Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Asm. Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) represents the 54th Assembly District. She was elected to the California State Assembly in a special election on April 3, 2018. She is passionate about education, criminal justice reform and ending poverty.

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) represents the 54th Assembly District. She was elected to the California State Assembly in a special election on April 3, 2018. In 2015, Sydney became the second African-American woman ever elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) with a district spanning 900 square miles and serving over 250,000 students. Sydney also served as the district director for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). She is a teacher and frequent speaker on education issues, economic development, and the arts, among other topics. She is passionate about education, criminal justice reform and poverty issues which are central to her work in Los Angeles and Sacramento. She is a wife and step-mother.

08/13/2020

Kids: “Auntie Sydney, would you tell us a #WatchWednesday story please?!”

Me: “Here we go! Once upon a time, not long ago, COVID popped up and EDD was a no show...” 🎶

Cc: State of California Employment Development Department & California Governor

08/12/2020
National Health Center Week

This week is National Health Center Week! Thank you to all the healthcare workers and community clinics who are working to ensure all Angelinos have access to quality, affordable care.

Looking to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies? Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is providing free tests! Appointments are re...
08/12/2020
Coronavirus Antibody Testing Event Begins at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza - Los Angeles Sentinel

Looking to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies? Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is providing free tests! Appointments are recommended, but they also are taking walk-ins.

https://lasentinel.net/coronavirus-antibody-testing-event-begins-at-baldwin-hills-crenshaw-plaza.html

Dozens of people flocked to ... Plaza today to take advantage of free coronavirus antibody tests that will be offered for six days over the next two weeks.

07/31/2020
CALIFORNIA’S COVID-19 PRISON CRISIS

CALIFORNIA’S COVID-19 PRISON CRISIS

The state prison system recently eclipsed 8,000 total COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,000 in the last two weeks. Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager joins The Briefing today for an update on the official response.

07/30/2020
Socks and Stories

Socks are one of the most requested items by the unhoused. Socks and Stories collects unused personal hygiene products and socks🧦🧦 to distribute in Los Angeles. Join me and @Beverly Hills West CA Chapter of The Links, Inc. on Sunday August 9 from 3:30-4:30 at Monteith Park to donate and help us distribute items to those in need!

Black communities have been historically undercounted in the census, threatening access to resources, funding and govern...
07/29/2020
2020 California Census - Be Represented! Your Count Matters.

Black communities have been historically undercounted in the census, threatening access to resources, funding and government representation. Check out the great work My Black Counts is doing in California to ensure Black communities are represented and resourced in this critical time in our democracy. Learn more ➡️https://www.myblackcounts.org

Regardless of your nationality or background, we are all united by the Black experience in America. When we unite with action, we gain access to what we need to thrive.

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is offering financial assistance, food assistance, and student learning support to thos...
07/27/2020

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is offering financial assistance, food assistance, and student learning support to those affected by COVID-19! For more information about their programs, visit their website at https://www.ymcala.org/coronavirus/resources

07/23/2020
UPDATE: CALIFORNIA’S COVID-19 PRISON CRISIS

UPDATE: CALIFORNIA’S COVID-19 PRISON CRISIS

The state’s prisons are in the midst of a devastating COVID-19 outbreak—one that officials could have prevented. Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager has an update on the ongoing response.

07/21/2020
UPDATE: THE COVID-19 CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA PRISONS

UPDATE: THE COVID-19 CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Today on The Briefing, Assemblymember Kamlager has an update on the state’s efforts to keep incarcerated people safe and stop the outbreaks.

07/17/2020
The Appeal

The Appeal

NOW: THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN CA PRISONS

California’s prison system has confirmed more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. 39 incarcerated people have died since the pandemic began. Today on The Briefing, Assemblymember Kamlager joins for a brief update on this emergency.

07/14/2020
NOW: THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN CA PRISONS

NOW: THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN CA PRISONS

Nearly 2,400 people in custody in California prisons have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Today on The Briefing, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager provides a quick update on how the state’s correctional system is dealing with the outbreak.

