Joaquin Arambula stripped of plum Budget Committee assignments after challenging Rivas

Arambula’s removal comes months after he explored a run at the Assembly speakership.

Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) mulled a run at being the next Speaker of the Assembly at the beginning of the year.  

But half a year later, Arambula – who was unsuccessful in his attempt – now has been removed from a powerful committee assignment by the new Speaker. 


The big picture: Monday, new Speaker Robert Rivas (D–Hollister) announced that he has removed Arambula from the Assembly Budget Committee. 

  • Arambula also lost his position as Chair of Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, as well as his spots on Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. 
  • Rivas appointed Asm. Akilah Weber (D–La Mesa) to replace Arambula in every position. 

The backstory: Arambula and Rivas have a recent history in the latter’s ascension to becoming Speaker. 

  • While the Assembly came to a deal last year to have Rivas replace outgoing Speaker Anthony Rendon at the end of June, Arambula said in January that he was approached about the speakership and was considering a push to put him in the Assembly’s highest office instead of Rivas. 
  • Nothing ever came of Arambula’s desire to be Speaker, and Rivas officially took over on June 30. 

Elsewhere in the Assembly: Along with the developments surrounding Arambula, two other Central Valley lawmakers have had their committee assignments shift this week. 

  • Asm. Esmeralda Soria (D–Fresno) was appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee as she leaves behind her position leading the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. 
  • Rivas also appointed Soria to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 
  • Asm. Jasmeet Bains (D–Bakersfield) also adds the Agriculture Committee to her assignments.
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