FROM Alex Padilla
New bill aims to move California's primary to just after Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to move California’s primary up to make it more relevant in 2020, but will it make a difference if they succeed?
The Latino Vote America's Hispanic population is growing so fast that 66,000 Latino Americans turn 18 every month according to the Pew Research Center. Warren Olney looks at the Latino vote and efforts to increase registration in the community.
Looking for Ways to Rock the Vote In parts of California, this is Election Day, but not in the City of Los Angeles. Even if it were, you'd hardly notice, because fewer and fewer people bother to vote. Last time out, just 9% of those registered turned up at the polls. It turns out that a mistrust of political power has created a tiny electorate that's making all the decisions for everyone else. That's according to Jessica Levinson, professor of election law at Loyola Law School and president of the LA Ethics Commission.
Brown Signs Bill Expediting Environmental Review of Farmers' Field Governor Brown has signed a last-minute Senate bill to accelerate construction of AEG's Farmers' Field. It would be the largest construction project in the US, and AEG claims various environmental requirements would make it "carbon neutral." Senate Bill 292 was itself accelerated in the last few days of the legislative session. Democrat Alex Padilla of Pacoima was the author.
Can a Football Stadium Be 'Environmentally Friendly?' The developer AEG is demanding special relief from state environmental procedures as a condition for building an NFL stadium in downtown LA. It would still have to complete an environmental impact report, and challenges could still be filed in court. But AEG wants to speed up the procedure. The stadium hasn’t been fully approved, but AEG wants action now, before this year’s legislative session ends on Friday.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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?