Thursday, January 19, 2017

Burbank, CA - Here we are – it is the beginning of a new year and the start of the 2017-18 legislative session. I want to formally introduce our team and myself as well as give you a few updates on my progress as your new Assemblymember.

Thank you so much for allowing me this great opportunity to serve as your representative.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BURBANK - Since the publishing of my last article I have had the great fortune of meeting more of my talented colleagues in the California Assembly, more of the passionate organizations who fight daily for the causes they believe in, and more of you – the dedicated, caring and well-informed individuals who make up our district. I want to personally thank those of you who responded to my last op-ed with your comments and suggestions.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BURBANK - For many children across California, planning for their future is part of growing up. From the time they are very young, their parents set aside money, dollar-by-dollar, to make the ultimate investment in their future success – higher education.

While the amount of the funding parents can contribute varies, especially with dramatically rising tuition fees and living expenses, in most cases high school graduates have access to college or university through the financial support of their parents.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

GLENDALE - Earlier this month the state Assembly celebrated “California Women and Girls in STEM Week.” The Assembly started this tradition as a way to bring to light the vast gender inequalities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and to encourage our young women to pursue opportunities in these areas.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BURBANK - On Friday, April 7 Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared that our historic drought was over thanks to the immense amount of rainfall we received this winter. With our snowpack reservoir reaching 178% and the City of Los Angeles reaching 141% of historical averages as of this month.

While these numbers bode well for the water levels in our reservoirs and make for a healthy Sierra snowpack – I am concerned that a new confidence in our supply will lead us right back to the old habits that exacerbated the severity of the last drought.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

BURBANK - In my 2012 State of the City speech while serving as the mayor of Glendale in a time when much of the country was still struggling to recover from the recession, I addressed a key reason as to why Glendale was able to weather the financial crisis.

Friday, May 12, 2017

GLENDALE - Recently Los Angeles has seen a dramatic increase of traffic-related fatalities, a sharp 43% increase with 260 traffic fatalities occurring in 2016. That rate is continuing to increase and is already significantly higher this year than it was last May. Unfortunately, these rising rates of local traffic fatalities are part of a statewide upward trend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) joined the rest of the Armenian Caucus for a state capitol news conference to honor the 1.5-million people who were killed 102 years ago in the Armenian Genocide. Assemblymember Friedman represents an area of Los Angeles that is home to the largest contingent of Armenian-Americans in the country. “Glendale is, I hope, soon to become the home of the Armenian-American museum,” said Assemblymember Friedman. “And that’s something that, while the week of remembrance really inspires people in the district every year, that museum is something that will educated and inspire from across the country and from around the world.” The Armenian Caucus also honored USC Institute of Armenian Studies leader Salpi H. Ghazarian for her contributions to addressing and resolving challenges in Armenian communities and announced 3rd Annual Essay & Visual Arts Scholarship winners. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) brought a very special guest with her to work at the State Capitol.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The California Legislative Women's Caucus has issued an open letter to US Supreme Court Justice Nominee, Neil Gorsuch, calling on him to protect the rights of all Californians.