Past Events

Thursday, May 18, 2017

You are invited to attend the 2017 40 Emerging Civic Leaders Under 40 awards hosted in collaboration with the Empowerment Congress and the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. This year, we will be gathering at the Los Angeles Athletic Club to highlight Los Angeles' change-makers under the age of 40, who are leading in advocacy, governance, philanthropy, and private industry. Please join me in recognizing the next generation leaders of Los Angeles.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

6– 8 p.m.

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To RSVP, please visit or call 323.291.5441. If have you have any other need for services relating to the State of California, please feel free to also contact me. It is an honor to serve you.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is proud to present the 3rd Annual “Latinas Breaking Barriers,” a celebration of the accomplishments of Latinas in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. The Assemblymember will recognize Latinas in the areas of politics, business, labor and advocacy, and whose success have made California a better place, and opened doors for others.

Friday, March 31st , 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Program & invitation soon to follow, for more information please call (323) 291-5441

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Are you ready? Tax Season is here and if you made less than $54,000 in 2016 you could qualify for free tax services. Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, along with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, invites families making up to $54,000 to attend one of the FREE Tax Assistance Events. Each event will have IRS staff and certified volunteers in tax preparation to help you file your Federal and State tax returns.

Also, if you’re eligible for VITA and TCE programs you may also qualify for federal or state tax credit programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, that puts money back into your pockets. This workshop is meant to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit from the tax code and do not leave any resources unclaimed.

This workshop is by appointment only, so make sure to reserve your spot today.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
12 – 3 p.m.

Constituent Services Center
3847 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

How Do I Make an Appointment?

  • Call our Constituent Services Center at 323.291.5441


  1. Photo ID: Driver License, Passport or State ID
  2. Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents.
  3. Wages and Earning Statements (Form W-2, W-2G or 1099-R)
  4. All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements
  5. Bank Account Routing and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit
  6. Both Spouses MUST Be Present
  7. Total Paid for Daycare Provider and their tax identifying number
  8. Copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available.

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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."