GLENDALE–Kicking off his campaign to replace Assemblyman Scott Wildman–Dario Frommer on July 7 met with Armenian Community leaders and issued his platform on issues facing the Armenian Community. Below is Frommer’s position paper on Armenian issues.
I condemn the genocide of the Armenian people perpetrated by the Turkish Government. I will actively promote educational programs that raise awareness about this Genocide. I will also be a leading advocate for the official United States recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
I will be a voice for justice and educate fellow legislators and Governor Davis about Hampig Sassounian’s plight and the exculpatory facts that support his case. Our leaders have an obligation to be vigilant against errors in our judicial system which may result in the unjust punishment of any person.
Schools and Youth:
I was honored to work with the Armenian Relief Society and leaders in the Armenian Community to secure $280,000 in the state budget for counseling and guidance programs aimed at reducing youth violence. This program is a good start–but we need to continue our work to secure more funds. In the Assembly–I will push hard to fund construction of a new park and recreation center in South Glendale. I will also seek funding for studies of the student population in our local schools to assess and address the specific needs of our growing number of Armenian students.
Yerevan Trade Office/Business Assistance:
I vigorously support current proposals by Californian’s Trade and Commerce Agency to execute an official Memorandum of Understanding between California and Armenia as the first step of a long-term strategy to establish a regional California Trade Office in Yerevan–Armenia. I will continue to urge Gov. Davis to support this important effort. I am also strongly supportive of ongoing efforts to establish a position of Small Business Coordinators in the Glendale area to help small businesses grow and prosper and I will work to bring Workforce Investment Funds for job training of residents.
District Office and Staffing:
If elected–I will maintain a district office in Glendale. I will seek Armenian-American staffers to work in both my district and my Sacramento office.
In 2001–California will re-draw the boundaries of its Congressional–Senatorial–and Assembly Districts. I will ensure that no redistricting is done without the input of Armenian Community leaders to identify way to draw legislative or congressional seats that protect Armenian- American voter strength and enhance Armenian-American representation in Sacramento and Washington–DC
State Budget Funding:
I will work with the Armenian Community to include in the State Budget funding for projects and programs that benefit residents of the 43rd District.
Appointmen’s to Government Positions:
I will work to increase the number of Armenian-Americans employed by the State Government and appointed to State Commissions.
Currently Armenian-Americans are not well represented in the Democratic Party. If elected–I will appoint Armenian-Americans to Central Committee–Assembly District–and Regional Committee posts to ensure that the community is represented at all levels.