In the News

September 21, 2018

By Emily Dooley

California will begin looking at ways to insure wetlands, dunes, forests, and other natural infrastructure against the ravages of climate change under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed Sept. 21.

The bill, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), requires the state Department of Insurance to create a working group to promote investment in natural structures that protect communities from climate change.

September 20, 2018

For years, activists have pushed to legalize street vending in Los Angeles, and city officials were close to doing so. But this week Gov. Jerry Brown beat them to it, signing a law that decriminalized street vendors across California.

After Governor Brown signed the law this week, State Senator Ricardo Lara, who sponsored the bill, wrote on Twitter: “We can start seeing vendors for who they are — women, seniors, parents and micro-business owners.”

September 20, 2018

By Rachel Swan

In 2020 the state will go even further to advance this social equity ideal, under a new law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week. Legislators will extend the carpool lane perk to low-income people buying used cars with expired stickers. To qualify, the driver’s household income must be 80 percent of the state median, or lower.

California’s median household income in 2016 was $63,783, according to the U.S. census, and 80 percent of that is about $51,000.

September 19, 2018

By Sophie Yeo

California is set to be the first state to insure its natural environment against disasters linked to climate change.

Senate Bill 30, introduced by Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara, will establish a working group to discuss how to insure assets such as wetlands and forests, providing everyday maintenance as well as funds for a swift payout to restore these natural landscapes following a disaster.

September 16, 2018

By Kristina Davis

For decades, California has kept a prescription history database for doctors and pharmacies to consult, but many healthcare providers have ignored it — and the potential life-saving clues it provides.

Beginning Oct. 2, a new law makes consulting that database mandatory.

August 24, 2018

Immigrants living in California who are not U.S. citizens could be appointed to public boards and commissions under a bill passed in the state Legislature Friday.

The bill’s author, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), said that SB 174 would provide tax-paying noncitizens fair representation in public life, while benefiting the state as a whole.

“Qualified Californians who have worked hard and are experts in their field should be given the opportunity to serve the state in this way, regardless of immigration status,” Lara said.

August 23, 2018

A state Senate bill is aiming to teach school children about the Vietnamese refugee experience, the Cambodian genocide, and Hmong cultural studies.

Republican Senator Janet Nguyen and Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara authored Senate Bill 895. The bill would require social studies lessons about Vietnamese refugees and their experiences after the fall of Saigon. It would also cover the Cambodian genocide and curriculum on Hmong history and cultural studies.

August 17, 2018

The founder of World Famous VIP Records will be among a dozen Long Beach people and businesses honored Friday evening for the work they do in their community.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, who represents Long Beach and other southeast cities in the county, will host his annual Excellence in the 33rd District Awards in downtown Long Beach where he will honor those improving the quality of life of residents in the 33rd Senate District, it was announced today.

“The Excellence Awards celebrate the people who give the Southeast its soul and its swagger,” said Lara.

August 14, 2018

The state Legislature is moving closer to naming a stretch of the 5 Freeway in Orange County after Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa, who was shot to death in the line of duty in June, officials said Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 159 would name a portion of the interstate between Camino Las Ramblas and the Ortega Highway, in San Juan Capistrano, as the Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa Memorial Highway.

The resolution was co-authored by State Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach; and Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel.