Press Releases

Monday, January 6, 2020

ARLETA – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) issues a statement on reports that a privately operated migrant detention facility has filed an application to open a new detention center in Arleta.

“The Trump Administration has a proven track record of the inhumane and grotesque treatment of putting children and families in cages with inadequate services. Children have died behind these bars. I adamantly oppose the criminalization and commercialization of putting children in cages in our community. Private prisons to detain innocent children have no place in a humane and civil society, and does not reflect California’s values.” 

The property located at 9120 Woodman Avenue, Arleta, CA 91331, is being considered for development as a privately operated detention or holding facility. This facility is intended to house unaccompanied minors who have been detained for entering the county without immigration documentation.

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTOAssemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) introduced legislation to create California’s first State Office on Homelessness. Assembly Bill (AB) 1845 creates a Secretary on Housing Insecurity and Homelessness to oversee the Office to End Homelessness, which will include the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council and be located within the Governor’s Office.

AB 1845 will require state department/agency staff to work closely to: standardize housing and services rooted in evidence-based housing, services models and standard agreement requirements, fund housing navigation for people at risk of homelessness upon discharge from state-funded institutions, issue funding to local jurisdictions through a unified funding application, and issue applications in consideration of timing of federal funding, to create a seamless process.   

“This Governor and Legislature are leading the effort to solve the State’s homeless crisis and we have shown our commitment by appropriating billions of dollars to tackle homelessness. Despite these efforts, recent reports show that there is ongoing and rapid rise in homelessness,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “With the growing number of children, families, and individuals continuously falling into homelessness, California must significantly alter its current approach to coordinating services between our state, federal, and local governments. Our existing approach to homelessness has failed to keep pace with the increasing numbers of those becoming homeless.”

“This has truly reached a human health and safety crisis tipping point,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas.

According to the Annual Homeless Report issued by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California homeless population has increased by 16.4% or 21,306 individuals in the last year alone. According to a report conducted by University of California, Los Angeles, there are at least 200,000 homeless children in California.

“At this point, our response to homelessness has been all spokes and no hub” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas referring to the fact that the state has no central entity with the resources, authority, or the coordination that is required to effectively curb the rise in homelessness. “We know these programs are not as effective as they could be, and that we could be reaching a greater amount of people. By creating a designated office that coordinates communication and partnerships between our state departments and agencies, and with our local governments, the state can bolster its efforts to help communities that are struggling to respond on a local level.”

“California gets big things done when we work together. To do that, we need to be organized and coordinated-and when it comes to ending homelessness, that is crucial now more than ever. In 2018, California funded more than two dozen different programs at half a dozen different state departments, and Californians cannot afford for bureaucracy to leave their neighbors unsheltered. That’s why Housing California is proud to sponsor the effort of Assemblywoman Luz Rivas to create an Office to End Homelessness. Working arm in arm with Governor Newsom’s administration and stakeholders around the state, we’ll create a single focal point, channeling efforts through a team held accountable, providing the leadership and direction Californians need. This reform is essential to achieving our goal of ensuring all Californians have an affordable place to call home,” said Christopher Martin, Legislative Advocate, Housing California.

“CSH is thrilled to be working with Assemblywoman Luz Rivas on this important bill. We know from other states‘ experiences that strengthening our leadership structure and coordinating our resources will not only make our  taxpayer dollars stretch further, but will also ensure each dollar is going toward solutions we know work to end homelessness. We applaud Assemblymember Rivas and her staff for continuing to prioritize Californians experiencing homelessness,” said Sharon Rapport, Director of California State Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing. 

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

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.

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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.

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

Horario:

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.

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1313, a measure authored by California State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), and sponsored by the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was signed into law by the Governor today. AB 1313 establishes the Educational Debt Collection Practices Act which prohibits postsecondary schools from refusing to provide a transcript for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt. 

Investigations by the Department of Justice and the journalistic tenacity of the media have documented and uncovered instances of schools and colleges threatening to withhold a student’s transcript if a student owes debt or is alleged to owe a debt, sometimes only totaling five dollars.

“Thank you Governor Newsom for signing AB 1313, which gives all of our students a chance to succeed regardless of their financial situation. A recent UC Student Association study highlighted that students of color and low-income students are three times more likely to take on student loan debt than their white and wealthier peers,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “There are plenty of other options on the table for the collection of debt, but withholding a student’s transcript should not be one of those options. The passage of AB 1313 eliminates higher education institutions’ ability to use the predatory practice of withholding transcripts to collect student debt. California continues to put students first.”

“As our nation struggles under the weight of a $1.5 trillion student debt crisis, it is essential that we follow every road to help students succeed,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today, with AB 1313 signed into law, California is a taking a step toward solving a chicken and egg dilemma. Students with debt can no longer be denied their transcripts – one of the most important tools students need to help address their debt. We’re proud to help protect students from unfair debt collection practices – no one should be denied opportunity simply because of their financial situation.” 

Student loan debt has exceeded $1.52 trillion, which is greater than all outstanding credit card debt in the nation. This type of debt can be difficult to overcome and withholding a student’s transcript only increases their inability to pay it off. Student transcripts are often needed to pursue internships, higher education, or career advancements. By withholding transcripts, students are put in a predicament where they are unable to advance their careers and get to a place where they can actually pay off their debt. 

“I would personally like to thank Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, AFSCME, California Community Colleges, California Faculty Association, California Teachers Association, Student Borrower Protection Center, UAW Local 5870, and UC Student-Workers Union of Davis for your strong support on AB 1313, so that we can ensure that all student have an equal opportunity to succeed,” 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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CONTACT:
Judy Yee, Judy.Yee@asm.ca.gov, 916.319.2039