Welcome to the Valley!

I love the San Fernando Valley. It's where my wife and I are raising our children, where my parents are enjoying their golden years and home to the best people in the nation. It is an honor to serve and a privilege to represent the Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.

Please explore the resources offered on this website and remember that my staff and I, whether based out of my district office in Reseda or at City Hall, are here to serve you above all else. Please feel free to stop by – we are ready to help. Together we will work to achieve our shared goals and create the Los Angeles it should, can, and deserves to be. 

Thank you.



Councilmember, Third District



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    Recap of Emergency COVID-19 Emergency City Council Meeting

    Yesterday, we held a historic emergency Los Angeles City Council session to tackle many critical COVID-19 related issues right now. We passed measures that will: Protect renters by prohibiting COVID-19 related evictions, be they financial, health or other; Require paid sick leave for workers left out by new federal mandates; and Add new sanitary protections for workers and require grocery stores to set senior-only shopping time. We also took a big step to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 financial catastrophe.  And, we did it all remotely during the first virtual LA City Council meeting using video conferencing and telephone call-in for public comments. During the eleven-hour meeting, we heard voices from all around the City, folks who recently lost their jobs worried about making rent, ‘Mom and Pop’ landlords concerned about mortgage payments and their nest egg, small business people persevering to open doors and keep workers employed, and many other struggling Angelenos. Some were angry, others grateful, many had helpful ideas, most were concerned and just wanted solutions. We listened, debated issues, amended proposals, and we voted on legislation. We passed an eviction prohibition during the pandemic that is one of the strongest in the country and goes well beyond Governor Newsom’s. Even so, some wanted it to go further to prohibit all evictions, even those necessitated by criminal activity, destruction of property, etc. That amendment did not pass, but because of language that Councilmember Koretz introduced and I seconded, we were able to strengthen tenant rights during this emergency by ensuring that you can’t be evicted for: Having too many people in your rental (providing elderly relatives refuge, etc.); Excessive noise that naturally happens when kids are home all day; and Other understandable COVID-19 related situations when families are practicing quarantine and self-isolation. Because civil court closures prevent evictions right now, the moratorium will be most helpful when the emergency is over. Its protection gives nervous renters some peace of mind. Included in the eviction moratorium ordinance is an important provision that allows renters to pay back missed rent that occurred during the COVID-19 emergency time frame, over 12-months after the emergency declaration ends with no interest charged or late fees levied on back rent payments. Landlords will be given some mortgage payment delay/flexibility by the Federal and State governments that will help them manage these delays in rental income.
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    COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

    Yesterday Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced stay home orders throughout the County of Los Angeles to stay home due to the rising threat of COVID-19. This order is very serious and is meant to help save lives, but it is not a “lock down” – you can still leave home for essential trips including: The grocery store and pharmacy Outside for exercise (please stay six feet from others) The doctor’s office Local restaurant for takeout Essential errands to hardware stores, laundromats, etc. Please do not: Gather in groups more than 10 people Take children to playgrounds or other high-use areas Go to work if you can telecommute Travel outside of the city Visit elderly family members if they are in an assisted living home or have compromised immunities The intention of this order is to protect as many people as possible by decreasing potential exposure. If we all do our part, we will get through these unchartered waters together.
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