Monday, November 18, 2019

PACOIMA, Calif. — The California Association of Non-Profits has awarded the Khalsa Care Foundation as the 39th Assembly District’s “2019 Non-Profit of the Year” in recognition of its outstanding record of community support, according to a news release.

Friday, November 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An audit released by the California State Auditor on Thursday showed that the California Department of Education and local education agencies (LEAs) fail to identify and support students experiencing homelessness.

The audit was requested in March by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco), James Ramos (D-Highland), and Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) and found that LEAs do not accurately identify homeless students or provide them with the proper services.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) partnered with Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember James Ramos (D–Highland) to request an audit looking into the state’s existing policies that are used to identify and provide support to youth experiencing homelessness. Today, the State Auditor issued a scathing report that found California’s K-12 education system has been ineffective at identifying and providing supportive services for homeless youth.

“My office knew something was wrong when we discovered over one-quarter of California’s schools reported having zero homeless students. The results of the audit confirms what my staff had heard last year when we convened a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and state agencies. Earlier this year, I introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 16, which directly aligns with the concerns raised in the Auditor’s report, and would have established policies to ensure there was a standardized process to oversee and identify homeless youth,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “While the Governor vetoed AB 16, given the results of the audit, it shows that we were on the right track, and I am even more committed to advancing legislation to help these children.”

AB 16 sought to create three Geographic County Offices of Education to develop Regional Assistance Centers (Centers). These Centers would have provided critical assistance to local governments, and provided them with needed resources to identify homeless families with children, and connect them with the services necessary to get back on their feet. In this year’s budget, prior to the release of the audit, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas was able to secure new positions for Statewide Homeless Coordinators to assist local communities.

“Student homelessness is not an issue that will simply go away if we pretend it isn’t happening,” said Assemblymember David Chiu. “If students experiencing homelessness are not being identified, they are not getting access to the services they need to be successful. I am grateful for the State Auditor’s work to identify ways we can all do more to support students experiencing homelessness.”

“While the State Auditor’s report shows we have much work to do, I am hopeful this will frame our efforts in the legislature and in our communities. When we can communicate best practices at the state and local level to identify students experiencing homelessness, and link those students and families with the resources they need, we can break the cycle of homelessness for at-risk students and families in the Inland Empire and across California,” said Assemblymember James Ramos.

“Our current system is systematically flawed and we are allowing our most at-risk youth, especially in communities of color, to slip through the cracks,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “I look forward to continue working with my colleagues and the Governor’s office when I reintroduce AB 16 in the upcoming year to better align my policy to the recommendations stemming from this audit. I want to thank my friends and colleagues, Assemblymember David Chiu, Assemblymember James Ramos, and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond for partnering with me this past year to bring visibility to the hidden homeless population.”

Assemblywoman Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and San Fernando.


Thursday, October 31, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019

Tras el devastador incendió del 10 de octubre en Sylmar donde se perdieron 19 residencias y casi un centenar quedaron dañadas, el jueves abrió sus puertas un centro de ayuda con más de 30 entidades locales y estatales.

El Centro de Asistencia Local (LAC) localizado en el Centro de Recreación en Sylmar, al norte del condado de Los Ángeles ya está proveyendo una serie de recursos y apoyo para los damnificados del incendio Saddle Ridge.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SYLMAR – Today, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) announces the opening of a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Sylmar Recreation Center for residents impacted by the recent Saddle Ridge Fire.

On Thursday, October 10th, at approximately 9 p.m., an aggressive fire broke out in Sylmar, California. As of October 15, 2019, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported the fire at 8,391 acres with 45% containment. The Fire has damaged 40 single residences, 17 multiple residences, 1 nonresidential commercial property, and 3 minor structures; and destroyed 12 single residences, 5 nonresidential commercial property, and 4 minor structures.

“Since the outbreak of the Saddle Ridge Fire, my team and I have been working to connect residents with resources to ensure that no needs go unmet,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas.

The City of Los Angeles is leading the efforts to open LAC to provide local residents with recovery efforts on-site for individuals, family members, and business owners to obtain information on services and assistance needed as a result of damages to personal property. Along with city resources, the Department of Motor Vehicle, Franchise Tax Board, Contractors State License Board, and the Department of Insurance will be present at the LAC, ready to help anyone in need.

LAC Location: Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342

Open to the Public: Thursday, October 17, 2019 to Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, October 17: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 18: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 20: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 25: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 21: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 26: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact my District Office at (818) 504-3911.

Assemblywoman Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and San Fernando.


Judy Yee,, 916.319.2039

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SYLMAR — Hoy, la Asambleísta Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) anunció la apertura de un Centro de Asistencia Local (LAC, por sus siglas en ingles) en el Centro de Recreación en Sylmar para los residentes afectados por el Incendio Saddle Ridge.

El jueves, 10 de octubre, un agresivo incendio estalló en Sylmar, California. A partir del 15 de octubre, el Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles reportó que el incendio había sido contenido en un 45 por ciento, y cubría 8,391 hectareas. El fuego dañó 40 residencias individúales, 17 residencias múltiples, 1 propiedad comercial, 3 estructuras menores y destruyó 12 residencias individúales, 5 propiedades comerciales, y 4 estructuras menores.

“Desde el comienzo del Incendio Saddle Ridge, mi equipo y yo hemos estado trabajando para conectar a los residentes afectados con recursos para asegurarnos que todas las necesidades sean suplidas,” dijo la Asambleísta Rivas.

La Cuidad de Los Ángeles está liderando los esfuerzos para abrir el Centro de Asistencia que proveerá un lugar donde individuos, seres queridos y dueños de negocios afectados por el incendio puedan recibir información sobre servicios y asistencia necesaria. Junto a los recursos de la cuidad, El Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (DMV, por sus siglas en ingles), el Departamento de Seguros, el Consejo de Impuestos Estatales, y la Mesa Directiva de Contratistas de Licencias Estatales estarán presentes y listos para ayudar.

Lugar: Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342               

Abierto al Público: 17 de octubre al 26 de octubre


Jueves, Octubre 17: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Martes, Octubre 22: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Viernes, Octubre 18: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Miércoles, Octubre 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sábado, Octubre 19: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jueves, Octubre 24: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Domingo, Octubre 20: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Viernes, Octubre 25: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes, Octubre 21: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sábado, Octubre 26: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Para más información, por favor contacte mi oficina del distrito al número 818-504-3911.

Assemblywoman Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and San Fernando.


Judy Yee,, 916.319.2039

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sacramento, California - Building on the Administration’s commitment to focus on proposals that benefit the state’s parents, families and children, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to expand protections to students in the state’s K-12 public schools.

Friday, October 11, 2019

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — Valley Alarm, a leading security provider in the Los Angeles region, recently opened its new headquarters here, located in the sprawling San Fernando Valley.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 3 was attended by State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas; San Fernando Mayor Joel Fajardo, San Fernando Chief of Police Anthony Vairo, the office of State Senator Hertzberg, City Council members, the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce, industry icons, and hundreds of friends and colleagues.

Monday, October 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Building on the state’s historic investment in two years of free community college and substantial state budget investments that allowed the University of California and the California State University to freeze tuition, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a series of bills into law Friday focused on affordability, transparency and integrity in higher education.