Press Releases

SB 651 Helps Victims Receive Compensation Following Crimes by Minors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure that all victims of crimes committed by minors are eligible to receive due compensation.

Cosponsored by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Crime Victims Action Alliance, SB 651 would expand the statutory definition of a ‘victim’ so that derivative victims—such as spouses, family members and housemates—will be eligible for compensation as a result of a crime committed against them by a minor.      

SB 426 Earns Strong Bipartisan Support, Helps CA Seniors & Families

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 426—legislation that protects the financial security of seniors and their families and places safeguards on an insurance product that is intended to provide seniors with a stable economic future—was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today.

SB 334 Requires Testing of Drinking Water for Lead at Schools

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would require testing of drinking water for lead at schools in California to ensure water quality and safety passed from the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee earlier today with strong bipartisan support.  

SB 334 would also require that—at schools where water is found to be unsafe—schools districts must provide their students and school populations with clean drinking water.

SB 398 Helps Small Non-Profits, Businesses, Communities Access Vital State Funds

Monday, July 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved timely legislation with bipartisan support that will provide technical assistance to small non-profits, disadvantaged communities and small businesses to access funding for energy efficiency upgrades or projects that reduce the negative health impacts of poor air quality.

CalSTA Announces Award To Improve Rail Services, Reduce GHG Emissions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today applauded the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA) announcement of a $41 million grant award toward the purchase of nine fuel-efficient locomotives for Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Commuter Rail Service.

Legislature's Budget Strengthens Working Families, Communities in California

Monday, June 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today issued the following statement after the California State Senate passed a state budget by the June 15th constitutional deadline:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) recognized Riverside Grill in Chino as the 2015 20th State Senate District “Small Business of the Year”.

First opening in 1997, Riverside Grill has remained a popular family-run Inland Empire eatery for almost two decades.  Founded by brothers Rodrigo and Al Avila—as well as a third brother that is no longer affiliated with the restaurant—Riverside Grill started as a counter service restaurant though was renovated to sit 80 people with a full service bar known for its extensive local craft beer selections.

SB 334 Requires Water Testing for Lead, Access to Clean Water in Schools

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) announces that the California State Senate today approved critical legislation which will require the testing of drinking water at schools to ensure water quality and safety.  Moreover, SB 334 requires that—when water provided at school is not clean—school districts must provide alternative sources of clean water.