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) - 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.
When President Franklin Roosevelt brought the federal minimum wage into its infancy, California's had already graduated from college and was in the workforce. It was a new deal for the American people, but less so for Californians who enjoyed the benefits of a wage floor enacted twenty-two years prior.
This year marks the Centennial of California's minimum wage, which at the time assured that workers would be paid at least 16 cents for every hour of labor. It was a landmark guarantee from government to working class people—wage levels were formally recognized as a concern for state economic growth.
(Sacramento) – 100 years after California first instituted a statewide minimum wage the State Assembly passed landmark legislation (Senate Bill 3) that raises California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour – the highest statewide minimum wage in the nation. Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) was among those to stand up and voice strong support for the measure. “As the Chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation, I think it extremely important to make sure that we focus on legislation that has a net economic benefit,” Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said. “And, without question, even those who have grave concerns about the minimum wage, know that there is an overall net economic benefit…there’s increased purchasing power, there’s increased sales tax revenue, there’s increased business activity.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) authored a special House Resolution to mark the 19th annual Season of Nonviolence. House Resolution 38 proclaims January 30th to April 4th as the Season of Nonviolence and encourages everyone to participate in local, national, and global educational and community campaigns to honor those who are using nonviolence to build communities that respect the dignity of every human being. “This Season of Nonviolence is dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities,” Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said as he introduced HR 38 on the Assembly floor. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/ridley-thomas
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 Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer's announcement of the year-long closure of a gang controlled motel in South Los Angeles.
"Today the City Attorney announced that his office secured a court order for a one year closure of the Bronco Motel in South Los Angeles. This motel along Western Avenue was notorious for gang activity that threatened the safety of our community. I commend the City Attorney for his commitment to public safety in South Los Angeles.
"I believe Sacramento can be an effective ally to local leaders who want to reduce blight and improve public safety. For instance, a bill that I authored last session gives the City Attorney the authority to evict tenants who threaten the safety of our children due to illegal conduct involving guns. We cannot allow bad actors to hold our communities hostage."
LOS ANGELES, CA – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), Member of the California Legislative Los Angeles County Caucus, released the following statement today on Governor Brown’s proposal to provide funding for the Exide Technologies environmental disaster:
“I applaud the Governor’s recommendation to spend $176.6 million to clean up the homes, schools, and parks contaminated by the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant. While the state must take the steps necessary to recoup the cost of this cleanup, we must provide expedited relief to the thousands of hard-working families whose health is at risk. After being subjected to decades of pollution, the affected working-class communities of Los Angeles cannot wait any longer.”