FROM Kate Linthicum
I.C.E. Agents in L.A. County Jails The L.A. County Board of Supervisors votes today on whether or not to continue their partnership with immigration officials at county jails. As it is, federal immigration agents in jails train county employees on how to question inmates convicted of certain felonies to determine whether they may be in the country illegally. But some argue that law enforcement and immigration don’t mix.
There's the Mayor's Race and then There's the City Council There are 15 members on the Los Angeles City Council, currently 14 men and one woman. Four seats are still undecided, and run-off elections are on the ballot next week. We speak with three journalist who are following the races. 1st District Jose Gardea Gil Cedillo 13th District Mitch O'Farrell John Choi 6th District Nury Martinez Cindy Montañez 9th District Ana Cubas Curren Price
Medical Marijuana and Legal Confusion President Obama recently asked the following question on ABC New: "How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that it's legal?" In California, other questions arise. Why do different cities regulate medical marijuana in different ways? Why will the City of Los Angeles very likely have three, competing medical marijuana measures on the ballot in May?
Cities Losing Patience with Occupy Protesters It began as Occupy Wall Street and spread to other American cities. In Lower Manhattan, the Occupy movement defeated an effort to move protesters out of Zuccotti Park, and it's not yet succumbed to the beginning of winter. In temperate Los Angeles, California, the Mayor provided ponchos during a brief rainstorm, but has since said the protests "cannot continue indefinitely." In Oakland, it's been a different story, with a backlash against arrests leading to tear gas and rubber bullets. We get updates from Kate Linthicum of the Los Angeles Times and Justin Elliott of Salon.com .
Villaraigosa Named to Head US Conference of Mayors Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa was sworn in today as the new president of the US Conference of Mayors . The mayor used the platform to criticize Congress, calling for the expedited withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and a greater investment in domestic spending. On MSNBC's Morning Joe he said, "There needs to be an acknowledgement in the Beltway bubble that cities are suffering right now…that we need to make investments in infrastructure, in transportation." Kate Linthicum is the metro reporter at the LA Times .