Latino Legislator of the week CA State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, advocating for open government!

July 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I am a little behind this week in writing the Latino legislator of the week blog post, but better late than never… this week’s featured legislator is California State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero. Gloria Romero represents the 24th state senate district, which covers East Los Angeles into the San Gabriel Valley, an diverse area with a mix of different industries spanning manufacturing to health care. Senator Romero is arguably one of the most educated Latina leaders in the Latino political realm, as she holds a Ph.D. in psychology from U.C. Riverside and has taught in all levels of the state’s university system.

Government accountability and giving California’s residents an opportunity to access public documents from local government boards and the ability examine what happens in our courts are two important issues that Gloria Romero has decided to tackle. To better hold our elected leaders and judges accountable, we need to have more transparency in our courts and governing boards. Earlier this month, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1732 by Senator Romero into law, which closed loopholes in the Brown Act by giving members of local government boards better access to public documents. SB 1732 also makes sure that local governments hold meetings out in the open so the public can attend and impact the decision making. In regards to open courts, Senator Romero is calling for the Judicial Council of California to adopt new rules protecting public access to courtrooms.

The action in regards to open courts was prompted by an incident in the Yolo County courts, where court deputies locked a courtroom when a defendant charged with murder was being arraigned. In addressing the California Rules of the Court, Romero stated, “The recent incident in Yolo County is a shocking reminder of how easily these constitutional rights can be violated. Open, public courts are a cornerstone of our justice system.”

Thank you Senator Romero for making our government more transparent in the Golden State!

Photo Credit: California State Assembly Latino Caucus

Tags: CA State Senator Gloria Romero · Government Accountability

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 theKaiser // Jul 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I think you should note that Gloria Romero has not utilized public resources to formally honor Luciano Pavarotti in the State Assembly. Unlike one of her U.S. Congressional contemporaries who likes to loiter at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion. Hopefully, she will seek to expand her influence at the federal level, and remove some of the dead weight occupying place there.

  • 2 Michaelr // Jul 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations to Gloria Romero…not to be confused with Gloria Molina. Nevertheless, both of them represent what is positive about Latino politicians.

  • 3 kristi rohlfing // Sep 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Can you please forward the following message to the Governor?

    By copy of this message to my assemblyman’s office, I am asking that this also be forwarded to The Big 5, as well as the rest of the California Senate and Assembly, if necessary, to urge Governor Schwarzenegger, to consider that perhaps the timing is right to take advantage of the following opportunity:

    Many Victim-Witness Whistleblowers from Prisontown USA are URGING Governor Schwarzenegger to expose the maleficent correctional officers and their leaders — from the top down — for their criminal activities.

    Now is the time for the Governor to not be intimidated by the correctional officers force the USDOJ to expose and finally arrest and indict these the California CDCR extortionist criminals for their activities that have held hostage:

    the California budget,
    the California taxpayers,
    and every California community where the “prison towns” are
    located by interfering with every state agency in these
    prison towns.

    The Governor should replace the COs with the National Guard, and expose their internecine criminal and corrupt behaviors.

  • 4 DfD // Dec 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Democrat Gloria Romero is nothing but a shill for the Illegal Alien chunte union SEIU. And we all know how corrupt they are in their support for the corrupt New Direction Democratic president-elect Dali Dama…

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