Brown Signs Bill Allowing Driver's Licenses for Some Undocumented
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Governor Brown has signed legislation to allow some illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses, but he's vetoed new protections for farm workers and a prohibition on County Sheriffs from working closely with federal immigration officials. Is he still the leader Latinos have counted on? Also, LA Sheriff Lee Baca stands accused of allowing brutal violence in county jails. Can the Board of Supervisors implement calls for a new, independent Inspector General? We look at the prospects. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is Election Day becoming Election Month?
Undocumented UCLA students attend a graduation ceremony for "Dreamers" or Dream Act students at a church near the campus in Los Angeles, California June 15, 2012. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters
Next Steps after Jail Violence Report ()
After a long investigation, detailed in a 200-page report, the prestigious Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence blamed continued jailhouse brutality on LA County Sheriff Lee Baca. It did not call for his resignation, but said he's running out of time to fix problems that he has allowed to fester for many years. One of its 63 recommendations called for a new, independent oversight office like the Inspector General of the LAPD. Supervisor Mark Ridley- Thomas says he'll ask county executives to investigate that possibility, starting tomorrow.
Good News and Bad News for Undocumented Immigrants ()
Before the midnight deadline last night, Governor Brown took action on a raft of legislative proposals, including three with direct impact on Latinos in California. Two involve immigration and one was about new protections for farm workers.
First Anniversary of Occupy LA ()
One year ago today, Occupy LA seized the lawn at Los Angeles City Hall and held on for two months in the interests of the so-called 99%. Now, they're defending a single house in Van Nuys. Gene Maddaus reports on today's anniversary in the latest edition of the LA Weekly.
Early Voting Transforms Campaign Strategy ()
The first of this year's three presidential debates is day after tomorrow, but by the time Obama and Romney have met for the last time the election may already be over. Early voting, especially in swing states, has changed the dynamics of presidential campaigns, and "voter ID" may have boomeranged against the Republicans. They're complaining of "voter fraud" by a firm they hired to increase registration.
- Jeff Zeleny: New York Times, @jeffzeleny
- Donna Hoffman: University of Northern Iowa
- Darrel Rowland: Columbus Dispatch, @DispatchAlerts
- Paul Gronke: Reed College, @gronke
- Steve Bousquet: Tampa Bay Times, @stevebousquet
- Matea Gold: Los Angeles Times, @mateagold
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