Audit will investigate why over one-quarter of California schools report having zero homeless students enrolled despite high rates of homelessness across the state
Sacramento, CA--Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) announced today they are requesting an audit of local school districts to examine why student homelessness may be going unreported or underreported throughout California. The audit will analyze why over one-quarter of California schools report that they have no homeless students enrolled and as a result, are not providing any state- or federally-mandated services to students experiencing homelessness.
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D- Arleta) has issued the following statement:
“I have seen firsthand how much teachers do without all of the resources they need to serve their students. As an LAUSD alum and member of the State Assembly, I support LA teachers and hope that negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and the school district continue and result in a solution that is responsible and in the best interest of our kids.”
(SACRAMENTO) – Asambleista Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) expreso lo proximo:
“He visto de primera mano cuánto hacen los maestros para atender a sus estudiantes sin los recursos necesitados. Como estudiante graduada de LAUSD y miembro de la Asamblea Estatal, apoyo a los maestros de Los Angeles y espero que las negociaciones entre United Teachers Los Angeles y el distrito escolar continúen y den como resultado una solución responsable y en el mejor interés para nuestros niños."
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D- Arleta), member of the Assembly Budget Committee, has issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s budget release:
“It is exciting to see that the Governor is being fiscally responsible by paying down debt and investing in our state’s Rainy Day Fund, yet willing to invest in critical programs that will undoubtedly benefit all Californians. The Governor has proposed a well thought out budget that seeks to address a number of key issues by:
Assemblywoman Rivas leads the charge to aid homeless families through new funding, housing, and services
(SACRAMENTO) –Assemblywoman Luz Rivas has been convening stakeholder meetings with California State Agencies, the County of Los Angeles and Advocates to discuss issues impacting homeless families. It quickly became clear that funding targeted for homeless families should be a top priority. “This is why I plan on funding and restructuring a long dormant program that was established as a result of Proposition 1C, of 2006, to incentivize the development of multifamily housing for homeless families,” Rivas said.
Close the gap CA (ctgCA), a campaign to recruit progressive women to run for the California Legislature, turns five this month. “In our first five years, we have stopped the slide—after over a decade in sharp decline, the number of women serving in the Legislature is now climbing decisively,” said Executive Director Susannah Delano. She added, “in our next 10 years, we are committed to a full campaign for gender parity. California can and should lead the nation with a representative state legislature.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember for the 39th Assembly District today in a special ceremony at the California State Capitol. The oath was administered by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The 39th Assembly District incorporates the communities in and around Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and San Fernando.
"I'm ready to lead with the training of an engineer, the heart and passion of an educator, and the courage and instinct of a public servant."
Assemblymember Luz Rivas is an engineer, educator and public servant who has proven her dedication to ensure that every Californian has the opportunity to learn, prosper and succeed.
With a Bachelor's degree from MIT and a Master's from Harvard, Luz has focused on encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. The founder of DIY Girls, (a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls become interested in math and science), Luz has helped set thousands of young women on the path towards economic empowerment, independence and self-confidence.
Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Rivas and the entire swearing in ceremony (with remarks from Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon):
Remarks from Assemblymember Rivas immediately following the swearing in ceremony. (4:13)
Assemblymember Rivas says she’s ready to get to work. (:11)