California's new Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program could benefit millions of low income families. Learn more about the EITC from California State Controller Betty Yee in this Assembly Web Report. Read More
This year’s budget is a strong reflection of California’s priorities: increasing funding and access to quality education, reducing poverty and rebuilding our economy.
Assembly Democrats pushed for these priorities in the budget. After negotiating with the Governor, we were able to produce a budget we can all be proud of. Read More
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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), Member of the California Legislative Los Angeles County Caucus, released the following statement today on the Exide Technologies environmental disaster:
“Last week, residents impacted by the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon traveled to Sacramento to ask for help. The Exide plant operated for 33 years without a proper permit and without adhering to environmental regulations.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Coachella) says he was very pleased with the Governor’s annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature. Following the speech, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said he was glad the Governor made mention of the need for infrastructure investments, “In the greater Los Angeles area we have a number of challenges - whether it is housing, or bridges and roads.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Yesterday, America’s sixth-worst mass shooting occurred in California. As more details about this senseless act of violence emerge, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
I stand with my colleagues in the Legislature, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, and Senator Mike Morrell, who represent San Bernardino. I commend the dispatchers, firefighters, emergency medical transporters, on-site healthcare professionals, and hospitals for the care they provided to the victims. I am grateful for the bravery of the law enforcement officers who pursued the suspected perpetrators.
LOS ANGELES – 54th District Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas had a successful legislative year. He went 12 for 12 with all of his bills and resolutions signed by Governor Brown.
Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas introduced an expansive bill package that included legislation to protect workers and consumers, stimulate infrastructure improvements, advance clean energy, and expand access to medical, dental, and mental health care.
ORANGE COUNTY - 54th District Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
joined Legislators and community stakeholders for a tour and policy discussion on the challenges
and opportunities for the delivery of quality healthcare in South Orange County.
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, August 1st, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosted the Leimert Park Village Book Fair, which has been voted one of the "Top 5 Book Fairs" in Los Angeles. This year’s event, held in the heart of Southern California's African American community, commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Riots. It featured over 150 book signings, discussion panels, and appearances by local authors and thought leaders.
Thousands of book lovers of all ages converged at the Book Fair to celebrate the written word. In addition to a stirring discussion of the Watts Riots, the Book Fair paid special tribute to Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, author of the novels "The Color Purple" and "Meridian." Attendees also enjoyed a discussion about the writing process conducted by writers of the acclaimed Fox television series “Empire.”
Thank you for committing to raising Health IQ in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11th at the Crenshaw HealthFest! It was wonderful to greet the many families who came out to take part in the event. A great collection of community resource providers offered everything from no-cost medical screenings to eyeglasses for kids along with a wealth of health and wellness education.
LOS ANGELES – Fifty-fourth District Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was joined
today by representatives from PolicyLink and members of the Boys and Men of Color Alliance to
announce plans to develop legislative and policy efforts that will strengthen and support the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their kids and families.
“Given the positive role that fathers can play in boosting educational and employment outcomes
for their children, policy reforms are needed to incentivize responsible parenting and healthy
relationships. This involvement will ensure that all Californians are able to participate fully and
fairly in the state’s economic future,” Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas said.
LOS ANGELES – 54th District Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today joined fellow members of the California Assembly and Senate in a bi-partisan effort to pass legislation that provide mental and behavioral support to homeless veterans, foster youth, students in school settings and law enforcement personnel engaging persons in mental or behavioral health crisis.
Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas has authored AB 1299, which would provide a continuum of mental health care to foster youth whenever their residency changes from one county to another.
LOS ANGELES – 54th District Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will chair an informational hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Mental and Behavioral Health tomorrow (Friday, April 10) to investigate mental and behavioral health challenges and opportunities in implementation of California’s landmark Mental Health Services Act of 2004, enacted by California voters as Proposition 63.
The Select Committee Hearing will convene Friday, April 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park (600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037).