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Assemblymember Friedman Honors Descanso Gardens

On Thursday, Oct. 13 Assemblymember Laura Friedman honored Descanso Gardens as Non-Profit of the Year in Assembly District 43. The organization was presented with a resolution and all staffers – a total of 68 employees – and 22 Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees members received a certificate of recognition from the Assemblymember.

Assemblymember Laura Friedman Stands with Iranian Women

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Members of the Iranian American community joined by a group of demonstrators flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles Friday night in support of the people of Iran.

The protests, which have been going on for several days across the country, were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in a hospital three days after being apprehended by the morality police in Tehran and taken to a "re-education center" for not abiding by the state's hijab rules.

Op-Ed: Wildlife crossings make roads safer for animals and humans

Many of us have never seen a mountain lion up close and personal, yet lions have a distinct presence among us. From security camera footage to social media posts of P-22 — the famed mountain lion in Southern California — you might think mountain lions are thriving. You’d be wrong.

Op-Ed: Monkeypox and California’s State of Emergency

A lot of the news surrounding monkeypox reads something like, “Hey, don’t be alarmed, but we are in a state of emergency.” It can be tricky to read between the press conferences and media lines, but monkeypox is cause for concern and we need to be paying close attention because the numbers don’t lie. This is a disease that is highly disruptive and makes its victims’ lives miserable while infected.  

Op-Ed: The 2022 State Budget Moves California Forward

Every year, the state of California goes through a lengthy process between the governor’s Office, the Senate and the Assembly to finalize an annual budget. In last month’s column, I gave a preview of what was on the table. This month, I’m happy to share where we landed and some key victories for the 43rd District.

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.

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.