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November 12, 2012

 Domestic Violence Survey Shows Shift In Attitudes, Awareness

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch.

By Bernice Yeung

A new survey of Californians' attitudes on domestic violence found that the vast majority of respondents believe that the abuse can happen to anyone, and 66 percent said that they have a friend or family member who has been a victim.

The survey is a rare measure of public attitudes and awareness toward domestic violence among adults in the state.

November 07, 2012

 Long Beach Post

Lara Scores Senate Seat; Lowenthal to Serve Final Assembly Term

 By Brian Addison

August 09, 2012

SACRAMENTO.- "No me siento suficientemente segura, ni bienvenida. Me siento sola y sin recursos para defenderme", confesó Calen Valencia, estudiante de secundaria que ha sido víctima de abuso físico y verbal desde que hizo pública su identificación sexual.

August 09, 2012

From the office of Assemblymember Ricardo Lara:

Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit request with a 9 to 4 vote, to examine the implementation of and compliance with nondiscrimination laws in California public schools. The audit was jointly requested by Assembly Members Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Betsy Butler (D-Los Angeles) and prompted by accounts of continued harassment and bullying in schools.

August 09, 2012

Odd it was, but queer? Well, no.

A California lawmaker became confused when a word used historically to mean strange, or as an insult to homosexuals, was spoken on the Assembly floor today by another lawmaker referring favorably to gays and lesbians.

Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, said she had always thought that the word "queer" was a "degrading epithet." She expressed surprise after Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said the word during a floor debate.

August 08, 2012

California lawmakers today approved a request for a state audit on how schools implement anti-bullying and harassment laws after recent incidents in which students were targeted for their sexual orientation.

August 08, 2012

It's no surprise that California's cash-strapped public school districts have been looking for new ways to generate funding for student supplies and activities. It is surprising that some of them have been attempting to use their students as that new revenue source.

Extracting fees for student activities is nothing new - any public school parent can tell you that schools have been asking parents to kick in contributions for certain student needs, like transportation or school lunches, for decades.

August 07, 2012

California lawmakers plan to request a state audit on how schools and local education agencies apply anti-bullying and harassment laws in response to recent incidents in which students were targeted for their sexual orientation.

Democratic state Assembly members Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens and Betsy Butler of Los Angeles will bring up the issue at a Wednesday meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The aim is to identify any gaps in enforcement and determine steps to improve how bullying is dealt with, said Julia Svetlana Juarez, a spokeswoman for Lara.

August 07, 2012

California lawmakers plan to request a state audit on how schools and local education agencies apply anti-bullying and harassment laws in response to recent incidents in which students were targeted for their sexual orientation.

Democratic state Assembly members Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens and Betsy Butler of Los Angeles will bring up the issue at a Wednesday meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The aim is to identify any gaps in enforcement and determine steps to improve how bullying is dealt with, said Julia Svetlana Juarez, a spokeswoman for Lara.

August 06, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Not every proposed law is historic or sweeping. Some merely are pretty good ideas — perhaps even important for a low-income kid.

One such bill is among the hundreds awaiting action as the Legislature heads into its final month. The measure's goal is to stop schools from socking students with illegal fees.

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