If #COVID19 has made it harder to afford enough food to feed your family, Pandemic EBT can help. This short-term benefit...
07/10/2020

If #COVID19 has made it harder to afford enough food to feed your family, Pandemic EBT can help. This short-term benefit is available to all families with kids who receive free or reduced-price meals at school. Learn more: https://ca.p-ebt.org/en No Kid Hungry

The census affects the amount of funding and representation in government our community receives. Ensuring that we all a...
07/07/2020

The census affects the amount of funding and representation in government our community receives. Ensuring that we all are counted is critically important. Fill out your census today at ca.census.gov

07/01/2020

Join me and EDD Representative Ken Gomez LIVE for a Tele-Town Hall on June 30 at 5 pm HERE on my page for a discussion on unemployment insurance. If you have questions please contact my district office at (310) 641-5410 I hope to "see" you there.

06/30/2020
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager

In one hour, I will be joining EDD Representative Ken Gomez to answer questions relating to unemployment assistance. Don't forget to tune in!

Hundreds of constituents have reached out to my office in the past few months to request help with unemployment claims. Join me and EDD Representative Ken Gomez LIVE for a Tele-Town Hall on June 30 at 5 pm HERE on my page for a discussion on unemployment insurance. If you have questions please contact my district office at (310) 641-5410. I hope to "see" you there!

If you would like to call in to the webinar, RSVP: bit.ly/eddrsvp
To submit a question: bit.ly/eddask

06/26/2020

Hundreds of constituents have reached out to my office in the past few months to request help with unemployment claims. Join me and EDD Representative Ken Gomez LIVE for a Tele-Town Hall on June 30 at 5 pm HERE on my page for a discussion on unemployment insurance. If you have questions please contact my district office at (310) 641-5410. I hope to "see" you there!

If you would like to call in to the webinar, RSVP: bit.ly/eddrsvp
To submit a question: bit.ly/eddask

People on parole are our family members, our neighbors and our colleagues. They deserve a voice in the democratic proces...
06/25/2020

People on parole are our family members, our neighbors and our colleagues. They deserve a voice in the democratic process.

Come November, via ACA 6, CA voters will have the power to restore voting rights to the close to 50k people on parole.

#DemocracyNeedsEveryone #FreeTheVote

Anti-Recidivism Coalition
06/25/2020

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

We want to extend a huge thank you to Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, 64th District, Assemblymember Gonzalez, Assemblymember Kalra, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Mark Stone, Assemblymember Weber, and principal co-author Senator Scott Wiener. We would also like to send special thanks to the 54 Assembly members and 28 Senators who have voted in support of a more inclusive and representative California. Today’s victory would not have been possible without all your hard-work and dedication.

It is now in the hands of California voters to ensure that the 53,000 Californians on parole-- our neighbors, friends, family members, colleagues and leaders-- have a fuller voice in our communities. #OurPeopleOurCommunity #ACA6 #Grassroots #VotingIsEssentialWork

06/24/2020
The Appeal

Happening now! What would first responders look like without armed police being dispatched to solve every problem? Join us to discuss how cities and states are finding new ways to keep people safe.

What Would Non-police First Responders Look Like?

What will first responders look like without armed police being dispatched to solve every problem? Today on The Briefing, Greg Casar, Sydney Kamlager, and Tim Black join to discuss how cities and states are finding new ways to keep people safe.

06/22/2020
Councilmember David E. Ryu

Thank you Councilmember David E. Ryu for hosting this important discussion with Pathways LA and me about the necessity of free and affordable child care. Accessible and reliable care is critical to keep California working and children learning.

Today my office joined Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager and Jessie Salazar from Pathways LA for a discussion about the critical need for affordable and accessible childcare. We are calling on Governor Newsom to fully fund child care programming in the State budget.

Essential workers: take advantage of free child care during the coronavirus pandemic. You can apply through Pathways LA at pathwaysla.org.

06/19/2020
The Roots

It took 2.5 years for the Confederacy in Texas to tell slaves that they were free.

As we recognize and celebrate the end of slavery, let’s not forget that freedom never has come without a struggle. The struggle continues.

