Press Releases

August 12, 2013

SACRAMENTO- Today, legislation authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and supported by a broad coalition of environmental justice groups which include The Greenlining Institute, Coalition for Clean Air, Public Advocates Inc., and Asian Pacific Environmental Network, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources.

July 08, 2013

SACRAMENTO- As the Legislature prepares to go on a month-long recess, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) is preparing to attend the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program as a David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellow.
 

July 01, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, commended Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today for the signing of AB 97 and SB 91, the budget trailer bills that revolutionize the distribution of state funding for California schools.  Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) school districts will not only receive more funding on a per pupil basis, but schools with high concentrations of disadvantaged English language learning students will receive substantial grants to meet their needs.

June 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO–This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and on the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The justices ruled the sponsors of California’s controversial Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to appeal a 2010 ruling against the measure. This move upholds same-sex marriages in California. The Justices also struck down provisions of DOMA that denied federal benefits like Social Security or the ability to file joint tax returns to same-sex married couples.

June 25, 2013

Lara Statement on the Passage of Key Enterprise Zone Reform Legislation

SACRAMENTO- Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released the statement below following the passage of key enterprise zone reform legislation this evening. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Enterprise Zone reform proposal:

June 15, 2013

Lara Applauds Passage of State Budget

SACRAMENTO- Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) sent out the statement below following the passage of the State Budget from the Senate today:

May 29, 2013

California Senate Moves to End Discrimination-Youth Equality Act Advances to Assembly
Youth Equality Act Becomes First LGBT Bill in California History to Pass with a Two-Thirds Majority

May 23, 2013

LARA TO MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUTH EQUALITY ACT- BOY SCOUTS PLAN FALLS SHORT

SACRAMENTO- In reaction to the news released today that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will end a long-standing ban on openly gay youth, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released the following statement:

May 22, 2013

 
White House Highlights Ricardo Lara as a “Harvey Milk Champion of Change”

SACRAMENTO– Yesterday afternoon, the White House honored California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) as one of ten openly LGBT elected or appointed officials who are “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.”  The event falls on Harvey Milk’s birthday and recognized honorees for their commitment to equality and public service.

May 20, 2013


LARA STATEMENT ON BEING SELECTED BY THE WHITE HOUSE AS A “HARVEY MILK CHAMPION OF CHANGE”

SACRAMENTO-Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released the following statement after The White House released news of his selection as a “Harvey Milk Champion of Change”: