Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Sara Sadhwani by Sara Sadhwani May 1 A ballot is placed into a locked ballot box in San Diego. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Can Democrats flip congressional seats in some of California’s traditional Republican strongholds, to help them retake the U.S. House? They’re pouring resources into seven congressional races in California, hoping to ride the potential “blue wave.” These swing districts include a growing base of Asian American voters, … [Read more...] about Will Asian Americans make California even bluer in November?
California state Senator Ricardo Lara (D) introduced legislation on Monday aimed at allowing undocumented immigrants to serve on all state and local boards and commissions. “California is stronger when we utilize talents of all our residents, and opening state and local boards and commissions to every Californian will allow us to better serve our diverse communities," Lara said in a statement, according to The Sacramento Bee. “Undocumented Californians are our neighbors, co-workers and parents, and as lawmakers we can’t make good policy if their voices are left out of the discussion." Under the proposed bill, boards and commissions would have to determine if the appointee at hand could be compensated based on their immigration status and federal law, the Bee reported. The legislation comes as tension between the Trump administration and California increases due to differences in immigration policy. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit … [Read more...] about California state senator introduces bill allowing undocumented migrants to serve on boards
With no new rivers to dam, perhaps it's time to adjust our definition of "river." The largest river in Southern California, measured by volume and flow, is the Santa Ana, which empties into the ocean near Huntington Beach. But the second largest, again in terms of volume and flow of water, is the virtual river that flows out of the Hyperion sewage treatment plant. Hyperion is, in fact, the major component of L.A.'s sanitation system and its water is — to put it gingerly — dirty. But it is water, it can be cleaned, it can be stored, distributed and reused. When we have bond funding for storage projects, it makes sense to spend it where the water is, and it's increasingly in urban outflow. … [Read more...] about California is dammed enough already
Relatives of Diante Yarber appear with their attorney at a press conference on April 23, 2018.James Quigg Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. One of the officers involved in the April 5 shooting death of an unarmed black man in a Walmart parking lot in Barstow, California, was previously charged with an off-duty hate crime, fired from the police force, and later reinstated, according to information from news reports, police statements, and claims by an attorney for the family of the 26-year-old shooting victim, Diante Yarber. In the earlier incident, a white Barstow officer named Jimmy Alfred Walker, then 30, was charged with one misdemeanor count of violating a man’s civil rights, two counts of battery, and one count of disturbing the peace following an August 2010 off-duty fracas in which Walker allegedly assaulted a man and a woman outside a bar, the Los Angeles Times reported: “After deputies arrived and in their presence, he then … [Read more...] about White Officer Involved in Fatal California Shooting Was Once Charged With an Off-Duty Hate Crime
Homeless people line up in preparation to move from their homeless camp site along a riverbed in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 20, 2018. (Associated Press) Gritty details from the cleanup of a homeless encampment in Southern California were revealed Thursday -- and the numbers were stunning. According to the figures, public works crews in Orange County collected 404 tons of debris, 13,950 needles, and 5,279 pounds of human waste during a massive overhaul between Jan. 22 and March 3, the Orange County Register reported. The specter of the ever-increasing homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River Trail had drawn the ire of local residents, prompting city officials to take action. Todd Spitzer, who sits on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and led an effort to address the growing encampment, says he felt compelled to take a different course than other major cities in California that have been experiencing growing homeless populations. … [Read more...] about Needles, debris, human waste tallied after cleanup of California homeless camp