Press Releases

February 9, 2011

Sacramento – Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina) has introduced legislation that would bring admissions practices in California’s higher education system in line with U.S. Supreme Court precedent that allows public universities and colleges to consider race in their outreach and retention programs.

“I am proud to be putting this legislation forward,” said Hernandez, “this bill will help restore equal opportunity in California’s higher education system by strengthening outreach efforts to qualified minority students.”

January 10, 2011

Sacramento, CA – Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget today in an effort to close California’s massive budget deficit. The following is Senator Hernandez’ statement in response to the Governor’s proposal:

June 2, 2010

In a rare display of bipartisan support, Legislators in the California State Assembly advanced a bill today that would treat placement agents as lobbyists to help protect the integrity of the nation’s two largest public pension funds.  AB 1743, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), received the critical two-thirds majority necessary for it to move forward.
 
“This is not a partisan issue, and my colleagues demonstrated that today.  AB 1743 is about defending the interests of taxpayers and ensuring that the money working Californians have spent their lives earning is handled with integrity” said Hernandez.  “This bill will protect people on Main Street from the worst kind of influence peddlers on Wall Street.”

September 3, 2009

Assemblymember Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) saw his legislation successfully pass out of the Senate today that would implement new restrictions and stringent reporting requirements governing the use of middlemen to secure business with California’s public pension systems.

“We have already seen enormous damage done to peoples’ confidence in our public pension systems because of the actions of a few unscrupulous placement agents” said Hernandez, “it is time for California to protect people from the worst abusers of this practice. Any placement agent acting in good faith should have no problem complying.”

July 9, 2009

Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) saw his proposal to amend California’s Constitution to allow public universities and colleges to consider race in their outreach and retention programs pass out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee today.

June 23, 2009

California State Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) saw his constitutional amendment to reform California’s ailing initiative system pass out of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting today.

December 6, 2007

California State Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) took on another leadership role Tuesday as the new Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus.

“I was proud to have the support of my colleagues and I look forward to working together, across the aisle, on issues of importance to the San Gabriel Valley”, said Hernandez.

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