The latest study on State Road 710, an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), conducted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Metro was recently released.
Although all four proposals covered in the Environmental Impact Study would directly impact the residents of AD 51,none of the scheduled community hearings were taking place in the district. Upon learning of this, my office and I worked with Caltrans and Metro to make sure you were part of the process.
I am proud to inform you that Caltrans has added a hearing to take place in AD 51. Please join us on May 7 and make your voice heard.
May 7, 2015
Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church
2241 N. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90032 RSVP Online
In addition, we also got Caltrans to extend the public hearing timeline from the original 90 days to 120 days!
I hope to see you and your neighbors on May 7 at the new 710 freeway public hearing. Please call my office at (213) 584-5151 if you have any questions.
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.
Each year, March is a special month in the Assembly. As part of Women's History Month, every Assemblymember gets to honor a woman from their respective districts. This year, I had the privilege of recognizing Tammy Membreno. As the Executive Director of Barrio Action and a community leader, Tammy has been active in AD 51 for over three decades.
Los Angeles, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 908 to extend the length of time a worker can receive paid family leave insurance payments and increase the rate of wage replacement to allow California’s lowest income workers to use the program when a family member falls ill or to bond with a new child, without the risk of financial hardship.
“As a child, I spent seven days in the hospital with pneumonia and nearly bankrupted my family,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Between lost wages for missing work and the cost of my medical bills, my parents were barely able to make ends meet. I introduced AB 908 to provide California families with a Paid Family Leave program that works for all income levels. My bill will raise the wage replacement rate and extend the number of weeks off for family care.”
Although February has come and gone, it was full of excitement and victories for our district. In the Capitol, my staff and I worked around the clock to make sure we met all of the deadlines to introduce new legislation. I introduced a wide range of bills, including AB 1431 to provide better access to affordable housing, AB 1251 to revitalize the Los Angeles River through greenway projects, AB 88 to provide tax exemptions for energy efficient home appliances, AB 581 to reinvest and repair our state facilities and AB 1560 to prevent discrimination against undocumented children.
Our state and communities face a housing crisis. Over the past several months and years, we have seen the cost of owning and renting a home here in Northeast and East Los Angeles drastically increase. That is why today, I joined Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins here in the 51st Assembly District - Northeast Los Angeles - to announce a comprehensive bill package that would create more affordable housing in California.
Since the new Legislative Session began, my staff and I have hit the ground running, working on bills to better the lives of all Californians.
I was recently appointed by Assembly Speaker Atkins as Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is a very important assignment as the committee reviews any bill that has a potential fiscal impact on the state budget. As chair, I am responsible for making sure the Legislature passes bills that are sound, responsible and affordable. I am honored to be tasked with this responsibility and look forward to the challenge.
It has been a great first term in office! In my first two years, I have dealt with a broad range of issues such as the need for good business practices, local control of massage businesses, and access to education for all who live in our state. Last year, the Governor signed all 10 of my bills that passed the legislature. This year, I had even better success by having all 13 of my bills that passed the Senate and Assembly signed by the Governor!