In the News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 17, 2011

BELL, Calif.—Bell's interim city manager is calling on California lawmakers to pass an emergency measure allowing the scandal-plagued city's newly elected officials to take office almost immediately.

Interim City Manager Pedro Carrillo says last week's recall election, and a judge's recent order that officials facing criminal charges stay out of City Hall, leaves Bell without a functioning government.

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March 12, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO—Former California Chief Justice Ron George's crowning achievement was expected to be his crusade to drag the nation's largest court system into the 21st century: a computer system linking every courthouse in the state's 58 counties.

As initially envisioned a decade ago, anyone in any courthouse today should be able to get real-time information on just about any case anywhere in the state.

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March 03, 2011

Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) tomó el juramentado, administrado por la Congresista Lucille Roybal-Allard, ante la comunidad el pasado 24 de febrero.

Como el Asambleísta para el Distrito 50 de California, Ricardo Lara representa las comunidades que incluyen Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Commerce, Cudahy, South Gate y Lynwood, así como partes de Walnut Park, Downey y Florence-Graham.

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