FROM Leo Chavez
Mission Viejo Stands Up against Undocumented Workers After Lake Forest passed a "no trespassing law" aimed at illegal immigrants, undocumented workers moved next door to Mission Viejo. Last night, the upscale city of Mission Viejo went a step further. By a unanimous vote, the City Council gave final approval to a new ordinance, which requires city contractors to weed out unauthorized workers. Starting July 1, all new hires and new city employees will be screened on the Internet through the Basic Pilot Program run by the federal department of Homeland Security. Does the system work? Is Mission Viejo trespassing on federal law? Can local economies survive in Southern California without immigrant workers--legal or otherwise?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?