- Newsmaker: Citizens Committee Presents LAPD Chief Criteria
In its search for a new chief, the LA Police Commission has pared its list of 50 applicants to 13. It also has the recommendations of a 15-member commission of activists and community leaders, public opinion culled from dozens of outreach sessions involving 4,000 people. Civil rights lawyer Connie Rice, who was a member of the commission, says that the new chief must be able to inspire while instituting important reforms.
- Reporter's Notebook: California's Children in Poverty
The stereotype of a child in poverty is one who lives with a single mother on welfare, but that-s hardly the reality in California where education and a two-parent home guarantee nothing. A new study by Columbia University-s Center for Children in Poverty is defying conventional definitions of who is poor. Julian Palmer, lead author of the study, reviews the stereotypes and solutions.
A Second Wind for Farm Workers?
-Still marching after all those years- read one headline last week as thousands of farm workers trekked up the Central Valley to Sacramento, repeating a march led 36 years ago by Cesar Chavez. In 1975, the Farm Workers- Union finally got the new law he wanted when Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark farm labor legislation. Now, a new generation of farm workers is beating on the door of another Democratic Governor. They-re demanding that Gray Davis, who was Governor Brown-s chief-of-staff, sign a bill requiring that deadlocked farm labor contract negotiations be subject to binding arbitration. We hear more about principles and practice, and a controversy steeped in California history from the principal spokesman for the UFW and the president of the Western Growers Association.