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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nearly three weeks after the federal government urged more than two dozen Hollywood celebrity home tour companies to stop using open-air vans due to serious safety concerns, the I-Team has found these businesses are continuing to operate as before.

NBC4 went undercover to expose how many tour guides drive recklessly and provide inaccurate information about the location of celebrities' homes. Automotive industry experts also warned that the modified convertible vans may pose dangers because the way the tops are removed may be undermining the integrity of the vehicle structure.

Friday, August 26, 2016

They appear to be unique to Southern California: convertible passenger vans that carry thousands of tourists every week to see the notable landmarks and celebrity homes of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Now tour industry insiders, automotive experts and state officials are raising concerns that riding in those vehicles could be putting riders' safety in jeopardy.

More than 20 Hollywood tour operators now use the open vans, which have soared in popularity over the past decade among visitors and residents eager to take in the sights while enjoying the warm breeze and California sunshine.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The federal government is now investigating one of the most famous tours in the world because of an NBC4 investigation. The I-Team series documented potential safety hazards of Hollywood tour buses, including showing how some seatbelts have been modified or removed altogether. The series also looked at how the buses have been customized so that they are "topless," leading experts and officials to question their ability to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

The United States Department of Transportation has mailed certified letters to more than two dozen tour bus companies stating it believes the convertible tour buses lining Hollywood Boulevard are not safe and should not be taking passengers anywhere.

Friday, May 27, 2016

(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.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.”

Monday, May 9, 2016

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.” 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The greater Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, came in 16th place last year. (Chicago, by the way, is a two-time national champion. Congrats).

California has a bedbug problem. And state Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian of the San Fernando Valley is on it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Californians living in the Sacramento area or the Central Valley likely think they’re safe from earthquakes.

But seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones with the U.S. Geological Survey says that’s not true, given a major earthquake’s potential economic effects.