In the News

May 08, 2014

By: Josie Huang

Latino legislators and immigrant advocates are urging the Department of Homeland Security to drop its opposition to the planned design of licenses for California drivers in the country illegally.

In a letter to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, federal officials stated that the design of the licenses being rolled out in the coming year does not meet national security standards.

But supporters of the proposed design say that careful thought went into creating a license that would not draw undue attention to immigrants.

April 20, 2014

By: Juan Esparza Loera (Vida en el Valle)

From the moment Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored the West Coast of North America on behalf of Spain and discovered what is now California in 1542, Latinos have played a prominent role in what eventually became the most populous state in the U.S.

Sometime in March, Latino residents became the plurality population group in the state, according to demographers with the state Department of Finance.

April 09, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — When the California Latino Legislative Caucus helped pass a number of pro-immigrant legislation last year, they were heralded by many within the Latino community as trailblazers for recognizing both the changing demographics of the state and their needs.

This year, the Caucus has prepared a different agenda to continue helping and addressing the critical needs faced by the Latino community.

April 03, 2014

By: Maeve Reston

Enrollment by Latinos in California's healthcare insurance exchange surged in the final month of sign-ups after an intensive push to reach that key population.

April 02, 2014

By: Laurel Rosenhall

Changes to California's health care, education and labor laws are among the bills the Legislature's Latino Caucus will prioritize this year.

Statistics show Latinos are more likely than other Californians to live in poverty, lack health insurance and attain little formal education, caucus chair Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said in announcing the group's priorities Wednesday.

March 26, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

When Romualdo Pacheco became California’s first Latino to serve as lieutenant governor in 1871 — and later the state’s first Latino governor in 1875 — little did he know that it would be more than a century later before a Latino won a statewide office.

That dry spell was broken when Cruz M. Bustamante, who had made history by becoming the first Latino to serve as Assembly Speaker, won the lieutenant governor’s seat in 2000.

March 19, 2014

Por: Pilar Marrero

Citando el creciente efecto y las dificultades que la política de deportaciones causa en las comunidades inmigrantes de California, los líderes de cinco grupos parlamentarios estatales enviaron este miércoles una carta al Presidente Barack Obama urgiendo cambios en su política de deportación y el uso de su poder administrativo para enfocar las deportaciones en los migrantes realmente peligrosos.

March 11, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — The Diego Luna-directed 'César Chávez' movie, opening nationally on March 28, does not mark the first effort by Hollywood to film the story about the iconic farmworker leader.

"When my father was still alive, he had many Hollywood stars visit him and propose playing his part in a Hollywood film, but he always respectfully declined," said Paul Chávez, César's son and president of the César E. Chávez Foundation.

"At that time, he just thought there were more important things to get done, so time just went by."