Press Releases

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 81 to make Nayarit a sister state and recognize the heritage of 350,000 Nayaritas who make their home in California.

The Pacific state of Nayarit is home to just 1 million people, and has a land mass 1/16th the size of California. But immigrants from Nayarit have contributed greatly to California’s culture and economy.

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after Anthem Blue Cross removed Long Beach Memorial Medical Center as an in-network provider, leaving residents and city employees without medical:

“Long Beach residents woke up last week to find that Anthem Blue Cross had hung a ‘closed’ sign on their medical home. Residents and city employees for whom Anthem Blue Cross is their only health insurance option faced a painful choice of paying out of pocket or canceling appointments.

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), joint author of the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562), released the following statement in response to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s announcement of a Select Committee on Universal Healthcare:

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senador Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presentó la Resolución Legislativa SCR 81, para hacer de Nayarit un estado hermano y reconocer la herencia de nayaritas que reciden en California.

El estado del Pacífico mexicano de Nayarit, es el hogar de 1 millón de personas, y tiene una masa terrestre de 1/16 del tamaño de California. Pero los inmigrantes de Nayarit han contribuido en gran medida a la cultura y la economía de California.

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.”