City Council Honors Community Advocate Janis Purins
Janis Purins (left), who died on September 21, was passionate about the arts and his community. He and his husband, Thom Thomas (d. 2015), the noted playwright and artistic director, were longtime residents of Silver Lake.
On September 29, Los Angeles City Council honored Janis Purins for his tireless work as a community advocate for Silver Lake. The joint motion to recognize Janis was introduced by Council District 13 and Council District 4. Janis, who died on September 21 after a short illness, was appointed Region 7 representative to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in 2018 and re-elected in 2019. He subsequently resigned to focus on his work with the Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and Silver Lake Together. He also served as co-chair of the Silver Lake Reservoir Committee and represented the Silver Lake Wildlife
Sanctuary on the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Master Plan Stakeholder Working Group. A memorial service for Janis is in the planning stages.
Published October 6, 2020