The Bracero Program Taught in School Curriculum
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Senate Education Committee
John L. Burton Hearing Room 4203
California State Capitol, Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, CA – A group of veteran Braceros from Los Angeles will join Senator De León Leon at the Senate Education Committee Hearing on Wednesday to call on school districts to include instruction on The Bracero Program in School Curriculum.
Cites New Wealth/Health Study by Univ. of Wisconsin as Proof of Need
Los Angeles - A recently released University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson study that ranked U.S. counties’ health found there was a strong parallel between wealth and health. Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), author of 2007’s Assembly Bill (AB) 31, which is the source of park grants that were awarded this week to some of Los Angeles County’s poorest communities, cited the study as further proof that we must do more to provide disadvantaged neighborhoods with greater access to recreational opportunities.
“This study just identified what we already know,” emphasized Senator De León. “Without parks or other recreational amenities, the people of LA’s poorest communities are further challenged to live healthier, more prosperous lives. I am so happy to see AB 31 benefiting disadvantaged communities. All children regardless of where they live or where their parents come from deserve green parks and open space. A family’s financial wherewithal should not dictate a child's access to nature."
AB 31 (Community and Neighborhood Park Revitalization Act of 2007) created guidelines and criteria for Proposition 84 park funds, which targeted underserved communities suffering from significant park poverty. These communities, largely disadvantaged, suffer from higher rates of crime, unemployment, poverty, school drop-outs, and health ailments, including obesity and asthma.
"Senator De León has been a leader on urban environmental issues since he came to the legislature in 2006. As author of AB 31, he immediately saw the dire need for green spaces and places to play in under-served communities in California. AB 31 not only will provide recreational opportunities within walking distance for millions of Californians, but additional economic, health and environmental benefits as well,” said Sam Hodder, California Director for The Trust for Public Land.
Between both rounds of Proposition 84 funding, 103 new parks will be created and 23 existing parks will be expanded or substantially improved for a total of 126 projects.
Reports Note that Potential Voter Fraud Occurring
Sacramento, CA – In response to numerous reports that there may be voter fraud occurring in the city of Vernon, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement:
“This is the last stand of the old guard in Vernon and if they think they can steal an election they’re badly mistaken. Old habits die hard, but this investigation demonstrates that the necessary safeguards are in place to root out corruption and fraud wherever it rears its head.”
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Letter Cites Need for “Shared Sacrifice” and Negative Impact on Student Access
SACRAMENTO – In a scathing response to the California State University Trustees, Senator Kevin de León today released a letter he submitted to the board about their March 20 action that raised campus president salaries while the institution simultaneously froze student enrollment.
“Your vote yesterday sent the message that you are willing to put the needs of CSU presidents above the needs of students and their families,” wrote Senator de León. “The decision was callous and oblivious to CSU’s responsibility to ensure that higher education opportunities are available and affordable for low- and middle-income families across our state.”
The full letter is available as a PDF below.
California State Senator Kevin de León Invites you to attend a free Women’s Health & Fitness Fair
Ramona Gardens Housing Projects located in Boyle Heights Participants will receive FREE on-site health services such as: Family planning, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, dental screenings, STD testing, and nutritional education from the St. Vincent Medical Center, United Nurses Association, Weingart of East LA YMCA, USC County Hospital, AltaMed Medical Group, CA Dental Association, Planned Parenthood and East LA Occupational Center.
Consumers’ Retirement Outlook at Historic Low
14% Confidence Mark Underscores Need for Sen. De Leon’s SB 1234
SACRAMENTO – Only 14% of U.S. workers are certain they will have enough to live on comfortably in retirement according to a survey released today by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) marking a drop from 2007 when the figure hit a high of 27 percent in the annual assessment, which is the longest running retirement survey of its kind in the nation. Senator Kevin de León and Senator Darrell Steinberg have introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1234 – the California Retirement Savings Act to help address this mammoth challenge.
Bill Helps Address Massive Personal Retirement Savings Deficit
SACRAMENTO, CA – Addressing the looming “retirement tsunami” represented by the massive shortfall pending in most people’s retirement, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and Chair of the Assembly, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County), today unveiled Senate Bill 1234 (SB1234) the California Retirement Savings Act, which creates a comprehensive retirement savings plan for the seven million private sector workers without access to a workplace retirement plan.
“California threatens to become home to a sea of discarded seniors unless we wake up and address the looming retirement tsunami,” said Senator De León referencing the $600 billion personal retirement savings deficit in the state. “This bill allows people to take personal responsibility for their own retirement without a cost to taxpayers helping us avoid potentially catastrophic conditions in California.” According to experts, nearly 50% of middle-income Californians will retire at or near poverty given present conditions.
California workers in the private sector need a lifelong retirement savings system that provides them with the opportunity to build their assets and achieve financial stability in retirement. SB1234 would provide a vital supplement to Social Security income and pool employee and employer contributions into a professionally-managed retirement fund that leverages economies of scale to offer portable, efficient, low-cost defined benefit retirement plans. If workers contributed just 3% of their earnings towards a retirement fund, the fund would generate an estimated $6.6 billion in the first year alone.
“We should be doing all we can to help all workers in both the public and private sector have an opportunity for a secure retirement,” said Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. “For millions of Californians now working without a retirement plan, this proposal can provide a better financial future as a safe, low-cost supplement to their Social Security and personal savings.”