Press Releases

August 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement in response to the State Audit finding the University of California has not adequately ensured compliance with its employee displacement and contract policies:


August 21, 2017

Artist joins effort to update Miranda protections and end life without parole sentences for young people

SACRAMENTO – Hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common adds his voice to the campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system with the Imagine Justice concert at the Capitol Mall today, Monday, Aug. 21, and meetings with legislators and youth on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

July 27, 2017

Senate Bill 30 would give California a tool to fight for taxpayers and oppose environmentally destructive border wall expansion

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) joined U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey) and environmental groups Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife to condemn Congress’ plan to approve $1.6 billion in funding for the border wall.

July 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 today to authorize a vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010:

“Congress is playing a dangerous game with Americans’ healthcare. Under every Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, millions will lose insurance and the cost of healthcare will go up. No state has done more than California to expand healthcare, and no state’s residents have more to lose.

July 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released this statement after committee members approved AB 617 and AB 398 to extend California’s cap and trade program and establish a strong, statewide program to address air pollution in California’s most impacted communities. The governor’s office estimates that the program could raise $1.5 billion for reducing emissions and pollution:

July 05, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) honored the B Room Barber Salon as Senate District 33 Small Business of the Year for its hard work and dedication to the community.

“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and they bring a lot more than jobs to our cities,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “The B Room is building bridges to Long Beach’s LGBT community and showing how immigrant-owned businesses are bringing economic vitality and inclusion.”

July 05, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) recognized Centro C.H.A. as Senate District 33 Nonprofit of the Year for their work to promote health and combat violence in the Long Beach community.

June 30, 2017

Transgender Work Opportunity Act will expand anti-harassment training and require poster for businesses

SACRAMENTO, CA – Responding to high unemployment among transgender workers, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396). Senate Bill 396 combats discrimination and encourages greater inclusion of transgender Californians in the work force.

June 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Public Safety Committee today approved five criminal and juvenile justice reform bills to improve public safety, keep young people out of the juvenile justice system and end longstanding inequities in California’s juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Sponsored jointly by Los Angeles-area Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell, the measures are  their #EquityAndJustice package and will now move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. No hearing date has yet been set.

June 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), the joint authors of the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562), released this statement in response to the Assembly Rules Committee’s decision not to hear the bill before the July 14 legislative deadline: