream of improvements on the northeast corner.   


Posted at 2:09 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his proposed 2012-13 budget. In response Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement:

“With the release of the Mayor’s 2012-13 budget, I will convene a series of hearings of the Budget & Finance Committee,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “During two and a half weeks of daily meetings, we will hear from each city department, the public and others to shape a leaner, stronger Los Angeles.

“Since 2008, this city has been forced to deal with the worst recession in our lifetime, which has resulted in significant deficits every year. At the same time, the city has struggled to address a structural deficit that has caused a reduction in the services on which our residents depend. It cannot be acceptable to any Angeleno to continue a seemingly endless process of delaying hard choices and slowly bleeding city services away.” 

“Our budget must reflect our city’s values, and our commitment to public safety and core services, yet it must also be based on a long term strategic vision based on efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. Our collective success in formulating such a budget will determine the future of Los Angeles and whether we will have a city that does not merely remain solvent, but is set on an enduring path to growth.”

Starting April 27, the Budget & Finance Committee will hold a series of hearings to delve into the intricacies of the budget. The complete schedule is available by clicking here.

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Posted at 5:03 PM


The Budget & Finance Committee of the Los Angeles City Council is set to deliberate on the Mayor’s 2012-13 proposed budget. From April 27 to May 15, the committee, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, will hold 13 meetings with each city department before sending its recommendations to the City Council for consideration and approval. All meetings will take place in the John Ferraro Chambers of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012.

See the schedule here .
Posted at 12:49 PM


On April 18, 2012, Councilmember Paul Krekorian appeared in front of the Proposition O Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee to voice support for two projects in Council District 2: the Verdugo Hills Stormwater Project Concept and the LA River Natural Park Project Concept in Studio City. Here's what he said .

Posted at 3:03 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his penultimate State of the City address today:

“I applaud the Mayor’s vision and his continuing efforts to ramp up transportation projects and to create jobs.  Just as I did when I authored the Local Preference Ordinance, I will work closely with him in bringing Los Angeles out of its economic stagnation and creating a business environment that offers all Angelenos more opportunity and a better quality of life.

“The Mayor gave only brief mention of his anticipated budget proposal tonight, but when he releases it on Friday, I will work with him in earnest to produce a balanced budget that reflects the values of our city and the priorities of its residents. 

“As we pursue the visionary goals the Mayor laid out tonight, we must also ensure that the City delivers its core services to the people efficiently and cost-effectively.  We need to seize the opportunity to redefine our city government and reinvent the way it does business so that, when we finally do reach the end of this dark recessionary tunnel, the Los Angeles that emerges into the sunlight of the other side will be leaner, more efficient and better able to meet the needs of all its residents.”

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Posted at 5:46 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian led the Los Angeles City Council Today in honoring two Valley Glen residents who made history as the first female duo with Down Syndrome to complete a marathon when they finished the 26.2 mile race in Los Angeles March 18.

Antoinette Mendoza and Angela Armenta completed the momentous occasion as team members of ARC, an organization that helps individuals with developmental disabilities, making history by crossing the finish line in 7 hours and 39 minutes and 12 hours and 30 minutes, respectively. 

“Antoinette Mendoza and Angela Armenta are shining examples of the best our community has to offer and I was so proud to honor their achievement today,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Antionette’s and Armenta’s drive to succeed should serve as an inspiration to us all and proves that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.”

Also honored at the council meeting were Rafael Adame and Tim Sathre (ARC clients and athletes who each recently completed their 5th LA Marathon); Brett Bachmann (ARC Executive Director); Jennifer Davis (ARC Day Program Director); Sue Sweeny (ARC staff member); and Doug Dennis (ARC staff member).

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Posted at 10:30 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved a resolution authored by Councilmember Paul Krekorian in support of Assembly Bill 1648, the California Disclose Act. The legislation, from Assemblymember Julia Brownley, is a bipartisan bill that would curtail an unprecedented level of secrecy that now pervades political spending on campaigns. 

