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Public Policy Speaker Series: California State Senator Ricardo Lara

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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The Public Policy Speaker Series provides SCG members the opportunity to engage with public officials and participate in meaningful discussions on the policy issues affecting Southern California and the state, and the role which philanthropy can play as thought partners to support our communities.

In this interactive conversation, Senator Lara will share his vision for the state, and delve into how his office supports key policy areas of SCG’s members interests such as education, environment, healthcare, economic development, and immigrant rights. Earlier this year, he authored legislation related to a single-payer health system. The Senator will share his thoughts on his role in the healthcare conversation, and engage in a lively discussion with SCG members on California’s role in healthcare during times of uncertainty in Washington, DC.

The Senator will also discuss the intersections of policymaking, connecting different program areas. For example, Senator Lara authored Senate Bill 4, the Health for All Kids Act, which provides at least 185,000 with full-scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of their immigration status.

In addition to healthcare, Senator Lara is passionate about immigrant communities. He proposed legislation to protect the human rights of immigrants in private and locally-run detention facilities (Senate Bill 29).

In our continued effort to identify public-private partnerships, Senator Lara will also discuss opportunities for philanthropy to work together with the Senator’s Office to further strengthen our communities.


Senator Ricardo Lara

Raised in East Los Angeles, Senator Ricardo Lara is the product of strict, supportive and fair Mexican immigrants, Dolores and Venustiano Lara. He made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.

Senator Lara is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was first elected to the Legislature in 2010. He represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 33, which includes Long Beach and the Southeast Los Angeles cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, and much of Los Angeles. He earned his BA in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University, where he was elected student body president.


SCG members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
SCG members and eligible grantmakers

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register). 
Non-members: register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us

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