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LA Times: California senator proposes restoring bilingual education

February 21, 2014

"SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227.

TIME: Undocumented Immigrants Could Get Health Insurance In California

February 19, 2014

"California has fared better than most states in rolling out the new healthcare law. The state spent years gearing up for the launch of a new insurance exchange that has enrolled more than 625,000 people in health plans since the Affordable Care Act opened for business on Oct. 1, in addition to more than 1.2 million newly enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program."

NY Times: States Struggle to Add Latinos to Health Rolls

February 18, 2014

"LOS ANGELES — With an estimated 15 percent of the country’s uninsured population, California is crucial to the success of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Here, that success cannot come without enrolling Latinos, who make up more than half of the state’s uninsured."

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


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.