FROM Richard Alarcon
One Card to Serve Them All Undocumented residents can't get bank accounts, so they often have to carry all their cash in their pockets. That makes them vulnerable to muggings. Now the City of Los Angeles is about to join Oakland and San Francisco in issuing ID cards that provide access to city services, serve as debit cards and might lead to opening bank accounts. Councilman Richard Alarcón, who wrote the bill, says it's a way for poor people who live in the shadows to come out into the light.
Proposed 'Luxury Tax' on Houses over 5000 Square Feet The Los Angeles City Council is thinking about next year's budget shortfalls from the slumping economy. One councilman already has a proposal for the municipal election , next March. Richard Alarcón has proposed a "luxury tax" on houses larger than 5000 square feet.
LA City Council Race for the 7th District Richard Alarcón was an LA City Councilman until he ran for the State Senate in 1999. While serving in the Senate, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor. Last November, less than four months ago, he was elected to the State Assembly. But in tomorrow's election, he's up for another job. He's running again--for the City Council . In a political mailer picked up by this morning's Los Angeles Times his opponent, Monica Rodriguez, put Alarcon's head on the body of a frog. We hear from them both.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?