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California Film Commissioner Colleen Bell Seeks Bigger Production Tax Credit

California’s newly named film commissioner is thinking big.

Colleen Bell wants to expand the state’s production tax credit program beyond its current annual allocation of $330 million — which was tripled in size in 2014 to compete effectively with New York and Georgia, then extended a year ago to 2025 with a credit of up to 25% of qualified expenditures spent in California.

These San Fernando Valley veterans were honored by local Assembly members

San Fernando Valley veterans were fêted at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Orange Grove Bistro at Cal State Northridge. Four San Fernando Valley Assembly members co-hosted the event, including Laura Friedman, D-43rd District; Jesse Gabriel, D-45th District; Adrin Nazarian, D-46th District; and Luz Rivas, D-39th District.

Rivas Secures $5 Million for Discovery Cube

State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) recently secured $5 million for Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), located in Sylmar, to build a Sustainability Park to help educate the public on the ways the state is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DCLA has more than 100 family friendly hands-on science exhibits on climate change, STEM education, and sustainability.

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Secures Critical Funds to Combat California’s Growing Homeless Crisis

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) secured approximately $1 million in the State’s Budget to combat California’s homeless crisis. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the State’s Budget, which allocates $981,000 to the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) for six additional staff positions to expand the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council’s (Council) staff so that they can carry out their statutory mandate to end homelessness in California.

Given the critical nature of the state’s homelessness crisis, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas authored Assembly Bill (AB) 1702 to add six additional full-time staff positions to the Council so they can successfully complete their mission to identify, combat and reduce the state’s homeless population. Last Fall, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas convened a working group comprised of state and local departments, and advocates to discuss policy issues affecting the state’s growing homeless population.

‘Sustainability park’ project at Discovery Cube in Sylmar gets $5 million from state budget

A science museum in Sylmar will get a $5 million cut of the state budget to build an exhibit to teach children about what can be done to help fight climate change, a local assemblywoman said Friday.

The allocation in the budget just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom benefits the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, which features educational exhibits on various science topics, and will go toward constructing a “sustainability park.”

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Secures $5 Million in the State Budget for Discovery Cube Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the State’s Budget to allocate funds for the upcoming fiscal year. As part of the Budget, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) secured $5 million for Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), located in Sylmar, to build a Sustainability Park. The Park helps educate the public on the ways the state is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

DCLA is a children’s science museum located in the San Fernando Valley (SFV) that provides Angelenos with a fun, interactive, and educational environment.  SFV has an estimated population of 1.8 million people, and the county of Los Angeles is home to more than 10 million people. DCLA seeks to address the needs of this community by providing effective, hands-on learning experiences for students, families, and residents.