- Newsmaker: Simon Surges but Riordan Still Leads against Davis
The California Public Policy Institute's most recent poll shows big changes in the Republican race for Governor. Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has been a prohibitive favorite over Secretary of State Bill Jones and businessman Bill Simon. Poll Director Mark Baldassare, says that Riordan's lead is not what it used to be.
- Reporter's Notebook: Mexican ID Cards Generate Millions for California Banks
The lack of documentation forced illegal immigrants to live in an underground cash economy without bank accounts, credit cards or other financial conveniences. But in November, Wells Fargo joined several other banks in accepting ID cards issued by Mexican consulates. KCRW's Eric Roy reports that those banks have opened new accounts worth some 50 million dollars.