Dear Friend:

This month, I launched a new program in the East Valley to beautify our neighborhoods and help our neighbors experiencing homelessness get a fresh start, called Clean Streets Clean Starts.

The Clean Streets Clean Starts program, led by Don Larson, is a community partnership that recruits homeless volunteers to work on beautification projects in the local community.

Through its partnership with my office, the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, nonprofits, businesses, churches, and law enforcement, the program allows homeless individuals to participate in a work program that builds their job skills, provides mentorship, connects them with services and ultimately sets them up on a path to transitional and full-time employment and housing, once they complete the program.
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Since its launch in Council District 2, the cleanup crew has already completed several beautification projects in North Hollywood from weed abatement and trash pick up, to cleaning medians and landscaping. I look forward to keeping you updated on the program's ongoing work in the community.

I am committed to tackling homelessness in our community, and working collectively with our community members and local partners to move towards solutions.  I f have any questions or comments, please contact me:  paul.krekorian@lacity.org  or (818) 755-7676.
Very truly yours, 

Paul Krekorian
LA City Councilmember, Second District
TOP STORIES
Krekorian Kicks off Summer with 
3rd Annual NoHo Summer Nights Concert Series



NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Get ready for the 2019 season of NoHo Summer Nights! This year, we're bringing more live concerts to North Hollywood featuring bigger bands and more local talent. From now through August 3, the eight-week outdoor event series will bring a dazzling array of music to the park on Saturday nights. And best of all, it's free and fun for the whole family. 
 
Each Saturday, you'll enjoy an impressive lineup of live performances from popular bands, including tributes to Elton John, the Beatles, along with fantastic Latin, Ukrainian, Middle Eastern, Hip Hop and Celtic music. You won't want to miss a single concert. 

To see the full schedule of concerts and RSVP, 
 
The  NoHo  Summer  Nights outdoor concert series is sponsored by Councilmember Krekorian in partnership with Valley Cultural Center, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Recreation and Parks, alongside a whole host of community partners.
City Leaders Announce New Plan for Cleanups 
and Services Around Homeless Encampments



LOS ANGELES -  This week , city leaders announced plans for a new strategy to overhaul the City's approach to street cleanups, deliver services to homeless Angelenos living in encampments, and address illegal dumping. Councilmember Krekorian joined Mayor Garcetti along with Councilmembers Bonin, O'Farrell and Price to share details about the proposal. 

The new plan aims to reshape the City's sanitation teams by a creating neighborhood-based approach that will use data-driven tools to provide public health services to encampments, identify areas of highest need, and ensure that the hardest-hit areas receive regularly scheduled cleanups and hygiene services. 

Comprehensive cleaning and rapid engagement teams, or CARE teams, will be regionally assigned, enabling the City to target and deploy clean up services more efficiently, and help sanitation workers build stronger relationships with homeless Angelenos in desperate need. The teams will also receive specialized mental health training and deliver public health resources - including daily trash collection and mobile restrooms - to homeless communities.

During the budget process, Councilmember Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, helped approve additional funding to improve services around homeless encampment cleanups and advocated to bring more resources to the San Fernando Valley.  The proposal will significantly increase the number of cleanup teams dedicated to the Valley.

The proposal awaits further review by several City Council committees before it will go before the full City Council for a vote. Our Valley News will bring you more updates as the plan moves forward.
LA Passes Ban on Section 8 Discrimination


LOS ANGELES -  This week , the City Council unanimously voted to prohibit discrimination against Section 8 tenants in Los Angeles. The new law, introduced by Councilmember Krekorian, will make it unlawful for landlords to refuse tenants only based on their use of housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers as a source of income to pay rent.

"We're facing a homelessness crisis, and we have one of the least affordable housing markets in the entire nation," said Councilmember Krekorian. "We just can't tolerate a situation where otherwise qualified tenants are turned away by landlords because of the fact that they have a voucher. As the ordinance rolls out, we are also looking at ways to streamline the process and expand incentives in order to address concerns from landlords and make it easier for more property owners to participate in the program.

The ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
LA Celebrates Tap Water Day

LA celebrates Tap Water Day

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Krekorian joined city leaders to celebrate the fifth annual Tap Water Day. During the annual event, the LADWP announced plans to install or refurbish 200 drinking water stations city-wide for the enjoyment and health of all residents and visitors to Los Angeles. 

The new hydration stations will be placed at a variety of locations in all of the council districts throughout the city where residents can fill up their reusable water bottles with clean, refreshing water. 