"Anonymous corporate spending on political campaigns has dragged down our political system, depriving Californians of their right to know basic facts about those looking to shape our state’s policies,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “The California Disclose Act is an obvious step in the right direction for the public to take control of elections and really understand who is attempting to influence us in our political decision making.”

As a California State Legislator, then-Assemblymember Krekorian introduced two bills to increase the state’s disclosure requirements, including legislation that would have made it harder for special interests to hide behind deceptively named campaign committees.

If approved, the California Disclose Act would, among other things, require the three largest funders of political advertisements to be clearly identified with their names and logos on the ad – whether it be television, radio, print, mailers or on a website. 

"AB 1648 is a far-reaching effort to lift the veil on the hidden Big Money political campaign spenders in California," said Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign, the sponsor of the California Disclose Act. "The endorsement of Los Angeles, the largest city in California, greatly adds to the movement of over 200 organizations and leaders who have endorsed AB 1648 in a call for true transparency in political advertising."

Upon the signature of the Mayor, the resolution will be added to the official list of AB 1648 supporters as the legislation makes its way through the Legislature.

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Posted at 9:39 AM


FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY
Media contact: Jeremy Oberstein, (213) 359-8506

LOS ANGELES – As the Budget and Finance Committee continue discussing details of the city’s budget – and its effect on neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles – members of the committee will take to the road for a series of four Budget on the Road hearings.

During the 2012-13 Regional Budget Hearings, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian – the chairman of the committee - residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the fiscal challenges facing the city and offer their input to help the city close its looming deficit that officials warn could be as high as $200 million. Each meeting will also feature representatives from the Chief Legislative Analysts’ office, City Administrative Officer’s office and representatives from various city departments.

The meetings will take place on:

• Wednesday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fairfax High School, Room G90, 7850 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 90036;
• Monday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, 90731;
• Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Women's 20th Century Club, 5105 Hermosa Ave. Eagle Rock, 90041;
• Wednesday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Van Nuys City Hall, 14410 Sylvan St., 91401.

Each meeting can be streamed live via Council Audio found on lacity.org or by calling Council Phone: (213) 621-CITY. In addition, updates will be posted to @CD2news with the hashtag #BudgetLA.

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Posted at 12:43 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – More than two dozen films from schools and programs from throughout Los Angeles County were selected as finalists for the second annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival. Thirty-two short films from 17 schools/programs will be screened at the March 10 festival at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, where the winners will be announced. Free tickets are available at lasmf.lacity.org/tickets.
 
Last year, during its inaugural run, the LASMF received about 100 submissions from schools all over the city of Los Angeles. This year, the festival sought submissions from throughout Los Angeles County, collecting about 275 short films. The finalists include 18 films from schools within city limits and others from Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, Rosemead and Santa Monica. The complete list is available on lasmf.lacity.org/selections.
 
“After carefully considering nearly 300 submissions, our jury of esteemed media and arts professionals has selected the best of the best from Southern California’s most talented high school filmmakers,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the one-of-a-kind festival in 2011. “Now, the work of these remarkable young artists will be on the big screen at the Second Annual L.A. Student Media Festival, demonstrating the immense talent and creativity of today's teens. I’m eagerly anticipating the festival, which will present us all with an opportunity to enjoy an outstanding collection of films, and perhaps also to see the debut of the next generation's Steven Spielberg. This will be a marquee event for the entire region and should not be missed!”
 
The LASMF takes place March 10, 2012, at 5 p.m. in the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Boulevard  North Hollywood, CA 91601.


