California Legislative Session Closes Tackling Affordable Housing, Climate Change & Infrastructure
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Authored Seven New Laws
California is once again leading the nation and world with smart, pro-economic growth legislation that empowers and expands the middle class; supports and raises the poor out of poverty; and economically benefits everyone.
This year, the Assembly tackled three critical areas of improvement at the State and local level:
California’s Affordable Housing Crisis
We passed an affordable housing package that preserves existing affordable housing stock, streamlines the zoning and construction of affordable housing, extends the Cal-Vet Home Loan Program, and placed an affordable housing bond on next year’s ballot that provides an ongoing source of funding for affordable housing.
Cap & Trade to Incentivize Green Industry and Combat Climate Change
AB 398 and AB 617, both of which I co-authored, extend California’s highly successful and globally recognized Cap and Trade program and allow heavy polluters to upgrade their equipment by 2023.
Repairing Our Bridges, Freeways, and Local Roads
The Transportation Funding Act will fund repairs to our freeways, local roads, and bridges that serve as the arteries of our economic engine. These repairs will generate tens of thousands of construction jobs across California, save Angelenos $3,000 annually in wear-and-tear costs, and reduce traffic.
We also passed a fiscally responsible budget that places money in reserve for a rainy day, boosted local spending on K-12 education and community colleges to $74.5 billion this year, and put $188 million back into the pockets of working families through the Earned Income Tax Credit.
However, while I view these accomplishments as critical to maintaining California as the sixth largest economy in the world, my personal focus is always local. This year, I authored seven new laws aimed at improving the quality of life for the residents of the 46th Assembly District. Some of the highlights for this year are:
AB 25 – Modified Tour Buses
With the support of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, I passed legislation that strengthens the ability for local jurisdictions to restrict routes and allows the reduction of noise pollution by prohibiting operators to use loudspeakers on tour buses that have had their roof removed. This bill will make the Hollywood Hills community and tourists safe; improving the quality of life for residents.
AB 1154 – Post-Election Audits
This law prevents the hacking hijacking of our democracy by ensuring the random selection of precincts subject to the one-percent manual tally shall not occur until after the close of the polls on Election Day.
AB 1604 – CalWORKS – Welfare-to-Work
Establishes the right of an individual to participate in a high school equivalency educational program, if it is determined that an individual entering the welfare-to-work program has not received his or her high school diploma or its equivalent. With a high school diploma or its equivalent, single parents can increase their annual earnings by $8,000.
Parkinson’s Disease Registry
I am also very proud to have secured $3.7 million to fund a Parkinson’s disease registry in California. This will be the first fully funded Parkinson’s disease registry in the world and is closely modeled after the world-renowned California Cancer Registry.
By investing State resources in a Parkinson’s disease registry, California hopes to duplicate the success of the cancer registry. According to Dr. Dennis Deapen, the Director of Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program, the cancer registry “[has] been able to document geographic patterns and . . . [we] have seen significant declines in death rates due to cancer registry.” The California Cancer Registry has also provided better detection methods as well as treatments for cancer patients.
Adrin Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village.
CONTACT: Brian Stedge, (818) 376-4246, Brian.Stedge@asm.ca.gov