KPCC Southern California Public Radio
LOS ANGELES, CA: – Many college student athletes live in poverty as they try to keep up with the intense demands of their academic and athletic schedules. These same student athletes and the institutions for which they compete are often put at jeopardy by the actions of unscrupulous and unregulated athlete agents who seek to exploit the situation. This is the subject of a California Senate Select Committee Hearing this Thursday, May 12 at 1:30 pm being held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commissioner’s Boardroom.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a time to recognize the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander community in the United States.
(Sacramento, CA) – At the request of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck after the December 2010 shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a LAPD officer, Senator Kevin de León introduced a bill to protect police and the public from the dangers of fake firearms. Senate Bill 798 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee today, Tuesday, April 26, 2011 after police officers presented a 9mm Beretta and a copycat BB gun, showing how easy it is to mistake a fake firearm for the real thing.
(Can you tell which one’s the real gun? Answer below)
Prompted by a suspected hate crime in his district, pro Tem Steinberg has proclaimed April 13th to be “We are all Sikh day” in Sacramento. Events will take place in Sacramento and at the State Capitol with a ceremony on the Senate floor on April 11th.
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) challenged his Senate colleges to call for an end to baseball fan violence and donated $2,500 to The Bryan Stow Fund. Bryan Stow, a father and Santa Clara County AMR Paramedic, is in a medically induced coma after a horrific assault at the Giants-Dodgers opening game in Los Angeles a little over a week ago.
This month is Autism Awareness Month nation-wide. Autism is the common use term for a complex assortment of neurological disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
(Sacramento, CA) — Recent media coverage in the Los Angeles Times regarding the mismanagement and conflict-of-interest violations in the Los Angeles Community College District’s $5.7 Billion construction program has highlighted the need for increased oversight of bond fund expenditures and ethics standards.
“It is a shame the Republicans have abandoned their constitutional duty to represent their constituents and our great State.”
“California is already suffering from death by a thousand cuts and the Republicans want a thousand more.”
(Los Angeles, CA)— In the wake of Japan’s terrible earthquake and tsunami tragedy, Senator Kevin de León together with the California Emergency Management Authority held an event for schoolchildren today at Yorkdale Elementary Schoolto highlight the need for earthquake preparedness in Southern California.
“Preparation for earthquakes is just like practice for basketball, soccer, or any other sport you may play - If you don’t practice, you won’t know what to do during game time,” stated De León.