Charters win big in LAUSD Election - will they deliver? For the first time in its history, the school board over at LAUSD will have a pro-charter majority. LAUSD President Steve Zimmer lost his seat to Nick Melvoin, in a race that’s been called one of the most expensive school board election ever in the U-S. Melvoin benefited from millions of dollars in outside spending by pro-charter groups. Will he be able to deliver on their priorities?
Brown withholds funding for UC in revised budget Governor Jerry Brown says the state legislature should keep a tight lid on money headed to the University of California system until it makes some major changes. A scathing audit found the U.C. failed to disclose a $175 million reserve fund and – at the same time – raised tuition for its students. It's a small part of the overall $183 billion budget, but could bring about some fireworks at next week's Board of Regents meeting.
Coloring the news, red and blue A new poll out of U.C. Berkeley finds that 8 in 10 registered Republicans in California have little to no trust in the news media. They also believe the media is unfair to President Donald Trump. It's the exact opposite when it comes to state Democrats. In this climate, what incentive do the two parties have to work together?
GOP pulls vote on health care bill In a surprise move, House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled Friday's vote on the new health care bill after failing to secure enough support from his own party. It’s a major political defeat for the GOP and a campaign promise the President won’t be able to fulfill – for now. In California, it's business as usual for the state exchange.
If first you don't succeed, try him again Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is due back in court on Monday. This time, it's not for testimony or closing arguments, but for sentencing. He faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted on three federal charges. His conviction is the highest profile win for the U.S. Attorney's office, so far, in its investigation of the Sheriff's Department.
Silicon Valley, visas and the Trump administration California technology companies are heavily reliant on workers from foreign countries. And there is concern that President Donald Trump’s latest temporary travel ban could lead to a brain drain for technology companies in the state. Where Silicon Valley - and Beach - clash, and where they line up, with the new administration.
The Art of the Protest You can’t throw a rock at a public park or major thoroughfare here in L-A without a protest or gathering going on with chanting people and signs. Immigration – and the fate of undocumented immigrants – is obviously of great concern to many here in California.The temporary travel ban is also affecting Hollywood in one particular way, and that’s having repercussions on, this, Oscar weekend.
Fact from fiction, on Trump and immigration California is – by far – home to the most people lacking legal status in the U-S. And so, it would stand to reason that when Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement carry out an operation, California feels it the most. But for families of undocumented immigrants – and activist groups – recent federal raids are the source of uncertainty… even paranoia. They directly blame President Donald Trump’s rhetoric – and executive orders on immigration – for tearing families apart. Others argue the Obama administration laid the groundwork for increased raids.
Effective Opposition or Sour Grapes? The idea of a “town hall” is as old as colonial America. At GOP-hosted town halls since the election of President Trump… protesters continue to shout down their representatives and demand action. Is this part of an organized movement… or simply lingering frustrations from the general election?
Freely having freedom in America The French historian and aristocrat Alex de Tocqueville famously came to America and wrote a book about early American life and how the nation embodied electoral evolution. On this day of the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America, author James Poulos has a book of his own that attempts to look at modern America through the lens of a man who tried to get to the roots of historic America.