Press Release

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has reported that over 15,000 students have not been heard from since the March 16 closure of schools due to coronavirus concerns. An estimated 40,000 additional students fail to check-in daily.

Even as LAUSD leaders have been working diligently to accommodate the needs of teachers and students as it transitions to an all-digital distance learning format – student access to technology and understanding its use remains an issue.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer and the Department of Corrections Act to Provide Communication Options to Families

LOS ANGELES, California – (April1, 2020) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) announced new measures to be implemented by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that will connect incarcerated individuals and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the Chair of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee my focus has been on the health and safety of those incarcerated and the corrections staff charged with overseeing the daily operations of our state prison system. Initial measures by the CDCR suspended visitations by family members with incarcerated individuals. I am pleased to announce the CDCR has worked with phone and email providers to enable access to calls and emails between families and those incarcerated,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The United States Census has extended the deadline for self-completion of the Census form to August 14 as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge all Californians to take this extended time to visit the Census website, call the Census department to complete the form by phone, or mail-in the physical form – it takes 10 minutes to complete using any of these platforms.

Census takers will begin to visit households that did not meet the August deadline to submit their responses in September.

Monday, March 30, 2020

El Censo de los Estados Unidos ha ampliado el plazo para la autocompletación del formulario del Censo hasta el 14 de Agosto como resultado directo de la pandemia COVID-19. Insto a todos los Californianos a que se tomen este tiempo para visitar el sitio web del Censo, llame al departamento del Censo para completar el formulario por teléfono o por correo en la forma física : tarda 10 minutos en completarse utilizando cualquiera de estas plataformas.

Los participantes del Censo comenzarán a visitar a los hogares que no cumplieron con la fecha límite de agosto para presentar sus respuestas en septiembre.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Los Angeles, California – March 23, 2020 – The State of California has entered into an agreement with Verity Health Systems to manage the recently closed St. Vincent Medical Center, located at 2131 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles, to provide assistance and care to patients afflicted with the COVID-19 virus. Bringing St. Vincent’s back online ensures 381 beds for patients and an added resource for residents of Los Angeles in dealing with the pandemic.

“The residents of the 59th Assembly District will have a recognized care and resource facility open and available to those who require treatment and quarantine upon diagnosis,” said Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer who  represents the communities of South Los Angeles including Huntington Park and Walnut Park in the 59th District.

Friday, March 20, 2020

As Chair of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, I have been in contact with the California Department of Corrections and Secretary Ralph Diaz as we work to ensure the safety of all prison guards, probation personnel and inmates.

Visits by family members, and other members of the public, to state prisons has been suspended at this time. Our top priority is to enact social distancing protocols, quarantine measures (when warranted) and hygiene enforcement to protect the health of all.

Press Releases

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


The coronavirus has disrupted many aspects of our daily lives. As Chair of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, your safety is my priority.

Below is a comprehensive list of organizations and agencies with the latest news on public guidelines to help reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the virus along with federal, state and local government planning, outreach and mandates.

Please share this list via your social media platforms.