Posted at 12:40 PM


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council reorganized itself into new committees today, with Councilmember Paul Krekorian taking the helm as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. In response, he released the following statement:

“During a time that our City faces unprecedented budget challenges, I accept the responsibility of chairing the Budget & Finance Committee with full awareness that there will be no simple fixes or easy solutions.  But with every great challenge there is great opportunity, and we must seize this chance to create a municipal government that effectively and efficiently provides the services our residents need and deserve.  How we respond to this time of crisis will define Los Angeles for years to come, and the work we do now can and must create a firm foundation upon which to build a strong future for our city.

“For eight years, Councilmember Bernard Parks has led this committee with dedication, skill and vision.  His fiscal discipline has helped keep the City afloat in incredibly stormy seas.  All Angelenos are in debt to Bernard Parks for his service as Budget Chair.       

“I am very proud of the record of achievement that we established during my chairmanship of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, and I am confident that the path forward for neighborhood councils is now bright.  While I will no longer chair that committee, I will continue my commitment to a stronger neighborhood empowerment movement in this city.”

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Posted at 5:30 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down a California law written by then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian that banned the introduction of sick or downed cows into the state’s food supply.

“I wrote the Safe Food Law (AB 2098) after horrific evidence surfaced about the abuse of ‘downer’ cows in one of the nation’s largest slaughterhouses,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Meat from those abused cows, some too sick to even stand up, were served on lunch counters and in markets throughout California, leading to the largest beef recall in U.S. history. My legislation guaranteed the strongest protection of meat safety and animal welfare anywhere in America.

“The Supreme Court’s action to strike down California’s law deprives all states of the ability to protect their citizens from meat unfit to be served. Shockingly, by the Supreme Court’s own calculation, as many as 1 million sick pigs could now be slaughtered for food. I think that most Americans would agree that any animal too sick to walk, is too sick to be eaten.

“The federal government now clearly bears the burden to enact stricter regulations to fully protect our citizens and to protect farm animals from inhumane treatment prior to slaughter. I will be calling upon President Obama to now lead the way in protecting animals, people and our food supply."

Bradley Miller, national director of the Humane Farming Association, said that while there is disappointment, there is also room for optimism:


"While we are disappointed that the Court has exempted slaughterhouses, we are pleased that the rest of the law remains intact – and is still the strongest in the nation,” Miller said. “ It is still illegal in California for any entity other than a slaughterhouse, to buy, sell, receive, or transport a non-ambulatory animals, including cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep."

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Posted at 2:58 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – The jury panel for the 2nd annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival, the county’s only film festival solely for high school students, were announced today. The LASMF, set for March 10, 2012, at the historic El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, continues to attract films from throughout Southern California as the Jan. 20 deadline fast approaches for student’s to submit their works of art.

Returning for their second year as jurists are Adam Belanoff, writer and producer of The Closer and Carla Garapedian, former BBC World News anchor. Rounding out the LASMF jury panel are Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for LA; Roxann Dawson, director, actress and producer, whose credits include The O.C.; Richie Duchon, L.A. City Hall reporter for City News Service and former web producer for KCET's Emmy award winning news magazine SoCal Connected; Melinda Farrell, director and founder of the Sustainable Media Studio and former Deputy Director of the California Film Commission; Ed Gutentag, Cinematographer/camera operator who founded the advocacy group Shoot Movies in California; Monica Hicks, Communications Associate for the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga; Suzanne Isken, Executive Director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum; Bruce Postman, Director of Recruitment at Columbia College Hollywood, and former screenwriting instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; Veronique Vowell, film and television location manager, whose credits include Cold Case and Curb Your Enthusiasm; Doug Ward, Academic Administrator and animation department lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

“It’s an honor to be part of the Los Angeles Student Media Festival knowing that I’ll have the opportunity to help cultivate future artists who will fuel not only our creative economy but our a new crop of civically engaged entrepreneurs,” Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for LA. “I know the students will get an immense amount of enjoyment by taking part in this one of a kind festival, especially with such an esteemed panel of jurists guiding them on their artistic path."
 
