In the News

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."

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."

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?