Press Releases

Press Releases

Gift to UCLA Health

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement after Mattel announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health:

“Today, we have another win for children’s health. Mattel has announced a generous gift of $50 million to UCLA Health that will go on to fund the pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children’ s health.

As a representative of Westwood and an advocate for quality children's healthcare, I continue to support the work and mission of UC Health.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today honored West Los Angeles resident Paulina Lopez as the 2017 Woman of the Year for the Fifty-Fourth Assembly District.

“I’m honored to name Paulina Lopez-Velazquez as the 2017 Woman of the Year in the 54th Assembly,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. “She is an inspirational leader and has done a phenomenal job of bringing the Oaxacan culture to Los Angeles for all to enjoy.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced legislation to temporarily prohibit cities and counties from extending a utility use tax on video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.  AB 252, the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STREAM) Act of 2017, takes an important step in safeguarding California's position as the undisputed leader in high tech innovation. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, Calif. – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas introduced legislation that would expand the current definition of a “state of emergency” to now include homelessness. With the expanded definition, the proposed bill, AB 220, would allow the state to provide more resources toward fighting homelessness.

“The rapid growth of individuals living without housing has accelerated dramatically and is threatening California’s economic stability,” said Ridley-Thomas. “Communities statewide have erroneously been forced to deal with the burden of a homeless crisis on their own, which endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including men, women, youth, and seniors. It’s time for the State of California to step in and pull their weight toward a permanent solution to end homelessness.” said Ridley-Thomas.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

STATE CAPITOL-Los Angeles-based Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement on the release of Governor Edmund G. Brown’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017-2018:

“Governor Brown’s budget significantly retreats from important gains made since California emerging out of the great recession, continuing to ignore the homelessness crisis across the state and in Greater Los Angeles. Delayed funding for promised education enhancements (Local Control Funding Formula deferrals) as well as removing $400 million for permanent supportive housing exacerbates living conditions for the nearly 14,000 homeless students and families of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the nearly 50,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coming off a resounding reelection victory, 54th Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kicked off the New Year with renewed energy and dedicated focus. Committed to delivering results, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas plans to put forward a comprehensive legislative package that will ensure all residents of the 54th Assembly District have the tools, resources and level playing field needed to compete in California's changing economy.

Starting with education as a critical focus area, Mr. Ridley-Thomas introduced AB 23 to authorize and protect the establishment of single gender academies and educational programs, immediately after being sworn to serve another two-year term. This legislation will protect Los Angeles Unified School District’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy’s (GALA) model and facilitate the opening of GALA’s counterpart, the Boys Academic Leadership Academy.  Previous research has credited single gender schools for building a greater level of confidence among young women to pursue STEM related courses and similarly for young men who pursue courses focused in the arts.

Friday, September 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) is hosting an informational telephonic town hall to discuss the risk and prevention of the Zika virus on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.

This telephonic town hall will (1) outline recent findings about Zika, (2) discuss the status of this virus in Los Angeles County, and (3) highlight efforts the state, county, and local agencies are taking to educate the public and prevent the spread of Zika.