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Councilmember Krekorian is committed to making the residents of Council District 2 safer through sound policies and supporting our city's police and fire departments. He has a long history of fighting for safer streets and communities in Los Angeles.

Krekorian has restored critical Los Angeles Fire Department services, by championing the hiring of hundreds of firefighters, and providing the department with funding to replace outdated safety equipment and to keep more ambulances on the street. He has prioritized decreasing emergency response times and proposed  new ideas to make the fire department more responsive to residents. Krekorian proposed implementing an innovative Next Generation 9-1-1 system, which would make it possible for the hearing impaired and people in danger to send a text to request emergency services.

Krekorian works hand-in-hand with the Los Angeles Police Department on community education programs, by supporting a well-funded and -staffed department, and by fostering strong partnerships between law enforcement officers, elected leaders and neighborhoods. On his watch, violent crime has declined sharply in nearly all neighborhoods of Council District 2.

He has also launched campaigns in his district to clean up parks, housing, railroad tracks and alleyways, turning them from hubs of crime into safe public spaces. Krekorian has also taken on graffiti head on with his #NoTag campaign, cleaning up more than one million square feet of graffiti in just 12 months.

Krekorian is also known for his strong stand against gun violence and for the safety of children and families. His City Council measures have mandated safe storage for handguns in homes and electronic reporting of ammunition sales. He has also successfully banned the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

In August 2021, acting on a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz, the City Council approved drafting an ordinance prohibiting the purchase, possession or sale of so-called “ghost guns” -- untraceable firearms assembled from parts manufactured without serial numbers.

The LAPD reports that a third of the guns recovered from crime suspects in 2020 were ghost guns. The shooter in the 2013 Santa Monica College killings, and the Saugus High School student who murdered two of his fellow students and wounded two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies committed their crimes using ghost guns assembled from mail order kits. In 2019, of all of the ghost guns recovered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms throughout the US, more than 25 percent were seized in California. 

Because they are assembled from kits, ghost guns allow criminals to evade background checks that would otherwise bar them from acquiring or possessing firearms.  Ghost gun kits also allow individuals to assemble firearms that normally would be prohibited from sale in California.  And because the parts do not bear serial numbers, the assembled ghost guns are untraceable by law enforcement and thus highly valuable to violent felons.  

The City is also suing Polymer 80, the Las Vegas-based manufacturer of most of the Ghost Gun parts that find their way to Los Angeles. If the City prevails, other jurisdictions may follow suit and the manufacturers of the criminals’ favorite weapons may be out of business. 

Councilmember Krekorian carried a motion before the Council that enabled the lawsuit to go forward.

Public Safety News

Council President Krekorian at lectern in City Hall media room during press conference on homeless man abandoned by Burbank police in front of his Council office.

A Disturbing Turn of Events

Posted on 06/07/2024

A Disturbing Turn of Events
Council President presents oversized check to class of students

Valley College Program Prepares Youth For Careers in Law Enforcement and Public Service

Posted on 04/05/2024

Valley College Program Prepares Youth For Careers in Law Enforcement and Public Service
(Los Angeles delegation meets with the Mayor of Nagoya and his administration.)

LA28: Learning From Tokyo 2020

Posted on 03/15/2024

LA28: Learning From Tokyo 2020
Federal Investment in Our Transportation

Federal Investment in Our Transportation

Posted on 03/15/2024

Federal Investment in Our Transportation
Light Up L.A. — Put Copper Thieves Out of Business

Light Up L.A. — Put Copper Thieves Out of Business

Posted on 02/16/2024

Light Up L.A. — Put Copper Thieves Out of Business
When the Earth Shook - 30 Years Ago Today

When the Earth Shook - 30 Years Ago Today

Posted on 01/17/2024

When the Earth Shook - 30 Years Ago Today
Will You Be Prepared For the Next One?

Will You Be Prepared For the Next One?

Posted on 01/17/2024

Will You Be Prepared For the Next One?
2023: A Year of Change and Progress

2023: A Year of Change and Progress

Posted on 12/15/2023

2023: A Year of Change and Progress
Councilmember Heather Hutt, Council President Krekorian and City Attorney Hydee Feldstein-Soto at media lectern.

Cracking Down on Copper Theft

Posted on 11/14/2023

Cracking Down on Copper Theft
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Council President's Statement: Azerbaijan's Assault on Artsakh

Posted on 09/19/2023

Council President's Statement: Azerbaijan's Assault on Artsakh
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Council President's Statement: Azerbaijan's Assault on Artsakh

Posted on 09/19/2023

Council President's Statement: Azerbaijan's Assault on Artsakh
Council President Krekorian at lectern in City Hall media room

Council President Moves to Increase Penalties for Illegal "Party Houses"

Posted on 09/14/2023

Council President Moves to Increase Penalties for Illegal "Party Houses"
RVs lining a road in Sun Valley

Cracking Down on "Vanlords"

Posted on 09/08/2023

Cracking Down on "Vanlords"
Exterior view of City Hall by night

Fighting Wage Theft and Migrant Abuse

Posted on 09/08/2023

Fighting Wage Theft and Migrant Abuse
Council President Krekorian with LADOT crew installing speed hump.

Council Expands on Krekorian Speed Hump Program

Posted on 08/18/2023

Council Expands on Krekorian Speed Hump Program
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Council President's Statement on Burning of Pride Flag at Saticoy Elementary School

Posted on 06/02/2023

Council President's Statement on Burning of Pride Flag at Saticoy Elementary School
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Mass Murder in Monterey Park

Posted on 01/22/2023

Mass Murder in Monterey Park
Three smiling LAPD officers, one African American male, one white woman and one Asian American woman. Asian woman.

Women on the Rise: LAPD is Hiring

Posted on 10/17/2022

Women on the Rise: LAPD is Hiring
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia

Posted on 09/16/2022

Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Statement on Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia

Posted on 09/16/2022

Statement on Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Councilmember Krekorian's Response to Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia

Posted on 09/16/2022

Councilmember Krekorian's Response to Azerbaijan's Assault on Armenia
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

Council President's Statement Toward Azerbaijan's Aggression Against Armenia

Posted on 09/14/2022

Council President's Statement Toward Azerbaijan's Aggression Against Armenia
Demonstrator raises arms as he is arrested by police in City Council Chamber.

Council Prohibits Encampments Near Schools Despite Unruly Opposition

Posted on 08/22/2022

Council Prohibits Encampments Near Schools Despite Unruly Opposition
Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Krekorian pose with Chief Heat Officer Marta Segura

L.A. Appoints Its First Chief Heat Officer

Posted on 06/28/2022

L.A. Appoints Its First Chief Heat Officer
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

COUNCILMEMBER KREKORIAN RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN'S STATEMENT ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Posted on 04/24/2021

COUNCILMEMBER KREKORIAN RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN'S STATEMENT ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Council District 2 Logo Paul Krekorian

KREKORIAN CALLS FOR PUBLIC PRESSURE ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS TO BACK ARTSAKH AGAINST AZERBAIJANI, TURKISH AGGRESSION

Posted on 10/07/2020

KREKORIAN CALLS FOR PUBLIC PRESSURE ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS TO BACK ARTSAKH AGAINST AZERBAIJANI, TURKISH AGGRESSION
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LA Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum Amid Concerns From Krekorian, Community

Posted on 05/26/2017

LA Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum Amid Concerns From Krekorian, Community