#JUNETEENTH2020

JUNETEENTH
#june #juneteenth #blackish

People across California are frustrated and are asking legislators to fund solutions that save lives.Back in January, I ...
06/18/2020

People across California are frustrated and are asking legislators to fund solutions that save lives.

Back in January, I introduced AB 2054, the #CRISESAct, to scale-up community-based alternatives to police.

Today, the Assembly PASSED the bill 78-0.

Today we celebrate two incredible decisions by the Supreme Court. Finally, LGBTQ+ people can work in the United States w...
06/15/2020

Today we celebrate two incredible decisions by the Supreme Court. Finally, LGBTQ+ people can work in the United States without fear of being fired because of who they are. I stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as we continue to fight for civil rights in California and across the country.

06/12/2020
UCLA Class of 2020

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating from UCLA today! #GoBruins

Rob Bonta
06/11/2020

Rob Bonta

ACA 5 just passed the Assembly floor!

This constitutional amendment would allow affirmative action programs in CA by repealing Prop 209 if passed by the voters. Prop 209 has perpetuated systemic and historical inequities against communities of color and women in California for the last 24 years. ACA 5 will be an affirmative step to remedy those wrongs and is even more pressing in light of the massive economic distress, global pandemic, and national and international demonstrations and protests highlighting racial inequities-- and refusing to accept them anymore. We cannot continue the lie and false narrative of "colorblind" polices or leave issues of sexism unaddressed. I am proud to have voted for ACA 5, an equitable policy that will help the state uplift our marginalized communities unfairly harmed by racism and sexism.
With Assemblymember Shirley Weber and Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager

06/09/2020

The California State Legislature will commemorate the life of George Floyd by condemning racist practices against Black lives. Join here on Tuesday, June 9 to watch “Eight Minutes, Forty-Six seconds: A Tribute to George Floyd and the Young and Breathless.”

06/08/2020

The California State Legislature will commemorate the life of George Floyd by condemning racist practices against Black lives. Join here on Tuesday, June 9 to watch “Eight Minutes, Forty-Six seconds: A Tribute to George Floyd and the Young and Breathless.” #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #GeorgeFloyd #NoJusticeNoPeace

06/05/2020
Justice Matters

You cannot ask a system to do better without forcing real change on it. Black people are subjected to systems that do not care about them and are designed for failure. It is time for a new way of operation. We cannot sit in silence because not one more life can be lost.

Thank you FAME Church Los Angeles for inviting me to speak today.

We are complicit in this moment if we don't demand change. Our systems are broken and we must let go of the failed metho...
06/05/2020
We must face the challenge of change.

We are complicit in this moment if we don't demand change. Our systems are broken and we must let go of the failed methods and practices that over-police Black, brown and poor communities.

I have introduced two pieces of legislation this year that aim to address the racism and inequality present in our justice system. Here are my thoughts and a few action items:

https://medium.com/@skamlager/we-must-face-the-challenge-of-change-256a0aab9529

We are complicit if we leave this moment and don’t demand change.

06/05/2020
Equality California

Reminder to tune in to this Facebook Live at 6pm! I will be speaking with Equality California about combating racism and using advocacy and policy to affect change during this moment.

Please join Equality California, Silver State Equality and The National Center for Lesbian Rights Thursday evening for an important discussion on combating racism and anti-Black violence moderated by Jarrett Hill. Panelists will include Nevada Senator Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas), California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon and Silver State Equality State Director André C. Wade. #BlackLivesMatter

06/04/2020
Equality California

I also will be joining this Equality California on Facebook Live to discuss combating racism and anti-Black violence. Tune in tomorrow at 6pm!

