Op-Ed: We Must Transform California’s Transportation to Stop Fueling Climate Change

For over half a century, runners had been trying to break the 4-minute mile. Then, in 1954, Roger Bannister finally ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. And then, just 46 days after Bannister showed that it could be done, another runner did it.

Since then, over a thousand runners have beat the 4-minute mile. It shows how much of what we think is physically and practically impossible is psychological. What holds us back is often our mindsets.

Op-Ed: on 2022 Environmental-Transportation Legislation

As a state, we’ve been a global leader in setting ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and toxic smog. The roadmap we set for the transportation sector, the largest contributor to California’s greenhouse gas emissions, will be critical in determining whether or not we’ll meet those benchmarks.

Statement by Assemblymember Laura Friedman Regarding Continued Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian-American community has a long history in the State of California, with a presence going back to the 1880s. The Armenian people have survived millennia-long brutalities and generations upon generations of trauma. The stories of the families, of women and children, tell of the resiliency and incredible will to rise and thrive despite the efforts to oppress an entire nation.

Op-Ed: Eliminating Cost-Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening Will Save Lives

In California alone, 31,720 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In 2022, 4,690 women will die from the disease. As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand that early access to diagnosis and treatment can save lives. That is why I have joined forces with Susan G. Komen and introduced AB 2024, state legislation to eliminate the co-pays, deductibles and other cost-sharing a woman would have to pay to get necessary breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests.