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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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August 06, 2012

A California lawmaker is asking the state to push for a national "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer bill of rights."

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara has proposed Assembly Joint Resolution 43, which is scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today, marking its first legislative hearing. It was introduced July 2.

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August 06, 2012

Even though a California Supreme Court ruling should have guaranteed equal educational opportunity, some K-12 students are still being gouged by illegal fees. George Skelton writes in Monday's column that new legislation and a lawsuit could help end that.

These fees can be charged for field trips, textbooks and art classes, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California says the state hasn't done enough to protect students.

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.

Fees for sports and field trips and textbooks and art, for example.

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July 20, 2012

California's Latino state legislators have stepped up to support an illegal immigrant and law school graduate seeking permission to practice law in the state.

The 23-member California Latino Legislative Caucus has submitted a brief to the California Supreme Court urging it to approve Sergio Garcia's admission to the State Bar of California. The State Bar has certified to the court that Garcia has met all requirements for admission to the State Bar and urged that he be admitted.

July 10, 2012

BY Ricardo Lara

Ricardo Lara, 37, is an out member of the California Assembly who has LGBT equality at the top of his agenda (he was recently chosen as one of The Advocate's "40 Under 40.") One of the politician's most recent endeavors is the introduction of Assembly Joint Resolution 43, or the LGBTQ American Bill of Rights. Here he tells us what the legislation is about and why it's so important:

April 09, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Count Pico Rivera among the cities who are refusing to pay their Water Replenishment District bills.

The city for four months has refused to pay a $244-per-acre-foot assessment to the agency.

An acre foot is about enough water for a family of four for a year.

So far, Pico Rivera has held back about $800,000, according to City Manager Ron Bates.

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March 07, 2012

State Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) ups the tone of his comments on LAUSD's handling of child abuse claims in a release today on his request for a state performance audit on the issue.

Lara, who represents southeast Los Angeles, said he made the request after recent reports on "LAUSD's negligence in managing and documenting" claims of child abuse.

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