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LA Times: A new center in Boyle Heights is a 'little piece of heaven' for gay Latinos

October 01, 2015

A new LGBT center is set to open Monday in Boyle Heights, offering what backers say are sorely needed bilingual services for gay Latinos in Los Angeles’ Eastside neighborhoods. The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Latino Equality Alliance teamed up to create the Clarence Street facility, called Mi Centro,...

LA Times: L.A. school district cannot blame 14-year old for own sexual assault, court rules

September 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District cannot blame a 14-year-old girl for her own sexual assault or introduce evidence of her prior sexual history in a case involving her teacher, an appellate court ruled Wednesday. The state Court of Appeal voted 3 to 0 to reverse a lower court's rulings to...


LA Times: State Senate OKs bills seeking equal pay, restricting drones, barring bullhookds

August 31, 2015

Alarmed by the growing number of hobbyists sending drones into the California sky, state lawmakers are working on a series of proposals that would bar the devices from being flown over wildfires, prisons, schools and homes.The Consumer Electronics Assn. recently estimated that the sale of drones...

LA Times: Legislator vows to seek more healthcare coverage for immigrants

July 23, 2015

Healthcare advocates in California this year successfully pushed for medical coverage for kids who are in the country illegally. But they say they're not satisfied. At a news conference Thursday, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) outlined his efforts to further expand coverage to Californians...

LA Times: Gov. Brown signs bill closing loophole in sexual assault law

July 16, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill that blocks adults sued in California civil court by minors over sexual assault allegations from using the defense that the child consented to the sexual contact. The legislation was in response to a case last year in which the Los Angeles Unified...

LA Times Editorial: Broadening the health insurance umbrella in California is a worthy goal

July 15, 2015

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has long sought to provide health insurance coverage to the multitude of Californians who cannot obtain it because they are in the country illegally. That's a heavy lift, financially and politically, even though the right policy in the long run is to bring...

LA Times: Bill protecting civilians' right to record police officers clears legislature

July 09, 2015

The state Legislature gave final passage Thursday to a measure that would affirm the public's right to record the actions of police officers. The bill, which goes now to the governor, spells out that making an audio or video recording of police officers in public places is legal. It was among a..

LA Times: California Assembly votes to strengthen law protecting sexually abused students

July 06, 2015

State lawmakers voted Monday to close a loophole that allowed the Los Angeles school district last year to avoid penalties in a lawsuit involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher.Legislation that now goes to the governor would bar adults sued by minors over...

LA Times: Two deals boosting healthcare to immigrants illegally in U.S. are OKd in Sacramento

June 18, 2015

As Gov. Jerry Brown struck a budget deal Tuesday that would offer healthcare to children in the country illegally, Sacramento County supervisors — sitting less than a mile away — also agreed to provide medical care for county residents who lack papers. Speaking of a statewide campaign for universal...

LA Times: California budget deal grants health coverage to children in U.S. illegally

June 16, 2015

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public healthcare coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.An estimated 170,000 immigrants 18 and younger could qualify, marking another victory for advocates and lawmakers...