Richard Alarcon

Los Angeles City Council

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Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 7th District, which includes Pacoima, Lake View Terrace and Panorama City

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Undocumented residents can't get bank accounts, so they often have to carry all their cash in their pockets. That makes them vulnerable to muggings.

One Card to Serve Them All

Undocumented residents can't get bank accounts, so they often have to carry all their cash in their pockets. That makes them vulnerable to muggings.

from Which Way, L.A.?

The Los Angeles City Council is thinking about next year's budget shortfalls from the slumping economy. One councilman already has a proposal for the  municipal election , next March.

Proposed 'Luxury Tax' on Houses over 5000 Square Feet

The Los Angeles City Council is thinking about next year's budget shortfalls from the slumping economy. One councilman already has a proposal for the municipal election , next March.

from Which Way, L.A.?

LA Mayor Villaraigosa today  signed a new law  requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they’re four months old.

L.A. Law Requires Sterilized Pets

LA Mayor Villaraigosa today signed a new law requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they’re four months old.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

from To the Point

The original purpose of cities was to bring people together. That was their function for thousands of years. Then came the 20th Century and the automobile, which, “blew cities apart.”

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The annual Iowa State Fair is known as the unofficial start to campaign season.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

J ust six months into President Trump's term, John Delaney declared his 2020 presidential run.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Table setting is one of the most exciting competitions at the Ventura County Fair. Newly elected LA City Councilman John Lee shares his plans around homelessness and transportation.

from Greater LA

LA’s City Council voted on Tuesday to renew rules that restrict where people living in their vehicles may park. Community activists say these rules criminalize homelessness.

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