The next generation can make progress

June 15, 2011

SOUTH GATE, California - Ricardo Lara will never forget the day he told his father, Venustiano, that he did not want to continue his high school studies. To make him come around, his father challenged Lara-who current represents District 50 in California's Assembly-to see who could pick more tomatoes from a row in a field in Fresno, where the father worked.

"I thought, ‘I'm going to beat him; my father is old, I can easily beat him,'" said the politician. "When we started, he had already gotten there, and I wanted to leave because my back hurt."