California Legislative Jewish Caucus Condemns President Trump’s Reported Immigration Orders

(Sacramento)- The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns President Trump’s reported orders to build a wall on the Mexican-American border and plan to block refugees from entering the United States.

As Jews we have seen this before. In 1939, the SS Saint Louis was turned away from the Port of Miami. More than one quarter of the passengers on the ship died in the Holocaust. Many immigrants entering the United States have fled incredible violence at home and are seeking a safe place for their families. The United States should never again repeat the mistakes of the past and should help these refugees instead of turning them away.

Autism Treatment Insurance Mandate Signed into Law

AB 796 Gives Families Continued Access to Autism Treatment Services

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 796 authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks). AB 796 eliminates the sunset date on the insurance mandate for health plans and health insurers to cover evidence-based autism treatment services.

“This is a great victory for children and families that require autism services. I am proud of the work we have accomplished to ensure continued access,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.

Assembly Budget Committee Approves Responsible Spending With Historic Reserves

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Assembly Budget Committee approved the Assembly’s budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, setting the stage for final budget negotiations with the Senate and Governor Jerry Brown in the coming weeks leading up to the deadline to pass the state budget by June 15.

“This is a responsible budget for a stronger middle class,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.  “We have the largest reserves in over three decades along with targeted investments to fight poverty, improve early childhood care and education, expand access to higher education, and to build more affordable housing.”

Affordable Housing and Earthquake Preparedness Headline Budget Priorities

Assemblymember Nazarian Announces Budget Subcommittee #4’s Priorities, $650 for Affordable Housing, $20 million for Seismic Retrofit Loans, & $3 Million for Brace + Bolt

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, announced his budget priorities for 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.

“Our budget proposal strengthens the foundation of California’s middle class; creating jobs, protecting property & lives, and investing in our future,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “We are making an unprecedented investment in affordable housing and providing incentives to seismically strengthen homes in the event of an earthquake.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Champions Armenian American Museum

Appropriates $5 Million to Build the Museum    

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, appropriated $5 million within the Assembly’s Budget proposal to build an Armenian American Museum in Glendale, California.

“The Armenian journey to California—from genocide to prosperity—is a critical thread in the fabric of our State.  An Armenian museum recognizing our past would be an excellent addition to our State’s wealth of cultural and historical centers,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. 

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Announces Earthquake Preparedness Package

Earthquake Early Warning System, 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive, & Brace + Bolt Expansion will Protect Property, Save Lives, and Creates Jobs

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, announced his earthquake preparedness budget priorities for 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.

“It is not a question of if, but when an earthquake strikes.  We must take immediate steps to protect property and save lives,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “We need to expand our residential Brace + Bolt program, incentive property owners to seismically retrofit their large apartment buildings, and this year fully fund a state-of-the-art earthquake early warning system.” 

Governor Brown Signs into Law ABx2 11; Toughening Tobacco Enforcement and Protecting Businesses

ABx2 11Modernzies California’s Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Program. 

(Sacramento, CA) Assembly Bill x2  11, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Fee  was signed into law by Governor Brown.  “ABx2 11 modernizes California’s Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Program by updating the licensing fee imposed on retail locations, distributor and wholesaler.