In the News

January 15, 2015

By: Dan Walters

There are two dozen Latinos in the California Legislature today, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, but when Pete Chacon unexpectedly won a seat in the state Assembly 44 years ago, he became one of only two.

Not only was it unusual for a Latino to be a legislator in 1970, but Chacon did it the hard way. He took a leave of absence from his teaching job, sold his house to raise funds and campaigned for a year to unseat a seemingly secure incumbent in a San Diego district that was just 8 percent Latino in makeup.

January 05, 2015

Educator, Activist, California State Assemblyman 1970-1992
By Paul Chacon

Peter Chacon served in the California State Legislature from 1970 until his retirement in 1992 representing the urban core of San Diego. Upon his election, he became only the second Latino legislator elected to State of California public office in the past (100) years. Together with Alex Garcia, they formed the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a membership of just two.

January 04, 2015

By: Melody Gutierrez & Nanette Asimov

Thousands of people living in the country without documentation formed long lines at motor vehicle offices across California to be among the first to apply for driver’s licenses under a law that went into effect Friday.

Rocelio Nicolas of Gilroy showed up at 3:30 a.m. He was first in line at the San Jose license processing center — one of four temporary centers opened by the Department of Motor Vehicles to deal with the surge of applicants.

January 03, 2015

By Maria E. Garcia

The general public knew Peter Chacón as a California State Assemblyman who served  from 1970-1992. Very few know or understand what Pete’s election meant to the Latino community.

From the time I was a small child I remember my parents going inside a building to vote. They would take turns voting as we sat in the car.  One parent would go inside to vote while the other parent would care for us. Then the reverse would occur. Voting was always a special activity and in many ways a mystery.

December 26, 2014

By Paul Chacon

Peter Chacon served in the California State Legislature from 1970 until his retirement in 1992 representing the urban core of San Diego. Upon his election, he became only the second Latino legislator elected to State of California public office in the past (100) years. Together with Alex Garcia, they formed the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a membership of just two.

December 15, 2014

By: Jeremy B. White

The powerful storm lashing Sacramento kept many people home last Thursday, but Rosario Aguilar was not among them. After eight years of living and driving unlawfully in California, the chance to get a legitimate license led him through sheets of rain to an information session held at a community services center tucked behind an Autozone on Fruitridge Road.

December 11, 2014

By: Patrick McGreevy

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver's licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

State officials expect that 1.4 million immigrants who are not lawfully in the country will apply for specially marked licenses during the first three years beginning Jan. 2. An extra $141 million has been budgeted to handle the applications.

September 29, 2014

Los inmigrantes indocumentados que cumplan con todos los requisitos y exámenes podrán obtener una licencia profesional para ejercer en California, pero también los estudiantes 'soñadores' tendrán acceso a préstamos estudiantiles mientras que se pondrán fin a la esclavitud de trabajadores extranjeros bajo nuevas leyes.

August 26, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state lawmakers believe no Central American child should be left behind when it comes to legal representation in immigration court.

That is why Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joined the Latino Legislative Caucus and other Senate Democrats in introducing a package of bills to help the undocumented and unaccompanied children who have been arriving at the U.S.-México border in recent months.

August 26, 2014

Lawmakers from both parties praised Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's message of economic and political partnership between California and Mexico after the president's address Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature.