(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, as part of California Small Business Day, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer recognizes Stephen Randolph as the Small Business Owner of the Year for the 59th Assembly District. Mr. Randolph owns Chambers, a shoe repair business located in South Los Angeles.
California Small Business Day is a valuable day for small business owners to connect with government agencies, elected officials and businesses that can help them succeed and grow. The annual event honors a few of the millions of small businesses that serve as the economic engine of California. With small businesses contributing to 75% of California’s Gross State Product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs, small businesses are engrained in California’s communities and economy.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – On Sunday June 15th, the California State Assembly passed a $108 billion dollar general fund state budget. Included in the budget was funding in the amount of $223 million for California’s judicial system and $106 million for rehabilitation programming.
Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer played a key role in the increased judicial system funding. “Courts play a vital role in our criminal justice system, but unfortunately, they have been cut by almost a billion dollars over the past few. This funding was needed to increase access to justice and reopen courthouses that were closed down during the recession,” said Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – On January 9, 2014 Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced AB 1456, a measure to study the popular higher education funding plan “Pay it Forward Pay it Back.” This measure is a financial aid system where a student’s pays no upfront costs for their college education. Upon graduating they pay 2%-4% of their gross income to a state or college trust fund for a specified number of years.
AB 1456 will require the California Student Aid Commission, the Community College Board of Governors, the California State University Board of Trustees, and would encourage the University Of California Board of Regents, to commission a study to review and make recommendations on Pay it Forward Pay it Back.
(Los Angeles) - Veterans from all branches of the United States armed forces, from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan, came together at historic Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles to be honored by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) in observance of Veterans Day. "I don't think we do enough to thank our veterans," Jones-Sawyer said to the group of vets, their families and their friends. "We need to do more. I'm going to do everything in my power in Sacramento to do that." The event served as an opportunity not only to honor veterans, but to also to provide information on services available to veterans; including housing, women's services, and career assistance. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) and the rest of the California State Assembly held a special ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have A Dream" speech. During the ceremony, Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer told his colleagues about his father who attended the March on Washington in 1963 but now has Alzheimer's, "He can't remember a lot of things but there's one thing he consistently remembers...he remembers the March on Washington." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – On Monday August 12th, Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer recognized Manuel Nava as the Students First All Star Teacher of the Year for the 59th Assembly district.
“Manual Nava’s leadership skills and passion for improving the life of his students have set him apart from the rest of his colleagues and have propelled him to not only become a great teacher but a leader in education across California,” said Jones-Sawyer.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Last week, the Assembly approved two important education reform bills that passed on a bipartisan vote.
AB 549 strengthens school safety by encouraging school districts to clearly define the roles of specified school faculty on campus, including police officers and mental health professionals.
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the California State Assembly’s Sub-Committee # 5 on Public Safety, announced the committee’s approval of $100 million in increased funding to establish fiscal accountability and transparency of the state’s judicial system.
“This funding will help restore the access of the public to the judicial system” said Jones-Sawyer. “The lack of funding for court interpreters, court reporters, clerks and court staff to assist in everything from filing court documents to providing information, has created devastating delays of time, familial disruptions and continued fiscal hardships.”
(Los Angeles) – A huge crowd of family, friends and supporters gathered in February to celebrate the election of Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South LA) as the representative of the 59th District. The freshman Assemblymember’s two older children, Reggie and Lauren, spoke at the event, his youngest son, Evan, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and former Assembly Speaker and current City Council President Herb Wesson had the honor of conducting the ceremonial swearing in. Senator Kevin DeLeon served as the Master of Ceremony for the event. Here’s more from the celebration in this Assembly Access video.
(SACRAMENTO) – Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) today was sworn in as the Assemblymember for the newly 59th Assembly District that includes the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, and Huntington Park and Walnut Park. The ceremony was held on the floor of the State Assembly in the State Capitol at noon.
“I am honored to serve as the Assemblymember from the 59th Assembly District,” said Jones-Sawyer. “I will use the trust placed in me every day to work on behalf of my constituents.”