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March 04, 2015

From the LAPD beating of Rodney King 24 years ago to last year’s death of Eric Garner after a scuffle with New York police officers, bystanders who recorded the incidents on video have allowed the public to see at least some of what happened. One California state senator wants to protect citizens... 

February 04, 2015

A California state senator is proposing to place a statue of pioneering astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, which would make Ride the first woman to represent California and the first known gay person to be included in the collection. The statue, if approved and commissioned... 

January 19, 2015

"PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn't been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers."

"Time is passing," he said in Spanish. "I need to get checked out."

January 02, 2015
As thousands of immigrants who are in the country illegally queued up Friday to apply for a California driver's license, supporters of the controversial new law that made the licenses possible predicted a flood of new motorists in the automobile insurance market. The state Department of Motor Vehicles
December 12, 2014

Sen. Ricardo Lara has landed one of the most powerful committee chair assignments in the California Legislature, overseeing the Senate Appropriations Committee that decides the fate of hundreds of bills each year.

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November 25, 2014

Senator Ricardo Lara was in the nation's capital to discuss President Obama's administrative relief for 4.4 million Americans, including an estimated 1 million in California. He discussed the new bill and what it meant for Californians with NBC 4: 

August 21, 2014

"SACRAMENTO - California state leaders announced legislation Thursday that would make it easier for unaccompanied undocumented minors who come to the U.S. from Central America to make their case to stay in this country.

Lawmakers are calling for $3 million in legal aid so kids can have representation in court, and they're also trying to clear up what they call a hole in the law that could have implications in states across the country.

August 14, 2014

"Lawmakers were able put aside regional politics to beat the midnight deadline Wednesday for approval of a $7.5 billion proposed state water bond, the fate of which will be decided by voters on the November ballot.

August 14, 2014

"Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the "tooth fairy," has spent years connecting developmentally disabled patients with specialized dental care.

But when a Santa Rosa man needed a root canal on a troubled molar earlier this year, the closest dentist she could find willing to perform the procedure was in Bakersfield — a 10-hour round trip by car.

"I felt terrible," Gutierrez said. "They would have to choose to travel that far, or choose to extract the tooth."

August 08, 2014

"Last July, state senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) tasked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes with examining allegations raised in Golden Wasteland—an expansive report by nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog.