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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Assembly Budget Committee approved the Assembly’s budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, setting the stage for final budget negotiations with the Senate and Governor Jerry Brown in the coming weeks leading up to the deadline to pass the state budget by June 15.
“This is a responsible budget for a stronger middle class,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. “We have the largest reserves in over three decades along with targeted investments to fight poverty, improve early childhood care and education, expand access to higher education, and to build more affordable housing.”
Assemblymember Nazarian Announces Budget Subcommittee #4’s Priorities, $650 for Affordable Housing, $20 million for Seismic Retrofit Loans, & $3 Million for Brace + Bolt
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, announced his budget priorities for 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.
“Our budget proposal strengthens the foundation of California’s middle class; creating jobs, protecting property & lives, and investing in our future,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “We are making an unprecedented investment in affordable housing and providing incentives to seismically strengthen homes in the event of an earthquake.”
Earthquake Early Warning System, 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive, & Brace + Bolt Expansion will Protect Property, Save Lives, and Creates Jobs
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, announced his earthquake preparedness budget priorities for 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.
“It is not a question of if, but when an earthquake strikes. We must take immediate steps to protect property and save lives,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “We need to expand our residential Brace + Bolt program, incentive property owners to seismically retrofit their large apartment buildings, and this year fully fund a state-of-the-art earthquake early warning system.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) and Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian and Scott Wilk and State Senate pro Tem Kevin de Leon led a special ceremony in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building to mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and announce the winners of this year’s essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus. This year’s winner are: Arvin Sarkissian, 11th grade, Clark Magnet High School; Joshua Acosta, 10th grade, International Polytechnic High School; and Autumn McCuller, 12th grade, Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School. Here’s more from Assemblymember Nazarian in this Assembly Access video.
Armenian Advocacy Day press conference on April 18
(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary.
The winners will be awarded scholarships and acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 18, 2016 and receive special recognition from the Assemblymembers.
LA Metro Board Members Call for a San Fernando Valley Customer Service Center
(Los Angeles, CA) On February 4th Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian hosted a forum with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to discuss current and future transit projects in the San Fernando Valley.
At the forum, residents expressed frustration with the lack of a customer service center in the San Fernando Valley. A Metro customer service center allows riders to apply in person for reduced fare applications for seniors, students, and the disabled community.
AB 1191 Clarifies that Interest Collected by Quimby Fees Can Be Used to Build or Repair Park Land
(North Hollywood, CA) Last Week, Governor Brown signed into law legislation championed by Assemblymember Nazarian that recognizes the interest generated off Quimby Fees can now be used for park development. State law did not explicitly grant cities the statutory authority to use interest generated from Quimby fees.
California Legislature’s Special Session on Transportation must also include public transit funding to ensure an integrated, multi-modal transportation system that keeps L.A. moving
(Los Angeles, CA) State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian and Richard Bloom joined officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as well as key regional transit advocates to call for over $900 million annually for critically needed public transit funding in California. Hundreds of millions of dollars would flow to L.A. County to help expand public transit options and maintain the existing transit system in a state of good repair.
Governor Brown has called for a Special Session on Transportation that focuses on increasing funding to repair streets, bridges, and freeways. Legislators and public transit advocates are calling for a more balanced approach that repairs roads but also invests in public transit that accounts for more than 1.4 billion passenger trips annually in California.
Prohibit the use of Products Containing Tobacco and Nicotine, Including Smokeless Tobacco, Chew and Electronic Cigarettes in Public Schools.
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian (Sherman Oaks) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) introduced Assembly Bill 9, the Tobacco-Free Schools Act. AB 9 requires all schools to adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy and requires schools to post “Tobacco use is Prohibited” signs at all entrances to school property.
Currently, there is no uniform, statewide prohibition against smoking in K-12 school campuses.
“We must do everything we can to keep tobacco products out of the hands of our children,” Assemblymember Thurmond stated. “We know tobacco products are incredibly addictive and are a leading cause of cancer. At the very least we should keep these products off of school grounds. If we, as a state, cannot make investments that protect the health of our youth, then our future is in question.”