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LA Times: Democratic lawmakers tout immigrant benefits in California budget deal

June 16, 2015

Democratic legislators lauded the state budget's planned expansion of public healthcare to children in the country illegally as "historic" Tuesday afternoon, and trumpeted California's immigrant-friendly spending plan in contrast to federal inaction on immigration policy. "We are the first legislative...

LA Times: Lawmakers nearing deal on California Budget

June 09, 2015

With the deadline to approve a new budget approaching, Democratic leaders in the Senate and the Assembly have reached a deal on a range of issues involving public healthcare, child care and university funding. The compromises were vetted by the joint budget committee Tuesday, and a final vote in...

LA Times: Scaled-back immigrant healthcare bill clears key fiscal panel

May 28, 2015

A sweeping measure to offer state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally was significantly pared back Thursday in an effort to rein in costs as it cleared a key legislative hurdle. Rather than extend Medi-Cal-'s healthcare coverage for the poor--to all eligible... 

LA Times: Healthcare for those in U.S. illegally could cost California $740 million a year

May 04, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday. The report affixes a price tag to the proposal for the first time since Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)...

LA Times Editorial: Affirming the right of citizens to record police activity

April 23, 2015

It is not a crime for Californians to use their smartphones to record police activity in a public place, as long as they do not “deter or prevent” officers from performing their duties. Maybe the deputy U.S. marshal who grabbed the smartphone out of Beatriz Paez's hand and smashed it to the ground...

LA Times: Poll: is it time to retire Junipero Serra's statue?

April 14, 2015

Massachusetts has John Winthrop, a Puritan leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Samuel Adams, a founding father of the United States. Oklahoma has Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee alphabet, and beloved humorist Will Rogers. Virginia has George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Wisconsin has...

LA Times: California Senate seeks to clarify right to video police conduct

April 13, 2015

Alarmed that some bystanders have been detained by law enforcement for videotaping police officers during use-of-force incidents, the  state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would clarify the right of people to photograph officers as long as they are not interfering with official duties....

LA Times: With new immigration proposals, state lawmakers hope to build momentum

April 07, 2015

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a slew of new immigration-related proposals Tuesday, including measures that would extend state-paid health coverage to those in the country illegally and offer more protection against deportation. Legislators behind the 10-bill package aim to build on the landmark...\

LA Times: L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists

March 27, 2015

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to "fix" gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called "troubled teen" industry. “Under the veil of religious exemption, some facilities...

LA Times: Regulators detail Exide battery plant closure after decades of pollution

March 12, 2015

Exide Technologies will immediately begin shutting down its embattled battery recycling plant in Vernon after reaching an agreement, which federal officials announced Thursday, that allows the company to avoid facing criminal prosecution for decades of pollution. Under the deal between federal...