May 20, 2021

Justice Cruz Reynoso was a friend of mine for many years. He was calm, gracious, and his thoughtful wisdom and keen intellect could move mountains. His influence will be felt for years to come, and last week, I felt it was important to honor his legacy on the Senate Floor.


May 18, 2021

Jane Boeckmann was the First Lady of the San Fernando Valley. For over half a century, her outstanding personality and matchless charisma were a staple of our community. Her entrepreneurship, commitment to supporting Valley organizations, and service to a variety of LA-based boards inspired generations of men and women in Southern California, and all across the country. A businesswoman, designer, a golfer, a pilot and so much more, Jane's talent and larger than life persona was fit for the big screen. She helped make the Valley what is is today, and her passing is a great loss to us all.

May 6, 2021

Last week, we lost a thoughtful, committed individual that dedicated his life to making Los Angeles a better place. Eli Broad was a philanthropist, a bold entrepreneur, and my friend for nearly 40 years. That’s why, today, I honored his life and legacy on the Senate floor. Just like the title of his book, of Eli Broad embodied the “Lessons in Unconventional Thinking,” and we will miss him dearly.

April 14, 2021

For my final tribute to those we lost in the last year, I spoke about Albert Sweet, who was known for breathing life into older buildings by turning them into creative offices that have since served as home to numerous high-profile companies. Albert's memory will live on as indelible marks that are best reflected in his commitment to humanitarian causes that affected people of all backgrounds and faiths.

April 9, 2021

Today, the world is advancing blockchain technology more than ever before, and I want to help ensure that the Golden State is part of that revolutionary upgrade. Check out this clip about why I think we need to start using blockchain more often in business, healthcare and other important industries. Let's make sure California remains on the cutting edge. 

April 7, 2021

Hal Bernson was a former L.A. City Councilmember, and perhaps one of the most potent forces for progress in our community. Also known as "Mr. Earthquake" for his tenacious approach to seismic safety, Hal passed away last summer at the age of 89. He left a legacy that we will remember in the Valley for generations.


April 2, 2021

Lane Sherman was the mother of Congressman Brad Sherman, and a well-respected figure as a Democratic Party volunteer since the 1960’s. She was an avid volunteer, and donor to Jewish and progressive causes. For 30 years, Lane was a stalwart supporter of her son Brad and his own political campaigns – many of which he undoubtedly won thanks solely to her hard work. Lane passed peacefully in October 2020 at the age of 91 in Reseda. I recently took the time to remember her on the Senate floor.

March 30, 2021

The Los Angeles Times once wrote that Dr. Marlene Bane, “carved out a unique niche in state government through a blend of intelligence, organization, and soft-spoken charm.” But to me, she was also a pillar of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley communities, a local leader in our Jewish community, and a tireless champion of California causes. Please watch this special Adjournment in Memory that I dedicated last month to my friend, Dr. Marlene Bane.

March 28, 2021

The fight to eliminate cash bail in California has been a long one, but it's clearly not over yet. Because of some of the latest higher court decisions, there's a new hope that this unjust and unfair industry can soon stop preying on those that can't afford to buy their freedom. Here's a clip from a recent interview I did with the esteemed Conan Nolan and NBC LA that further explains my stance.

March 25, 2021

As part of the California Senate Adjournment in Memory ceremony, I felt it was important to commemorate the life of an incredible philanthropist and community advocate, Ruth Moss. She was born into a naval family, and lived in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1947, and since then was an Angeleno through and through. Ruth was an outgoing, kind, funny, and an overall exceptional person. I was proud to know her, and we will miss her immensely.