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June 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The camps taking in children this summer may not be regulated by the state, or even have a license in California.

“Regulations that resident camps have, day camps do not.  We gotta make sure we keep our kids safe,” State Senator Tony Mendoza said, adding that “while some counties regulate day camps, there are no set standards across the state.”

June 8, 2015

Marijuana concentrates represent one of the hottest segments of the nation's growing fascination with retail cannabis.

At Los Angeles dispensaries butane-extracted products such as wax, dabs, shatter, and butane honey oil are sometimes best-sellers. That's because they give users a potent high and can be used with discreet, e-cigarette-style vaporizers.

June 1, 2015

It’s counterintuitive, but, sometimes, one way to improve politics is to increase the number of politicians. That’s the theory behind Senate Constitutional Amendment 8, by state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. It would mandate that, beginning after the 2020 U.S. Census, any county of 2 million or more must have a board of supervisors with “seven or more members.”

It makes no sense today to maintain an antiquated system created, in Los Angeles for example, in 1852

May 26, 2015


The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is the nation's largest county government. On it, only five people represent over 10 million residents and manage a budget of over $26 billion. This puts a great deal of power in few hands and, to make matters worse, the supervisors are farfrom being representative of Los Angeles's demographics, where almost half the population is Latino.

California lawmakers take a step toward mandating vaccines for day care workers

May 22, 2015

California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the state.

The vaccine bill applies to workers in commercial day care centers and family day care centers operated out of homes and is partly in response to a measles outbreak that involved visitors to Disneyland, according to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).

Counties are California’s odd ducks. Their functions and structure should be changed. A new constitutional amendment would be a start.

May 18, 2015

By Dan Walters

Counties are the odd ducks of California governance, acting both as suppliers of local services such as fire protection and garbage collection, and as managers of state health and welfare programs.

They are also geographic oddities, ranging from San Francisco’s densely populated 46.9 square miles to San Bernardino’s 20,105 square miles, much of it unpopulated desert.

May 14, 2015

California could see an increase in the number of elected supervisors in some of its larger counties.

Introduced this week by Senator Tony Mendoza, Senate Constitutional Amendment 8 is intended to help with the lack of representation in some of California’s largest counties.

May 14, 2015

A proposed state constitutional amendment is the latest in a long line of attempts to expand the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and potentially add a second Latino seat.

Some observers are skeptical of the prospects for the bill offered by state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). And one board incumbent, Don Knabe, accused the lawmaker of trying to carve a landing spot for himself when he’s termed out of state office.

May 11, 2015

By Patrick McGreevy contact the reporter

Lawmaker wants to expand boards of supervisors in L.A., elsewhere to seven members

May 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The State Senate on Thursday approved SB 432 by Senator Tony Mendoza on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 34 to 0. 

The bill modernizes outdated law by deleting the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual. 

“The time has come for California to remove the term “alien” from the state’s Labor Code,” said Senator Tony Mendoza. “Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign -born person and has very negative connotations.