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March 22, 2013

Sen. Ricardo Lara sworn into new 33rd District office
March 22nd, 2013

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune
Sen. Ricardo Lara (right) is sworn into the office of the newly drawn 33rd senate district by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe during a ceremony Thursday, March 14 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.

The son of Mexican-immigrant parents and a native of east Los Angeles, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) was sworn into office Thursday, March 14 to serve the newly drawn 33rd senate district.

March 16, 2013

Long Beach community celebrates Ricardo Lara's election to state Senate

State Sen. Ricardo Lara is sworn into office at a community ceremony in Long Beach, Calif.    Photo credit: Israel Rodriguez State Sen. Ricardo Lara is sworn into office at a community ceremony in Long Beach, Calif.

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- More than 200 community members joined state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) on Thursday to celebrate his election to the 33rd Senate District.

March 13, 2013

EQCA announces 2013 legislative package focused on health care, transgender equality and non-discrimination
Posted by Associate Editor Breaking News, Top Highlights

March 08, 2013

State senators take ‘field trip’ to high school, college in LB to see innovative programs

Sen. Ricardo Lara (center) talks with Cabrillo High School Co-principal Alejandro Vega during the California State Senate Policy Conference on Education on March 5.

Sean Belk
Staff Writer

March 08, 2013

Oakland Tribune

Homeroom: Hayward student art work showcased at downtown gallery
By Chris De Benedetti, Ashly McGlone and Rebecca Parr Bay Area News Group
Posted:   03/08/2013 10:18:43 AM PST

An exhibit showcasing artwork of Hayward students opens Friday at the Cinema Place Gallery.

"The purpose of this show is to promote the arts and education, especially in Hayward," said Angela Shin, Tennyson High photography art teacher.

February 27, 2013

Capitol Alert: Sac Bee
AM Alert: Making budgets for minority-majority California

VIDEO: Stockton's bankruptcy case is advancing against the backdrop of serious questions about how the city paid its workers, Dan Walters says.

February 26, 2013

10,000 signatures back bill to strip Boy Scouts of tax-exempt status

A petition urging California legislature to end tax-exempt status for anti-gay Boy Scouts of America reached over 10,000 signatures Tuesday.

The petition, created Thursday by straight former Boy Scout Eddie Kurtz at, was designed to urge the passage of California’s S.B. 323, or the Youth Equality Act. The bill would need two-thirds approval from both houses of state legislature in order to be passed.

February 26, 2013

Los Angeles Daily News/ Long Beach Press Telegram
California bill would cut tax exemptions for Boy Scouts, other youth organizations that prohibit gay members
By Eric Bradley, Staff
Posted:   02/25/2013 07:57:59 PM PST
February 26, 2013 3:59 AM GMTUpdated:   02/25/2013 07:58:37 PM PST

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has proposed removing the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America if the group continues to forbid gay, bisexual and transgender members.

February 25, 2013

California Bill Seeks to Punish Boy Scouts for Prohibiting Homosexual Leaders, Members
February 25, 2013 | Filed under: Law & Government,Life & Society,Top Stories | By: Heather Clark

San Francisco, California – A bill proposed in the California legislature seeks to punish the local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America for prohibiting homosexual leaders and members from serving in the organization.