Official Website - Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Representing the 46th California Assembly District https://a46.asmdc.org/ en Honor the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocide https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220425-honor-armenian-assyrian-and-greek-genocide <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Honor the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocide</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/25/2022 - 08:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-04-26T06:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, April 25, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D4KNjWdiyqhM&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=sycyT4jEmMRruksB622Jdnev0tjrPmwJW-s9QlNqYqc" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Honor the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocide"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:47:34 +0000 drefcikj 1735 at https://a46.asmdc.org Nazarian Presents Resolution to Highlight Nowruz Persian New Year https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220321-nazarian-presents-resolution-highlight-nowruz-persian-new-year <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nazarian Presents Resolution to Highlight Nowruz Persian New Year</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/29/2022 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-03-21T16:00:51Z" class="datetime">Monday, March 21, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/s-vDGk4cvIY&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=h2ZsMR0cRvNag4JOFhftyo05cZQP1S4j8XxGw-ZDGoc" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Nazarian Presents Resolution to Highlight Nowruz Persian New Year"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 16:00:51 +0000 drefcikj 1734 at https://a46.asmdc.org Nazarian Supports Governor on Immigration, Gas Prices, Homelessness and Education https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220309-nazarian-supports-governor-immigration-gas-prices-homelessness-and-education <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nazarian Supports Governor on Immigration, Gas Prices, Homelessness and Education</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/11/2022 - 08:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-03-09T23:30:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, March 9, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/Ff14sgn1VuM&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=etTg67IVEeoTTYcLQL034kE6s2paO4cgdWdx2a-7WDE" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Nazarian Supports Governor on Immigration, Gas Prices, Homelessness and Education"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Mar 2022 16:13:04 +0000 drefcikj 1732 at https://a46.asmdc.org Assemblymember Nazarian To Introduce Aging & Long-Term Care Bill Package https://a46.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220215-assemblymember-nazarian-introduce-aging-long-term-care-bill-package <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Nazarian To Introduce Aging &amp; Long-Term Care Bill Package</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/taylorem" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">taylorem</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/15/2022 - 17:35</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/1" id="taxonomy-term-1" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/1"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Emma Taylor</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:%28818%29376-4246">(818) 376-4246</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov">Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-16T00:35:57Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, February 15, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>LOS ANGELES, CA—</span></span></span> <span><span><span>Assemblymember Nazarian, Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-term Care Committee, will be introducing three pieces of legislation this week that are part of his commitment to older Californians and people with disabilities. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Most impactful, Assemblymember Nazarian seeks to establish the Older Adult and People with Disabilities Targeted Rent Stabilization Program to prevent and end homelessness within this vulnerable group. This targeted rental assistance program would enable an estimated 25,000 older adults and people with disabilities who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness to afford private-market housing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Older low-income Californians and people with disabilities can no longer afford their rent and are facing a surge in homelessness. This legislation furthers the Master Plan for Aging goal of preventing homelessness among older adults. This legislation is values-driven, and I am committed to working with all stakeholders to see it implemented,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Assemblymember’s next bill will establish a 5-year Healthier Home – Age in Place Nursing Program in eight counties across the state. Service-enriched housing for the aging population is an important tool for solving our state’s housing, long-term services and supports, and health care challenges. The Department of Aging will provide grant funds to qualified nonprofit organizations to hire one full-time registered nurse and one full-time community health worker to deliver health education, navigation, and coaching to residents at three senior affordable housing sites in each of the pilot counties. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The pilot counties include Contra Costa, Fresno, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, Shasta, and Sonoma. Healthier Home is designed to provide and link social services and health care services in affordable senior housing sites; thus enabling older residents to remain living independently, avoiding unnecessary and costly healthcare services such as emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and skilled nursing facility stays. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is modeled after an effective program in Sacramento which saved an estimated $1.1 million annually in medical costs. Nearly 70% fewer residents moved out of the communities served because of illness or because they required more care than could be provided in their communities. This program will serve as important bridges to meet the needs of our low-income older adults until we have a statewide program in place. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We must envision housing as a component of healthy living as we age. This program has proven effectiveness and moving forward, the pilot will allow us to gather data to implement this statewide in the future,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finally, one of the bills seeks to address the issue of isolation for those living in long-term care facilities and the frustration felt by their loved ones dealing with confusing and ever-changing visitation guidelines throughout the pandemic. This bill will allow residents to choose two designated support persons who must follow all guidelines, but no different than those working in a facility. