Joint Assembly Co-author Statement on SB 562

Dear Californians,

As co-authors of SB 562, we strongly support the vision of a single-payer healthcare system.  While we were disappointed that SB 562 as passed by the Senate lacked critical details, we were ready to carry on the work necessary for responsible policymaking.

Friedman Names Silverlake Conservatory of Music “Nonprofit of the Year”

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) named Silverlake Conservatory of Music the 43rd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year.  The Conservatory offers private music lessons on all orchestral and band instruments, as well as a variety of ensemble classes at a reasonable cost. One of their primary goals is to provide scholarships to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford lessons.

Friedman Honors Mickey DePalo of Burbank as Veteran of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) named Mickey DePalo of Burbank as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 43rd Assembly District.  DePalo joined Friedman in the Capitol for the recognition and ceremony.

Asm. Friedman Honors Mickey DePalo of Burbank as Veteran of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) named Mickey DePalo of Burbank as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 43rd Assembly District.  DePalo joined Friedman in the Capitol for the recognition and ceremony.

“Mickey has an outstanding record of service to his country, his community, and his fellow veterans across the region,” said Friedman.  “It’s an honor to recognize him and all that he has done for our veterans and their families.”

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.