August 6, 2003
Ryan Carter Yerevan, Armenia, will be the lone trade outpost for California. Under the state budget compromise hashed out last week, the state's 12 foreign trade offices will be closed when their current leases end. But one that hasn't even opened yet -- the trade office in Armenia -- was spared, and is scheduled to start operating next year in Yerevan. For Glendale's Armenian entrepreneurs, saving the office is significant because it can open the region to California business, they said.
September 27, 2002
Gary Moskowitz Local residents will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia John Ordway and discuss the new Armenian trade bill this weekend. Ordway will speak at a special luncheon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brandview Collection, 109 E. Harvard St. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and those interested in attending must make a reservation. Junior Achievement of Armenia will host the event, at which Ordway will discuss Senate Bill 1657, a new Armenian trade bill that will establish a privately and federally funded regional trade office in Yerevan, Armenia.
September 26, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman California will become the first state to establish a trade office in a former Soviet republic following the signing of a bill by Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday. The bill, which was written by Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale), will establish a privately and federally funded regional trade office in Yerevan, Armenia. Scott has been working with state officials and Armenian groups for three or four years to make the trade office a reality, said Lon Hatamiya, secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.
August 31, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A bill by Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale) that would establish a regional trade office in Yerevan, Armenia, has passed both houses and is on its way to Gov. Gray Davis. It had a long journey to get there. Scott first introduced the bill last year but it never reached the committee review. Before that, two attempts by Scott's predecessor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale), to establish a trade office in Yerevan also failed. The difference this time around, Scott says, is that the bill was widely supported by the Armenian community, and revisions helped assuage some of the concerns about the financial commitment it would require.
August 29, 2002
A bill that would establish a California regional trade office in Armenia has been passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and heads to the full state Assembly for a vote. The bill, authored by state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale), would set up a trade office through public and private funding that would serve Armenia and its surrounding Eastern European and southwestern Asian neighbors. "With California's large Armenian community, this is an opportune moment for California to increase its growing ties with the region and especially with the people of Armenia," Scott released in a statement.
June 29, 2002
Karen S. Kim A busy week for the state Assembly and Senate and House of Representatives has yielded the passage of a number of bills by local legislators. The House of Representatives has passed the "Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002," a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale). The bill, authored by Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Homeland Security and Terrorism Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), aims to prevent trafficking in child pornography, prohibit pandering and solicitation relating to visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and to prevent the use of child pornography to facilitate crimes against children.
May 30, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- The state Senate has approved a bill by Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale) that would establish a regional trade office in Yerevan, Armenia. Approved 27-6 late Tuesday night, the bill allows private and public investments to create a trade office in Armenia designed to serve surrounding Eastern European and southwest Asian countries. Previous attempts made by Scott and his predecessor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale), to successfully pass legislation creating such a trade office have failed.
May 1, 2002
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- A bill to establish a California trade office in the Armenian capital of Yerevan has cleared another significant legislative hurdle. The state Senate Budget Committee on Monday approved $149,000 in funding for SB 1657, a bill introduced by state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale). The proposed trade office is designed to strengthen economic, educational and political ties between California and Armenia. The office would serve Armenia, Eastern Europe and Western Asia, and promote trade relations in developing areas of the world that show emerging market potential.
November 30, 2001
The efforts of two local legislators bore considerable fruit recently with the signing by Gov. Gray Davis of a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Armenia. The memorandum, signed by Davis Nov. 21 at the Hilton Glendale, agrees to strengthen economic, educational and political ties between California and Yerevan. The document takes California a big step closer to a prize long-sought by state Sen. Jack Scott and his predecessor, Adam Schiff -- a state trade office in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.