Sacramento, CA – More than 40 percent of the nation’s American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance lawsuits are filed in California, often by predatory litigators looking for statutory penalties rather than remedial relief. Assembly Bill 1230, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Treasurer John Chiang, addresses the problem by establishing the California Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Capital Access Loan Program.
“AB 1230 will launch a new effort to help disabled Californians gain better access to places of work and play, as well as assist small businesses to affordably comply with the ADA and avoid the enormous cost and disruption of litigation," said Treasurer John Chiang, Chair of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and sponsor of AB 1230.
Actress AnnaLynne McCord helps kick-off California Says NO MORE license plate
Sacramento, CA - Local, state and national partners joined Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los
Angeles) and Actress AnnaLynne McCord today to unveil the nation's first NO MORE domestic violence
and sexual assault awareness license plate.
(Sacramento) - Local, state and national partners joined Assemblymember Jimmy
Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Actress AnnaLynne McCord at a state capitol news conference to unveil the
nation's first NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault awareness license plate. Assemblymember
Gomez authored and successfully passed Assembly Bill 2321 to create a license plate to raise
awareness for and fund domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout California.
"Domestic violence and sexual assault affects more than just its victims, it impacts everyone,"
said Assemblymember Gomez. "In California we don't wait, we act. We wanted to allow people to play
an active role in this cause by doing something small but significant to say NO MORE to domestic
violence and sexual assault. By purchasing the California Says NO MORE license plate, residents
will help send real dollars to real programs that make a difference in the fight to end domestic
violence and sexual assault." Here's more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/gomez
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 1230, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, passed the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee today with unanimous support. AB 1230 creates the California Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Compliance Finance Authority to provide loans to small businesses in need of financing to retrofit existing facilities to comply with the federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The seven member authority will establish a self-sustaining program with an initial transfer of $50 million from the state’s General Fund to serve as seed money. Loan repayments will make the program self-sustaining in future years.
Sacramento, CA – The California State Assembly, with bipartisansupport, passed Assembly Bill 560, a measure authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles). AB 560 closes a loophole in current law by prohibiting the consideration of a minor child’s immigration status when that child is seeking recovery from intentional or negligent acts that harm.
“An undocumented child deserves the same protections as any other child in our state,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “My bill closes an unintended loophole in existing law to ensure fairness for all minors and the prevention of devaluing any child, when they are the victims of crime, regardless of their immigration status. I urge the State Senate to pass AB 560 to ensure California’s continued leadership in the protection of undocumented children.”
Sacramento, CA – Today, Assembly Bill 1205, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), passed the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources with bipartisan support.
AB 1205 creates the CalRiver Fund and requires California’s Natural Resources Agency to create a competitive grant program for projects on or adjacent to unique vegetation corridors, referred to as riparian corridors, along rivers, streams, lakes, lagoons and other natural bodies of water in California.
Los Angeles, CA – Assembly Bill 668, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and supported by the California chapter of Habitat for Humanity, is a measure to ensure California families who qualify for and purchase affordable housing through non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, pay property taxes on the assessed affordable value of their home rather than the “fair market price.”
Inconsistencies in how local property tax assessors determine the assessed value of “affordable homes” has led to some considering the “fair market price” of a home while others consider the recorded contracts between a homeowner and the non-profit organization and the long-term affordability deed restrictions. AB 668 creates a consistent mandate to protect California’s lowest income families.
Los Angeles, CA – The Assembly Local Government Committee passed Assembly Bill 1251 with bipartisan support, a bill authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles). The measure defines greenways and authorizes non-profits, whose primary purpose is the development of greenways, to acquire and revitalize these conserved lands for public use.
Under AB 1251, a greenway will be defined as a bicycle and pedestrian, non-motorized vehicle transportation and recreational travel corridor adjacent to an urban waterway. This updated definition provides local governments the ability to include greenways into the local open-space strategy of their general plan.
Los Angeles, CA – In celebration of Earth Week, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) partnered with Isidore Recycling, to launch an E-Waste Recycling contest between eight area elementary schools. This contest marks the launch of his third annual E-Waste Recycling Drive.
Isidore Recycling, a Northeast Los Angeles small business, focuses on responsible recycling while creating local jobs. For every 75,000 pounds of recyclables they collect, 1 local job is created. Assemblymember Gomez honored them with the 2014 AD 51 business of the year award.
(Los Angeles) – A huge crowd assembled at Dodger Stadium for the 20th Annual Community Job Fair, hosted by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) just a few days before the start of the new baseball season. “I partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers and federal, state and local agencies to host the Job Fair at Assembly District 51’s very own Dodger Stadium to bring together employers and the people who could work for them,” said Assemblymember Gomez. “Thank you to the 100 employers that participated and offered over 2,000 employment opportunities.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.