‘Los Four’ Artist Celebrated at Vincent Price Art Museum

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Carlos Almaraz painted murals for civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and helped found the Los Four artists collective. The pioneering Chicano movement artist is the subject of a retrospective opening this Saturday, Aug. 25 at East Los Angeles College’s Vincent Price Art Museum and running through Dec. 8, 2012.

Color photograph of Carlos Almaraz, mid 1980s.

“Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled” celebrates Almaraz’s life, tracing it from his early years in Mexico and childhood in East Los Angeles to his awakening and participation in the Chicano Movement, and to his death in 1989 due to complications of AIDs. The show is curated by museum director Karen Rapp along with close friends Dan Guerrero and Elsa Flores Almarez.

The gallery show will be accompanied by a schedule of events, including a reception on Sept. 8, from 6-8pm; two stage performances of “Gaytino” a play by Guerrero on Oct. 4 and 6; and two panel talks, one on Nov. 10 and another on Dec. 1. For details about the events, visitvincentpriceartmuseum.org/exhibitions/archived/year-2012/carlos-almaraz-a-life-recalled/

Bracero History to be Included in School Curriculm

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Students may soon learn about the history and impact of the Bracero Program at school, now that Senate Bill 993, which calls for the inclusion of this topic in school curriculum, has passed.

The often-ignored Bracero Program was a guest worker program set up through a series of bilateral agreements between the United States and Mexico, and was intended to fill a shortage of American workers during the WWII.

According a statement released by Sen. Kevin de León, who strongly applauds the bills passage, SB 993 calls for school curriculum to include instruction on the impact the Bracero Program has on the country’s railroad system, agriculture, and immigration in the United States. It directs that instruction include a component drawn from the Braceros’ personal testimony.

The bill now moves on to the governor for his signature.

Community Calendar – Aug. 23 to Aug. 29, 2012

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Through Sept. 9 —Mixed-media Exhibit Organized By The Chicano Resource Center of Los Angeles, featuring more than 100 photographs, videos, paintings and archival documents relation of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s is now open at the Galería MCI, located in the basement of the Biscailuz Building at El Pueblo/Olvera Street Mexican Cultural Institute. The exhibit includes a special tribute to “Women of the Movement Then and Now.” Exhibit open Thurs-Sun, 1 to 6 pm through Sept. 9. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, #100, Los Angeles, California 90012

Today, Thursday August 23

4-6pm—Art Rocks offers free art lessons to kids ages 8-15.  Learn to paint and play music at the Neighborhood Youth Center in Bell Gardens, located at 5856 Ludell St. For more information and to sign-up, call (562) 806-7667.

5:30-7pm—ELACC hosts Take Back Boyle Heights Town Hall Meeting. East LA Community Corporation invites community members to voice concerns and create alternative guidelines for use of Metro-owned land in Boyle Heights. Location: 137 S. Soto St. For more information call (323) 604-1975.

6:30-8:30pm—Montebello Concerts In the Park Series Presents “Chico” at the City Park Amphitheater. Sponsored by Cook Hills Properties. Amphitheater is located at 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. For more information on upcoming shows, call Parks and Rec. at (323) 887-4540.

Friday, August 24

6pm—Movie Night & Ford Theatre JAM Session at the East L.A. Civic Center. From 6 to 8pm enjoy Folklorico Dance session followed by movie screening at sundown. The East LA Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St., LA 90022. Take Metro, exit ELA Civic Center Station. For more information, contact Los Angeles County Parks at (323) 260-2360, or visit http://lacountyparks.org. Go Metro, 800-COMMUTE, www.metro.net.

6:30-10pm—LA Music Center Hosts Bon Odori. As part of LA’s “Dance Downtown” program, come enjoy traditional Japanese performances. Audience participation encouraged. The plaza will open at 5:30pm and picnic tables will be provided; limited vendors available. The center is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. For more information contact Miles Hamada at (323) 620-0662 or email mileshamada@yahoo.com.