One film will be awarded the “Best of Show” prize, which includes a $1000 scholarship for the winning student/team. Additional prizes include lunch meetings at studio lots with industry professionals such as with CBS Studio Center President Michael Klausman and comedy writer/director Roger Nygard (Trekkies, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Students have until Jan. 20, 2012, to submit films. For more information, check lasmf.lacity.org.

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Posted at 11:34 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian today issued the following statement after the Los Angeles City Council voted against assuming responsibility as the successor agency for the Community Redevelopment Agency:

“The State Supreme Court ruling that will abolish the CRA has raised understandable public concern about potential impacts in the redevelopment areas in the East Valley and elsewhere. Examining these impacts has been of paramount concern to me, especially regarding Valley Plaza in North Hollywood. I’ve never wavered from my longstanding commitment to economically revitalize Valley Plaza and the surrounding area, which has been ignored for too long, and I never will. Fortunately, it appears that the status of the CRA will have virtually no impact on the plans that are under consideration for the creation of an exciting new development at Valley Plaza.

“Today, the Council voted against the City becoming the successor agency to the CRA to take over its operations as it winds down. It was clear to me that the risks associated with doing so far outweigh the benefits. I cannot in good conscience support any move by the city that could further jeopardize its financial standing by assuming a level of unacceptable risk.

“With or without the CRA, we are going to create a vibrant development at Valley Plaza that will create jobs and revenues, improve the economic health of the region and meet the needs of the neighborhood.”

 

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Posted at 12:48 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES –Councilmember Paul Krekorian, vice-chairman of the Energy & Environment Committee, introduced a motion today that asks the L.A. Department of Water and Power to improve its communications strategies and outreach methods to customers, particularly in weather-related emergencies.

Last week, thousands of Angelenos lost power after an historic wind storm ripped through the city, felling trees, downing power lines and knocking out generators.

“For the most part, the city’s response to the weather emergency has been orderly, swift and appropriate,” Councilmember Krekorian wrote in his motion. “Although the damages caused by the weather event were significant, the storm provides an opportunity to evaluate the city’s emergency response performance and find ways to improve, before a more significant crisis occurs, and ensure residents are kept informed.”

Particularly, the councilman called on the DWP to evaluate and improve its emergency information distribution practices and options to improve its outreach to customers who may be without power and/or internet access. He also asked the utility to report on an array of options it can implement to better estimate times it may take for repairs to the power system after widespread outage events.

The motion now heads to the Energy & Environment Committee.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The City Council today approved a long-awaited historic transfer of nearly 280 acres of open space from the Angeles National Golf Club to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), elating the community that has worked for 15 years to ensure completion of the arrangement.

The 277.5 acres adjacent to the golf course stretch well into the Angeles National Forest and will now be preserved as recreational open space and protected from future development. In addition to the transfer of land, owners of the golf club will spend $42,000 annually for 25 years for trail maintenance, $15,000 for the MCRA to develop signage for the area and $250,000 to create and maintain equestrian trails in the Foothills.

“The area surrounding this golf course is among the most scenic open space in all of Los Angeles, and it was imperative to protect it from development,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Arts, Parks & Neighborhoods Committee. “Today, I am thrilled that a 15-year journey has finally come to a successful conclusion thanks to the persistent efforts of so many in the community, the MRCA and Angeles National, and I am very proud that my office has pushed hard to get this done. Our collective efforts will leave a permanent legacy of environmental protection, recreational enhancements and an improved quality of life in this area.”

“Big Tujunga Wash in and of itself is its own force of nature, an unparalleled capsule of biodiversity,” said Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Officer of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. “This acquisition will extend the recreational resource value of the Angeles National Forest into the San Fernando Valley.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES – During a special meeting on Wednesday November, 30 at 3 p.m., the Arts, Parks, & Neighborhoods committee will hear the City Attorney’s draft ordinance to delay neighborhood council elections until 2014 and automatically extend the terms of neighborhood council board members to 2014. In response, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the committee, released the following statement:

“I oppose this draft ordinance because it is clearly contrary to the spirit of democracy that our neighborhood councils represent. Extending neighborhood council board member terms until 2014 is unacceptable and it continues to be my goal to find a mechanism that allows residents to have a democratic process to select their representation on their neighborhood councils in 2012. I will work with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the neighborhood councils, the Mayor's office, the City Clerk and every other interested party to resolve this issue swiftly, transparently and responsibly.”

