Past Events

Friday, February 24, 2017

I would like to personally invite you to an informational hearing I am hosting on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on “The Secondary Impact of California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program on Diversity?” This hearing will take place at the Auditorium of the Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, 90013.

This hearing is the start of a critical conversation that is intended to push the needle to understand the economic impact of the Film and Television Tax Credit Program in California, but also just as importantly, in diverse communities.

Between a volatile funding environment and shrinking exhibition window, ethnically diverse directors and their teams are dealing with more variables and obstacles than ever.  A 2017 USC Annenberg study found that across 1,000 films released from 2007-16, only three were directed by female African Americans. UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies has, since 2014, studied diversity in Hollywood and recently concluded “… industry is woefully out of touch with America’s increasing diversity, despite increasing evidence that diversity is good for business.”

This informational hearing will explore whether state support for the film and television industry ensures access, equality, and inclusion for all in the film industry in the years to come.  Joined by a list of esteemed entertainment industry experts, this hearing will share perspectives on the economic benefits associated with current diversity efforts, and the relationship of the Film and Television Tax Credit Program to advancing this issue.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

State of Federal Tax Reform Telephone Town Hall

Join California Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas & Board of Equalization Vice Chair Diane Harkey for a FREE telephone townhall discussing the State of Federal Tax Reform.


  • Hon. Dave Camp, PwC Senior Policy Advisor & Former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee
  • Alan Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, University of California Berkeley
  • Edward Kleinbard, Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business, University of Southern California
  • Victor Fleischer, Co-Chief Tax Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee

This telephone town hall will provide an overview of federal tax reforms under consideration and an analysis of their impact on the federal budget, the national economy, and the State of California.

RSVP by calling (916) 323-9794.

Join elected officials and business leaders for this timely event. There is no cost to attend.

Note: By registering for this event you are giving permission to Vice Chair Harkey and Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas to send you periodic updates. If you would like to opt-out, send an email to with the subject line "Opt Out."

Monday, November 28, 2016

Please join me for a community dialogue to discuss education policies that will influence our community.

Input from parents, students, and community members is critical to create the best learning environment for our students.

Monday, November 28
6 - 8 p.m.

University Senior High School (Cafeteria)
11800 Texas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bringing Public Sector Contracting Opportunities To South L.A.

Contracting ForumHave you ever wanted to learn how a small business can compete for over $1 billion in government contracts?

Thursday, November 17
Program: 8:30 am – Noon

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Learn how your business can compete for contracts ranging from $500 to over $1 million for goods, professional and non-professional services, and construction.

Hear from the Metropolitan Water District and member agencies, the City of Los Angeles, West Basin Municipal Water District and additional participating organizations and agencies.

Please call my office at (323) 291-5441 to RSVP or if you have questions.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Please join me for a community dialogue to discuss topics around education and legislation that will impact our community.

Input from parents, students, and community members is critical to providing the best learning environment for our students.

When: Wednesday, November 9

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Dorsey High School.

Location: Dorsey High School 3537 Farmdale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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I hope to see you there!