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
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LOS ANGELES – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’ measure to enable the California Department of Justice to accurately cross-reference records from the Armed & Prohibited Persons System (APPS) and the Consolidated Firearms Information System (CFIS) databases has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “When guns are in the hands of persons who’ve been prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm Californians are placed at greater risk of serious injury or death from a firearm. The APPS and CFIS system work best when our DOJ agents are able to effectively track those persons who are in the state and federal databases of persons who are banned from owning or possessing a firearm I’m pleased Governor Brown signed this important measure into law.”
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Assemblymembers Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Reginald Jones-Sawyer heard public testimony today from behavioral and mental health experts and law enforcement officials examining police protocols and procedures for interactions with mentally ill persons.
Three panels of experts testified to the Assembly Joint Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Mental & Behavioral Health chaired by Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas and Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment co-chaired by Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. The Assembly Joint Hearing was held at Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Southwest Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES – Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today joined with Senator Holly J. Mitchell to urge the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to conduct a thorough investigation into a CHP officer’s controversial arrest of a woman apprehended on the shoulder of the Interstate 10 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 1.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “I’ve spoken to CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow. He assures me he will personally oversee a full and complete investigation of the woman’s arrest and the actions of his department’s arresting officers. The people of California must have full faith and confidence in their law enforcement officers. Their confidence has been shaken by what they have viewed in a passing motorist’s video segment that depicts a portion of the arrest.”
LOS ANGELES – Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas wants California to strengthen its commitment to its preschool-age children by providing them with a high quality early childhood education (commonly referred to as ECE).
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas says ECE helps children prepare for kindergarten, which helps kids have more academic success from first grade through third grade. “Our local schools are struggling to lower dropout rates and increase high school graduation rates. We must close our state’s persistent student achievement gap. If we focus our efforts on helping children learn what they need to know before entering kindergarten, we can help our students succeed academically and build upon their success through 12th grade,” he said.
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced, AB 1907, a bill that would regulate the retail sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuels for use in cars and trucks in gallon equivalents comparable to the sale of gasoline and diesel fuels currently sold at filling stations throughout California.
“Cars, trucks and buses running on CNG and LNG fuels are much better for our state’s air quality than gasoline and diesel. But consumers who drive CNG and LNG vehicles need to know they’re getting their ‘gallon’s worth’ when they fill up at the pump at a CNG or LNG station. AB 1907 will take the guesswork out of buying cleaner burning fuels for your passenger car or truck,” Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said.
LOS ANGELES – Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today praised U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for his more than 45-years of public service as a member of the House of Representatives and California State Assembly. Congressman Waxman today announced he intends to retire as the representative for the 33rd Congressional District at the end of his current term.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “The dedicated and determined leadership that Congressman Henry Waxman has provided to California and our nation for more than four decades will be sorely missed when he retires at the end of his current term. Congressman Waxman is one of our nation’s strongest supporters of Israel, our country’s closest ally in the Middle East.”
(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) is hitting the ground running as he listened to Governor Jerry Brown’s annual State of the State Address. Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas is one of the Assembly’s newest Members as he was just sworn-in about a month ago. But Ridley-Thomas is ready to roll up his sleeves and work with the his colleagues and the governor to continue fiscal discipline and empower a robust private sector while honoring the trust the voters have bestowed upon him. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative Karen Bass, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts for the Crenshaw District groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on Metro's $2 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, "This is an important day for residents in neighborhoods from Southwest Los Angeles to Inglewood who will gain a critical mass transit option in their community."
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and his colleagues adjourned the State Assembly’s floor session on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in memory of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, a former Los Angeles Unified School District Board member. Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “She was an educator, committed to service for the entirety of her life.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – California’s 54th Assembly District has a new representative. Now Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) was sworn into office by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Afterwards, he said he’s humbled to be part of the California State Legislature and he plans to focus on the economy, job creation and retention and education during his time in the Assembly. Here’s more from Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas in this Assembly Access video.