On the morning of June 10th, the City of Los Angeles along with Councilmember Greig Smith and members of our community, came together to honor former Assemblymember Paula Boland, with the unveiling of Paula Boland Square in Granada Hills.
Paula Boland has been a fixture of the Northwest Valley communities for over three decades. She began her career as a realtor but ultimately joined the State Assembly, defining herself as a tireless advocate for our communities. Her achievements include becoming the first woman and non-lawyer to chair the State’s Assembly Public Safety Committee where she would have a major impact in helping to pass Megan’s Law in California that established a sex offender registry in addition to also passing the law that removed a statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. These two reforms earned her the Legislative Award of the Year from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
After leaving elected office, Paula’s will to continue advocating for our local community speaks of the loyalty and dedication with which she has always served. It is impossible to list all the ways in which Paula has been a keystone member of this community but a short list includes:
- Serving as President and board member of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Founding and serving as Vice President of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley
- Establishing the Granada Hills Hospital Foundation and serving 4 years as its President
- Serving 3 years on the executive board of SOLID supporting Devonshire Division
Her awards and accolades include:
- The Pioneer Woman of the Year Award for the 12th Council District
- Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award
- Stanley Lintz Award from the San Fernando Valley Bar Association
It is for these reasons and more that the Paula Boland Square now stands as a marker of her legacy and commitment to Granada Hills. On behalf of the City of Los Angeles and Council District 12, we thank you for a lifetime of devotion to our community.
Check out video from the ceremony below courtesy of Mark Hovater.