FROM Nestor Valencia
Bell Takes a Stand on Temporary Housing for Undocumented Children The number of undocumented children arriving in the US from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has now reached 61,000 in just nine months. In Murietta, demonstrators have told them to go home. The Planning Commission of Escondido, in San Diego County, has turned down a permit to build a shelter. In the City of Bell, it’s a different story. Mayor Nestor Valencia and his entire city council want to put down the Welcome Mat.
Bell Mayor Vows to Help Immigrant Children The mayor of Bell came into the U.S. illegally as a child from Mexico. Now he’s working with the Salvation Army to help house undocumented children who are flowing over the border from Central America. He talks about his own history and how that’s informing him now.
Bell Scandal Sentencing and Corruption Beyond Today was “the Big One” for the city of Bell, one of California’s poorest cities. Coming up for a sentence on corruption charges, former City Manager, Robert Rizzo, once paid $1.5 million a year, told Judge Kathleen Kennedy he “breached the public’s confidence” by looking more to himself than the community.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?