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CBS News:Dads Rally In Support of ‘Potty Parity for Parents Act’ In Long Beach

August 04, 2014

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of fathers Friday gathered in support of the “Potty Parity for Parents Act,” which would establish equal access to baby changing stations in public facilities.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) was joined by dads at 11:30 a.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, which already has baby-changing stations in the men’s and women’s restrooms.

Long Beach Post: Long Beach Families Gather with Senator Lara to Support Equal Access to Baby Changing Stations

August 04, 2014

Dozens of proud, child-raising, diaper-changing fathers and their families joined Senator Ricardo Lara in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific this morning in support of SB 1350, a bill that would ensure that equal access to baby changing stations in public restrooms.

LA Times: Gov. Jerry Brown's high court choice expected to move panel leftward

July 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's choice of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the California Supreme Court is likely to move the moderately conservative court leftward and result in more path-breaking rulings, legal analysts said Tuesday.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin Johnson said Cuellar is particularly interested in criminal justice, including search and seizure and sentencing, and understands the discriminatory effect of some criminal laws.\

LA Times: Gov. Jerry Brown's high court choice expected to move panel leftward

July 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's choice of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the California Supreme Court is likely to move the moderately conservative court leftward and result in more path-breaking rulings, legal analysts said Tuesday.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin Johnson said Cuellar is particularly interested in criminal justice, including search and seizure and sentencing, and understands the discriminatory effect of some criminal laws.\

LA Times: Gov. Brown signs bill to reduce deportation for minor crimes

July 21, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing deportations of legal immigrants who are convicted of misdemeanors.

The measure, SB 1310, was one of 24 bills signed by the governor, among them a ban on homeowners associations fining members who, during periods of declared drought, let their lawns go brown because of lack of watering.

Read full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-pol-brown-364-days-20140722-story.html

SF Gate: Latino lawmakers tour immigrant detention site, seek reforms

July 14, 2014

Latino state lawmakers called on President Obama to extend refugee status to unaccompanied children fleeing Central America after touring a temporary Southern California immigration detention facility Tuesday.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-lawmakers-tour-immigrant-detention-5607707.php

TODAY SHOW: Fathers Demanding Changes in Public Restrooms

June 24, 2014

Fathers are demanding changes in public restrooms so they can change their infants’ diapers more easily, and lawmakers are introducing legislation to mandate the changes. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.

LA Times: Latino lawmakers move to reverse decades of anti-immigrant legislation

June 24, 2014

"wo decades after California voters took a hard line on illegal immigration, affirmative action and bilingual education, an ascendant class of Latino lawmakers is seeking to rewrite the books and discard the polarizing laws.

Read complete story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pol-legislature-latinos-20140622-story.html#page=1

NBC News National: State Sen. Ricardo Lara's Bet On His Community Pays Off

June 22, 2014

If you grow up in a two bedroom house in a Latino barrio with four siblings sharing a king sized bed and your parents came from Mexico as undocumented immigrants, odds are you won’t become a California legislator. Yet that describes the unlikely trajectory of California State Senator Ricardo Lara.