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LA Metro Board Members Call for a San Fernando Valley Customer Service Center

(Los Angeles, CA) On February 4th Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian hosted a forum with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to discuss current and future transit projects in the San Fernando Valley.

At the forum, residents expressed frustration with the lack of a customer service center in the San Fernando Valley. A Metro customer service center allows riders to apply in person for reduced fare applications for seniors, students, and the disabled community.

Assemblymember Nazarian Secures $15 Million for Los Angeles Park Development

AB 1191 Clarifies that Interest Collected by Quimby Fees Can Be Used to Build or Repair Park Land

(North Hollywood, CA) Last Week, Governor Brown signed into law legislation championed by Assemblymember Nazarian that recognizes the interest generated off Quimby Fees can now be used for park development.  State law did not explicitly grant cities the statutory authority to use interest generated from Quimby fees.

L.A. Coalition of Legislators, Metro and Key Transit Stakeholders Present Urgent Call for Critically Needed Public Transit Funding

California Legislature’s Special Session on Transportation must also include public transit funding to ensure an integrated, multi-modal transportation system that keeps L.A. moving

(Los Angeles, CA) State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian and Richard Bloom joined officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as well as key regional transit advocates to call for over $900 million annually for critically needed public transit funding in California.  Hundreds of millions of dollars would flow to L.A. County to help expand public transit options and maintain the existing transit system in a state of good repair.

Governor Brown has called for a Special Session on Transportation that focuses on increasing funding to repair streets, bridges, and freeways.  Legislators and public transit advocates are calling for a more balanced approach that repairs roads but also invests in public transit that accounts for more than 1.4 billion passenger trips annually in California.

Tobacco-Free Schools Act Introduced in the California Assembly Second Extraordinary Session

Prohibit the use of Products Containing Tobacco and Nicotine, Including Smokeless Tobacco, Chew and Electronic Cigarettes in Public Schools.

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian (Sherman Oaks) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) introduced Assembly Bill 9, the Tobacco-Free Schools Act.  AB 9 requires all schools to adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy and requires schools to post “Tobacco use is Prohibited” signs at all entrances to school property.

Currently, there is no uniform, statewide prohibition against smoking in K-12 school campuses.

“We must do everything we can to keep tobacco products out of the hands of our children,” Assemblymember Thurmond stated. “We know tobacco products are incredibly addictive and are a leading cause of cancer. At the very least we should keep these products off of school grounds. If we, as a state, cannot make investments that protect the health of our youth, then our future is in question.”

Expanded Film & TV Tax Credits Have Boffo Opening

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and the Assembly architects of the state’s expanded Film and Television Production Tax Credit, Assemblymembers Ian Calderon, Mike Gatto and Adrin Nazarian, today welcomed the announcement that the first new projects have been approved under the expanded program.

According to the California Film Commission, 11 projects have been selected to receive tax credits under the new Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0, which expanded funding from $100 million to $330 million annually. The projects include six new TV series, one TV pilot, and four TV series relocating to California. The program’s first application period, held May 11-17, was open only to television projects scheduled to begin production on or after July 1.

“Step Therapy” or “Fail-First” Healthcare Reform Passes Assembly

AB 374 Allows Doctors to Determine Treatment; Not Insurance Companies

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assembly Bill 374, Step Therapy Reform, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. “Step therapy” or “fail-first” allows insurance plans to deny coverage of effective medications until patients try older, cheaper options first. AB 374 gives doctors exemption options to override Step Therapy.

“We need to bring balance back to our healthcare system. Patients should not have to ‘fail-first’ to get the medicine they need. Step Therapy Reform provides doctors the opportunity to get the right medicine to their patients,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.

Assemblymember Nazarian’s Earthquake Resilience Package Passes the Assembly

30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive and Brace + Bolt Expansion will Protect Property, Save Lives, and Create Jobs

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assembly Bill 428 and 1440 passed the Assembly and will head to the State Senate.  Assembly Bill 428 is historic legislation which would provide a five-year 30% state seismic tax credit to property owners for safety improvements to their “at-risk” or vulnerable buildings.  Assembly Bill 1440 expands seismic retrofit grant program.  The Brace + Bolt program provides a $3,000 subsidy to qualified single family, and multi-residential (4 units or less) property owners for basic seismic work. 

“We need to get serious about earthquake preparedness now.  My earthquake resilience package protects property, saves lives, and creates jobs,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “I strongly encourage the State Senate and the Governor to make earthquake preparedness a priority; before it’s too late.”     

AB 428 provides a powerful financial incentive for property owners to make the seismic upgrades within the next five years at a substantially reduced cost.

The key components of Assembly Bill 428 are:

  • Will establish a 5 year 30% tax credit for qualified costs associated with Seismic Retrofit for qualified owners of an “at-risk property.” The tax credit is awarded upon completion of Seismic Retrofit.
  • Defines an “at-risk property” as a building that is deemed hazardous and in danger of collapse in the event of a major earthquake and is certified as so by the appropriate local jurisdiction with authority for building code enforcement, including but not limited to, soft story buildings, non-ductile concrete residential buildings, and pre-1980 concrete residential buildings.
  • Provides that a municipality’s local agency with jurisdiction for building code and safety enforcement certify an “at-risk building” located within their area and authorizes construction eligible under credit. 
  • Provides examples of Seismic Retrofit Construction which qualify under the credit to mitigate seismic damage
  • Sets a sunset date of December 1, 2021.

 

Recent findings by UC Berkley researchers identify 1,500 concrete buildings that are seismically vulnerable in just the Los Angeles area. The researchers state that in the event of a huge earthquake 75 are likely to collapse. 

Assembly Bill 1440 aims to expand on Brace + Bolt a program to cover tens of thousands of California homeowners.

The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program was created by the California Residential Mitigation Program, which is a joint power authority between the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

The program was established to assist homeowners in decreasing the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure, by bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.

The mitigation program provides homeowners up to $3,000 to strengthen their foundation. A typical retrofit may cost between $2,000 and $10,000 depending upon the location, the size of the house, and the amount of work involved. Houses that meet the state building code retrofit criteria typically were:

  • Constructed before 1979;
  • Built on a level or low slope site;
  • Constructed with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor;
  • And have a raised foundation.

Statement by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian on Governor Brown’s $ 5 Million Permanent Funding Increase of the California Arts Council

“I am thrilled the California Arts Council will receive a $5 Million permanent funding increase in the Governor’s proposed revised budget.  I want to thank Governor Brown for his support and leadership.  One in 10 jobs in California are part of the creative industries; generating billions for our economy.  The Arts Council is an incubator of creative talent statewide and the $5 million is an investment in keeping California’s creative economy competitive.”