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Press Release

May 10, 2019

California State Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) issued the following statement regarding Vietnam Human Rights Day:

“I am honored to represent the 34th Senate District, which consists of Little Saigon and a large population of Vietnamese Americans. As Americans, we must lead in advocating for human rights; the rights of which every human being is entitled to without discrimination,” said Umberg. “Vietnam, among other countries who signed on to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has continuously violated its people’s basic rights. Hundreds of Vietnamese peace activists and religious leaders are imprisoned for their advocacy, and families continue to lose their loved ones. On this Vietnam Human Rights Day, I join the Vietnamese American community of Orange County to address the concerns of the Vietnamese community overseas in matters of democracy, human rights, and religious freedom in Vietnam.”


Press Release

May 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) has moved his Senate Bill 450 (SB 450) through the California State Senate. SB 450 streamlines the process of converting motels into supportive and transitional housing. The bill would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects related to the conversion of a motel into supportive or transitional housing.


Press Release

April 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) addressed the California State Senate with a call to commemorate Black April. “Black April” is the term used to refer to the April 30 anniversary of the fall of Saigon, in 1975. Senator Umberg spoke to honor those that lost their lives in the Vietnam War; including American, South Vietnamese, allied veterans of the war, and the refugees that fled towards American shores in search of freedom.