Press Releases

January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sidewalk vendors are a fixture in California’s communities and a part of vibrant food cultures. But outdated laws expose these entrepreneurs to harassment, criminal prosecution, and even deportation.

The Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, Senate Bill 946, prohibits making street vending a crime and allows local governments to regulate vendors if they create a permit process.

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – Today the California Senate approved Senate Bill 183, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to protect the delivery of justice, education and other fundamental rights for Californians.

SB 183 requires ICE agents obtain a valid federal warrant in order to detain, question, or perform surveillance on an individual inside a state building.

SB 183 responds to concerns that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are undermining California’s essential services by using state offices as “bait” to detain undocumented immigrants.

January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s final State of the State Address.

“California is America’s greatest success story. Governor Brown and the Legislature deserve credit for balancing the budget, raising wages, expanding healthcare and setting the conditions for economic recovery. Today unemployment and the number of uninsured Californians are at their lowest levels in 40 years.”

“Governor Brown is right: ‘The bolder path is still our way forward.’

January 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would revoke temporary protected status and end humanitarian immigration for 260,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. since 2001.

“For decades, Republican and Democratic presidents have protected immigrants from countries hit by natural disaster or war. The Trump Administration’s repeal of humanitarian immigration for Salvadoran immigrants is its latest assault on American compassion.

January 04, 2018

Wildfire Safety and Recovery ActSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has formally introduced the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (Senate Bill 824) in response to a growing outcry from homeowners facing insurance cancellation and non-renewal after a record-setting storm of

December 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act to promote fire prevention efforts and ensure Californians can continue to obtain insurance after a record-setting storm of wildfires.

With global warming fueling ever more destructive fires throughout the state, Californians living in wildland urban interface areas have reported denials and cancellations of insurance coverage.

November 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release Cambodian immigrants and end aggressive raids in Southern California.

November 27, 2017

BELL GARDENS, CA – The following is a statement from Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) on the passing of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harry Pregerson:

“Judge Harry Pregerson’s remarkable career honored the dignity and vibrancy of the immigrant community of East Los Angeles where he was raised and which he never forgot.

“Judge Pregerson will be best remembered for the freeway and major public works that bear his name, but his example of service lives on in the homeless shelter he founded in an abandoned federal facility in Bell.

November 14, 2017

Legislation will build on Super Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016 to reach tough new standards for cutting emissions

BONN, GERMANY – Today, at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference, California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) proposed legislation to reduce dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners that are the fastest growing source of greenhouse emissions in California and around the world. 

November 08, 2017

Legislation has helped lead to more than $1 billion for clean trucks and buses, set tough standards for reducing black carbon and other super-pollutants

SACRAMENTO, CA – California environmental champion Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) will join the state’s delegation at the United Nations COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 9-15.