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October 25, 2013

BELL GARDENS — Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday helped mark the start of construction on a $45 million hotel at the Bicycle Casino that officials said would create hundreds of jobs.

The 100-room Bicycle Casino Hotel will employ 300 people during its construction phase and generate 250 permanent jobs in a city faced with 16.3 percent unemployment, Brown said.

October 25, 2013

By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer

Two local Bell Gardens business owners and community leaders were honored by the Bicycle Casino Foundation last week, during a ceremony where they were both presented with a leadership award for their years of community work in the city.

October 24, 2013

Center for Public Integrity, News Report, Susan Ferriss

October 22, 2013

By Deborah Crowe

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday went to Bell Gardens to help campaign contributor Bicycle Casino celebrate the pending construction of its new luxury hotel.

Appearing with State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) during a ceremony at the construction site, Brown said he was pleased that the future 100-room Bicycle Casino Hotel would be first luxury hotel in the mid-cities region of south Los Angeles County.

September 04, 2013

Wall Street Journal - California Bill Would Target Tax-Exempt Status of Boy Scouts
By Jacob Gershman

California lawmakers are deciding whether to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to change its policies toward gays by threatening the group’s tax-exempt status.

A bill under consideration would revoke the tax-exempt status of youth organizations that fail to comply with California’s nondiscrimination laws.

September 03, 2013

by Scott Detrow

Boy Scouts attend a Memorial Day event in Los Angeles in May. A bill under consideration by the California Legislature would take away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scouts attend a Memorial Day event in Los Angeles in May. A bill under consideration by the California Legislature would take away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters/Landov

September 03, 2013

by David Gorn Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Legislature has two short weeks to pass bills before this session ends on Sept. 13. Legislative committees have pretty much finished with their work for this session.

Over the next 10 days, a number of health-related bills will get their final floor votes in the state Assembly and Senate.

One of them is a proposal to expand independence of practice for pharmacists. SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) passed out of Appropriations last week and is waiting for an Assembly floor vote.

September 03, 2013

KQED
Boy Scouts on the Verge of Losing California Tax Breaks
September 3, 2013, 5:30 am • Posted by Scott Detrow
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Beginning next year, the Boy Scouts of America will allow openly gay youth to join as members. But the Scouts’ policy change doesn’t go far enough for Democratic lawmakers in California.

The measure would be the latest in a long line of California bills strengthening gay rights. It has cleared the Senate and three Assembly committees, and now awaits a final Assembly vote.

August 29, 2013

Southgate-Lynwood Patch.com
State Senator Honors Lynwood Councilwoman
Posted by Alejandro Lopez de Haro (Editor) , August 12, 2013

By Patch Staff

State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-33rd district) surprised Lynwood City Councilwoman Maria Santillan-Beas during the festivities of National Night Out 2013 Against Crime after presenting her with a Certificate of Recognition for her Outstanding Contributions to Lynwood’s Social Services Organizations.

August 29, 2013

by Seth Hemmelgarn s.hemmelgarn@ebar.com

Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor, shown here at a luncheon in Sacramento last week, said more leadership is needed from the state Department of Education.(Photo: Matthew Whitley)

A report from the California state auditor says that school districts aren't doing enough to check whether the anti-harassment policies they have established are effective.