In the News

March 18, 2014

"Clean ai­r is a right, not a privilege. A child’s health should not be determined by where they live or how much their parents make. But one-third of Californians still breathe levels of soot and smog that violate U.S. health standards, and cause asthma, cancer, heart attacks and strokes."

http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20140317/reduce-air-pollution-for-regions-health-economy-guest-commentary

March 13, 2014

"The California Senate introduced a package of bills last week aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in political practices, including banning all gifts from lobbyists, substantially lowering the limit on gifts from others and doubling the number of reporting requirements for elected officials."

March 06, 2014

"SACRAMENTO — Trying to counter ethics scandals in which lawmakers stand accused of voter fraud, bribery, money laundering and other misdeeds, Democratic leaders Thursday proposed sweeping changes to state political laws aimed at restoring public confidence in the Legislature."

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-legislature-ethics-20140307,0,3890797.story#axzz2vfuq9Ff5

February 21, 2014

"Just when we thought that no one was willing to take on the 15-year-old state ban on bilingual education, a Los Angeles legislator has decided to be the first to venture forth.

California Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced legislation Thursday afternoon that would put a measure on the November 2016 ballot to repeal Proposition 227."

Jill Tucker

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.

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."

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."