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LB Post: Lawmakers Send $7.5 Billion Water Bond to Ballot for November Vote

August 14, 2014

"Lawmakers were able put aside regional politics to beat the midnight deadline Wednesday for approval of a $7.5 billion proposed state water bond, the fate of which will be decided by voters on the November ballot.

LA Times: Medi-Cal struggles to provide services to ever-growing clientele

August 14, 2014

"Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the "tooth fairy," has spent years connecting developmentally disabled patients with specialized dental care.

But when a Santa Rosa man needed a root canal on a troubled molar earlier this year, the closest dentist she could find willing to perform the procedure was in Bakersfield — a 10-hour round trip by car.

"I felt terrible," Gutierrez said. "They would have to choose to travel that far, or choose to extract the tooth."

NBC Bay Area: Senate Investigation Finds "Major Problems" in State Toxics Dept.

August 08, 2014

"Last July, state senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) tasked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes with examining allegations raised in Golden Wasteland—an expansive report by nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog.

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