Press Releases

Senator De León Encourages Community Service in Honor of Dr. King

January 14, 2011

Volunteerism Our Greatest Human Resource

(Los Angeles, CA) - On Monday, January 17, 2011 Senator Kevin de León joins all of America in marking the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through a national day of service, "day on, not a day off." 

One solution to putting California jobs first

January 26, 2011

Imagine you're a large, successful Texas-based corporation and although you have no employees in California, your biggest consumer market, you discover in the fine print of California's tax rules that in spite of our historic unemployment and colossal debt, you'll get a special tax break so long as you don't invest in the state or create jobs here. The Giants may have beaten the Texas Rangers in the World Series, but it's the Texans who are laughing all the way to the bank.

RELEASE: Senator Kevin de León and CalEMA Provide Earthquake Preparedness Info for LA School Kids

March 29, 2011

(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.

RELEASE: Senator Kevin de León’s Statement In Response to Governor Brown Calling Off Budget Negotiations with Republicans

March 29, 2011

“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.”

PRESS RELEASE:Legislation to Protect Police and the Public from the Dangers of Fake Firearms Passes out of Senate Public Safety Committee

April 26, 2011


 (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)

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RELEASE: Senator De León Pledges $2,500 to Bryan Stow Fund Calls for an End to Fan Violence

April 11, 2011

(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. 

RELEASE: Senator De León Highlights Critical Window to Buy Children’s Health Insurance New Law Ensures Affordable Coverage for Kids, Regardless of Pre-Existing Conditions; Open Enrollment Period Ends March 1

February 18, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is helping to spread the word about a critical open-enrollment period for kids’ health insurance that began on January 1, 2011 and ends on March 1st.  Attached is a Public Service Announcement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.