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The Department of Public Health is holding loved ones to a higher standard and it is to the detriment of those living in care facilities. This pandemic has only highlighted the need for connection and the important role support persons play in the lives of those living in these facilities. This bill creates clear guidelines moving forward,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Wed, 16 Feb 2022 01:35:57 +0000 taylorem 1729 at https://a46.asmdc.org Nazarian Pays Tribute to the Memory of San Fernando Valley’s Advocate Richard Close https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220203-nazarian-pays-tribute-memory-san-fernando-valleys-advocate-richard-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nazarian Pays Tribute to the Memory of San Fernando Valley’s Advocate Richard Close</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/09/2022 - 13:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-03T21:25:26Z" class="datetime">Thursday, February 3, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/zjowtis0SBk&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=fWhniRny20M-FkjOaWjcpX4Aunhs4iSSDPDHuQFyaEw" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Nazarian Pays Tribute to the Memory of San Fernando Valley’s Advocate Richard Close"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Feb 2022 21:25:26 +0000 drefcikj 1728 at https://a46.asmdc.org Nazarian Honors Longtime Legislative Staffer on his Retirement https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220131-nazarian-honors-longtime-legislative-staffer-his-retirement <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nazarian Honors Longtime Legislative Staffer on his Retirement</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:11</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-01-31T22:11:27Z" class="datetime">Monday, January 31, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/debKmEyfF8s&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=ALLTQ6HAzD_ej0C7l-1YzqpyyLkTGY6JODxQX3HdwZY" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Nazarian Honors Longtime Legislative Staffer on his Retirement"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 02 Feb 2022 22:11:27 +0000 drefcikj 1726 at https://a46.asmdc.org Nazarian Pays Tribute to Young Girl Killed by Stray Bullet while Shopping https://a46.asmdc.org/video/20220110-nazarian-pays-tribute-young-girl-killed-stray-bullet-while-shopping <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nazarian Pays Tribute to Young Girl Killed by Stray Bullet while Shopping</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/01/2022 - 08:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-01-10T16:14:40Z" class="datetime">Monday, January 10, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/nDfOKjWyFJ8&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=zdj7JHJhvR2A1j7gBeKC57o06LTkopF9v-z7J4mMPc4" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Nazarian Pays Tribute to Young Girl Killed by Stray Bullet while Shopping"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Feb 2022 16:14:40 +0000 drefcikj 1722 at https://a46.asmdc.org Assemblymember Nazarian’s Slow Streets Act Signed by Governor Newsom https://a46.asmdc.org/press-releases/20211006-assemblymember-nazarians-slow-streets-act-signed-governor-newsom <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Nazarian’s Slow Streets Act Signed by Governor Newsom </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/taylorem" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">taylorem</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/06/2021 - 17:49</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/1" id="taxonomy-term-1" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/1"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Emma Taylor</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:%28818%29376-4246">(818) 376-4246</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov">Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-10-07T00:49:15Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, October 6, 2021</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>(LOS ANGELES, CA) - AB 773, the Slow Streets Act, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom today and will now permanently allow local jurisdictions to restrict traffic on selected streets. The legislation expands on Governor Newsom’s Emergency Executive Order, which granted local areas the ability to implement Slow Streets Programs as a response to COVID-19 public health guidelines.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>“Los Angeles’ Slow Streets program has offered children, families, and constituents throughout our city the opportunity to play, exercise, and socialize, safely, in their own neighborhoods throughout the pandemic and can now permanently be expanded throughout California,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>“COVID-19 has forced us to find creative ways to get outside and enjoy our communities while staying closer to home,” said supporter Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti previously. “With Assemblymember Nazarian’s bill, we can keep our Slow Streets program intact and growing, enabling us to transform neighborhoods into accessible spaces and give people the space they need to engage in healthy recreation and stay safe in this crisis.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Now with Governor Newsom’s signature of AB 773, local governments can permanently repurpose selected streets that allow people to recreate safely in their neighborhoods. Los Angeles has already implemented over 50 miles of slow streets to give local residents more access to walking and bicycle riding sites. Research has shown that communities in these urban areas, already suffering from greater air pollution, have less access to parks and open spaces, in turn making them more susceptible to COVID-19. It is critical to increase the accessibility of our streets for local residents especially in hard hit communities to recreate safely under the existing public health guidelines. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Enacting AB 773 gives local communities the opportunity to have safer and more accessible streets that promote healthy neighborhood recreation, especially during the ongoing public health crisis, but also, anytime they see fit. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>###</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>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. He serves as Chair of the State Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p></div> Thu, 07 Oct 2021 00:49:15 +0000 taylorem 1706 at https://a46.asmdc.org Assemblymember Nazarian’s Cultural Competency Training for Professional Fiduciaries Bill Signed by Governor Newsom https://a46.asmdc.org/press-releases/20210917-assemblymember-nazarians-cultural-competency-training-professional <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Nazarian’s Cultural Competency Training for Professional Fiduciaries Bill Signed by Governor Newsom</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/17/2021 - 12:34</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Holly Tarr</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:%28916%29319-2046">(916) 319-2046</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:Holly.Tarr@asm.ca.gov">Holly.Tarr@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-09-17T19:34:29Z" class="datetime">Friday, September 17, 2021</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>(Sacramento, CA)</strong> Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 465, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s legislation requiring the prelicensing education courses for licensed professional fiduciaries to include at least 1 hour of instruction in cultural competency every 3 years.