Please join Equality California, Silver State Equality and The National Center for Lesbian Rights Thursday evening for an important discussion on combating racism and anti-Black violence moderated by Jarrett Hill. Panelists will include Nevada Senator Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas), California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon and Silver State Equality State Director André C. Wade. #BlackLivesMatter

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5601 W Slauson Ave., Suite 200
Culver City, CA
90230

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(310) 641-5410

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Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) was elected to the California State Assembly in a special election on April 3, 2018 and sworn-in April 16, 2018. She represents the 54th Assembly District that includes communities west of downtown Los Angeles, from Crenshaw to Culver City, and as far north as Westwood and Inglewood.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sydney attended St. Ignatius College Prep where she took courses in liberation theology and social justice. During her time there, she did missionary work in the Appalachian Mountains. She later moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She later earned a master’s degree in arts management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

Sydney was first exposed to politics while working with her grandmother to help Harold Washington become the first African American mayor of Chicago in 1983. In Los Angeles, Sydney was studying at USC when the 1992 Los Angeles riots broke out. It was that pivotal moment in history that motivated her to work at Rebuild LA, a nonprofit formed to help spur job creation efforts and restore the communities most affected by the riots. She also worked at the Los Angeles festival which used art to help the city heal. Sydney spent the following 20 years working in the nonprofit world, the entertainment industry, and government.

In 2015, Sydney became the second African-American woman ever elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) - the largest in the nation – in its 77-year history. As a member of the Board of Trustees, she oversaw a district spanning 900 square miles, serving more than 250,000 students, and managing a budget of $6 billion dollars.

Sydney also served as the district director for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles. She is a teacher and frequent speaker on education issues, economic development, and the arts, among other topics. She is passionate about education, criminal justice reform and poverty issues which are central to her work in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Sydney is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc. She is a wife and co-parents her two step children. She is the guardian of senior pup, Kush.

