Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time to give thanks.
And this year, we have extra thanks to give as the first day of the festival of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving, an event unlikely to happen again in our lifetimes.
Regardless of our faith, let Chanukah and Thanksgiving serve as an occasion for all of us to reflect on the miracles within our lives, what we are thankful for, and how we can help our neighbors and those in need. Let’s together commit to improving our surroundings and beyond.
No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving and no one should go hungry in our city period – let’s commit to that.
Significant and sustainable change in our communities is possible. It requires investment from everyone – neighborhood councils, business owners, community-based organization, friends and neighbors.
And it requires action. Here are a few things you can do this holiday season to help bring hope to a person in need:
I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Happy Chanukah, and a Happy Holiday Season.
Today, the EPA and the US Department of the Interior signed letters to show their support for the selection of Alternative 20 to restore our river. Read the letters below on the value of the L.A. River as a natural resource for both economic and environmental justice as well as a vital habitat zone.
This was only possible with your support. The decision isn't yet final as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must still decide on a plan for the river. These letters make it clear that the best choice for our city, for our economy, for our environment is Alternative 20.
Read the letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior here.
Read the letter from the EPA here.
Thank you again for all your support for Los Angeles and the restoration of our River.
Yeghig began his career as a Policy Aide for Congressman Ed Royce of California. Next, Yeghig worked at the Armenian Assembly of America, political advocacy organization. Most recently, Yeghig served as the Government Relations & Policy Manager for the Central City Association, a Los Angeles-based business advocacy organization focused on land use, transportation and economic issues.
Yeghig holds a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning & Development from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in European Politics & Policy from New York University.
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Yesterday, I spoke at a tribute to the heroes of the American Red Cross, to whom we owe so much here in L.A. and whose work is now crucial in aiding our friends in the Philippines.
Will you join me in contributing through this special link to support the rescue work of the Red Cross in the Philippines?
The Los Angeles region is home to more than 600,000 Filipinos, the largest population outside of the Philippines itself. So many of our friends have family affected by Typhoon Haiyan. We're helping our neighbors, people we know, when we contribute to the Red Cross. Los Angeles is strong because we are from everywhere and we care deeply about each other.
Please chip in $5 or $15, whatever you can afford.
When you give to the Red Cross for the Philippines, you give drinking water, food, a roof -- life itself.
Today, we honor the men and women who have served this country.
Every day as Mayor, I never forget that I am the grandson of an immigrant who was brought here as a child and, even though he wasn’t yet a citizen, wore this country’s uniform. His military service inspired my own decision to join the Navy and continues to shape my commitment to our veterans.
Today, I wish not only to honor our veterans, but pledge my support in helping them find the peace they fought so hard to achieve. Too many of our men and women who serve return from their military service to find themselves homeless – or struggling with PTSD, health problems, or finding it difficult to transition into the civilian workforce. In many cases, help is out there. But navigating between the V.A., the military, and federal, state, and local systems can be daunting. And for someone who is struggling, it can be impossible.
That is why I created the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, to help L.A.’s veterans get the help they need and access the services they’ve earned.
As we honor and help our veterans today, we must also remember our troops still fighting and giving their lives overseas. Let us today pray for their safety and for a future in which peace breaks out between every nation of the world.
Happy Veterans Day.
This morning my thoughts and prayers are with the family, loved ones, and colleagues of the fallen TSA agent -- the agency's first to die in the line of duty.
Yesterday's attack was horrific and it tested us. It's a testament to our city -- and especially to our first responders and airport workers -- that a day that began with this tragic shooting ended with LAX beginning to reopen.
As we approach the holiday travel season, our number one priority is safety. Our commitment is to lead the way in training, tactics, and collaboration with other local, state, and federal agencies. In fact, just weeks ago the Airport Police conducted a drill that was similar to yesterday's incident and they put that training into action.
Let us take this moment to remember those who put their lives on the line to protect us here at home and overseas.
L.A. is the 2nd largest city in America so we cannot stand on the sidelines when it comes to the decisions made in Washington, D.C. That's where I am right now, making the case for federal investment in initiatives to cut traffic, revitalize the L.A. River, and create jobs. I'm meeting with President Obama, Members of Congress, and Administration Officials to make sure L.A. gets its fair share.
Since becoming your mayor, I've focused my administration on getting back to basics with a City Hall that works and an economy that's on the move. What we're not focused on is politics and gridlock.
Washington should take a cue. Rather than spending time and taxpayer dollars on drama, I'd rather they focus on infrastructure, transit, and jobs. This is where you can back me up. One of the projects I'm fighting for is the full implementation of Alternative 20 to revitalize our Los Angeles River. In addition to providing recreation and green space in our city, Alternative 20 will generate 4 times the amount of jobs as the other proposals.
Tell Washington to do something that's worth while. Sign the petition.
Thank you again for your support and I look forward to being back in L.A.
Today, I signed an initiative to help keep our signature industry right here where it belongs, in the great city of Los Angeles. This is an issue close to my heart. The bill I signed today – my first as Mayor of Los Angeles – is legislation I wrote as a Councilmember.
The importance of the film, television, and entertainment industries to our regional economy cannot be overstated. Beyond the stars, producers, and big names that people often associate with Hollywood are the more than 500,000 jobs that this industry supports. They’re carpenters, truck drivers, electricians, and crew who depend on these jobs to pay the bills, put their kids through school, and build our middle class. And while these folks may be referred to as “below the line”, they are my top priority. The ordinance I signed today is just a first step in the marathon effort my administration has before us: to not just stop but reverse runaway production.
You told me that our first photo to welcome travelers to LAX should include the L.A. River, so that's just what we did. Now, I need your help to assure that the L.A. River restoration is worthy of us and our city.
Please tell the US Army Corps of Engineers to go big on the river.
The river gave this city life. It sustained the first settlers and allowed our city to grow by irrigating crops from the San Fernando Valley through the Los Angeles Basin.
For decades, the river has been entombed in concrete. Recent pilot projects have shown just how transformative restoring the river would be, creating miles of open space for nature and recreation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering four plans to rehabilitate the river -- only one of which does the job right.
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to choose the right plan. Sign the petition.
That plan -- known as Alternative 20 -- uniquely rejoins the river with the communities and environment to which it gave birth. Water is the biggest issue in our future and Alternative 20 is the only option that integrates the river into our city's green space and provides vital support to endangered species and struggling ecosystems.
What's more, Alternative 20 will provide four times the number of jobs as the other options and help redress some of the environmental and social injustices that have resulted from the paving of the river.
Join me in calling on the Army Corps to implement Alternative 20. Sign the petition.
Thank you for all you do.