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 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?