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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As many of you are aware, Samsung has announced a voluntary recall and exchange program on certain Galaxy Note7 devices. This action is being done in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an agency in charge of protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of certain consumer products. The affected Galaxy Note7 devices were sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016. To date, Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.
Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, if you own a Galaxy Note7, it is extremely important to stop using your device, power it down and immediately exchange it using our U.S. Note7 Exchange Program.
Through the U.S. Note7 Exchange Program, you can:
Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 device with a new Galaxy Note7 as approved by the CPSC available no later than September 21, 2016; or
Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and replacement of any Note7 specific accessories with a refund of the price difference between devices; or
Contact your point of purchase to obtain a refund.
Customers who exchange a Note7 device will also receive a $25 gift card, in-store credit, in-store accessory credit, or bill credit from select carrier retail outlets.
Note: The battery cell issue applies only to the Galaxy Note7 sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016.
For more information on the hazards this device poses, or information on how to safely exchange this product, please visit the CPSC’s website.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) is hosting an informational telephonic town hall to discuss the risk and prevention of the Zika virus on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
This telephonic town hall will (1) outline recent findings about Zika, (2) discuss the status of this virus in Los Angeles County, and (3) highlight efforts the state, county, and local agencies are taking to educate the public and prevent the spread of Zika.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D- Los Angeles)issued the following statement on the loss of State Senator Sharon Runner. Runner, who was elected to the Assembly in 2002 and to the State Senate in 2011, passed away on Thursday, July 14th:
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Runner family and the people of the Antelope Valley on the untimely death of State Senator Sharon Runner.
“Mrs. Runner was a woman of faith, conviction, and purpose. She was a true partner in governance who helped bridge the ideological divide to champion causes important to Greater Los Angeles. I valued her friendship and wisdom. She will be sorely missed.”
(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.”