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Posted at 11:49 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian kicked off his annual   Holiday Food Drive to Stamp Out Hunger today, asking residents throughout his district and the city to help those in need. 

"Each year, hundreds of thousands of Angelenos go hungry, including far too many in the San Fernando Valley," Councilmember Krekorian said. "I was elated at our community’s generosity last year, but the problem of hunger unfortunately persists. Once again, all of us need to donate what we can to help ease the pain of our less fortunate neighbors throughout the Valley."

Last year, through the combined efforts of many in the community, the office of Councilmember Krekorian collected 1,086 pounds of donations, which included contributions small and large from throughout Los Angeles County.

Donations of non-perishable goods, including unexpired canned goods or boxed foods, will benefit the Sunland-Tujunga Temporary Aid Center and the North Hollywood Interfaith Pantry and are now being accepted at any one of Councilmember Krekorian’s three offices in City Hall (200 N. Spring St., Room 435), North Hollywood (6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd.) or Sunland-Tujunga (7747 Foothill Blvd.).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2011

Neighborhood Council Reform Package Approved

LOS ANGELES – The City Council today unanimously approved Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s four motions aimed at increasing neighborhood council accountability and effectiveness, establishing a path to greater self-governance and improving grassroots participation.
 
“Today’s approval was an important step forward in our continued effort to help strengthen and reform the neighborhood council system,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. “These reforms are by no means limited to my personal vision but are rather the product of tremendous collaboration of stakeholders throughout the city and will advance our ongoing conversation about enhancing grassroots governance. Going forward, I will continue working with the city’s neighborhood councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to improve local democracy throughout our communities. ”
 
The four motions deal with (i) improved training for neighborhood council board members, (ii) reforms in the neighborhood council funding program, (iii) a restructuring of managerial responsibilities from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to regional collaborations of neighborhood councils, and (iv) a streamlined process to handle grievances in order to maintain the integrity of the system.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Zareh Manjikian, the suspect in a North Hollywood murder case that rocked the community and made international headlines after his release from a Puerto Rican jail, was arrested by an LAPD task force outside a Van Nuys courthouse today. Zareh Manjikian is the primary suspect in the 2009 murder of 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan. After an 18-month investigation in which the LAPD, U.S. Marshals and others tracked Manjikian to Puerto Rico, and took him into custody, Puerto Rican Judge Gloria Maynard released the suspect on $50,000 bond.

The judge took that action despite specific requests by the LAPD and the Los Angeles Superior Court not to release the suspect, and after District Attorney Steve Cooley had requested extradition to Los Angeles.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who pushed for a federal investigation into his release, issued the following statement:

“Mike Yepremyan’s family and our entire community have been waiting for this moment for nearly two years and I share their tremendous relief. Once again, the brave men and women of the LAPD have proven that there is no escape for those who prey on the innocent. This case has shown the tenacity, ingenuity and professionalism of the LAPD detectives who were relentless in bringing this suspect to justice. While the suspect is now safely behind bars, however, I will not relent in demanding that we get to the bottom of his shocking release by the court in Puerto Rico. Together, we will get answers and, with our partners in law enforcement, we will find justice.”

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Posted at 2:38 PM


LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian on Friday introduce a City Council motion calling for a $75,000 reward involving an unsolved double murder that rocked Hollywood and Studio City nine years ago.

