Support SB782 Today!

Dear HOPE Supporters, Alumni & Community Partners,

Achieving a representative government has been a longstanding priority for HOPE. After the veto of SB 702 (Limón) last year, HOPE initiated a thorough analysis of publicly available data from January 1 to December 15, 2023, to uncover the true state of diversity in California's gubernatorial appointments. While the Governor has achieved near gender parity in the appointments made by his office in 2023 and has made strides in appointing more people of color, HOPE’s analysis shows that diverse voices remain underrepresented. White Californians continued to hold the plurality of these positions at 52%, while Latinos (17%), Black (11%), AAPI (8%), and Native American Californians (2%) collectively make up 39%.

In light of the report's findings, Senator Monique Limón has just reintroduced legislation, in the form of SB 782, to require the annual publication of aggregate demographic information for gubernatorial appointees. This legislation is currently pending a hearing at the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee and we need your support NOW!

It's been a long fight, and with your help, we hope it gets signed this year! 

SB 782 (Limón) will ensure an annual report with disaggregated data on the Governor's appointments is shared annually. HOPE is running this bill because we believe our democracy is better served when everyone has a seat at the table. 

Can you please take a minute to send an email to the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee? This step will make a HUGE IMPACT. 

Step One: Fill out the form with your mailing address. 

Step Two: Click “Submit” or hit "EXPAND EMAIL" to customize the message and add your reason for supporting SB782 (Limón). (Add where you are from or something about yourself to personalize the letter.) 

What the bill does:

Require the office of the Governor to maintain a list of every state board and commission that includes, for each state board or commission, the membership list, stated purpose, duties, meeting frequency, internet website, and vacancies in the membership.

Require the office of the Governor to create and publish on its Internet website a report containing voluntary demographic information.

Why it is important: 

With a population of roughly 40 million people, California is the most populous state in the United States, with no race or ethnic group constituting most of California's population. According to the Public Institute Policy of California, 39% of state residents are Latino, 36% are white, 15% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 6% are African American, fewer than 1% are Native American or Alaska Natives, and 3% are multiracial or other. Regarding gender, California has more women, 50.2%, compared to men, 49.2%. Representation is a long way off for BIPOC Californians and regionally. 
Where's the bill in the process: 

The bill is currently in the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. 

Thank you for your advocacy and outreach for HOPE and your communities!

Any Questions? Reach out to Maria Morales, our Policy Director, at