Press Releases

September 08, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement on the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349):

“I introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act in response to the shocking stories I heard from patients and workers about lack of protections and oversight in this rapidly expanding industry. Dialysis in California is a billion-dollar industry yet we treat it like a Wild West with bare minimum standards.

September 05, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gives work authorization to 240,000 California young immigrants – and 800,000 overall -- brought to the U.S. as children:

 

August 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to President Trump’s threat to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gives work authorization to 240,000 California young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children:

“Dreamers grew up as Americans, and DACA lets them work and contribute to California’s economy. If Donald Trump eliminates DACA he will be a dream-destroyer for 240,000 young Californians.

August 31, 2017

Senate Bill 568 will move presidential primary to first Tuesday in March to make California voters count

SACRAMENTO, California – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced they are joining forces behind the Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568), which will advance California’s presidential primary from one of the last in the nation to one of the first.

August 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – State Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) joined Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) at Clean Truck and Bus Day on Tuesday, August 29, to move toward a diesel free California by 2030 through a major investment to fund clean-fuel school buses, transit vehicles and commercial medium and heavy duty trucks.

August 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after Long Beach Memorial Medical Center announced that Anthem Blue Cross would restore in-network coverage of patients retroactive to August 15:

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 81 to make Nayarit a sister state and recognize the heritage of 350,000 Nayaritas who make their home in California.

The Pacific state of Nayarit is home to just 1 million people, and has a land mass 1/16th the size of California. But immigrants from Nayarit have contributed greatly to California’s culture and economy.

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after Anthem Blue Cross removed Long Beach Memorial Medical Center as an in-network provider, leaving residents and city employees without medical:

“Long Beach residents woke up last week to find that Anthem Blue Cross had hung a ‘closed’ sign on their medical home. Residents and city employees for whom Anthem Blue Cross is their only health insurance option faced a painful choice of paying out of pocket or canceling appointments.

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), joint author of the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562), released the following statement in response to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s announcement of a Select Committee on Universal Healthcare:

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senador Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presentó la Resolución Legislativa SCR 81, para hacer de Nayarit un estado hermano y reconocer la herencia de nayaritas que reciden en California.

El estado del Pacífico mexicano de Nayarit, es el hogar de 1 millón de personas, y tiene una masa terrestre de 1/16 del tamaño de California. Pero los inmigrantes de Nayarit han contribuido en gran medida a la cultura y la economía de California.