In the News

May 02, 2016

By: María G. Ortiz-Briones

SACRAMENTO -- Mexican ballet dancer Esteban Hernández received the Achievement in Performing Arts award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus on May 2 during the 15th annual Latino Spirit Awards at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

“The career of a dancer, an artist in general, takes you to live in different places and it helps you to grow as an artist as well as a person,” Hernández said. “I’ve been lucky to travel and live and study in different cultures and that is reflected in my way of dancing.”

April 20, 2016

By: Luis A. Alejo, Assembly Member 31st District  & David Chiu, Assembly Member 17th District
Special to the Bee

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case with profound implications for immigrant families across the nation. In just a few months, the court could unfreeze the deportation relief programs that have been frustratingly stuck in limbo since early last year.

April 19, 2016

By: Cynthia Moreno

As is customary every year, the California Latino Legislative Caucus announced its list of priority bills to tackle this legislative session. The 22-member caucus released bills with a focus on education, immigration, the environment, among other issues.

Remaining mindful of the needs of the states largest group, lawmakers believe this year’s bills aim to spurt progress within the Latino community.

March 15, 2016

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO -- Denise Díaz woke up before sunrise to catch a flight from the Los Ángeles City airport to Sacramento. She had received a special invitation to attend Assemblyman Anthony Rendón, D-Paramount, swearing-in ceremony at the state capitol.

Born and raised in the City of Southgate in Southern California and a constituent of Rendón’s district, Díaz witnessed the assemblyman’s rise in the political hierarchy long before he came to Sacramento.

March 08, 2016

By: David G. Savage

A cross section of California leaders in business, education, law enforcement and religion joined Tuesday in urging the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's plan to offer temporary relief and work permits to as many as 5 million immigrants who have been living in the U.S. illegally.

They drew a sharp contrast with Texas, which has complained of the burden imposed by immigrants and led the legal fight to block Obama's executive action.

March 04, 2016

By: David Gorn

When Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, is sworn in as Assembly Speaker Monday, it will mark a historic moment in California politics: For the first time, the two top posts in the state legislature will be held by Latinos.

March 01, 2016

By: Jeremy B. White

The Anthony Rendon era is about to begin. A week before the Lakewood Democrat takes over as speaker of the California Assembly, a position he could hold for the better part of the decade, he stopped by The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau.

Q: Is this is sort of a new era we’re entering where these challenges to Democratic incumbents from other Democrats are just increasingly a thing?

January 11, 2016

By: Jeremy White

California Assembly members formally selected Anthony Rendon on Monday as speaker, vaulting the Lakewood Democrat to a position he could potentially hold for almost a decade.

“When the voters extended term limits in 2012, they did so because they believed they would help the Legislature be more thoughtful, more productive and more deliberative,” said Rendon, who could hold his seat until 2024 under new term-limit rules. He said his role would be to help members “develop greater expertise and pursue longer-term policy strategies.”

October 09, 2015

By: Michael Oleaga

While the U.S. Congress stalls on immigration reform, California continues to invest millions of dollars for the immigrant community.