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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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).
LOS ANGELES – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today introduced a bill to indefinitely extend the authority of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) to preserve and protect the group’s work to create open space and expand parkland for residents’ recreational use in his 54th Assembly District.
Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas’ bill would delete the January 1, 2018 sunset clause from the BHC’s enabling statute that was chaptered in 2000.
LOS ANGELES – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, chair, Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee and Senator Ben Allen, chair, Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee will co-chair a legislative oversight hearing tomorrow morning in downtown Los Angeles to examine possible causes of low voter turnout in Los Angeles County elections.
LOS ANGELES – More than 200 state and local leaders attended today’s California Budget Priorities Forum | 2015 – Los Angeles | Culver City hosted at L.A.’s Dorsey High School Math, Science and Technology Magnet by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Senate and Assembly budget subcommittee chairs and high-ranking members of state government joined with council members, school board members and community leaders from Los Angeles and Culver City in discussions on state spending priorities for the 2015-2016 fiscal year during the event’s six issue oriented breakout sessions.
LOS ANGELES – Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas today praised United States Senator Barbara Boxer for her three decades of political leadership in our nation’s Capitol as a member of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Sen. Boxer today announced she plans to retire from the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “Senator Boxer has left an indelible mark on many aspects of California life through her advocacy for a clean environment and the responsible stewardship of our natural resources to her support for working families and their need for good paying jobs, affordable access to healthcare and quality education for their children. She made Washington, D.C. policy-making fit the real world needs and realities of California residents from the Bay Area to the South Bay.
LOS ANGELES – Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas today issued the following statement on the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2015-2016:
“Governor Brown’s proposed state budget is a prudent spending plan that puts more than a decade of crippling state debt behind us. It anticipates continued growth in our state’s economy and an expanding private sector workforce in California; both of which could provide stability for state revenues. But at a time when many Californians are still searching for employment and hoping to land jobs, our state’s budget must reflect the importance of workforce development.