Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Tackles Bedbug Pandemic

Assembly Bill (AB) 551 Ratifies the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Fighting a Bedbug Infestation.

(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation aimed at stemming the infestation of bedbugs sweeping California.  A recently released report by Orkin, a national pest control company, ranked Los Angeles fourth nationwide in bedbug infestations with San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose region, and the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto region all within the top 50 nationwide. 

“We need common sense steps to reduce the bedbug blight in California.  Tenants and landlords must work together to eradicate these blood suckers from our homes,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.    

Basic Public Safety Standards for Ridesharing Passes Two Key Committees

Assembly Bill (AB) 24 Requires Drivers to Enroll in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program & Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

(Sacramento, CA) Assembly Bill 24 passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 5.  Assembly Bill 24 is a consumer protection and public safety bill to establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers, such as limousines, buses, and transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft. 

“This is a win for the public’s safety,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “The requirements in AB 24 are all simple, common sense measures that any business focused on consumer safety should have no issue complying with.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Increases the Art Council’s Budget by $10 Million

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian proposed adding five positions and increasing the California Arts Council’s budget by $10 million dollars. Governor Brown’s budget proposal funds the California Arts Council at $4.911 million, which includes $1.138 million of General Fund dollars.  This is a five million dollar decrease from last year.    

The $10 million increase was passed by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 4 and will part of the Assembly’s Budget proposal. 

LA Mayor Garcetti and Assemblymember Nazarian Urge Approval of 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive

Assembly Bill (AB) 428 Will Establish a Five Year 30% Tax Credit for Seismic Retrofit of Earthquake Vulnerable Buildings

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian stood on the steps of the seismic-retrofitted Van Nuys City Hall to highlight historic legislation which would provide a five-year 30% state seismic tax credit to property owners for safety improvements to their vulnerable buildings.

"It's not a question of if, but rather when the next big earthquake will hit Los Angeles, and together with Assemblymember Nazarian, we're taking action to shore up our buildings and better protect our city from the inevitable," said Mayor Garcetti. "AB428 would take an important step in making my seismic resilience plan a reality, providing a tax benefit to help building owners complete lifesaving retrofits. I urge the State Legislature to pass this important legislation."

California Legislators Announce $1,000 Essay Scholarship to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to support the world-wide efforts to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its centennial anniversary.

Winners will be awarded a scholarship, flown up to the State Capitol on April 20th, 2015 to take part in the Legislature’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, and receive special recognition from the Assemblymen. In addition to being recognized by the caucus, winning entries will be displayed at a special exhibit dedicated to Armenians at the California State Museum in Sacramento.

The three winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Essay Criteria:

The State of California and 43 U.S. States have joined over 20 governments around the world recognizing the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish regime a century ago.  The Government of Turkey threatens to retaliate against nations, including the United States, who recognized the Genocide (HR 148, 1975).

Write a letter to President Obama, discussing actions the United States should take regarding the Armenian Genocide and persuading the Republic of Turkey away from denying its past history.

Please see the attached materials for historical context.

Copies of submissions will be transmitted to the White House and posted online.

Paper Format: 500 words, double-spaced 12-point font.

Please include your name, age, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject area, city, phone #, and email address at the top of the essay. 

Scholarship Awards:

1st- $1,000
2nd- $500
3rd- $300

Essay Deadline is Monday, April 6, 2015.

Please email essay submissions to 1915essay@gmail.com.

Visit the following links for historical context:

A Brief History of the Armenian Genocide:
http://www.genocideeducation.org/files/Genocide.pdf

Articles:

New York Times –“Allies Punish Turks Who Murder” May 24, 1915
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C03E6DB1338E633A25757C2A9639C946496D6CF

New York Times – “Armenians Dying In Prison Camps” August 21, 1916
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9800EED91E3FE233A25752C2A96E9C946796D6CF

New York Times – “Armenian Editor Is Slain In Turkey” January 20, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/20/world/europe/20turkey.html?pagewanted=print

CNN – Pelosi Says “She’ll Press On With Armenian Genocide Resolution” October 14, 2007
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/14/us.turkey/

New York Times – “Thousands in Turkey Protest Verdict in Journalist’s Murder” January 19, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/in-turkey-thousands-protest-verdict-in-journalists-murder.html

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Introduces Basic Public Safety Standards for Ride Sharing

Assembly Bill (AB) 24 Requires Drivers to Enroll in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program, Participate in a Department of Justice Finger-Print Background Check, & Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (Sherman Oaks) introduced a consumer protection and public safety bill to establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers, such as limousines, buses, and transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft. 

“Ridesharing is simply high-tech hitchhiking,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “Consumers are being blindly picked-up by complete strangers and entrusting them with their safety.  As a public servant, I want to ensure your driver gets you home safely through the enactment of common sense safety measures.”