Asaad Alnajjar Announces Bid for Los Angeles City Council, District 12

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Longtime city engineer and Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Leader, Alnajjar brings 30 years of experience implementing projects for the City of LA

Longtime City of Los Angeles Engineer and Neighborhood Council Member Asaad Alnajjar today announced his candidacy for Los Angeles City Council, District 12. A Civil Structural Professional Engineer who has worked for the city for over 30 years, Alnajjar is running for city council because city hall needs a member with leadership skills that also has the practical experience and knowledge to tackle the most pressing issues confronting Council District 12 today, including homelessness, public safety, environmental sustainability and traffic congestion.

“No candidate in this race has the hands-on experience and proven track record that I do. I have been a City of Los Angeles Engineer for over 30 years building and delivering solutions. Now, I want to spend the next 4 years re-engineering CD 12 and the city as your council member,” said Asaad Alnajjar. “I have been at the forefront of some of the most innovative projects in the whole city. Oftentimes, the red tape and layers of bureaucracy along with confusion at city hall prevent good ideas from being implemented, especially in Council District 12, where I believe a strong leader who has the practical experience, versatile knowledge, an innovative approach and clear vision to turn things around is needed to make good ideas a reality today.”

During his three decade-long career with the city, Alnajjar and his team have developed and implemented a multitude of award-winning engineering projects, including the following several high profile projects: Adding 80,000 lights in conjunction with the Automated Traffic System along all major city streets, the design and implementing of several major metro lines; Implementing new bikeway paths, LAX Sepulveda Tunnel LED upgrades, and the popular I-405 freeway widening.

In addition, Alnajjar has been instrumental in and has an active role in the Mayor’s City Resilience Plan, Green New Deal Initiative. He is making Los Angeles a greener city by installing hundreds of EV Chargers as well as installing the first LA city bus stop with solar lighting, 100 solar to grid panels, upgrading 22,000 LED street lights, and bikeways with 75 solar lights. He commends his team’s achievement in designing and converting 180,000 LED lights citywide reducing CO2 pollution by 62,000MT annually, saving over $10M annually and hence decreasing heat emittance, saving power for all of city’s residents.

Today, Alnajjar is designing and helping to build 35 citywide light rail and rapid bus systems including LAWA’s People Mover project to be completed by 2027 at LAX. He also is active in the team for sidewalk repairs through 311 and MYLA311 which serves all the 15 council districts of the city with a 24Hr turn around.

Alnajjar shows his leadership as an active member of the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and has been part of the team to assist in crisis such as the latest Saddleridge fire. Alnajjar has also been at the forefront of the fight to tackle the homeless crisis as an active engineering designer for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative, “A Bridge Home” and his Interfaith Program to prepare us to be a better diversified city. Asaad Alnajjar will continue to drive the city of Los Angeles’s leadership in becoming a city of the future by continuing his support for the addition of other many other Smart City monitoring innovations.

Fleeing war and political unrest in Iraq, Alnajjar settled in Los Angeles 37 years ago and has been a resident of Porter Ranch since 2003, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Alnajjar attended the University of Southern California (USC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Structural Design & Construction Management. Alnajjar is an engaged neighborhood leader and currently is the Chair of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council’s Safety and Transit Committee, where he works closely with LAPD.

The election for LA City Council is slated for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and coincides with the California Presidential Primary. Council District 12, located in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley, is home to over 250,000 residents and includes the neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, West Hills, Sherwood Forest and parts of North Hills, and Reseda.

Learn more about Asaad Alnajjar and read about his 10-Point Plan for LA City Council, District 12 by visiting

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