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December 18, 2017

7-year-old Sofia Garcia from Senate District 32 helped the Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust light the Capitol Christmas tree in front of the State Capitol on Thursday, December 7. Sofia also presented the Governor and the First Lady with a special holiday card created at El Cerrito Elementary, La Habra.

April 28, 2017

A measure to make California county governments more representative, accessible, and accountable to the populations that they serve was introduced today by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).

“Accountability and transparency are critical to the functioning of government, be it at the state, local, or federal levels,” Senator Mendoza said. “It has been over one hundred and fifty years since the county system of government was introduced. California, especially Southern California, has changed so dramatically and it is imperative to adjust how a Board of Supervisors is structured for large, urban counties.”

April 27, 2017

Los Angeles has a problem, and it’s one the Democratic Party nationally could only dream of. There are too many current and aspiring elected officials and too few offices for them to seek. The dilemma is not just in L.A. California is so blue that the statewide route is clogged with ambitious politicians.

Late Thursday came potentially upbeat news for some on the state’s deep bench: Legislation that would create one of the most powerful elected positions in California – county executive of Los Angeles.

April 27, 2017

A group of nine state lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would seek to improve representation of people of color on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by expanding it from five to seven members and creating a position of an elected county executive.

State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) is the lead author on the legislation that would put the matter of changing the state Constitution to a vote on the California ballot in June 2018.

January 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On January 26, 2017, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 which observes January 26, 2017, as India Republic Day and also marks the 68th Anniversary of the day the Constitution of India was adopted.

September 29, 2016

WHITTIER ( — The parents of a special-needs student who died after being left on a school bus in Whittier on a hot summer day thanked Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday for signing legislation that requires school buses to have an alarm system to ensure students are not left behind.

September 29, 2016

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The bill is in response to the death of a 19-year-old autistic student, left alone for hours in a hot school bus

August 26, 2016

By By Associated Press and Jonathan Lloyd

Legislation intended to prevent children from being left unattended on parked school buses is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 26, 2016

Nearly a year after a special needs student died in Whittier after being left in a sweltering bus parked with its windows closed, state lawmakers on Friday sent the governor a bill that would require new safety steps for school bus drivers.

Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) named his bill after Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, 19, a student at Sierra Adult School who could not verbally communicate and needed special care.