At around 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2002, the charred bodies of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson were discovered in a burning Mercedes SUV on the 11600 block of Woodbridge Street in Studio City. The unsolved case of thirty-five year-old Tardio, at the time a part-time model and doorman at The Garden of Eden – then, Hollywood’s hottest nightclub – and his friend, Monson, 31, has riveted Hollywood while hesitant witnesses have stymied the investigation.

“For nearly a decade, the Los Angeles Police Department have pursued this case and they haven't given up. But now, they need your help,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “This is an unusual case with lots of intriguing details, but for the families of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson, who lost their loved ones in 2002, this was an unthinkable tragedy. We hope this reward will give police the information to once and for all put this case to bed and give those involved the peace of mind they’ve been desperately seeking for nine years.”


Posted at 10:00 AM


LOS ANGELES –    The inaugural Los Angeles Student Media Festival – set to become the premier awards show for Southern California’s High School students – will take place Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Beaudry Theater, 1201 W. 5th St., Los Angeles from 4 to 8 p.m.

For the first-ever festival, Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office received more than 100 submissions from schools throughout the city of Los Angeles, from Verdugo Hills High School in north Los Angeles and San Pedro High School in the south, to Taft High School in the West San Fernando Valley and Grant High School in the East San Fernando Valley.

Read the rest  here.


Posted at 2:15 PM


Recently, a group of residents in Sherman Oaks became alarmed after they were caught off guard by the construction of a new cellular antennae. The office of Councilmember Krekorian sought to allay their concerns and worked with them to ensure a free flow of information. Below is a letter from our office that outlines how Councilmember Krekorian will push for greater notification of impending cell tower projects and how our office will continue to be engaged in these projects as long as they affect our neighborhoods.

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Dear Neighbor,

On October 30, 2010, residents of Albers Street in Sherman Oaks awoke to find work crews breaking ground on a new project that took many neighbors by surprise.  As part of T-Mobile’s program to expand its 4G Network infrastructure throughout the city of Los Angeles, the crew installed an underground vault and an Above Ground Facility (AGF) - essentially a four-foot high box of electronics that is commonplace on sidewalks throughout the city. The crew also replaced an existing phone pole with a taller pole and cellular facility on the public right-of-way.

When Councilmember Paul Krekorian learned of the project, and of neighbors' growing concerns, he immediately instructed his staff to research the history of the project and to explore every option legally available to help address those concerns.

Over the course of the last 30 days, Councilmember Krekorian and his staff have listened to every concern filed with his office.

Read the whole letter by clicking here. (.pdf)


Posted at 1:44 PM


LOS ANGELES – Following the passing of Joe Cerrell Thursday, Councilmember Paul Krekorian released the following statement. Joe passed away at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo following complications related to pneumonia. He was 75.

“Joe Cerrell was a friend and inspiration to me for more than 30 years, and I will miss him dearly,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “When I was an 18-year-old student at USC, Joe was my professor and my mentor. When I restarted the first USC Trojan Democratic Club in many years, and served as its president, Joe was my guide, helping to impart the lessons community empowerment that have been the cornerstone of my public service career..."

Read the rest here. (.pdf)


Posted at 11:55 AM


LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee, released a comprehensive review today of local democracy following a nearly year-long study of Los Angeles’ 92 neighborhood councils. The report encompasses the wide-ranging views of community leaders throughout Los Angeles and is online at cd2policy.com .

“As Chairman of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, I have made it a priority to gather input from neighborhood councils and all other stakeholders interested in the future of the Department Of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) and the neighborhood empowerment movement,” Councilmember Krekorian said.

Read the rest by clicking here  and read the report by clicking here .
Posted at 3:30 PM


LOS ANGELES - On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, the Los Angeles City Council  moved ahead with a motion by Councilmember Paul Krekorian to expedite construction of a street light at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Archwood Street in North Hollywood. The motion now heads to the Transportation Committee before it will return to the council for a final vote.

On Friday, Nov. 5, Councilmember Krekorian and LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan promised the city and school district would jointly work to speed up the construction process for the light that had been planned for 2012. Today's motion makes good on that promise.

