FROM Nestor Valencia
Bell Takes a Stand on Temporary Housing for Undocumented Children The number of undocumented children arriving in the US from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has now reached 61,000 in just nine months. In Murietta, demonstrators have told them to go home. The Planning Commission of Escondido, in San Diego County, has turned down a permit to build a shelter. In the City of Bell, it’s a different story. Mayor Nestor Valencia and his entire city council want to put down the Welcome Mat.
Bell Mayor Vows to Help Immigrant Children The mayor of Bell came into the U.S. illegally as a child from Mexico. Now he’s working with the Salvation Army to help house undocumented children who are flowing over the border from Central America. He talks about his own history and how that’s informing him now.
Bell Scandal Sentencing and Corruption Beyond Today was “the Big One” for the city of Bell, one of California’s poorest cities. Coming up for a sentence on corruption charges, former City Manager, Robert Rizzo, once paid $1.5 million a year, told Judge Kathleen Kennedy he “breached the public’s confidence” by looking more to himself than the community.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?
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?