Language Accessibility Advisory Committee

 

About

The Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) was established in 2016 to advise the Secretary of State (SOS) on issues related to language accessibility of elections and election materials. The mission of the LAAC is to advise and assist the SOS with implementation of federal and state laws relating to access of the electoral process by low English proficiency (LEP) voters, so that all voters can understand the voting process. The LAAC also provides recommendations identifying and prioritizing activities, programs, and policies to ensure every voter has equal access to the ballot.

The responsibilities of the committee include:

  1. Providing expertise on language accessibility issues.
  2. Promoting language accessibility initiatives.
  3. Responding to the Secretary of State’s questions regarding language

Meetings

The next meeting of the LAAC:

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location:

  • Secretary of State
  • 2nd Floor Boardroom
  • 1500 11th Street
  • Sacramento, CA 95814

Agenda (PDF)

Notes and minutes from past meetings

Contact

The committee can be reached at the LAAC email, laac@sos.ca.gov, or by postal mail at

  • LAAC
  • 1500 11th Street, Floor 5
  • Sacramento, CA 95814

Current Members

Appointed members serving from 2016-2018

  • Deanna Kitamura, Co-Chair
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Ofelia Medina
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Maria de la Luz Garcia
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Raúl Lúevano Macías
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Joshua Alegado
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Jose Verduzco
  • Ivanhoe, CA
  • Cathy Zhang
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Jill LaVine, Registrar of Voters
  • Designee: Armando Salud
  • Sacramento County
  • Claudio Valenzuela, Registrar of Voters
  • Designee: Greta Arevalo
  • Monterey County
  • Joseph E. Canciamilla, Clerk, Recorder and Registrar of Voters
  • Designee: Eren Mendez
  • Contra Costa County
  • Astrid Garcia Ochoa, Co-Chair
  • Hollywood, CA
  • Primo J. Castro
  • La Habra Heights, CA
  • Noemi Gallardo
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Zulma Michaca
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Joe Long
  • Riverside, CA
  • Melissa Sesma
  • Salinas, CA
  • Teddy Ky-Nam Miller
  • Oakland, CA
  • Rebecca Spencer, Registrar of Voters
  • Designee: Leticia Flores
  • Riverside County
  • Dean C. Logan, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
  • Designee: Tim McNamara
  • Los Angeles County

Local LAAC's

Local elections officials are encouraged to develop local language advisory groups or Local LAACs. The LAAC is currently surveying counties to see which have active advisory groups, and the LAAC is also developing guidance for local officials to help with setting up and running a local LAAC.