In the News

January 31, 2018

By: Juan Esparza Loera

Rosamaría Reyes remembers her grandmother never smiled after the death of Francisco Durán Llamas, one of 28 braceros who died aboard a DC-3 airplane when it tumbled out of the sky into Los Gatos Canyon near Coalinga 70 years ago on Jan. 28.

“My grandmother never laughed after that,” recalled Reyes, who had trouble getting information about her uncle from tight-lipped relatives. “She never showed a lot of emotion.”

September 05, 2017

By: Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that California will sue the federal government to protect the thousands of immigrants temporarily shielded from deportation under a program the Trump administration said it is rescinding.

Withdrawing the program after immigrants disclosed their undocumented status on condition of having that protection could violate their due-process rights, Becerra said.

August 13, 2017

By: Seema Mehta and Melanie Mason

A debate about affirmative action has emerged in the campaign for governor, threatening to inject a potentially volatile racial element into the 2018 contest after the issue divided California Democrats along ethnic lines three years ago.

The question of whether race should be considered in admissions to California’s colleges and universities was raised in recent weeks when the state’s Latino and black legislative caucuses sent a letter to the top six gubernatorial candidates.

July 26, 2017

By: Jim Miller & Taryn Luna

California has made great strides in scrubbing smog from its skies, yet pollution remains a problem in some parts of the state, with 44 percent of Latinos living in communities with poor air quality compared to about one-quarter of non-Latinos, according to a new state Senate report.

May 17, 2017

Ten Latino trailblazers received state recognition by the California Latino Legislative Caucus on May 1 during its 16th annual Latino Spirit Awards at the State Capitol.

February 21, 2017
December 12, 2016

By: Cynthia Moreno

Every year, a new group of Latino lawmakers win their respective legislative seats, come to Sacramento and take the oath of office, bringing with them a set of ideals, different life experiences, educational attainments, political career trajectories and personal stories.

December 12, 2016

By: Cynthia Moreno

-- With President-elect Donald Trump ready to take office next month, California lawmakers are already gearing up for some of the tough battles they expect to fight.

On Monday, Dec. 5 after swearing in a new crop of lawmakers, many made their voices clear; that a Trump presidency will not have a say in how California conducts business.

May 10, 2016