Press Releases

November 28, 2011

My letter below to UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in response to his campus-wide email (see below) calling for an urgent dialogue with Legislators regarding the State’s ongoing budget challenges and their impact on the UC system. I have responded to the request and have asked the Chancellor to meet with me tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29, at 12:30 pm at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus for an open discussion on the matter. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

November 28, 2011

Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor

November 23, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - Senator Kevin de León commented on the city of Vernon's historic, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 election, “This is a major victory for democracy, jobs and the people of a notoriously corrupt region. The hard work and determination of the growing reform-minded majority in Vernon is finally paying dividends – protecting 55,000 jobs for the working people of Los Angeles County while also instituting needed democratic reforms.”

September 19, 2011

(Los Angeles, CA) – Praising Labor and the Grocers for their diligent work in finding a settlement to the contentious strife that highlighted recent negotiations, Senator Kevin de León hailed the agreement announced today as a victory for all Californians.

September 09, 2011


(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), released the following statement tonight regarding the Senate vote on Senate Bill (SB) 116,  which includes all the major elements of Governor Brown’s California Jobs First plan.

“I will be taking up my California Jobs and Investment Act tonight in hopes that bipartisanship will reign in the interest of tens of thousands of unemployed Californians and the economic future of our State,” said Senator Kevin de León. “This bill will not only put people back to work but it will put money back in peoples’ pockets, where it belongs, and will give our economy the jump start it so desperately needs.”

September 08, 2011

Senator De León Seeks Permanent Reform of Troubled City

(Sacramento, CA) – At an emergency committee meeting this morning, the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) joined by Speaker John Pérez, approved an audit request from Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to seek full transparency from the City of Vernon. JLAC will do a performance audit of the city’s conduct for the past five years, examine current reform efforts and make recommendations for best practices for transparency moving forward. The audit due to be completed in April 2012, will help ensure that Vernon meets its commitments for reform and that the public has a full accounting of the city’s financial condition and governance practices.

Senator De León commented that there is benefit from reviewing what has transpired but the more critical component of the Audit Committee’s action is the ongoing monitoring and action. “The City of Vernon is compelled to clean itself up and I am hopeful with this audit that it will continue to take the steps necessary to build toward a better future,” said De León.

August 30, 2011

Letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee Seeks Emergency Meeting

(Sacramento, CA) – Seeking transparency around a recent IRS announcement that it was investigating a bond deal by the City of Vernon’s municipal utility, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today sent a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting that it hold an emergency meeting next week to consider the request.

August 29, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), released the following statement today regarding the Senate vote on Assembly Bill (AB) 46:

“Today’s vote in the Senate on AB 46 was one step in a process. While I am exceptionally happy that tens of thousands of jobs were spared the ax, the saga of Vernon will not be complete until the City follows through on its commitment to implement the aggressive reforms I proposed. I am seeking permanent and lasting reform in that City, and justice for its long-suffering, neighboring communities. It is now up to Vernon and all eyes are watching.”

August 25, 2011

Fiscally Responsible Solution to Reduce Workplace Hazards for Hotel Housekeepers

(Sacramento, CA) – A negotiation has been facilitated by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that will help the hotels find a fiscally responsible solution to protecting their workers. The Senator is pleased to announce he is brokering a deal with the Administration that seeks an administrative resolution to reduce workplace hazards for hotel housekeepers. The Administration has committed to developing measures to address the ergonomic hazards in hotel housekeepers’ bed-making and cleaning activities.

August 23, 2011

I want to clean up Vernon while protecting the jobs in that city.  In this letter I offered the City a comprehensive and aggressive reform plan.  If they’re sincere about cleaning up the mess they’ll agree to make the changes, and immediately begin making amends to the surrounding communities by investing in park and open space creation and improving the quality of life in those neighborhoods.



August 11, 2011

Housekeepers No Longer Invisible – Standing up for Health and Safety