14 October 2013 — L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, San Fernando Valley Council of Governments









In our region, providing government services to residents and businesses can be complicated. When we say “the government,” just in the context our our Rotary Club’s name “Greater San Fernando Valley,” the phrase could mean the City of Los Angeles, City of Burbank, City of Glendale, City of San Fernando, City of Santa Clarita, County of Los Angeles, State of California, or United States of America.

There’s a lot of overlap, from roads to water to the simple understanding that, despite apparent borders and lines on a map, we all experience the same world.

On the global scale, Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins put it this way: “I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced.”

With a regional, not quite global, scope, the political leaders at the local level in and around the San Fernando Valley figured out the concept and came together in 2010 to create the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments. (The website is very interesting with background and some specifics, but please note that it is not 100% updated.)

On 11 July 2013, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian was selected unanimously to serve as the Chair of the organization.

Last week the Councilmember was kind enough to sit down with us to teach us about the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, its mission, its priorities, and its future.


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Read about Councilmember Paul Krekorian here.






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5 responses to 14 October 2013 — L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, San Fernando Valley Council of Governments

  1. Informative interview. I like that the COG places emphasis on Valley issues within the City of LA.

  2. Kudos to the COG and Councilmember Krekorian for taking on such ambitious goals for the San Fernando Valley, especially on the transportation front. As a SFV native myself, I certainly appreciate the refocusing of efforts on this significant region of the City through the formation of the COG.

  3. Great to be working with the councilmember and his staff who are dedicated to better the community of SFV.

  4. Great interview Mel, very informative! I would love to hear more about the North to South transportation ideas. I’ve thought for years it would be a great start to have a monorail in the middle of the freeway connecting the Van Nuys area to the Westwood area. We need to think less about widening the 405 freeway, which only postpones future congestion problems. We are long overdue…

  5. Great to know we have a “voice” in the Valley. I had not heard much about the Council of Governments so appreciate the information imparted by the Councilmember. Love the one-on-one interviews.

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