Past Events

I invite you to join my Economic Freedom Summit next week, a series of discussions about the economic impacts of COVID-19 and the road to recovery in Los Angeles. The event will take place over Zoom and an RSVP is required to receive the log in information. 

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The Summit will take place Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25 at 12:00pm. Each day will feature a different topic and expert panelists. 

  • Monday: The Business and Economic Impact of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Reform
  • Tuesday: Housing, Land Use, and the Challenges to Affordable Housing
  • Wednesday: Economic Freedom: It Takes a Village - The Critical Role of Workforce Development
  • Thursday: Equal Playing Field: Removing Barriers to Business Ownership
  • Friday: Economic Justice, National Economic Policy and California's Importance

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Former Economic Advisor to Bernie Sanders

Dr. Darrick Hamilton – a noted scholar, economist, and public intellectual – is the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, a university professor, and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School. The Institute will confront the pressing issues of our time and develop pathways and policies that break down hierarchy and promote greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.

Hamilton has recently been profiled in The New York Times, Mother Jones, and The Wall Street Journal. He has been involved in crafting policy proposals, such as Baby Bonds and a Federal Job Guarantee, which have served as inspirations for legislative proposals at federal, state and local levels; served on the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force; was a presidential campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders; and regularly advises many other government officials. California Representative Ro Khanna offers high praise, characterizing Hamilton as having a “profound impact on policymakers” and calling him an “intellectual giant of his time.”

Other panelists and moderators include: 

  • Mark Edwards, JVS SoCal VP Government Relations
  • Greg Morena, Former Councilman in the City of Santa Monica
  • Josefina Santiago, JVS SoCal Director Workforce Development
  • Schenae Rourk, National Association of Women Business Owners for Los Angeles (or designee)
  • Bridget Netter, Unite LA, Sr. Director of Business Ed partnerships (or designee)
  • And more!


Please join me for a discussion about pressing policy issues at the state and national levels. Get the latest information about unemployment insurance, USPS, housing and how to access resources and services related to COVID-19.
Saturday, August 29
10:00-11:00am via Zoom

Please join me for a cup of coffee and conversation about legislation affecting our community. I look forward to meeting with you and exploring ways to improve life in the 54th Assembly District.


Jennifer Pennifer Bakes

10428 National Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90034

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9 - 10 a.m.

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Lattes & Legislation flyer

Please join me for a cup of coffee and conversation about legislation impacting our community. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing ways we can make a positive impact together in the 54th Assembly District.

Sunday, November 10
9 - 10 a.m.

Tuscan Son
10700 Santa Monica Blvd. #150
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Incarcerated Women

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women’s first hearing on October 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Beit T'Shuvah Temple (8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034).

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The national conversation regarding prison reform and abolition focuses on men, leaving incarcerated women in the shadow. As I researched facts and figures about the state of incarcerated women, I learned that their lived experiences are often marked by astonishing hardship such as substance abuse, mental illness, trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Through chairing the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women, I plan to build a coalition of stakeholders that will share knowledge, expertise, and resources to craft legislation and policy that will make a difference in the livelihood and success of all incarcerated women and men.

Our first hearing will have two panels. The first will feature formerly incarcerated women sharing their experiences and journeys leading up to their incarceration. The second panel will include professionals within the criminal justice system sharing their ideas for reform, and the obstacles they’ve faced along the way.

I can’t wait to build concrete solutions to a problem that affects too many women and the communities they call home.