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Friday, August 30, 2019

A bill in the California legislature designed to attract productions from states like Georgia that have passed restrictive abortion laws has been paused in the state Assembly.

The legislation, put forth by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) and known as the Share Our Values Film Tax Credit, was held by Rivas on Friday in the fiscal Senate Appropriations Committee.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The California legislator spearheading the bill promising additional tax incentives to film and television projects relocating from states with restrictive abortion laws has pressed pause on the proposal.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Legislators from the California Legislative Jewish Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucus visited the Otay Mesa Detention Center and the Jewish Family Service (JFS) Migrant Family Shelter in San Diego, on Aug. 9.
The delegation toured both facilities, conducted interviews with detainees at Otay Mesa and met with migrant families at the JFS facility. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A proposed California tax credit to attract productions that leave a state that’s implementing fetal heartbeat anti-abortion legislation has cleared a key hurdle in the State Senate.

The bill, which would cover five years with a $50 million annual allocation, was approved by Senate Governance and Finance Committee and is now headed to the Fiscal Senate Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

California’s newly named film commissioner is thinking big.

Colleen Bell wants to expand the state’s production tax credit program beyond its current annual allocation of $330 million — which was tripled in size in 2014 to compete effectively with New York and Georgia, then extended a year ago to 2025 with a credit of up to 25% of qualified expenditures spent in California.

Friday, July 26, 2019

San Fernando Valley veterans were fêted at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Orange Grove Bistro at Cal State Northridge. Four San Fernando Valley Assembly members co-hosted the event, including Laura Friedman, D-43rd District; Jesse Gabriel, D-45th District; Adrin Nazarian, D-46th District; and Luz Rivas, D-39th District.

The veterans honored for their distinguished service included Gary William Aggas, Harold Bahrke, David Chianello, Robert ‘Chef Bob’ Gale, Maria Luisa Hernandez, Joe Lozano, Mark MacCarley, Ethel Margolin, Steve Pierce, Oscar Stein, Dan Stepenosky, Nancy Sumner, Carol Ann Van Natten and Leon Waldman. Two veterans, Roscoe Frazier and Richard Kinder, were unable to attend but also received the special resolutions from the state legislature for their military service.