Read the entire statement by clicking here  (.pdf)
Posted at 7:22 PM


LOS ANGELES -  As the City Council continued its debate about how best to reform the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Tuesday, Councilmember Paul Krekorian called for a “truly independent and robust ratepayer advocate.”

Under Krekorian’s motion, the ratepayer advocate would be appointed by a commission comprised of 12 citizens that would include business and residential ratepayers, and consumer and environmental advocates. Four commissioners would be selected from the city’s neighborhood councils, four by the Mayor and four from the City Council.

“The creation of a ratepayer advocate in the City Charter is a crucial step forward in bringing accountability and transparency to the DWP,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. “To be effective, though, the ratepayer advocate must be independent. The selection process I have proposed will ensure that independence, and will ensure that the ratepayer advocate will remain focused on serving the interests of the ratepayers.”

Read the rest by clicking here (.pdf)


Posted at 3:09 PM


LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation announced the launch of the inaugural Los Angeles Student Media Festival. The festival will be the first film and media arts competition in the city’s history that caters solely to L.A. high school students.

The event will take place Dec. 18, 2010, in the Academy’s Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood and will allow young filmmakers who live or learn in the city of Los Angeles to tell their unique stories and showcase them like never before.

“Though we live in the entertainment capitol of the world, our high school students have never before had the opportunity to show off their work in a setting befitting their great talent,” Councilmember Krekorian said.


Posted at 10:28 AM


Councilmember Krekorian Releases eGovernment Apps

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian is proud to announce his release of two new e-government applications designed by his office to increase transparency, accountability, and improve the quality of life and efficiency of city services in his district.

The iPhone and Android applications – available for free online in each respective marketplace – were conceptualized, designed and created in-house, by Krekorian’s staff. They offer constituents in Council District 2 unparalleled access to their councilmember’s office.

“My constituents’ needs don’t stop at 5:00, nor should their ability to interact with their council office,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “With these new apps, we are able to serve residents 24 hours a day. Constituents will no longer have to wait until our office opens to tell us about graffiti, to receive the latest news from our district or to find basic information about our office. Government at your fingertips is now a reality in our office.”

Read the rest here.


Posted at 2:00 PM


Dear Neighborhood Council Leader,
 
As the chairman of the City Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee, I would like to congratulate you on your election to the Neighborhood Council. Through your commitment to service on the neighborhood councils, you have taken an important step toward making your community and out entire city stronger.

Today, the neighborhood council movement sits at a crossroads. Neighborhood councils were born in Los Angeles just a decade ago and we have much to celebrate in what has been a robust start.

Read the rest here. (.pdf)


Posted at 5:00 PM


Dear Friend,

Recently, the city’s Bureau of Sanitation began a series of public meetings about a proposed ordinance dealing with Onsite Water Treatment Systems (OWTS), commonly known as septic tanks. The Bureau developed the proposed ordinance in response to a California state mandate that was passed by the state Legislature a decade ago. Council District two, which has by far more OWTS than any other district, would be significantly impacted by this ordinance.

My staff and I have been in close contact with the Bureau to ensure that the concerns of the residents of CD2 are clearly heard and accommodated in the development of any OWTS policy. In its current form, the ordinance is not acceptable and I will oppose it. My staff and I will continue to work aggressively to ensure that the regulation of OWTS does not have an undue financial impact on residents.

While I strongly believe we need to make every reasonable effort to maintain the quality of our groundwater supply, all such efforts must be made with thorough opportunity for public input and transparency. Especially at a time when homeowners are struggling economically, we should not be requiring them to pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on permits and cleaning fees for OWTS that are working properly and not contaminating the groundwater supply.

Read the whole letter here.


Posted at 4:00 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2010

The First 100 Days: A Special Report
Issues special report and plans to hold constituent meet-and-greets

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian released a special report yesterday to commemorate his 100th day on the City Council since being sworn.

