Meet Sydney Kamlager

Sydney Kamlager is the leading Democratic candidate for California’s 30th Senate District. Currently she represents the 54th Assembly District.

Prior to becoming Assemblywoman, Sydney was an elected member of the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees and served as District Director of the 30th Senate District under Holly J. Mitchell. Sydney has nurtured deep ties within the district and has a long history of serving its communities. She is the best prepared to step in and represent the district’s constituents – 64% of whom she presently represents in the Assembly.

What we can accomplish together:

  • COVID relief and recovery
  • Healthcare for all
  • Criminal justice reform focused on diversion, redemption, and rehabilitation
  • Employment strategies to reboot our economy and create opportunities for all communities
  • Innovative investment in housing and homelessness initiatives
  • Immediate climate action, a Green New Deal, and quality jobs in emerging, sustainability fields
  • Investments in education and the arts

As Assemblywoman, Kamlager:  

  • fought to pass the COVID-19 eviction moratorium, AB 3088 (and its subsequent extension, SB 91, which also provides $2.6 billion in rent relief).
  • supplied personal protective equipment to frontline workers when COVID-19 hit and PPE was in short supply.
  • as Chair of the Los Angeles County Delegation, worked to collect COVID-19 donations and supplies to protect the most vulnerable among us.
  • stepped up to lead efforts to reboot our economy safely and bring recovery money to local small businesses.
  • passed AB 987 to bring 30,000 quality jobs to our area.
  • introduced the CRISES Act to train community-based teams to respond to non-criminal 911 calls instead of police, making our communities safer.
  • authored the most transformative probation reform law in the country (the historic bill caps probation terms for most offenses at 1 to 2 years—reasonable limits that will help break the cycle of incarceration, reduce officers’ caseloads, and save millions of dollars).
  • is auditing the Los Angeles County, Alameda County, and Fresno County sheriffs’ departments’ use of state realignment funds and treatment of incarcerated persons.
  • passed legislation for implicit bias training of healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and court employees.
  • coauthored the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (SB 54/AB 1080), which would reduce single-use plastic packaging in landfills by 75% (reintroducing a stronger SB 54 this legislative session).
  • fought for legislation to remove carbon from the atmosphere and to ensure clean air and water for communities across California (Sydney is one of only eight California legislators—out of 120—to receive 100% on the Sierra Club 2020 scorecard).
  • worked to remove cost as a barrier to abortion and is committed to enhancing access to abortion care and birth control and fighting persistent attacks on sexual and reproductive healthcare.
  • introduced new legislation this session to provide quality, affordable, single-payer healthcare to every Californian.
  • authored the Affordable Prescription Drug Act, to bypass Big Pharma and procure low-cost medicine from Canadian suppliers.
  • urged banks that have business relationships in California to stop lending to gun manufacturers and worked with Treasurer Fiona Ma to create and pass Assembly Resolution 115 to halt the proliferation of guns in the state and put human lives before profit.

Sydney Kamlager has a proven record of courageously standing up to the Trump Administration’s attacks on California, immigrants, the environment, and our economy—and we need her in the State Senate to put the pieces back together now that Trump is gone.

Background:

Born to biracial parents in Chicago, Sydney’s exposure to politics was working with her grandmother in 1983 to help elect Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago.

Sydney came to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California as a political science major. While she was at USC, the 1992 Rodney King riots erupted. And that catalytic event motivated Sydney to work with Rebuild LA and the Los Angeles Festival, two nonprofit organizations that advanced job creation and public arts programs to help restore the communities most affected by the riots.

Early in her career, Sydney worked at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice and then as an advocate for quality childcare and early education at the nonprofit Crystal Stairs in Los Angeles. She worked as District Director for Holly Mitchell, when Mitchell was first Assemblywoman and later Senator. In 2013, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appointed Sydney to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families. Sydney was elected in 2015 to the Los Angeles Community College Board, where she fought to make higher education and career training affordable and accessible to everyone, with special focus on underserved communities and students who were previously in the foster care system or incarcerated. Sydney successfully ran for State Assembly in 2018.

Sydney is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. She lives in the Baldwin Hills community, with her husband, local attorney Austin Dove, her stepchildren, dog Kush and cat Kisi Whitepaws.