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Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sacramento -Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement on the introduction of AB 1210- BOE Reform:

"As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, I have taken great interest in the administration of taxes, and I have been deeply concerned about the operations of the Board of Equalization.

The Board of Equalization has had no shortage of challenges, and the findings of State Controller Betty Yee’s report, and the Department of Finance’s evaluation have not inspired confidence in this institution.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sacramento -Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement on the future of Climate Change Policy:

"Climate change remains a global threat, which makes the extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade program vital for our future. As the Legislature debates the future of climate change policy, Greater Los Angeles must receive an equitable share of funding to improve green investments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Southern California is home to nearly half of the state’s population, but has received roughly 30 percent of the funding available. Greater Los Angeles, and specifically my constituents, have been shortchanged and I will no longer support any proposal that does not promote equity, inclusion, and relief for the people I represent."


Thursday, June 1, 2017


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Recently uncovered problems at the State Board of Equalization (BOE), the agency that oversees sales taxes and hears tax appeals, are quite concerning and demand transparent and publically debated solutions. I have introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 1210, to fix the problems and increase transparency, while protecting taxpayers’ rights.

The problems are well-documented. An evaluation by the State Department of Finance revealed that the BOE misused revenue-generating employees, and did not correctly allocate sales tax revenue to various funds that receive state money.

My proposal, based on recommendations from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, includes reforms in three key areas.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Attempt delay if you like, it will only hasten the inevitable.

The year 2017 finds the Golden State struggling to manage challenges of modernity, scarcity, innovation, and demographics as these realities cause great unease. While all this occurs, a new generation has arisen: the millennials. The largest generation in American history (topping some 92 million people) is positioned to redefine every facet of life.

Housing, education, marriage, employment, homeownership, consumerism, multiculturalism, art, culture, sport, technology, and retirement are just a small sample of the important topics that are impacted by this unique generation.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacramento -Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Assembly Bill 71:

"Assembly Bill 71 is a step in the right direction, but more must be done to address California's housing crisis.  There are many segments of our society, including Millennials, who find themselves frozen out of the housing market.  We, as a state, must do all we can to address this inequity.  New homeownership not only benefits first time homebuyers, but works to stabilize local property tax revenues as well.  As AB 71 progresses through the legislative process, I am committed to ensuring that homeownership becomes an attainable goal for all.  I look forward to working with Assemblymember Chiu and other Members of the Legislature to find solutions that work for California."