Press Releases

Thursday, September 12, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) Today, California’s State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 114, which includes a ground breaking effort to reduce wealth inequality for all California children. This effort complements Governor Newsom’s vision to expand child savings accounts similar to the program he started as Mayor of San Francisco.

Earlier this year, Assemblymember Nazarian advocated for the State budget to include $25 million for the creation of a statewide child savings account (CSA) program known as the California Kids Investment and Development Savings program. AB 114 adjusts the program to allow the ScholarShare Investment Board to open college savings accounts for all California children born on or after July 1, 2020, not only children from low-income backgrounds.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Landmark Turkish Divestment Bill Passes California State Senate

(Sacramento, CA) AB 1320, the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act, passed the California State Senate 33-0-7. Last year, the State Senate and Assembly passed the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act but the bill was vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown.

California has a long history of divesting from countries that violate human rights, South Africa (apartheid policy), Sudan (Darfur genocide), and Iran (international terrorism, human rights violations). A divestment from Turkish bonds over Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide, the continued funding of a campaign of genocide denial, and the recent erosion of democratic principles would send a clear message internationally that California, the fifth largest economy in the world, demands justice for 1.5 million Armenians killed.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Earthquake damage 

Urges the California State Senate to pass AB 429, Earthquake Inventory Act and AB 393, Strengthening Building Codes

(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymember Nazarian urges the California State Senate to pass AB 429, Earthquake Inventory Act and AB 393, Strengthening Building Codes. Both bills are currently in Senate Appropriations.

Press Releases

2019-20 State Budget

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Budget creates the biggest reserve in state history, pays off the Wall of Debt and helps Californians tackle the cost crisis

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a balanced, on-time state budget that builds a strong fiscal foundation and makes significant progress toward combatting the affordability crisis that impacts too many Californians.

“This fiscally responsibly budget provides immediate help to families struggling to stay in their homes, helps the homeless get off our streets and back on their feet, and provides record education funding,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.

Friday, May 24, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) On a vote of 52-11-17, the California Assembly passed Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s (D-Van Nuys) Assembly Bill 479, incentivizing K-12 public schools to offer healthier, climate-friendly lunch options.

Called the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, AB 479 would provide schools with additional state funding for serving plant-based entrées and plant-based milk. The bill also includes critical state support for staff training, student engagement, recipe development, and other technical assistance needed to help public schools boost participation rates and successfully serve plant-based foods.

“We’re passed the stage where our only school lunch options are meat and potatoes,” stated Nazarian. “Plant-based meals are healthier for our children and will reduce our state’s carbon footprint.”

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Armenian Genocide Memorial

(Sacramento, CA) AB 1320, the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act, passed the full California Assembly floor 59-0. Last year, the State Senate and Assembly passed the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act but the bill was vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown.

California has a long history of divesting from countries that violate human rights, South Africa (apartheid policy), Sudan (Darfur genocide), and Iran (international terrorism, human rights violations). A divestment from Turkish bonds over Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide, the continued funding of a campaign of genocide denial, and the recent erosion of democratic principles would send a clear message internationally that California, the fifth largest economy in the world, demands justice for 1.5 million Armenians killed.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Happy Graduates Throwing Caps in the Sky

(Sacramento, CA) The California State Assembly has passed a ground breaking effort to reduce wealth inequality for all California children by a vote of 75-0. This effort complements Governor Newsom’s effort to expand child savings accounts similar to the program he started in San Francisco as Mayor.

AB 15 will create a statewide child savings account program by tasking the Scholar Share Investment Board to operate a master 529 account, owned by the state. Each child born in California will automatically be enrolled in the account at birth and receive an initial seed deposit of at least $25. Savings from the account could be used for a number of different higher educational purposes such as tuition at a college, university, trade school or graduate program; room and board; books; computers; and other related qualified expenses.