Press Releases

January 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would revoke temporary protected status and end humanitarian immigration for 260,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. since 2001.

“For decades, Republican and Democratic presidents have protected immigrants from countries hit by natural disaster or war. The Trump Administration’s repeal of humanitarian immigration for Salvadoran immigrants is its latest assault on American compassion.

January 04, 2018

Wildfire Safety and Recovery ActSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has formally introduced the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (Senate Bill 824) in response to a growing outcry from homeowners facing insurance cancellation and non-renewal after a record-setting storm of

December 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act to promote fire prevention efforts and ensure Californians can continue to obtain insurance after a record-setting storm of wildfires.

With global warming fueling ever more destructive fires throughout the state, Californians living in wildland urban interface areas have reported denials and cancellations of insurance coverage.

November 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release Cambodian immigrants and end aggressive raids in Southern California.

November 27, 2017

BELL GARDENS, CA – The following is a statement from Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) on the passing of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harry Pregerson:

“Judge Harry Pregerson’s remarkable career honored the dignity and vibrancy of the immigrant community of East Los Angeles where he was raised and which he never forgot.

“Judge Pregerson will be best remembered for the freeway and major public works that bear his name, but his example of service lives on in the homeless shelter he founded in an abandoned federal facility in Bell.

November 14, 2017

Legislation will build on Super Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016 to reach tough new standards for cutting emissions

BONN, GERMANY – Today, at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference, California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) proposed legislation to reduce dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners that are the fastest growing source of greenhouse emissions in California and around the world. 

November 08, 2017

Legislation has helped lead to more than $1 billion for clean trucks and buses, set tough standards for reducing black carbon and other super-pollutants

SACRAMENTO, CA – California environmental champion Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) will join the state’s delegation at the United Nations COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 9-15.

October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Brown signed the Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to make California the first in the nation to require training that will help transgender workers to overcome high unemployment and lack of inclusion.

October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today Governor Brown joined Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature in support of our core Constitutional values by signing the California Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). The urgency clause included in this bill means that this bill becomes law today.

October 15, 2017

Senate Bill 258 embraced by environmental groups, consumers and manufacturers – will lead to disclosure of hazardous chemicals and allergens in household and workplace cleaners