Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Honors Nury Martinez, the First Latina to be Elected Los Angeles City Council President, at the California State Capitol

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SACRAMENTOAssemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) welcomes Los Angeles City Council President, Nury Martinez to the California State Capitol and honors her on the Assembly Floor. In January 2020, Martinez became the first Latina elected to be Los Angeles’ City Council President in its 170-year history. Martinez represents Council District 6, the Northeast San Fernando Valley, continues to be dedicated to serving families and individuals throughout Los Angeles. 

Martinez was born and raised by Mexican immigrants in the San Fernando Valley. She was elected to the City Council in 2013 and was the only female elected official in the City of Los Angeles at the time. Today, she is one of only two women on LA City Council and holds its highest position.

“Nury Martinez is truly a role-model. She has shattered the glass-ceiling for Latinas time-and-time again,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “Growing up, there were no women that looked like us in positions of power and having that representation matters. I am encouraged to know that little girls all over our state can see that through hard work and dedication any dream is within reach. Nury Martinez is the embodiment of California values, and I am proud to call her my friend.” 

“It is an honor to be recognized at the California State Legislature,” said L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez. “I thank my friends Assemblymember Luz Rivas and Senator Maria Elena Durazo for their support. As Latina legislators and as children of immigrants, I hope we inspire little girls across the state to dream big, work hard, and know that they will be next. I look forward to working with my state partners to push a families-first agenda to help working poor families, women and children throughout the state and the City of Los Angeles.”

Martinez is a fierce advocate for working families, children, environmental justice, and resolving the housing and homelessness crisis. She led the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Los Angeles so that low-income and working-class families can make a living wage and take care of their children.  She is currently leading the effort to expand paid parental leave for all parents to bond with their new-born infants without the fear of losing their jobs. Martinez is dedicated to doing more to address homelessness, while preventing families from falling into homelessness.   

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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