California Legislature Passes Budget with $3 Million for Armenian Museum

SACRAMENTO -  California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, announces that the 2017-2018 California State Budget, which was passed by both the State Assembly and Senate on Thursday, June 15, includes $3 million in funding for the Armenian American Museum planned for Glendale.

Funding for the museum will be granted over a 3-year period.  In addition, a $5 million fund has been created to update current public school curricula and train teachers on the history of the Armenian Genocide.

“For months I’ve fought for funding in the budget for the museum,” said Friedman. “And I’m thrilled that the funding has come through for the museum, which will serve as a beacon of hope and understanding for the local Armenian community, and countless visitors from around the world.” 

Op-Ed: Grassroots Activism is Key for State to Remain a Global Leader on Environmental Issues

BURBANK - California has been a global leader on a number of issues. We’re home to innovators and engineers, cutting edge research, and pioneers across every industry.  We have a long history of meeting seemingly insurmountable challenges head-on, and time after time, we’ve not only succeeded, we’ve sparked growth in our economy and improved the quality of life for countless communities. 

Asm. Friedman Names Skylight Books "Small Business of the Year"

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) named Skylight Books the 43rd Assembly District Small Business of the Year.  Skylight Books is an independent bookstore known for its selection of literary fiction, graphic novels, and children's books, along with books on Los Angeles history, political science, translated literature, and the arts.

 

Asm. Friedman's Clean Energy Bills Pass the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Today, two bills to reduce California’s reliance on fossil fuels authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, passed the Assembly.  AB 1400 will phase out the use of fossil fuel generators used to back up microgrids, and AB 1414 caps the fees for solar installation to keep systems within reach of consumers.

Op-Ed: The Power of Community Involvement by Laura Friedman

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.

Op-Ed: The Fate of the Furious: 30 Days at the Impound by Laura Friedman

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.

Op-Ed: Water Conservation by Laura Friedman

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.

Audio: Affordable Housing Bills Hit California Legislature, But Will They Pass?

California legislators will consider a towering stack of bills addressing the state's rising housing costs, a testament, they say, to their recognition of an emergency.

"We have a housing crisis and we need to act now," said Assemblymember David Chiu, who chairs the Assembly's housing committee.

It's unclear how many of the 130 bills will make it through the session. Past leaders such as Toni Atkins, the last speaker of the Assembly, had made housing affordability a priority, but she was unable to get key pieces of legislation passed.