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March 07, 2012

SACRAMENTO – The state has launched a sweeping audit of the area’s water system.

In response to complaints from residents and city officials who say they are fed up with rising costs, a committee of the state's legislature on Wednesday approved a far-reaching audit that aims to find out what everybody is paying for when they send in a check for a water bill.

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March 07, 2012

Responding to complaints about rising water bills from working-class Los Angeles County communities, a state legislative committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an audit to examine how a number of local water agencies set their rates, and whether misuse of public money is driving up costs.

March 05, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An assemblyman representing southeast Los Angeles has requested a state audit of how the Los Angeles Unified School District handles employee sexual misconduct.

Bell Gardens Democrat Ricardo Lara said in a statement Monday that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee will review his request on Wednesday.

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March 05, 2012

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland lawmaker on Monday called for an audit of the Los Angeles Unified school district over its handling of multiple child molestation cases.

KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports Assemblyman Ricardo Lara of South Gate said it’s time to get some answers from district officials.

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March 05, 2012

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara said he has been shocked both by the growing number of child molestation cases and the district’s response.

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February 07, 2012

Bolstered by a recent court ruling, a Southern California assemblyman filed legislation last week that seeks to crack down on school districts that charge parents and students fees that violate state law.

AB 1575, sponsored by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate, would require school superintendents and county offices to conduct annual reviews of all policies and practices at their local districts to ensure no unlawful fees are charged.

August 18, 2011

DOWNEY – Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) sent a letter to the vice chancellor of academic affairs at California Community Colleges this week, questioning the legality of mandatory instructional material fees.

The letter is in response to a series of articles by the San Francisco Chronicle that called into question the legality of requiring students to pay additional fees to access key online course materials.

June 15, 2011

SOUTH GATE, California - Ricardo Lara will never forget the day he told his father, Venustiano, that he did not want to continue his high school studies. To make him come around, his father challenged Lara-who current represents District 50 in California's Assembly-to see who could pick more tomatoes from a row in a field in Fresno, where the father worked.

"I thought, ‘I'm going to beat him; my father is old, I can easily beat him,'" said the politician. "When we started, he had already gotten there, and I wanted to leave because my back hurt."

June 15, 2011

SOUTH GATE, California - A Ricardo Lara nunca se le olvidará el día que le dijo a su papá, Venustiano, que no quería seguir estudiando la secundaria. Para entrarle en razón, el padre le retó al actual asambleísta del Distrito 50 de California para ver quién recogía más tomates de una hilera en los campos de Fresno, donde trabajaba.

"Pensé 'yo le voy a ganar', mi papá está viejito, fácil le gano", dijo el político. "Cuando empezamos, el ya estaba allá y yo me quería ir porque me dolía la espalda".

May 24, 2011

The California Constitution is unequivocal: "A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence" is essential to the "preservation of the rights and liberties of the people." Therefore, it says, the state shall provide a free education to its children.

That provision - Article IX - was enacted at the Constitutional Convention of 1878-79. Today, California has nearly 10,000 taxpayer-supported public schools serving just over 6 million students.

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