FROM Kevin de León
California State Senate leader on Trump's border wall President Donald Trump signed executive orders on building a wall along the US- Mexico border and on punishing sanctuary cities. What does this mean for Los Angeles?
A new 'Tea Party' emerges from the left States' Rights, designed to curb federal power by the 10th amendment, led to the Civil War and helped the Solid South resist school integration. Now the doctrine is being invoked on behalf of undocumented workers, minority voting, legalized marijuana and regulations to curb climate change. With Trump Republicanism installed in Washington, California and other blue states say they're “strangers in a foreign land.” Why should they subsidize less productive states with federal taxes — when the Electoral College gives them less voting power?
Democrats take on Donald Trump California’s state legislators are back at work this week. The Democrats have a majority in both houses and have wasted no time criticizing President-elect Donald Trump. They announced legislation to thwart the tough immigration policies he promised during the campaign.
Smog Alert In the past 30 years, smog has decreased dramatically in Southern California thanks to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. But the region is still the nation's smoggiest. Now some people are questioning why the new AQMD board is weakening air pollution regulations and adopting rules backed by oil refineries and other major polluters.
Cleaning Up Exide, after Decades of Pollution and Misconduct For decades, there've been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. Finally, after the threat of federal prosecution, Exide has been shut down — with promises of demolition and cleanup. That's not due to action by the State Department of Toxic Substances Control, which allowed Exide to operate without a permit for more than 20 years.
New President Pro Tem of the California State Senate The California State Senate has been rocked with scandal this year. Roderick Wright of Inglewood was convicted of perjury. Leland Yee of San Francisco is under federal indictment for smuggling weapons. Ron Calderón of Los Angeles faces corruption and bribery charges. Now, Kevin de León of Los Angeles has been unanimously elected President Pro Tem of the Upper House, saying that his priorities include restoring public trust in the legislature.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?