Advocacy

Advocating for yourself and others

Overview
Senator Ben Allen speaks with HRC parents and board members

In this section we have provided tools for you to get involved in advocacy, promote the rights of people with disabilities, and let our state policy makers know why services are needed and important. Let your voice be heard!

To support our clients’ and families’ advocacy needs, HRC Service Coordinators have access to consultants with a variety of special expertise.

For example if you have questions about individual rights to education services provided by local school districts and individual education planning, your Service Coordinator may consult with our Educational Specialist, Attorney Benjamin Kim. If needed your Service Coordinator may arrange for you to have a face to face meeting with Mr. Kim.

Or, you may have questions about your public benefits such as SSI, MediCal, IHSS, etc. You may wish to attend a presentation by our Benefits Specialist, Cori Reifman (see the Training and Events Catalog for regularly scheduled trainings offered at our Torrance and Long Beach offices). Your Service Coordinator may consult with Ms Reifman on your behalf, regarding your specific questions, or schedule a meeting if needed.

At times, you may want to contact one of these Advocacy Organizations in the community.

Harbor Regional Center teams also meet regularly with our local legislators, and invites them to visit our programs, to keep them informed about the needs of people with developmental disabilities and the developmental service system. From time to time we will alert you about the need for action through our HRC Electronic newsletter. You can subscribe to the e-newsletter here. 

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The Lanterman Act

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

Above is a link to searchable and printable sections of the California Welfare and Institution Code cited as the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and related statutes that define the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and establish how these services will be delivered.

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California Legislators

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon visits an SVS program for adults  in his district

Legislators Representing the Harbor Regional Center Service Area

The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor
State Capitol Building

Sacramento, Ca 95814
Capitol Office: 916/445‑2841
L.A. phone: (213) 897‑0322
governor@governor.ca.gov
www.ca.gov
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California State Assembly

The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Assembly District 62

Assembly Speaker
Bellflower and Lakewood
4909 Lakewood Blvd Suite 400
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 529-3250
Capitol Tel: (916) 319-2063
http://asmdc.org/members/a63
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The Honorable Mike Gipson
Assembly District 65

Carson, North Long Beach, Harbor Gateway North & South, Harbor City, Wilmington, and San Pedro.
879 W. 190th St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 324-6408
Capitol Tel: (916) 319-2064
http://asmdc.org/members/a64
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The Honorable Al Muratsuchi
Assembly District 66

Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, RPV, PVE, RHE, Redondo Beach, Torrance, W. Carson, Harbor City, Lomita
3424 W. Carson St Suite 450
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 375-0691
Capitol (916) 319‑2066
http://asmdc.org/members/a66
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The Honorable Josh Lowenthal
Assembly District 69

Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island’s Avalon, as well as large portions of Carson
5000 East Spring Street, Suite 550, Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 429-0470
Capital Tel: (916) 319-2068
https://a69.asmdc.org/
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California State Senate

The Honorable Benjamin Allen
Senate District 26

Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lomita, PVE, RHE, RPV, Wilmington 
2512 Artesia Blvd. #320
Redondo Beach, Ca. 90278- 3279
phone (310) 318-6994
Capitol (916)651-4026
http://sd26.senate.ca.gov
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The Honorable Bob Archuleta 
Senate District 30

East Lakewood, Bellflower, Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk 
12501 Imperial Highway, Suite 110, Norwalk, CA 90650
phone (562) 406-1001
Capitol Tel: (916)651-4030
https://sd30.senate.ca.gov/
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The Honorable Lena Gonzalez
Senate District 33

Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood 
3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 107
Long Beach, Ca. 90807
phone (562) 256-7921
Capitol (916) 651-4033
https://sd33.senate.ca.gov/
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The Honorable Steven Bradford
Senate District 35

San Pedro, Carson, Wilmington, Harbor City, East Torrance
222 W. 6th Street
San Pedro, Ca 90731
phone (310) 514-8573
Capitol (916) 651-4035
http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/
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To look up legislators for your area, go to http://www.assembly.ca.gov/ or http://sen.ca.gov/ .

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Sample Letter