Releases & Statements

August 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Senator Ricardo Lara issued the following statement in response to the selection of Daniel Alvarez as the next Secretary of the California State Senate, and first Latino to hold the position:

August 26, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Latino Legislative Caucus proudly welcomed Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, to the California State Capitol today.

August 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted 33-0 in favor of Senate Bill 396, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore-elect Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) and California Latino Legislative Caucus Chairman Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), which will remove all unconstitutional provisions of Proposition 187 from state laws. The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

August 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus today announced legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

“Helping these young people navigate our legal system is the decent thing to do and it’s consistent with the progressive spirit of California,” said Governor Brown.

July 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO – In response to Governor Jerry Brown's nomination today of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as the next Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court, Senator Ricardo Lara (D - Huntington Park/Long Beach), Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D - Salinas), Vice Chair of the Caucus, have issued the following statement:

July 07, 2014

VENTURA COUNTY – On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus will tour Naval Base Ventura County, where undocumented, unaccompanied children are being held. They requested a visit to the facility to see the conditions the children are experiencing while being detained. There will be a teleconference briefing held after the visit to report on what they saw and actions that can be taken to help address this humanitarian crisis.

July 08, 2014

Ventura, CA — Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus today toured Naval Base Ventura County and the El Centro Immigration Processing Center, where many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors across the country are being warehoused and processed. 

June 24, 2014

Los Angeles Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, including Chair Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) and Senate President pro Tempore-elect Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today celebrated the Caucus’ 2013 legislative successes and recognized Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership signing critical legislation impacting California’s Latino community at a community event.  Held at the historic Pico House located in the Pueblo de Los Angeles, the event brought together hundreds of community members directly impacted by legislat

June 23, 2014

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate has approved Senate Resolution 51 to mark June 23, 2014, the 20th anniversary of the qualification of Proposition 187 for the November 1994 ballot, as a day to celebrate California’s diversity and promote a united future.

June 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, including Chair Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) and Senate President Pro Tempore-elect Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will host a Los Angeles community celebration in recognition of 2013 legislative successes and celebrate the leadership of Governor Jerry Brown for signing milestone pieces of legislation positively impacting California’s Latino community.