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.” 

700+ Job Seekers Attend Assemblymember Nazarian’s First Annual Job Fair

Sherman Oaks (CA) – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian along with the Economic Development Department (EDD) hosted a very successful job at Church on the Way. Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s 1st Annual Job & Career Fair was attended by over 700 members of the local community and 52 employers. 

“I am very pleased that over 700 people from the community were able to attend our Job Fair,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “These job fairs provide excellent opportunities for members of our community to walk away with new contacts and interview opportunities that can lead to employment.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Highlights $200,000 in Tax Credits Awarded to Local Van Nuys Business

Over $20 Million Awarded Statewide

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian today announced that $200,000 in tax credits was awarded to Sentry Control Systems, LCC in Van Nuys.  With the support of the tax credit, Sentry Control Systems will add 35 additional full time employees in the 46th Assembly District through the California Competes Tax Credit program.

“I am thrilled Sentry Control Systems has received a $200,000 tax credit to help them expand their excellent local business.  I will continue fighting for small businesses in Sacramento,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.    

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Pushes Through Longer Yellow Lights

Caltrans Establishes New Rules for Setting Yellow-Light Times; Creating Safer Streets

Sherman Oaks (CA) – For all those motorists struck with the dilemma of slamming on the breaks or potentially running a red light, there is good news!  Thanks to the efforts of Assemblymember Nazarian, Caltrans released its California Traffic Control Device Manual with updates to increase yellow light timing up to .05-.07 of a second by using the actual speed of flowing traffic rather than the posted speed limit in state engineering calculations.