Krekorian was elected on Dec. 8 and sworn in by City Clerk June Lagmay on Jan. 5. From the first week, when storms pounded the Foothills portion of his district - threatening homes with potential mudslides - to a series of violent acts that upset the peaceful balance of portions of CD2, his first three months have been anything but calm.

"But I expected no less, and my staff and I have done our best to address the city's challenges with vigor," Councilmember Krekorian said. "In my first 100 days, I stood up against three DWP rate increase proposals, took action to eliminate mobile billboards from our streets and helped get the ball rolling in greatly reducing the number of medical marijuana clinics in our community."

The report can be read here (.pdf) via our completely new website, cd2.lacity.org.

In addition to the special report, which was sent to constituents Thursday, Councilmember Krekorian will hold a series of coffees with residents on Sunday, April 25 in both the northern and southern portion of his district. Details on those are forthcoming, but the events will include the entire staff and allow constituents the chance to receive an update from their councilmember and meet staff members with whom they will ultimately work to resolve various issues.

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Posted at 12:45 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2010

Krekorian: Diversity is What Makes L.A.Special

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, released the following statement after the committee’s meeting Tuesday. The committee heard testimony relating to proposals to give official recognition to Koreatown by setting its boundaries and to also establish a new "Little Bangladesh."

"Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures, each bringing a unique set of traits to the American table that combine to make our society so vibrant," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. "Our diversity makes us unique in the world, and that unique diversity makes Los Angeles great. The hearing was an inspiring example of how different communities can work together through positive and respectful dialogue for the collective benefit of all. Before the committee makes a final decision, it’s important to hear from all sides so no one gets shut out of this discussion, and I would encourage the affected communities to continue their positive dialogue."

The committee voted to take action in 60 days to ensure that city departments have the full opportunity to evaluate all impacts of the proposed changes, and that the impacted communities and neighborhoods are heard from before a final decision is made. After the committee renders a decision, the proposal will then move to the full City Council for consideration.

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Armenian Genocide Survivor Dr. J. Michael Hagopian To Be Honored
Part of city-wide effort to honor the 95th anniversary of the Genocide

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Council President Eric Garcetti, and others, will commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Friday, April 23, 2010, as part of a city-wide effort to honor the memory of one its most enduring survivors.

As part of the tribute, Krekorian and Garcetti - along with the entire City Council and other officials - will honor the legacy of 97-year-old Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, a  survivor of the Genocide and founder of the Armenian Film Foundation.

Born to an Armenian family in Kharpert-Mezreh, Dr. Hagopian is a Genocide survivor who has dedicated his life to the visual documentation of the Turkish extermination of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915. In all, his work encompasses nearly 400 interviews of survivors and witnesses to the Armenian Genocide and 40 years of research.

“More than 40 years ago, Dr. Hagopian pioneered the effort to document the horrors of 1915, by capturing the memory of hundreds who survived the 20th century's first Genocide," Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. "His visionary endeavor has left an indelible mark on history, giving future generations an invaluable opportunity to hear the truth directly from witnesses long after the last of them have passed away.”

The Armenian Film Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit, educational  and cultural organization dedicated to the documentation in motion pictures of Armenian heritage and life. Its goals are to inspire pride in and to create worldwide recognition of the Armenian people and their contributions, and to preserve the visual and personal histories of the witnesses to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23. 

Schedule: A 9 a.m. reception will be held in City Hall to be followed by a 10 a.m. presentation in the Los Angeles City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

Please RSVP by April 21, 2010, at 3 p.m., by calling Blanca Maldonado at (213) 473-7002 or emailing blanca.maldonado@lacity.org with "Genocide Commemoration" in the subject line. Upon RSVP, free parking can be arranged with vehicle information to a limited number of guests.

Los Angeles City Hall is located at 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012. The entrance to the building, however, can be found on Main Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

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