Press Releases

January 30, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA – Calling for a bridge between “mainstream” environmentalists and inner-city denizens less typically identified with the environmental movement but equally concerned about shared issues, Senator Kevin de León gladly received the Planning and Conservation League’s (PCL) Legislator of the Year Award at the organization’s annual Environmental Legislative Symposium.

  “The environmental movement must learn to speak Spanish,” said De León as he accepted the award, emphasizing the need to translate the environmental movement for urban and rural Latinos who share the same concerns with those who are referred to as traditional environmentalists, but often speak different languages, both figuratively and literally. “The oil industry benefits from divisiveness among those of us who are making efforts to pursue alternative energy all with the same goal of a healthier environment for everyone regardless of race, economic status or geography.”

  Senator De León noted that he represents a district criss-crossed by six freeways and has some of the country’s worst air quality. To mitigate the direct impacts of climate change largely affecting disadvantaged communities already suffering from adverse health impacts, Senator De León has proposed Senate Bill 535 to create the California Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust (CHART). He believes this is important to delivering on the promise of clean air for California’s children and families. The bill will also help provide job opportunities in the new clean tech economy for the hard-working families of California.

January 27, 2012

Following is my editorial that appeared in today’s Sacramento Bee regarding the power of an engaged citizenry in transforming California’s structurally deficient democracy using our homegrown social media tools. Below the editorial is a letter I submitted to Governor Brown outlining my plan and recommending he assert his leadership in helping to reshape our governance structure. California’s innovation has helped shape governments around the world and should be used to help improve our own state.

January 27, 2012

Los Angeles, CASenator Kevin de León testified at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hearing in strong support for the full suite of clean vehicle and fuels policies that will be good for public health, our environment and green jobs for California. CARB then passed the package of regulations that was years in the making and has once again put California at the forefront of taking action on clean vehicles and clean air for the future. 

“These rules will help improve the air quality for many of my constituents who live around these freeways and endure some of the worst air quality in the State,” said Senator De León. “Chairwoman Mary Nichols and CARB have worked closely with the Obama administration to cooperatively develop greenhouse gas standards that will not only benefit Californians but also the entire country.”

January 17, 2012

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December 16, 2011

We are accepting unwrapped toys for the children in the community. All collected toys will be donated to families in need within the Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles communities. Drop off toys to Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA (2900 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023)

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December 01, 2011

December 1, 2011

Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor
University of California, Berkeley
AACHO - Chancellor's Immediate Office
Berkeley, CA 94720

Dear Chancellor Birgeneau,

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.”