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, LGBTQI+ seniors face unique challenges as they age, and are among the most vulnerable population in our society. These challenges include barriers to receiving formal health care and social support that heterosexual, cisgender adults do not encounter. This new law will ensure that LGBTQI+ seniors get competent and respectful services by professional fiduciaries.” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.</p> <p>Private professional fiduciaries are individuals licensed by the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau. They manage matters for patients and clients including daily care, housing and medical needs, and also offer financial management services ranging from basic bill payments to estate and investment management. Professional fiduciaries provide critical services to seniors and persons with disabilities.</p> <p>“Cultural competency” would mean understanding and applying cultural and ethnic data to the process of care that includes, but is not limited to, information on the appropriate treatment of, and provision of care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex [LGBTQI+] communities, ethnic communities, and religious communities.</p> <p>LGBTQI+ older adults live vibrant, full lives across the U.S. and around the world. While the U.S. census has never captured how many LGBTQI+ people live in America, reports estimate that there are currently around three million LGBTQI+ adults over age 50. That number is expected to grow to around seven million by 2030.</p> <p><em>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</em></p></div> Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:34:29 +0000 drefcikj 1700 at https://a46.asmdc.org Assemblymember Nazarian’s CalKIDS Program to Expand with $1.8 Billion to Low-Income Students & $186 Million On-Going Funding for Newborns & 1st Graders https://a46.asmdc.org/press-releases/20210715-assemblymember-nazarians-calkids-program-expand-18-billion-low-income <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Nazarian’s CalKIDS Program to Expand with $1.8 Billion to Low-Income Students &amp; $186 Million On-Going Funding for Newborns &amp; 1st Graders</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/drefcikj" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">drefcikj</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/29/2021 - 15:44</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/1" id="taxonomy-term-1" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/1"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Emma Taylor</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:%28818%29376-4246">(818) 376-4246</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov">Emma.Taylor@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-15T22:44:53Z" class="datetime">Thursday, July 15, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/a46.asmdc.org/files/2021-06/calkids.jpg" width="410" height="270" alt="Photo of students" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>(Sacramento, CA) Today California’s State Assembly passed AB 132 and expanded funding for the largest child savings account (CSA) program in the country, the California Kids Investment and Development Savings (CalKIDS) by investing $1.8 billion in one-time funding and $186 million every year moving forward.</p> <p>"I am thrilled that today, California is making history by investing $1.8 billion this year and $186 million every year moving forward in our children, their education, and their futures. Wealth inequality and the high cost of education have slammed the door shut on lower- and middle-income advancement across our state,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, “This funding for CalKIDS will create for savings accounts for 3.7 million low-income k-12th graders initially, and then 450,000 newborns, and hundreds of thousand low-income first-graders and make way for the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, and community leaders.”</p> <p>The CalKIDS program was created by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) in 2019 through a $25 million dollar budget allocation and allows the ScholarShare Investment Board to open college savings accounts for all California children born on or after July 1, 2020, regardless of income. The ScholarShare Investment Board operates a custodial 529 account that automatically enrolls each child born in California with an initial seed deposit of $25. Additionally, to make college more accessible to low-income California kids, a $500 deposit will be made for low-income first graders across the state, with a $500 supplemental deposit for foster and homeless youth.</p> <p>“This investment isn’t just transformative for these programs, but for the millions of lives that these programs will change, and futures it will subsequently catapult. A child savings account provides more than just a financial asset and a more level playing field, but a sense of optimism and promise for the future for decades to come," reflected Assemblymember Nazarian.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Unfortunately, 25 percent of California households live in asset poverty. Similarly, research shows that 55 percent of Californians are rent-burdened and 15 percent experience severely delinquent student loan debt. </p> <p>Academics have found that children with $500 or less designated for college savings are three times more likely to enroll in college and nearly four times more likely to graduate than children with no savings. Studies have also found that children engaging with a savings account to improve their mathematical abilities and test scores.</p> <p>Additionally, asset-building programs have been found to improve the social development of young children and support the mental health, parenting practices, and educational expectations of mothers. As economic volatility challenges the ability of many families to even think about affording a postsecondary education, the state must prioritize asset-building programs, which demonstrate long-term benefits.</p> <p>Given the research and positive impact, the CSA movement has grown from a regionalized initiative in San Francisco—launched by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom—to similar programs in operation or development in at least six other states. With approximately 450,000 children born annually in California, CalKIDS is already the largest CSA program nationwide.</p> <p>Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009, researchers found that mothers with children who participated in a CSA program were more focused on saving for college and maintained confidence that affording a postsecondary education was reachable. As California recovers from the pandemic, CalKIDS too will become a lifeline for many families to navigate economic recovery options.</p> <p><em>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. He is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging &amp; Long Term Care Learn more at:</em> <a href="https://a46.asmdc.org/"><em>https://a46.asmdc.org/</em></a></p></div> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 22:44:53 +0000 drefcikj 1688 at https://a46.asmdc.org