Paul Krekorian

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Paul Krekorian
Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 5, 2010
Preceded byWendy Greuel
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
In office
December 4, 2006 – January 5, 2010
Preceded byDario Frommer
Succeeded byMike Gatto
Personal details
Born (1960-03-24) March 24, 1960 (age 61)
San Fernando Valley, California
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceStudio City, California
Alma mater
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionAttorney
Websitewww.paulkrekorian.org

Paul Krekorian (born March 24, 1960) is an American politician and member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the second district. He was previously a member of the California State Assembly, representing California's 43rd Assembly District. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is the first Armenian American to be elected to office in the City of Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Krekorian was born in San Fernando Valley, California, and is a third-generation San Fernando Valley resident. He is the son of JoAnn, a North Hollywood native, and Erwin Krekorian, a Marine Corps WWII veteran.[1] His father was of Armenian descent and ran a small business on Saticoy Street in Van Nuys. Krekorian completed his primary education entirely within the Los Angeles Unified School District, graduating from Cleveland High School (Los Angeles, California) in Reseda.[2] As the first member of his family to attend college, Krekorian enrolled in the University of Southern California, where he first became active in political causes. He worked with then-Assemblyman Tom Bane, became the campus organizer for Jerry Brown's 1978 gubernatorial campaign and helped lead USC's Democratic student group. After graduating with a B.A. degree in Political Science from USC, Krekorian went on to earn a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Krekorian became an organizer for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and co-chaired the Saxophone Club, the Democratic National Committee's nationwide young professionals group.

Krekorian practiced law, with a focus on business, entertainment and intellectual property litigation, at the firms Skadden Arps, Dewey Ballantine and Leopold, Petrich & Smith and Fisher & Krekorian, where he was a name partner. He served on the Board of Trustees of the LA County Bar Association, the Board of Trustees of the LA County Law Library and the California State Legislature's Task Force on Court Facilities. In the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Krekorian was counsel to the Webster Commission and was appointed to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Krekorian has been praised for his efforts in preserving women's rights for his pro bono work in the fight against domestic violence,[3] and a program he developed for at-risk youth, called GenerationNext. Krekorian lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Tamar, and children Hrag, Andrew and Lori.

Early political career[edit]

Krekorian has spent more than a decade in public service, first as a member of the Burbank School Board and then as a California State Assemblymember. He currently serves as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing District 2 in the southeast San Fernando Valley. Council District 2 includes the communities of North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Glen, Valley Village and parts of Sun Valley and Van Nuys.

Burbank School Board[edit]

Krekorian was elected to the Burbank School Board in 2003, serving as president beginning in 2005. Under Krekorian's leadership, the district resolved its most pressing budget problems, saving many educational programs and vital jobs, while still cutting administrative costs. During his tenure, the district significantly improved student attendance and performance, increased teacher pay, launched the Burbank Priority in Education Foundation, and encouraged student nutrition and exercise. Concurrently, Krekorian served as president of the Five Star Education Coalition, a consortium of five suburban school districts that worked to shape state and federal education policy.

California State Assembly[edit]

In 2006, Krekorian was elected to the 43rd district of the California State Assembly. During his first term in office, Krekorian held one of the best records in the Assembly with the highest number of bills signed into law by any freshman legislator.[4] He was named Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the State Assembly, the third ranking leadership position in the Assembly, by then-Speaker Karen Bass. Krekorian's legislative priorities included making government more accessible and responsive, saving and creating jobs, protecting the environment and increasing public safety. He created the "Government at Your Doorstep" program in response to complaints about speeding, graffiti and noise pollution in his district.[5] As the state battled to pass a balanced budget in early 2009, Krekorian authored a historic bill to ensure film and TV production in California stays local. His bill was the first successful tax incentive aimed at saving California jobs by addressing runaway production. On-location feature production increased 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2012, generating 160 production days in Southern California.[6] Krekorian also introduced legislation that restricted plastic pollution in ocean run-off, expanded renewable energy generation for California public utilities and reduced carbon emissions. He worked closely with local police departments to reduce gang violence, along with crime in his district and throughout the state. In his first Assembly term, Krekorian's Weapons and Ammunition Nuisance Abatement Act of 2007 gave apartment owners greater latitude to evict tenants who harbor guns and ammo. That year, Krekorian also introduced and passed a bill to encourage participation with federal authorities to siphon off the state's stock of weapons.

