FROM Jaime Regalado
Will Latinos Rescue California's Republican Party? In 1994, Republican Governor Pete Wilson won re-election with Proposition 187, which denied almost all state services to illegal immigrants. It was finally thrown out by the courts, but Latinos have never forgotten. Now they're the fastest-growing part of a very different electorate. And yet, this year's GOP platform sounds exactly like Prop 187, "We call for the termination of all… state benefits to illegal aliens other than emergency medical care."
Should East LA Be a City? The last area in Los Angeles County to incorporate was Calabasas, in 1991, bringing the total to 88. Today, the Local Agency Formation Commission met to consider East LA's latest application to become number 89. In 1960, LAFCO said, "No." In 1971, it said, "Yes," but voters turned down the idea. The current bid started in 2007. Today it split the difference and postponed a decision until February, 8.
Is Southeast LA County Just Ungovernable? A cluster of cities in southeast Los Angeles County are at risk of coming unglued. The City of Bell has been the focus — first of a media frenzy, now of investigations by the District Attorney , Attorney General , State Controller and the FBI . It’s all about compensation for public officials that, in Bell, totaled $1.5 million in a city where the average household income is less than $40,000 a year. Bell — and other cities, including Maywood, Cudahy, Southgate and Bell Gardens — may be the victims of municipal corruption. But that’s not all.
Family Feud Breaks Out in Speaker's Race The Latino caucus in Sacramento is growing fast, but it's losing its solidarity. Instead of settling their differences in private, three Latino Democrats from Los Angeles are conducting a very public fight with leadership of the State Assembly at stake. A veteran Latino politician says his colleagues are airing their "dirty laundry" in the fight. Can Republicans take advantage?
A Weaker Mayor Villaraigosa after Yesterday's Election? Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss ' political career is over, at least for the moment. He was crushed in yesterday's run-off for City Attorney by Carmen Trutanich , a previous unknown. After a very nasty, very expensive campaign, Trutanich won with 56 to 44% of the vote. We speak with Trutanich and others about what the election results means for the city and for Mayor Villaraigosa.
Hilda Solis to Become Obama's Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is a Democrat who represents eastern Los Angeles County and East LA. The daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants, she's the only member of Congress of Central American descent. Tomorrow, Barack Obama is expected to nominate her to be Secretary of Labor . Jaime Regalado is Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State University Los Angeles.
Brewer Wants LAUSD Board to Buy Out His Contract Last week on this program, Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent David Brewer said he was not considering stepping down . Today, he asked the elected school board to buy out his contract, to prevent what he called the "current debate" about his leadership from becoming an ethnic issue.
Maria Elena Durazo Endorses Obama The latest polls show Hillary Clinton with a big lead among California Democrats. Latinos are a growing segment of the party, and Mayor Villaraigosa is one of Clinton’s national co-chairs. But today, Barack Obama got the endorsement of another powerful figure: Maria Elena Durazo , head of the LA County Federation of Labor .
LA Mayor's Public-School Takeover 'Unconstitutional' Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has statewide ambitions in California. He's a Democrat, but Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is supporting the Mayor's high-profile effort to tackle the problems of public education. Following examples set by New York's Michael Bloomberg and Chicago's Richard Dailey, Villaraigosa's been trying to take over LA Schools , and a new state law gave him partial control. Yesterday, the elected school board, which claimed the law was unconstitutional, won a court battle when a local judge dashed the Mayor's hopes, at least for the moment.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."