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) – A full house was on hand for the 55th annual California Prayer Breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel just a few blocks from the State Capitol. Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Westwood), who chaired the event, welcomed everyone and introduced the keynote speaker, Doctor Aidsand F. “Ace” Wright-Riggins III. Dr. Wright-Riggins, an American Baptist pastor and activist, told the assembled lawmakers and leaders, “My prayer, brothers and sisters, is that we think about our neighborhoods and communities and our state and our world. And we think about what God has enabled and empowered us with, so that we would change our perspective, so that we could develop a passion. And that passion will lead to a purpose. And that purpose will lead to changing the lives of persons because we would dare to be servants of all.” Here’s some of the program in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Budget Act of 2016:
“I am pleased and humbled to be part of the most conscientious Legislature in recent history, one which continues to fight for and invest in strategic human capital and pivotal infrastructure. In accordance with the will of the voters in Proposition 25, the Legislature has fulfilled its responsibilities by passing the sixth consecutive on-time budget. I commend the leadership of Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assembly Budget Chair Phillip Ting, as well as the diligence of my colleagues, for passing a sensible budget with key investments in early childhood education. As we move forward, I have great faith this Legislature will think critically about solutions to issues affecting our most vulnerable populations, whether it be mental health care access or homelessness."
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Westwood), who represents the UCLA campus community in the State Assembly, said following the on campus shooting his thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. “Our hearts are also with the students, faculty and administrators on campus who have gone through this frightening ordeal,” Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said. “And we thank the law enforcement agencies who responded so quickly to keep the situation from getting worse.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Westwood) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) today issued the following statement in reaction to the shooting incident at UCLA:
“We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of an apparent murder-suicide on the UCLA campus this morning. Our hearts also are with the students, faculty and administrators on campus who have gone through this frightening ordeal. Our concern, first and foremost, is for the safety of the entire UCLA community, and we will continue to be in close contact with California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department, and UCLA campus police to ensure they have the resources needed to address the situation.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Hundreds of members of the community came out to the 2nd Annual Crenshaw Health Fest at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza this past Saturday to “Raise their Health IQ.” Hosted by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, the event featured free health, vision, and dental screenings, wellness information, dancing, music and more.
“I put together the Crenshaw Health Fest to provide the South LA community with access to quality health services and information,” stated Ridley-Thomas. “Knowledge and access are the best ways to improve health outcomes.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and the State Assembly recently adjourned in the memory of Willie L. Williams – the first African-American police commissioner of both the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Police Departments. Williams assumed office and presided over one of the most challenge times in LAPD history, ushering in significant reforms to the department. Williams brought Los Angeles communities together by instituting community policing techniques to build bridges between the fractured Los Angeles community and the police force. These policies are commonly credited with restoring the community’s confidence in the LAPD. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Assembly Bill 2707 (Stop Consumer Racial Profiling Act of 2016) passed out of the California State Assembly’s committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection on a unanimous 11-0 vote. This measure would prohibit profiling or targeting of a person that results in differential treatment based on his or her race or ethnicity and that constitutes a denial or degradation in the product or service offered to customers.
“…My mother would be subject to this unfortunate practice in the retail environment” said Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas in his committee testimony. “This Legislature can actually do something to correct this pernicious habit, to make sure that [businesses] raise their IQ and treat their consumers with dignity and respect.”
I am pleased to report to you that the state legislature has unanimously approved funding to clean up the toxic mess created by the Exide Technologies battery plant in Vernon.
Exide Technologies operated its plant for 33 years without a proper permit and without adhering to environmental regulations. Its operations contaminated thousands of properties and exposed tens of thousands of members of our community to dangerous toxic chemicals over the decades.
With the passage of Senate Bill 93 we will finally begin to address the most insidious example of environmental racism we have seen in Los Angeles County in the last 100 years. It is an episode which I consider to be a violation of civil and human rights in addition to being an environmental catastrophe.
The state will seek to recover the costs of this cleanup, but our families cannot wait for help any longer.
Last year, nursing staff working in state facilities clocked 3.7 million hours of overtime at a cost of $179 million, the Little Hoover Commission stated in a report released Tuesday calling for policymakers to cut that overtime use in half.
The bipartisan citizens commission, in a new letter report, Time and Again: Overtime in State Facilities, found the state’s overtime is four times the national average –18 percent of state nursing staff pay is for overtime as compared to an average of four percent nationally for registered nurses and health care workers.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and the State Assembly recently adjourned in the memory of Bill Rosendahl - a beloved former Los Angeles City Councilman, public affairs broadcaster, and cable television executive. Rosendahl was on the L.A. City Council from 2005 to 2013 and was the city’s highest-ranking LGBT official. Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said Rosendahl was often called the “Conscience of the City Council” because he focused on seeking solutions to the problem of homelessness, promoting mass transit, and giving neighborhoods a greater voice in city decision-making. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.