Los Angeles City Council[edit]

On December 8, 2009, Krekorian won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, representing Los Angeles City Council District 2. He is the Chair of the city's Budget and Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation, the Vice Chair of the Housing Committee, and sits on the Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee, Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee, Executive Employee Relations Committee and the Board of Referred Powers. He also serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Metrolink (Southern California), and sits on the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, a coalition of leaders advocating for the Valley's two million residents. His campaign officially began on July 10, 2009, when Krekorian officially announced his candidacy to fill the vacant District 2 seat in a special election. The primary was held on September 22, in which Krekorian placed first with 34% of the vote. A run-off was scheduled for December 8 and, aided by support from a number of public safety, environmental and Democratic groups, including Los Angeles Daily News,[7] the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City,[8] the Los Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club,[9] and the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, Krekorian soundly defeated Christine Essel with more than 56% of the vote, despite being outspent 2-1 in overall campaign dollars and 13-1 in third-party political committee donations.

Since taking office in January 2010, Krekorian has worked to improve the city's finances, ensure government transparency, preserve open space, and restore confidence in local government.[10] He was overwhelmingly elected to his first full term in 2011 and again in March 2015. In their editorial endorsing his March 2015 campaign, the Los Angeles Times called Krekorian "smart, knowledgeable" and a "voice for fiscal responsibility and responsive government." [11]

In 2012, Krekorian was tapped to lead the Budget and Finance Committee, inheriting the responsibility of overseeing a multi-billion dollar General Fund budget.[12] Since taking the helm, he has taken a "difficult but responsible approach to solving a $220 million deficit and enhancing the city’s solvency." [13]

Krekorian has advocated for expanding rail and bus transit in the Valley, including improving and possibly converting the Orange Line (Los Angeles Metro) to light rail,[14] completing the East Valley North-South Transit Corridor and Sepulveda Pass projects, linking the Red Line to the Bob Hope Airport and connecting the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys by rail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituaries : * Ruth N. Creswell; Homemaker, Artist". Los Angeles Times. 1995-11-29.
  2. ^ "About Paul". Paul Krekorian. Retrieved 2015-08-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ California NOW (11 May 2006). "California NOW Circulates Poll Results Paul Krekorian Winning with Education Message". Retrieved 2009-08-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Zain Shauk (21 July 2009). "Q&A: Paul Krekorian". Glendale News Press. Retrieved 2009-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Asbarez Staff (14 July 2009). "Paul Krekorian Announces LA City Council Run". Asbarez News. Retrieved 2009-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ FilmL.A. (28 July 2012). "On-Location Production 2011-2012". FilmL.A. Retrieved 2012-09-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ LA Daily News (20 October 2009). "Council pick: Paul Krekorian is the best choice for Los Angeles City Council District 2". LA Daily News. Retrieved 2009-10-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Daily News Wire Services (13 July 2009). "Krekorian gets LA Dems Endorsement for Council". LA Daily News. Retrieved 2009-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Joe B. (21 August 2009). "Sierra Club Endorses Krekorian". Mayor Sam's Sister City. Retrieved 2009-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Daily News Editorial Board (14 July 2010). "First impressions: Paul Krekorian starts out strong representing his district". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times Editorial Board (5 February 2015). "Paul Krekorian is the best choice for L.A. City Council's 2nd District". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-08-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Damian Kelly (30 January 2012). "Krekorian To Chair Budget And Finance Committee". Canyon News. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2013-03-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Patch (22 May 2012). "Krekorian Releases Statement as City Balances Its Budget". North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Rick Orlov (24 July 2014). "MTA approves study to convert Metro Orange Line to light rail". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2015-08-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles City Councilmember,
2nd District

2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
California Assembly
Preceded by
Dario Frommer
California State Assemblyman
43rd district

2006–2010
Succeeded by
Mike Gatto