Lorenzo Patiño Council No. 2862 of Sacramento

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Who we are:

         The Lorenzo Patiño Council  was formed in 1983 and was named in honor of the late Judge Lorenzo Patiño. Our membership represents a cross section of the community. Since Sacramento is the Capital of California, our membership includes governmental professionals as well as private sector business men and women, educators, retirees and students. The Lorenzo Patiño Council is commanding a presence in the community.

          The Lorenzo Patiño Council has been involved in many efforts to provide assistance and raise awareness on issues affecting our community. Since 1983 the Lorenzo Patiño Council has been promoting higher education, working for local charities and promoting the defense of civil liberties in our region. Often we work with other Latino groups on issues surrounding education, labor, health and employment.

         Many of these issues are the same issues that affect the quality of life of everyone in Sacramento and often have a statewide impact. 

          You are invited to explore our web site, learn about LULAC, review our Council's activities and goals, offer your comments and suggestions, and join our membership!

Thank you  


Past Council President Messages:

President's Message (2017):

After having been a member of the Lorenzo Patiño Council for many years, I am now privileged to assume the role of Council President for 2017.  Luisa Menchaca, our Immediate-Past-President, has expanded the influence and reach of the Council and I find it my goal to increase membership and cooperation with like minded organizations to help us sustain this momentum and our influence in the community.

My three priorities are (1) expanding our scholarship program for local students, (2) growing our membership through increased outreach efforts, and (3) continuing to be a leader and advocate among community based organizations and governmental entities when it comes to helping to resolve local issues and problems.

Our Council is well suited to accomplishing the above three priorities.  While our council includes persons from all walks of life, our membership includes current and retired members of State and Local government with years managerial experience and expertise.

These are troubled times and we invite you to join our Council.   Please review our website, www.sacramentolulac.org,  and see if we are worthy of your thoughts, opinions, energy, and involvement.


Bernardo Buenrostro
Lorenzo Patiño LULAC Council #2862 of Sacramento

Message from the President (2016):

I believe LULAC needs to be more aggressive in promoting civil rights. This is because despite the large Latino population in California, we seriously lag behind in both the public and private sectors as to the equitable distribution of jobs, education, social services, and health care.Some would say political empowerment through an increase in the number of Latino elected officials will create parity.That may be so in the future if we can also increase the number of Latino voters so that our voices are heard on particular issues.

On a personal note, I believe civic engagement by every Latino is the formula for success. This is because in our present society, there are more subtle forms of discrimination that are inhibiting our progress.We must ensure “conservatism” is not a veil to permit discrimination against ethnic groups, that religion is not a weapon against women and children, that education does not mean our children are important only to increase the “average daily attendance” of a school, that our youth are not the main target of law enforcement officials, and that parents have the tools to teach their children behaviors for success. 

I invite you to join LULAC to make one positive change.  We may not agree on all issues, but everyone can help keep one child in school, donate for one scholarship, or perform one civic function.  Goals are met one step at a time.

Thank you.  Hope to see you soon.

Luisa Menchaca

Luisa Menchaca, President
LULAC Lorenzo Patino Council No. 2862

Message from the President

January 26, 2013

presidentIt is with great pleasure to announce that the Lorenzo Patino Council #2862 of Sacramento will be accepting applications for scholarships this year.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), has considered education its number one priority since it was established in 1929.

As part of LULAC’s education efforts, the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) was established and works in partnership with local councils throughout the United States to provide scholarships to students seeking educational attainment.

Students in the Sacramento community preparing to attend college and those attending colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

To download the application form or for more information please feel free to contact us at our website.

The application along with instructions and deadline information will be available on the Lorenzo Patino Council website after January 31, 2013. 

Amelia Zamora

October 1, 2012

presidentNovember 6, 2012 is election day, Californians are faced with making a decision on those candidates running for office and they must choose and vote on eleven measures that will appear on the ballot. We ask the participation of the entire Sacramento community.

Take the opportunity to first register to vote. If you have any questions, contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-8683.

 If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program,
Safe At Home, contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email. There is assistance in other Languages as well.

You can pick up a paper voter registration application at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election. Should you not be available on that day, consider an absentee ballot.

Remember our time to vote is now, why wait until 2014 the next elections? The 2010 Census confirmed that the Latino community, now 50.5 million strong, is the nation’s largest minority group. Latino voters are poised to play a decisive role in the upcoming 2012 elections. If not now, when? Let’s do this!

Go out and take the opportunity to vote for your future. Exercise your right to speak up, with your vote!”

Amelia Zamora

April 1, 2012

presidentI am pleased to announce that I have been re-elected into the position of President for the LULAC, Lorenzo Patiño Council #2862, of Sacramento for the 2012/2013 year.

It is a pleasure to be working with such a great team of individual’s who bring so much to this organization and to the Sacramento Community. We have had a busy year as we prepare to host the 65th California State, LULAC Convention.

During this event we will be providing workshops, information booths, entertainment and special guest speakers at our Women’s Dinner; Veteran’s Breakfast and Special Keynote Speakers for our Gala. For registration information, refer to our website at: www.sacramentolulac.org.

Regretfully, we will not be offering scholarships this year as our concentration has been on this year‘s California State Convention. Please refer back to our website early February 2013 for information on our scholarships program. Details will be available on our website for your viewing as soon as they become known.

We ask friends and community for your involvement and assistance in making our Convention a success. Come one, come all to this community event where we hope to provide information, excitement and fun for all!

Looking forward to serving this Community another year.

Amelia Zamora