Press Releases

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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.

While these numbers bode well for the water levels in our reservoirs and make for a healthy Sierra snowpack – I am concerned that a new confidence in our supply will lead us right back to the old habits that exacerbated the severity of the last drought.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

GLENDALE - Earlier this month the state Assembly celebrated “California Women and Girls in STEM Week.” The Assembly started this tradition as a way to bring to light the vast gender inequalities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and to encourage our young women to pursue opportunities in these areas.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BURBANK - For many children across California, planning for their future is part of growing up. From the time they are very young, their parents set aside money, dollar-by-dollar, to make the ultimate investment in their future success – higher education.

While the amount of the funding parents can contribute varies, especially with dramatically rising tuition fees and living expenses, in most cases high school graduates have access to college or university through the financial support of their parents.

Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As part of the Assembly’s celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) recognized Dr. Anna Galfaian as the 43rd Assembly District Woman of the Year.

“Anna has done incredible work in the community,” said Friedman.  “She’s built a family practice that’s improved the lives of countless Californians, and she’s worked to support new health care providers through scholarships and mentoring.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BURBANK - Since the publishing of my last article I have had the great fortune of meeting more of my talented colleagues in the California Assembly, more of the passionate organizations who fight daily for the causes they believe in, and more of you – the dedicated, caring and well-informed individuals who make up our district. I want to personally thank those of you who responded to my last op-ed with your comments and suggestions.