SACRAMENTO – Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) praised California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joseph Farrow in a statement released today for his actions to revoke the peace officer status of the CHP officer who beat an African American female pedestrian during a July 1, 2014 encounter on the Interstate 10 Freeway in West Los Angeles:
CLBC Chair and state Senator Holly J. Mitchell said “CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow has taken the appropriate action. We believe he should be praised for his efforts to ensure there is law enforcement accountability throughout our state by moving to revoke the peace officer status of the California Highway patrol officer caught on video beating Ms. Marlene Pinnock on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.”
LOS ANGELES – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today expressed his sorrow upon learning of the weekend passing of Brenda Marsh Mitchell.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “Brenda Marsh-Mitchell was a force for good and goodness in our community through her steadfast leadership and compassionate work with Mothers in Action, The Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles Sentinel and The Bakewell Companies.”
The people of the 54th Assembly District pledge their full support to UCLA administrators during this challenging time for faculty, staff and students at our state's historic Westwood campus.
The work to recover from the extensive damage to campus facilities caused by a L.A. City water main break will take time. As in any crisis, we urge everyone to rely on extra patience and extend goodwill as the dedicated UCLA Family moves from disaster recovery to campus facility restoration.
I'm confident the UCLA campus facilities will be ready for Fall Quarter classes in late September.
As clean up efforts proceed in earnest on the UCLA campus and off-campus in West L.A., we intend to do our part by providing information and social media on the UCLA Flood Recovery.
Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
Assemblymember, 54th District
“Know Your Digits! Be in Control” to raise awareness of the importance of hypertension screening and management among African Americans and Latinos
Los Angeles (August 1, 2014) – Initiated by Community Health Councils (CHC), the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council have designated August “Know Your Digits” Month. “Know Your Digits! Be in Control” month is an effort to raise awareness on the importance of managing and preventing hypertension.
Commonly known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a serious condition that often has no symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010 high blood pressure was projected to cost the United States $93.5 billion in healthcare services, medications and missed days of work.
Helping L.A. County residents control their blood pressure is CHC’s primary concern. During “Know Your Digits” Month, CHC will partner with a variety of organizations, clinics and businesses to promote “Know Your Digits! Be in Control.” These partners will host more than 70 interactive and educational activities throughout the month to provide free resources and blood pressure screenings. Major partners include American Heart Association, Everest College, Northgate González Market, Los Angeles Public Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“Today one in three of Los Angeles County residents don’t know they have high blood pressure, and therefore aren’t able to control it,” said CHC’s Executive Director Lark Galloway-Gilliam. “The presence of high blood pressure is especially high among African Americans and Latinos and often more severe. This month’s campaign will focus on the importance of regular screening and provide resources so that residents can manage their hypertension.”For more information about “Know Your Digits! Be In Control,” please visit KnowYourDigits.org.
LOS ANGELES – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’ measure to enable the California Department of Justice to accurately cross-reference records from the Armed & Prohibited Persons System (APPS) and the Consolidated Firearms Information System (CFIS) databases has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “When guns are in the hands of persons who’ve been prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm Californians are placed at greater risk of serious injury or death from a firearm. The APPS and CFIS system work best when our DOJ agents are able to effectively track those persons who are in the state and federal databases of persons who are banned from owning or possessing a firearm I’m pleased Governor Brown signed this important measure into law.”
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Assemblymembers Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Reginald Jones-Sawyer heard public testimony today from behavioral and mental health experts and law enforcement officials examining police protocols and procedures for interactions with mentally ill persons.
Three panels of experts testified to the Assembly Joint Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Mental & Behavioral Health chaired by Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas and Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment co-chaired by Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. The Assembly Joint Hearing was held at Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Southwest Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES – Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today joined with Senator Holly J. Mitchell to urge the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to conduct a thorough investigation into a CHP officer’s controversial arrest of a woman apprehended on the shoulder of the Interstate 10 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 1.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “I’ve spoken to CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow. He assures me he will personally oversee a full and complete investigation of the woman’s arrest and the actions of his department’s arresting officers. The people of California must have full faith and confidence in their law enforcement officers. Their confidence has been shaken by what they have viewed in a passing motorist’s video segment that depicts a portion of the arrest.”
LOS ANGELES – Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas wants California to strengthen its commitment to its preschool-age children by providing them with a high quality early childhood education (commonly referred to as ECE).
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas says ECE helps children prepare for kindergarten, which helps kids have more academic success from first grade through third grade. “Our local schools are struggling to lower dropout rates and increase high school graduation rates. We must close our state’s persistent student achievement gap. If we focus our efforts on helping children learn what they need to know before entering kindergarten, we can help our students succeed academically and build upon their success through 12th grade,” he said.
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced, AB 1907, a bill that would regulate the retail sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuels for use in cars and trucks in gallon equivalents comparable to the sale of gasoline and diesel fuels currently sold at filling stations throughout California.
“Cars, trucks and buses running on CNG and LNG fuels are much better for our state’s air quality than gasoline and diesel. But consumers who drive CNG and LNG vehicles need to know they’re getting their ‘gallon’s worth’ when they fill up at the pump at a CNG or LNG station. AB 1907 will take the guesswork out of buying cleaner burning fuels for your passenger car or truck,” Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said.
LOS ANGELES – Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today praised U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for his more than 45-years of public service as a member of the House of Representatives and California State Assembly. Congressman Waxman today announced he intends to retire as the representative for the 33rd Congressional District at the end of his current term.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said, “The dedicated and determined leadership that Congressman Henry Waxman has provided to California and our nation for more than four decades will be sorely missed when he retires at the end of his current term. Congressman Waxman is one of our nation’s strongest supporters of Israel, our country’s closest ally in the Middle East.”