Job creation will be a key priority for Lara
SACRAMENTO - Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was sworn in today as the Assemblymember for the 50th District, which includes the communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Commerce, Cudahy, Lynwood and South Gate, as well as portions of Walnut Park, Downey and Florence-Graham. The ceremony was held on the Assembly Floor at the State Capitol today at noon.
"Being elected to the State Assembly is a great honor," said Lara. "I will keep the trust placed in me by voters in mind every day as I make decisions on their behalf.
"There is much work to be done—especially in the area of job creation. The economy doesn’t distinguish between Democrats, Republicans or others; too many people have been unable to provide for their families because of the struggling economy.
"Our state has been hit hard by the global economic recession. Currently, we face a 12.4% unemployment rate with over 2.2 million Californians out of work, making us the third highest in the nation. Further, this staggering loss of employment has resulted in our state’s 26 billion dollar budget deficit," said Lara.
"The fastest way to turn our economy around is to find ways to create jobs. I plan to work with my cities, counties, chamber, and appropriate state agencies to ensure that we collaborate together to identify the opportunities we need to bring forward new jobs and continue securing our own," stated Lara.
"In order to do so, I intend to create regional assessments in urban-suburban communities regarding their particular assets, skill sets and needs, and support research and utilize data to determine economic opportunities in individual communities.
"I also plan to support access to capital for entrepreneurship in these communities, including but not limited to microfinance and encourage cities and counties to provide opportunities for retail space development that is accessible and affordable to entrepreneurial enterprises," Lara concluded.
In addition to his commitment about job creation, Lara is focused on improving access to higher education, improving healthcare, and protecting the environment.
Lara, in his first official act as an assemblymember, vowed to support AB 1, legislation that Assembly Speaker John Pérez will author that would restore Governor Schwarzenegger’s cut to the CALWORKS Stage 3 child-care program. The legislation will preserve thousands of jobs and ensure children continue to learn in a safe and stable environment.
Assemblymember Lara was accompanied by his mother and niece for the swearing-in. The oath of office was administered by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
(Sacramento) – Ricardo Lara today was sworn in as the Assemblymember for the 50th District, which includes all of Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Commerce, Cudahy, Lynwood and South Gate, as well as portions of Walnut Park, Downey and Florence-Graham. The ceremony was held on the Assembly Floor at the State Capitol at noon. "It is a tremendous honor to be given this opportunity to serve my community," said Assemblymember Lara. "History teaches the lesson that while political campaigns can be difficult—the hardest work is found in actually governing." Here's more from Assemblymember Lara in this Assembly Access video.
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