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EDD Issues Guidelines that treat the unemployed in an unequal manner. EDD ISSUES NEW CA GUIDELINES 5/14. If you and I were running this, I am sure benefits would have been released much sooner. But we have to deal with the lying, cheating, and stealing EDD under Governor Newsom. "On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”). All states have executed agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor as of March 28, 2020. Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (“PUEC”). The PUEC provision provides for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits for individuals who have exhausted benefits they are otherwise entitled to under state law. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”). The PUA provision expands coverage to certain workers who traditionally are not eligible for unemployment benefits under state law, such as individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, or who have exhausted all rights to regular or extended unemployment benefits, among others." This will now be over two months since the bill was signed and many have not gotten relief. This is unacceptable. The EDD has not made the process any easier to understand by a press release that jumbles the PUEC (misnamed "PEUC") with the PUA. The EDD does not indicate a date when the EDD received the federal funds, which is intentional. And they still complain of the complexities of the program that they claim has delayed everything, which no one believes. Since the PUA has rolled out first, which is for small business owners and self-employed, it appears for whatever reason the EDD is favoring those groups first. But the 13 week extension is still not ready to launch until May 27. Who exactly at EDD needs to be fired? The EDD previous statements about before March 21 and after March 21 are nowhere to be found. The Phase 1 and Phase 2 gobbledygook show that those whose claims exhausted and entitled to automatic extension where the money will not be "automatic". The mention of those whose claims would have expired in July 2019 is utterly confusing because I think they meant to say "after July 2020" because who cares about claims that expired in July 2019? Someone at the EDD needs to be replaced —today. Seems to be very unequal and unfair that the EDD is paying the second phase of the PUA without starting the Phase 1. EDD makes a lot of excuses for not paying the PUEC extended benefits but makes no excuses for paying out the PUA. See May 14 EDD news release at https://www.edd.ca.gov/newsroom.htm .
EDD Extension not received. Office of Assemblyperson Sydney KamLager. I have not received the extended unemployment benefits under the federal Stimulus Act. My EDD claim monies exhausted after March 21, 2020 and my claim is still open. EDD and other government officials are unresponsive as to when such monies will be made available. Under the FOIA or California Public Records Act: Please provide documentation that proves: 1. On what date(s) did the state of California receive federal monies for extended unemployment benefits under the 2020 Stimulus Act passed in March 2020? 2. Please provide the amount of money received by the State of California for purposes of extended unemployment benefits. 3. On April 30, 2020, what was the balance on hand held by California EDD of the Stimulus monies to be used for extended unemployment benefits? 4. Detail the qualifications for a California worker to receive the federally provided extended unemployment benefits such as race, sex, nationality, age, etc. (Via Facsimile and email May 11)
Please consider a no vote on AB 828. It will hurt renters as well as landlords
WHERE IS THE MONEY? For those who received their last EDD payment after March 21, California unemployment EDD says for those entitled, EDD will "automatically file an extension once it becomes available." Seven weeks since the stimulus act was approved. Why is the money not available now? [https://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/news-20-15.pdf](https://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/news-20-15.pdf).
Senator Sydney Kamlager. (Via Facebook). The Feds voted an unemployment extension to those already receiving benefits and exhausting their monies. As of today, many weeks after the extended PUEC benefits were approved, the State of California website EDD still does not allow those stated workers to apply for extended benefits or even get any news on whether those benefits will occur automatically, along with the $600 per week. Many are waiting for a reply from EDD, even though processing of new PUA claims for contractors has started. This is what the Labor Secretary supposedly said, California labor secretary Julia A. Su tweeted this earlier yesterday, “For those who have exhausted regular UI and asking about the UI extension. We hear you. It is a top priority and we will have a timeline for you soon.” This is unacceptable. What goes, Sydney? Show us the money! There is not one word about extended benefits on any of the EDD answering machines.G. Juan Johnson.
Please vote No on the proposed bill AB 828. This bill will not solve the crises. This bill would make things much worse. Many home providers will those our properties without the income for any number of months. This would cause double whammy of a 25% rent reduction across the board. My husband & I are seniors and rely solely on the rental income in order to survive. This bill would lighten the load for the tenants yet throw the home providers under the train. A 25% reduction to rents is equivalent to rolling the rents back to where they were ten (10) years ago. Please make this proposal equitable & fair to both tenants and landlords. Try creating & issuing a subsidy voucher program to the tenants that really need the help. All tenants are not out of work. How would all of the governing bodies feel if they were mandated to waive two to three months of their wages & accept a 25% discount over the next twelve months?
I have one son with schizophrenia currently at Harbor UCLA hospital, waiting to be moved to an IMD. Yesterday I was informed that CRW sent his packet to 5 facilities. I called the facilities and besides the long waiting list, they state they won't move anyone until the pandemic is over. On the other hand, the hospital states they are screening new psychiatric patients that need to be admitted - and testing only the ones with symptons. THIS PUTS AT RISK ALL PATIENTS because many people who carry the virus do not have symptons. EVERY PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT THAT IS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL NEEDS TO BE TESTED INDEPENDENT OF SYMPTONS!
Can you tell me what benefits are available for self employed people unable to work because of Covid-19? I’m a Realtor and therefore do not seem to be able to apply for EDD benefits. I am also caring for 2 children who are now out of school. Thank you.
‪What a pleasure it was for me & many others to NOT vote for you or yor colleagues cuz of what u did to us in AB5. A deal breaker for me!‬ ‪I promise as a Dem, I’m going to continue to $upport ANYONE who runs against you, even a Republ. U folks r destroying lives. ‬
I have supported you these past 5+ years but your vote for #AB5 and refusal to support #AB1928 in the face of all the suffering it has brought upon those in your very own community means I can not support your reelection.
If your in #CALIFORNIA please take this survey:
Why are some exempt from AB 5 and other lost their income as a independent contractor My wife Monica came here from Brazil and became a citizen. She studied and become a massage therapist. Learning medical terminology, body mechanics, ethics, anatomy and physiology. After many year of practice she had an injury then she became an instructor. She taught mostly enter city kids just out of high school. Do to government cut back they laid off her teaching job. Most of her students came from gang environment. She not only taught them the massage principles she taught them how to promote themselves and many got job before graduation. Just before she was laid off she was voted most inspirational teacher, not only in her department but other students voted for her also. Shortly after that she became a Portuguese translator. She was able to work from home which is good for the environment . Her income was over three times what the minimum wage in California. As an independent contractor she just lost her job to another government bill. AB 5 Is there any way we can be a voice for people like my wife to be exempt? At our age no one will give us jobs with benefit as required under the poorly written AB 5 bill.