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(Sacramento) – Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and NewsOneNow TV host Roland S. Martin delivered the keynote address at the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. Watch his address in this Assembly Access video.
STATE CAPITOL-Los Angeles-based Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement on the release of Governor Edmund G. Brown’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017-2018:
“Governor Brown’s budget significantly retreats from important gains made since California emerging out of the great recession, continuing to ignore the homelessness crisis across the state and in Greater Los Angeles. Delayed funding for promised education enhancements (Local Control Funding Formula deferrals) as well as removing $400 million for permanent supportive housing exacerbates living conditions for the nearly 14,000 homeless students and families of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the nearly 50,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County.”
SACRAMENTO,Calif. – Coming off a resounding reelection victory, 54th Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kicked off the New Year with renewed energy and dedicated focus. Committed to delivering results, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas plans to put forward a comprehensive legislative package that will ensure all residents of the 54th Assembly District have the tools, resources and level playing field needed to compete in California's changing economy.
Starting with education as a critical focus area, Mr. Ridley-Thomas introduced AB 23 to authorize and protect the establishment of single gender academies and educational programs, immediately after being sworn to serve another two-year term. This legislation will protect Los Angeles Unified School District’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy’s (GALA) model and facilitate the opening of GALA’s counterpart, the Boys Academic Leadership Academy. Previous research has credited single gender schools for building a greater level of confidence among young women to pursue STEM related courses and similarly for young men who pursue courses focused in the arts.
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.”