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Huffington Post: California Legislator Wants To Extend Insurance To 1 Million People Excluded Under Obamacare

January 14, 2014

"California is considering whether to extend Obamacare to one of the country's largest uncovered groups.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, is proposing legislation that would offer inexpensive health insurance to undocumented immigrants through a state version of the Affordable Care Act, the local press report."

LA Times Op-ed: A flaw in California's cap-and-trade plan

November 14, 2013

Cap-and-trade offsets with out-of-state or even foreign interests won't help the state meet its goals.

Shell Energy has announced a deal to buy carbon rights from a forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to offset emissions from its California facilities.

By Alan Ramo and Janet Redman

California has made clear its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But is it taking the right steps to do so?

Capitol Weekly: LGBT eyes political clout for 2014

November 12, 2013

by NIK BONOVICH

Identity politics is nothing new. It has helped drive the civil rights movements of women, African-Americans, Asian & Pacific Islanders (API) and Latinos.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in California, fresh off of achieving marriage equality, is now coming into its own, not only as an activist and lobbying driven group, but a group that is increasing its numbers in elected office.

Signal Hill: Environmental groups vow to continue push for alternative I-710 Freeway plan after bill vetoed

November 08, 2013

Even though the governor vetoed a measure last month that would have ensured that a new alternative be examined for the I-710 Freeway Corridor Project, state officials and environmental groups say the plan will likely be considered anyway.

SB 811, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), would have required that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) consider what’s called Community Alternative 7 in the environmental-review process for the I-710 Corridor Project.

Daily Democrat: Targeting Latino lawmakers over gun legislation

November 01, 2013

Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, revving his engine for an intended run against Gov. Jerry Brown for governor next year, announced last week that he and gun-rights activists will launch a recall effort against several state legislators who voted for gun legislation that Brown signed into law.

Donnelly, R-Hesperia, will be joined in the recall effort by Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, and adviser Tim Knight, who was part of the successful recall effort in Colorado and gun measures were passed there in the wake of the Aurora theater massacre.

Signal Hill: Sen. Lara salutes 23 businesses in his district

November 01, 2013

Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) honored 23 businesses from throughout his district at his annual Excellence in Business Awards celebration on Oct. 23. Honorees were selected for outstanding work in job creation, customer service and community investment. “I’m so proud to have been able to honor the hard-working men and women in my district whose businesses are providing a solid foundation for the recovery of our state,” Lara said. “While all excel in their individual fields, one thing they all have in common is their dedication to the advancement of our community.”

EGP News: Three Month Filing Extension Granted For Personal Injury Claims Against Exide

October 31, 2013

By EGP Staff Report

The US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has granted an extension for residents of southeast Los Angeles County who want to file claims against Vernon-based Exide Technologies.

The original filling date of October 31, 2013 has been moved to January 31, 2014.

Exide has been accused of exposing residents to cancer-causing levels of lead and arsenic emissions from its lead-acid battery recycling plant in Vernon.