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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.


May 24, 2011

At first glance, the issue seemed simple enough: a non-binding resolution that registers support for ethnic studies curriculums at California's three public university systems.

But in the hands of the state Assembly, the measure turned into a sometimes testy, nearly hourlong debate.


May 20, 2011

LAKEWOOD, Calif., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Water Replenishment District hosted two of the state's rising stars in the Assembly, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) and Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park). Both legislators had the opportunity to view key District projects throughout WRD's 420-square mile service area.


May 11, 2011

A blistering two-hour legislative hearing into problems within the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing ended Tuesday with a key lawmaker committed to toppling the panel's bosses.

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, who chairs the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that held the oversight hearing, said afterward that he plans to write a letter asking Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene.


April 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento -- Responding to allegations of excessive government salaries and hidden cash accounts in Bell, Montebello and other cities, state lawmakers Wednesday moved a dozen measures aimed at preventing misuse of taxpayer money.

April 08, 2011

A new political era in scandal-plagued Bell was ushered in Thursday evening when five City Council members were sworn in during a packed and jubilant ceremony at City Hall.

"We are coming in with a clean slate," Councilman Ali Saleh told the overflowing crowd of several hundred people whose applause resounded through a small community center. "We are inheriting a lot of wrongs that need to be righted."

April 07, 2011

Seventy high school students who participate in gay-straight alliance clubs at their campuses had the opportunity to meet several of their state representatives in Sacramento this week as part of an experience that grew beyond the usual civics lesson.

They were able to lobby directly on an issue that affects them personally, pushing for the passage of three new bills, one of which would require that schools teach the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, LGBT, people, a group with which they identify.

March 23, 2011

State court administrator William Vickrey, who has managed California's judicial system during a historic realignment but came under legislative attack for his handling of an expensive new computer system, said Tuesday he will retire in September.

Vickrey, 63, was appointed administrative director of the California courts by then-Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas in 1992.