"Safe, clean, reliable drinking water is a fundamental human right, and it is essential to the health and well-being of Angelenos," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. "Tap Water Day is the perfect time to celebrate the high-quality drinking water millions of residents and visitors across Los Angeles can access in their homes, businesses, and facilities, that is far more sustainable than bottled water."

In 2018, LADWP supplied approximately 160 billion gallons of pure, clean, refreshing water to 4 million people in the City of Los Angeles, all for less than half a penny per gallon. LADWP staff tested for over 200 constituents in the water and performed more than 120,000 tests on samples taken throughout the city to ensure the highest water quality. While the cost of bottled water runs about $1.22 a gallon, on average, LADWP's tap water costs less than half a penny per gallon. 

Earlier this month, Councilmember Krekorian introduced a motion to study phasing out the sale of single-use plastic bottles at city facilities and city-sponsored events where access to municipal water already exists.

Tap Water Day seeks to reinforce the public's confidence on the reliability of LA's drinking water and expand awareness of the need for greater sustainability when it comes to reducing one-use plastic bottles in favor of filling up reusable water bottles.
CITY HIGHLIGHT
Fireworks Are Illegal in the City of Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES -  As summer gets underway, many neighborhoods across the East Valley experience a growing number of loud pops and bangs caused by the use of illegal  fireworks . Councilmember Krekorian, the Los Angeles Police and Fire departments want to remind all LA residents that  fireworks  are illegal in the City of Los Angeles. 
 
Do not purchase, sell or discharge illegal  fireworks in the city or bring  fireworks from other cities to use in Los Angeles. Possession and/or use of  fireworks within Los Angeles is a violation of Municipal Code 57.5608.1.2, or Section 12677 of the Health and Safety Code. Violators can face serious fines.  If you witness the sale or use of illegal fireworks , please report it immediately by calling 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273).  
 
Each year,  fireworks cause horrible injuries, thousands of dollars in damage and endanger children and pets in our neighborhoods. Furthermore, unsanctioned fireworks can lead to other fire safety hazards, including brush fires and cause irrevocable damage to our communities. 
 
This year, our law enforcement members and fire investigators will be out in communities across the city to enforce against illegal fireworks. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.
COMMUNITY CORNER
Learn to Swim this Summer with SwimLA


LOS ANGELES - SwimLA is back for another season of providing free or affordable swimming lesson in Los Angeles. The program ensures every young Angeleno between the ages of 4 and 17 has an opportunity to learn how to swim. Last summer, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks enrolled 36,126 young Angelenos in swim classes. 

More than 50 City pools will offer lessons and expanded hours of operation. Morning, afternoon and evening lessons are currently being offered through August 13th.  Scholarships are also available. Space is limited, so register today at  www.swimla.org  or call (323) 906-7953.
PHOTOS AROUND TOWN
Last week, Councilmember Krekorian hosted a Homeless Connect Day in Van Nuys to bring services and resources to individuals experiencing homelessness. Dozens of service providers and community organizations participated at the event, which served nearly two hundred individuals. | Photo: CD2

Councilmember Krekorian honored volunteer teachers from Thailand. The teachers competed a one-year residency program at the Wat Thai of Los Angeles in North Hollywood to teach young Thai Americans Thai language and dance. | Photo: CD2

Councilmember Krekorian's San Fernando Valley Youth Leadership Academy celebrated its fourth year. This year's class consisted of eight high school students from
schools throughout the San Fernando Valley who learned more about how the city works and how to become leaders in their community. | Photo: CD2

Councilmember Krekorian recently hosted an outreach meeting to connect businesses impacted by the structural fire on Lankershim Boulevard with resources to help them recover. | Photo: CD2
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Summer Movies at the Park: Spider Man
Saturday, June 22, at dusk
Studio City Recreation Center 
12621 Rye St.
Studio City, CA 91604

The Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with FilmLA and the Office Councilmember Krekorian is hosting summer movies at the Studio City Recreation Center. 
LA Metro Reduced Fare Sign Up Day for Seniors
Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 11 am
Benardi Senior Center
6514 Sylmar Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91401

LA Metro is hosting a mobile customer center at Bernardi Senior Center to signup seniors for reduced fare TAP cards. 
A Taste of Scouting
Sunday, June 30, 12  PM to 3 PM
Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Join the Boy Scouts of America Western Los Angeles County Council for a tasty afternoon at the historic Campo de Cahuenga during their annual "A Taste of Scouting" event. Taste and vote for your favorite barbecue dishes and desserts, play games at a "Cub Scout Carnival" and learn more about scouting.  During the event, "Chef-testants" from the greater San Fernando Valley area will prepare their best barbecue dishes to compete for People's Choice and Celebrity Judge recognition and prizes. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2UYZ0wA.