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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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March 07, 2012

State officials unanimously approved a request today by an assemblyman representing southeast L.A. to conduct a performance audit into how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims, a spokeswoman said.

The audit begins immediately, said Julia Juarez, a spokeswoman for Bell Gardens Democratic Assemblyman Ricardo Lara.

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March 07, 2012

The L.A. Unified Board of Education will vote on a resolution next Tuesday that looks at making it a district priority to call on state legislators to change the dismissal proceedings of certificated employees after a flurry of teacher misconduct cases over the weeks.

The resolution, authored by board member Tamar Galatzan and co-sponsored by Nury Martinez and board president Monica Garcia, states that "state policies make the dismissal process ineffective and costly" and that the problem is not just a challenge for LAUSD but also a statewide and national issue.

March 07, 2012

A state committee on Wednesday authorized a comprehensive audit of procedures to protect students from sexual abuse in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The move comes in the wake of the arrest of former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt and others for alleged sexual misconduct. L.A. Unified officials said they welcome the inquiry as compatible with their own ongoing efforts.

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