BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ó

                              Senator Carol Liu, Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:             AB 7                 
          |Author:    |Bonta                                                |
          |Version:   |April 7, 2015                               Hearing  |
          |           |Date:    June 10, 2015                               |
          |Urgency:   |No                     |Fiscal:    |No               |
          |Consultant:|Lenin Del Castillo                                   |
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          Subject:  Public schools:  Larry Itliong Day

          This bill designates October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong  
          Day, and encourages public schools to recognize it as a day of  
          special significance.  

          Existing law proclaims the first week of April as Labor History  
          Week and encourages school districts to commemorate the week  
          with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of  
          the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and  
          the United States.  

          Existing law designates a number of days as days of special  
          significance to the public schools and educational institutions  
          and encourages them to observe that day, including  Ronald  
          Reagan Day (February 6), John Muir Day (April 21), and Harvey  
          Milk Day (May 22).

          Existing law also requires public schools to close on a number  
          of holidays, including January 1, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
          Day, Lincoln Day, Washington Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor  
          Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, December 25, all days appointed  
          by the Governor or the President of the United States for a  
          public fast, holiday, and any other day designated as a holiday  
          by the governing board of the school district.  Existing law  


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          requires that for some specified holidays for which schools are  
          required to close (Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln Day, and  
          Washington Day), schools conduct exercises in commemoration.

          Additionally, existing law authorizes public schools to close on  
          two other days if the governing board, pursuant to a collective  
          bargaining agreement, agrees to close schools for that purpose.   
          These days are César Chávez (March 31) and Native American Day  
          (fourth Friday in September).  

          Existing law requires the State Board of Education to ensure  
          that state curriculum on César Chávez and the history of the  
          farm labor movement in the United States include information on  
          the role of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, in that  

          This bill:

          1)Makes various findings and declarations relative to the life  
            of Larry Itliong and his contributions as a leader in the  
            American farm labor movement and in the Filipino American  
            community, including the finding and declaration that the  
            accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong should be  
            properly memorialized within the history and culture of the  
            United States of America.  

          2)Designates October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong Day, a  
            day of special significance, as specified.

          3)Encourages all public schools and educational institutions to  
            conduct exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong,  
            recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with  
            the contributions he made to the state.


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          4)Requires the Governor to annually proclaim October 25th of  
            each year as Larry Itliong Day.


          1)Need for the bill.  According to the author's office, "the  
            accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong should be  
            properly memorialized within the history and culture of the  
            United States because he is a hero in the socioeconomic and  
            racial justice movement.  Although his accomplishments have  
            been recognized in smaller ways, such as being acknowledged in  
            part in the renaming of a Union City middle school, he  
            deserves to be recognized on a statewide level and remembered  
            for his contributions to our state and nation's history."

          2)Larry Itliong.  This bill recognizes Larry Itliong as a  
            prominent leader in the American farm labor movement.  In  
            1965, as a leader of the Agricultural Workers Organizing  
            Committee of the AFL-CIO, he organized a group of 1,500  
            Filipinos in an eight day strike against Delano grape growers.  
             Itliong asked César Chávez and his followers to join the  
            strike, and the two leaders' organizations eventually  
            combined, establishing the United Farm Workers of America.   
            Itliong later become the President of the Filipino American  
            Political Association, the first national political Filipino  
            American organization.  He was also instrumental in the  
            founding of the Pablo Agbayani Village, a retirement home  
            built by volunteers for retired Filipino Manongs.  

          3)Discretionary activities.  Current law encourages all public  
            schools and educational institutions to observe each day  
            designated and set apart as a day having special significance,  
            and to conduct suitable commemorative exercises.  These are  
            not required activities.  Current law also includes  
            legislative intent that exercises be integrated into the  
            regular school program and be conducted by the school within  
            the amount of time otherwise budgeted for educational  

          Alameda Labor Council


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          American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,  
          Asian Americans Advancing Justice
          Asian Pacific Environmental Network
          Berkeley City Council
          California College and University Police Chiefs Association
          California History Center Foundation (De Anza College)
          California Immigrant Policy Center
          Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity
          Filipino American National Historical Society, Santa Clara  
          Little Manila Foundation
          Philippine National Day Association
          Philippine Weekend, Inc.
          United Farm Workers
          Letters from individuals

           None received.

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