California Becomes First State in the Nation to Ban Fur

SACRAMENTO – Today, California made history by becoming the first state in the nation to ban fur. The measure, Assembly Bill 44, was spearheaded by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and signed into law by Governor Newsom this morning.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News: Governor Newsom Signs Friedman’s Affordable Housing Bills

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his statewide "rent and housing tour" with a stop in Los Angeles Wednesday, days after he signed a landmark rent control bill into law.

Newsom signed five new bills into law meant to address the state's housing crisis.

Some of the bills aim at making it easier for homeowners to turn their existing garages into "accessory dwelling units," or ADUs. The units then become affordable housing.

Assemblymember Laura Friedman authored the bills.

Friedman’s Affordable Housing Bills Signed by Governor

BURBANK – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) joined Governor Gavin Newsom in South Los Angeles for a press conference where the Governor signed an historic package of housing legislation. Included in this housing package were two measures by Assemblymember Friedman, Assembly Bill 671 and Assembly Bi

Op-Ed: The Lifeblood of our Democracy

The free exchange of ideas and opinions, of fact-based independent reporting and the ability to illuminate issues from the world stage to the local, are not only what ushered in the founding of our nation, but are the breath that has kept it alive all these years. 

Since first being elected as your State Assemblymember in 2016, I have been given the privilege of writing opinion pieces in this paper. These op-eds have given me an opportunity to explain my perspective and to explore topics in-depth with the people of our district. 

KQED: Friedman Questions Effectiveness of Chevron Oil Spill Penalty

The heads of the state legislative committees that oversee much of California's oil and gas industry are questioning whether a fine issued by state regulators against Chevron this week, for a massive uncontrolled release of crude petroleum in a Kern County oil field, will be effective.

California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources on Wednesday announced that it slapped the San Ramon-based oil giant with a $2.7 million fine for illegally allowing releases of large amounts of oil at one of the company's well sites in the Cymric Oil Field between May and July.

ABC 7 KRCR News: Governor Signs Friedman’s Bill Reducing Fire Hazard in At-Risk Communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is adopting nearly two dozen new laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of the state in recent years, killing scores and destroying a Sierra foothills city last fall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced signing the 22 bills Wednesday, saying several will also help the state meet its clean energy goals.

He said they largely enact recommendations from a June report by a governor's task force and build on $1 billion in the state budget devoted to preparing for wildfires and other emergencies.

KQED: Friedman Urges Governor Will Sign Much-Needed Wildfire Legislation

After 86 people in the town of Paradise lost their lives in a massive wildfire last year, California lawmakers vowed to prepare the state for future infernos. But while millions of dollars are going toward new firefighting crews and technology, some say the state is overlooking an area in dire need of help: making homes and buildings safer.