Special Revenue Fund for the Arts Council

Governor signs legislation to allow a Continuous Revenue Fund in the State Budget

Sacramento (CA) – On July 9th, Governor Brown signed AB 1625 to establish a continuous Special Revenue Fund within the state budget, for the California Arts Council (CAC). AB 1625 authored by Assembly Member Nazarian (D- Sherman Oaks) allows the CAC to properly leverage private and public donations and more effectively finance special arts projects throughout the state.

Under the Arts Council’s statutory authority, the CAC is able to receive gifts and donations. In order to receive donations the CAC must first request and the Department of Finance (DOF) must approve a Special Deposit Fund account where these donations can be stored.

Light Rail in the San Fernando Valley

Governor signs legislation to allow Light Rail on the Orange Line

Sacramento (CA) – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 577 to allow the installation of above-ground rail transit along the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line. AB 577 authored by Assembly Member Nazarian (D- Sherman Oaks) provides the flexibility needed to address the growing demands of public transportation in the Greater San Fernando Valley.

Assembly Member Nazarian notes, "By repealing the ban of light rail installation along the Orange Line, AB 577 allows the Valley to take the first step toward a 21st Century transit system, which will lead to greater connectivity to the red line and other transportation lines, throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley."

Armenian Genocide Education Act Passes Senate Education Committee

Last genocide survivor passes as Genocide Education is brought to forefront of California curricula

Sacramento (CA) – Today the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed AB 1915, The Armenian Genocide Education Act, with a vote of 7-0. The human rights education measure authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian D-(Sherman Oaks), will require the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in the list of studied subject areas for the adopted courses of study in Social Science for 7-12. It will also encourage the incorporation of an oral history component into the teaching of human rights, and genocides, including the Holocaust, Armenian, Cambodian, Darfur, and Rwandan genocides.

The introduction of this measure comes at a defining point, in not only working towards a more comprehensive curriculum about the Armenian Genocide, but also in having the international community recognize an atrocity that has for too long been overlooked.