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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CalMatters Commentary: Here are 263 reasons to support this gun safety bill. But one is enough

By Laura Friedman

 

On a Monday in February 2015, 13 year-old Rashawn Harris, known to his family as Ray Ray, told his father, Willis Harris, that he was on his way to school and that he loved him.

He stepped out of the front door of his parents’ South Stockton home. There, as he waited in his own driveway for his ride to school, Ray Ray was gunned down.

His father rushed out to find his son laying on the ground. Willis held his son in his arms as neighbors gathered along the street. It would be their last moment together as Rashawn Harris lost his life due to the .40 caliber bullets of a semiautomatic pistol.

In the ensuing investigation, it was found that the murder weapon belonged to former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today announced assignments for the membership of Assembly leadership positions and standing committees for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

Speaker pro Tempore: Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore: Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Majority Leader: Assemblymember Ian Calderon
Assistant Majority Leader: Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Assistant Majority Leader for Policy and Research: Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
Majority Whip: Assemblymember Todd Gloria
Assistant Majority Whip: Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath
Assistant Majority Whip: Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel
Democratic Caucus Chair: Assemblymember Mike Gipson

Accountability and Administrative Review

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cracking Down on Speed

By Laura Friedman

March 2018

 

There’s a not-so-silent killer on our streets – one responsible for 265 traffic-related deaths in Los Angeles County in 2016 alone.  In Glendale, where I previously served as Councilmember and Mayor prior to the Assembly, traffic-related injuries and fatalities rose 25% in 2016.  However, Glendale is not alone in this alarming trend; cities and neighborhoods across my district and throughout the Los Angeles region have seen an uptick in the overall number of traffic collisions involving other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  The statistics are alarming, and yet for decades, cities have been powerless when it comes to combating the problem.  Last month, I introduced a bill to change that.

Monday, August 7, 2017

To explain why she authored a bill to protect water in the Mojave Desert, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman goes back to her childhood. Growing up in Plantation, Florida, on the edge of the Everglades, the 50-year-old Glendale Democrat had a “front-row seat” to the destruction of the swamps, sloughs, and mangrove forests that spread across most of South Florida.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Local music education nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which moved to Los Feliz from its former Sunset Junction location last October, was named “Nonprofit of the Year” by California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman late last month, just days after receiving an architecture award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The battle over plans by a Los Angeles company to sell water pumped from aquifers underneath Mojave Desert conservation areas heated up again this week when state legislation was amended to require a new round of state reviews.

The legislation’s new language, by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, would stop major pumping until state land and wildlife officials determined that groundwater extractions would not harm wildlife or cultural resources.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A new bill in the state Legislature would require California to review the environmental impacts of a company's proposal to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities — a controversial plan that was slowed down by President Obama, but which appears to have the backing of the Trump administration.