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  • Why fight another battle over Prop. 187?

    Why fight another battle over Prop. 187?
    To the editor: The three Latino California lawmakers quoted in the article — Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) — are emblematic of ethnic activists who continue...
  • Activists say California fighting pollution globally but not locally

    Activists say California fighting pollution globally but not locally
    In the Bay Area oil port city of Martinez, where a colossal Shell refinery has long tainted the air, the landmark California law that requires polluters to ease their carbon footprint seemed to some to promise new relief. But one big move by Shell to...
  • Democrats block audit of state oversight of Inglewood schools

    Democratic lawmakers Tuesday blocked a Republican proposal to audit the state superintendent of public instruction’s oversight of  the troubled Inglewood Unified School District. Financial and management problems led the state to take over the...
  • Investigation urged after Latino caucus rejects Republican lawmaker

    Shortly after he was elected, state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez took what he said was a natural step and asked to join the California Latino Legislative Caucus. The Oceanside Republican said his request last year was at first met with silence. "When I...
  • Bills on crack cocaine, medicinal pot advance in California

    Bills on crack cocaine, medicinal pot advance in California
    State lawmakers Wednesday gave initial approval to proposals that would reduce penalties for selling crack cocaine, require medical marijuana dispensaries to get state licenses and allow people in the country illegally to get student loans for college....
  • California lawmakers propose elimination of Prop. 187

    California lawmakers propose elimination of Prop. 187
    A group of state lawmakers said Wednesday they have drafted legislation that would repeal key provisions of Proposition 187, the ballot measure approved by voters 20 years ago that sought to withhold many public services from immigrants in the country...
  • Is bilingual education worth bringing back?

    Is bilingual education worth bringing back?
    A lot has changed since 1998, when Proposition 227 all but wiped out bilingual instruction in California public schools. The matter is due for reconsideration; a bill that passed the state Senate last week would allow that to happen. SB 1174, by state...
  • Oil money flowed to Calif. senators who blocked fracking moratorium

    Oil money flowed to Calif. senators who blocked fracking moratorium
    A week after the California Senate rejected a moratorium on fracking in the state, a watchdog group said those who opposed the bill or abstained from voting on it received significantly more campaign money from the oil and gas industry than supporters...
  • Bringing back bilingual education

    It's about time we reconsider the research that tells us that a transitional bilingual program leads to fluency in two languages. ("Is bilingual education worth bringing back?," Editorial, June 5) Let's not fall into the trap of testing a subject in...
  • Related story: California design of driver's license for immigrants rejected

    Related story: California design of driver's license for immigrants rejected
    Federal authorities have rejected California's proposed design for a driver's license for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens. The Washington officials want the...
  • Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally

    Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens. “To satisfy the...
  • What a license should look like

    What a license should look like
    State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) imply that the proposed design of a driver's license for illegal immigrants was made to look very similar to California licenses issued to those here legally to provide...