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.

California Legislators Announce Essay Scholarship Winners

Armenian Advocacy Day press conference on April 18

(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

California Legislators Announce Essay Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary.

The winners will be awarded scholarships and acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 18, 2016 and receive special recognition from the Assemblymembers.

You Spoke, We Delivered.

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.”