Press Releases

Friday, August 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) author of Assembly Bill (AB) 1442, held her bill in the fiscal Senate Appropriations Committee to continue to work with stakeholders.

AB 1442 establishes the Share Our Values Film Tax Credit which allocates $50 million per year for five years, for the relocation of film production to California from states seeking to restrict women’s reproductive rights. This measure was introduced in response to a national outcry on the recent decisions by states like Georgia and Alabama seeking to outlaw abortions.

“As the nation grapples with callous policies to dismantle a woman’s access to reproductive health, AB 1442 confirms California stands with women,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “This bill brought a necessary and important discussion on women’s rights back to the forefront. At the request of industry stakeholders, I have decided to hold AB 1442 to work on this proposal over the interim break in order to give stakeholders ample ability to have discussions and the chance to stand with women.”

 “I want to thank the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, the co-authors, the labor unions and women’s organizations for their support on AB 1442,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “I especially like to express my gratitude to Alex Aguilar Jr. with Studio Utility Employees Local 724 for standing with women and supporting the equal protections that are afforded to the laborers of our flagship economy.”

This legislation is supported by Chair and Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, California Teamsters, California State Council of Laborers, IBEW Local 40, ICM Partners, National Women’s Political Caucus of California, Studio Transportation Teamsters Local 399, Studio Utility Employees Local 724, OP&CMIA Local 755.

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.

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CONTACT:
Judy Yee, Judy.Yee@asm.ca.gov, 916.319.2039

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 1442, authored by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) was approved by Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The bill is now headed to the Fiscal Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 1442 establishes the Share Our Values Film Tax Credit which allocates $50 million per year for five years, for the relocation of film production to California from states seeking to restrict women’s reproductive rights. AB 1442 was introduced in response to a national outcry on the recent decisions by states like Georgia and Alabama seeking to outlaw abortions.

“In California, we believe women are valued and have a basic moral right to control their own body,” declared Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “The same states that have systematically lured film productions from California are continuing their historical assaults on women’s rights. As these attacks on women take place, AB 1442 provides the film industry an opportunity to stand with women and share our values while bringing critical jobs back to the state.”

The film industry is one of California’s flagship enterprises, which generates nearly $50 billion annually for our state’s economy. According to previous studies, a $250 million investment in approved productions would generate nearly $1.9 billion of direct in-state spending, $7 million in qualified wages, $600 million in qualified vendor expenditures, and the hiring of more than 6,000 cast and 9,000 crew members.

“AB 1442 would create thousands of high quality, well-paying job opportunities and benefit California’s overall economy in the next few years,” says Alex Aguilar Jr., Business Manager for Laborers LOCAL 724. “We greatly appreciate Assemblywoman Luz Rivas for supporting women and jobs.”

“AB 1442 gives the film industry an opportunity to show they stand with women and share California’s values,” says Karen Humphrey, Public Policy Chair for the National Women’s Political Caucus of California. “Without the fundamental right of reproductive choice, women’s rights are a hollow promise—it is the underpinning of women’s equality in every part of their lives. California has long shown that it stands with women and will protect their right to make critical decisions without government interference. In the face of these attacks on women’s rights, we need to challenge any industry we can to stand with women.”

“AB 1442 brings back middle-class jobs to California. It reinforces that California values women and it helps keep children living with their parents 12 months out of the year, ensuring there are no more long separations while parents have to go to other states for work,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas.

"As a proud co-author of AB 1442, I firmly believe that a woman's right to choose is a fundamental right. To see states like Georgia and Alabama seek to outlaw abortion is both wrong and contrary to the rights afforded to women in Roe v. Wade. California has been and will always be a leader for women’s rights.  It is our duty to lead the nation and stand up to states that strive to turn back the clock on women's rights and abortion access,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), currently serving as Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

“We all benefit from California’s visionary film industry, and we need to ensure California creates opportunities to partner with industries that advance California values.” Assemblymember Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara), currently serving as Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

This legislation is supported by Chair and Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, California Teamsters, California State Council of Laborers, IBEW Local 40, ICM Partners, National Women’s Political Caucus of California, Studio Transportation Teamsters Local 399, Studio Utility Employees Local 724, OP&CMIA Local 755.

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.

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CONTACT:
Judy Yee, Judy.Yee@asm.ca.gov, 916.319.2039

Friday, June 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) secured approximately $1 million in the State’s Budget to combat California’s homeless crisis. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the State’s Budget, which allocates $981,000 to the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) for six additional staff positions to expand the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council’s (Council) staff so that they can carry out their statutory mandate to end homelessness in California.

Given the critical nature of the state’s homelessness crisis, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas authored Assembly Bill (AB) 1702 to add six additional full-time staff positions to the Council so they can successfully complete their mission to identify, combat and reduce the state’s homeless population. Last Fall, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas convened a working group comprised of state and local departments, and advocates to discuss policy issues affecting the state’s growing homeless population.

Friday, June 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the State’s Budget to allocate funds for the upcoming fiscal year. As part of the Budget, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) secured $5 million for Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), located in Sylmar, to build a Sustainability Park. The Park helps educate the public on the ways the state is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

DCLA is a children’s science museum located in the San Fernando Valley (SFV) that provides Angelenos with a fun, interactive, and educational environment.  SFV has an estimated population of 1.8 million people, and the county of Los Angeles is home to more than 10 million people. DCLA seeks to address the needs of this community by providing effective, hands-on learning experiences for students, families, and residents.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) authored Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 18 to urge Congress to enact House Resolution (HR) 1708, authored by the U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), to add 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor to the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreational Area. AJR 18 passed out of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife yesterday with bi-partisan support.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Hold Press Conference on California’s Hidden Homeless

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) held a press conference on Assembly Bill (AB) 16 to ensure the state’s homeless students are getting the resources they need to succeed. Assemblywoman Luz Rivas was joined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) Tony Thurmond, Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, and her colleagues, Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, Cristina Garcia, Kevin McCarty and James Ramos.

AB 16 establishes a comprehensive policy approach that assist local communities that are struggling to provide services to homeless families with children by increasing the number of California Department of Education (CDE) Homeless Coordinators providing statewide oversight and, funding three geographically located County Offices of Education to develop Regional Technical Assistance Centers.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) comments on the annual point-in-time count delivered by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. The results show a 12% increase countywide, totaling to 58,936 homeless individuals. In addition, the results show a 16% increase citywide, totaling to 36,300 homeless individuals in Los Angeles alone.  Of the overall county results, San Fernando Valley has a 4% increase bringing the total homeless population to 8,047.

“While we see these numbers as figures, it is important to note that a significant portion of these homeless individuals are the hidden homeless children,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “Earlier this year, the Governor created the homeless taskforce to combat the state’s homelessness. While the Governor’s taskforce is a welcome addition to the fight against homelessness, we also have a Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (entity) that is legislatively mandated to address and end the state’s homeless crisis.

The County increased their efforts to combat homelessness and has housed over 21,000 people last year through various systems and interventions. While the County is housing people at a rapid rate, they are unable to keep pace with the amount of people becoming homeless.

“I applaud our County’s effort to house homeless individuals, but the homeless crisis has proven to be too overwhelming which is why I have authored AB 1702 to encourage the Governor, taskforce, and my colleagues to give this entity the resources it needs because this data tells us the county can’t do it alone,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas.

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.

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