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Slow Down, SoCal: Speed Cameras Are Coming to LA, Long Beach, Glendale

The streets are too fast and too furious, California lawmakers say.

“For too long, we have referred to most of these deaths as 'accidents' to sweep under the rug the uncomfortable truth: these deaths are preventable,” Assembly member Laura Friedman of Burbank, one of the bill's authors, said in a statement. “Slowing cars down is imperative to saving lives.”

Newsom signs bill restricting use of toxic rat poison

California will restrict the usage of a toxic rat poison known to harm wildlife under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday.

AB1322, also known as the California Ecosystems Protection Act of 2023, adds pesticides containing the chemical diphacinone to an existing list of restricted rat poisons. 

Fremont Park Begins its Long Awaited Renovations

After about 10 years since the project was first introduced the Fremont Park renovation is officially beginning.

“I can tell you this is one of my favorite parks,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman. “This is where my [daughter] learned to ride her bike. This is where she learned to ride her scooter. I know every bit of playground equipment here.”

Fremont Park is located at 600 Hahn Avenue in Glendale. This 100-year-old park is about eight acres and is the center of activity for many of the residents that surround the area.

Potentially harmful chemicals used in many cosmetic products banned by California governor

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has banned 26 chemicals — used in many cosmetics such as hair products, bodywash and nail polish — due to concerns about health harms.

Introduced by Assemblymember Laura Friedman in February, Assembly Bill 496 expands upon the state’s 2020 Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, which bans 24 other commonly used chemicals from inclusion in personal care products. The original law goes into effect in 2025, and the new law won’t be implemented until 2027, giving companies time to revamp product recipes.

California bans cosmetics chemicals, following EU (again)

Your favorite perfume, nail polish or hair dye may have to undergo a makeover by 2027 if it has one of 26 potentially toxic ingredients now banned by California. 

A new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will ban more than two dozen ingredients from cosmetics and other personal care products in California — and most likely the rest of the nation.