Saturday, August 25

9am—42nd Annual Commemoration of Chicano Moratorium –March & Rally. March starts at Atlantic Park (570 S. Atlantic Blvd in East LA) and heads to Ruben Salazar Park (3864 Whittier Blvd.) where a rally will take place at 12 Noon. Speakers will discuss issues involving political repression and police brutality; the attack on journalists during May Day 2007; women’s issues; speakers from the Union del Barrio on the life of that group’s late founder, Ernesto Bustillos; cultural presentation by Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, and entertainment by Son Real, Aztlan Underground, Guerrilla Queens, El Vu and Folklorico dancers.

9am-3pm—Back to School Resource Fair at El Monte Valley Mall. Event includes a healthy family expo, free haircuts for school age children, give-a-ways and more. All resources and services are on a first come basis. The mall is located at 3754 Santa Anita Ave. For more information call (626) 443-0180.

9am-4:30 pm—Geek Squad Summer Academy’s Two-day Run at the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center. Students will learn about the latest technologies in fun and interactive ways with classes on programming, digital photography, digital music and more. $10 fee goes towards a drawstring backpack, a 1GB USB drive, a t-shirt, and lunch for two days. Sign up today at http://geeksquad.com/summeracademy.

11am-1pm—Candidate Filing Workshop Hosted by the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council at the Arroyo Seco Library. Workshop attendees/ interested stakeholders, will receive information and assistance on the process for filing for candidacy to the Board of the HHPNC. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA (Highland Park) 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.

5-7pm—Learn from a wildlife expert how to protect your pets and home in Cypress Park at the home of Alexia Terran at 3319 Alice St. Bring your own chairs and food for a potluck. For more information call (323) 223-6840.

Sunday, August 26

4-6pm—Commerce Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Brenda Villa Aquatic Center. Celebrate four-time Olympian and Commerce native Brenda Villa at Rosewood Park complete with live DJ and more. Ribbon cutting ceremony starts promptly at 4pm. Park located at 5600 Harbor St.

4pm—Antics Performance (kids) Concert at MacArthur Park. A creative multi-media urban and hip-hop dance production that mixes breakdancing, locking, popping, spoken word, theatre, and film into hand clapping, foot-stomping performances. Pre-kid’s concert includes face painting, crafts & more. Free & open to the public. Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park near the intersection of West 6th Street & S. Park View Street across from the Park Plaza Hotel, LA. For more info, call (213) 384-5701 or info@levittLA.org.

Tuesday, August 28

6:30-8:30pm—El Sereno Community Meeting on Future of LAC+USC Medical Center. Community members are invited to discuss the best use of more than 90 acres of County-owned property surrounding historic General Hospital to promote wellness. Event will take place at the Los Angeles Christian Church on 2241 N. Eastern Ave. For more information call (626) 300-2363.

Wednesday, August 29

6-9pm—LA Business Source Center Key Business Growth Workshops present “Developing the Financial Portion of your Business Plan” at the Hollenbeck Police Station: 2111 E. 1st St, LA 90033. Space is limited, to RSVP or for more information, call (323) 264-9020.


Artwalk & Concert Sept. 1, at 6pm at the East L.A. Civic Center. ArtWalk will feature the work of 40 artists and local artisans and a concert by Louie Cruz Beltran. The East LA Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St., LA 90022. Take Metro, exit ELA Civic Center Station. For more information, contact Los Angeles County Parks at (323) 260-2360, or visit http://lacountyparks.org. Go Metro, 800-COMMUTE, www.metro.net

The 4th Annual Taste of East LA at the East Los Angeles Civic Center will be held Sept. 8. The family-friendly event features over 20 restaurants in East LA, live bands, mariachis, DJ’s and more and is hosted by the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. For sponsorship opportunities call (323) 578-0513 or email eddie.torres@att.net.

Recycled Resources hosts outreach event on Sept. 8 from 10am-1pm. Participants will learn basic training on mental illness, the homeless population in Los Angeles, substance abuse, communication and more to help reach out to the homeless population in Highland Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, and South Pasadena. Gather at 715 Nolden St. For more information call (323) 697-0001.


Pan American Bank Offers Tickets to Chivas USA Games to Small Business Owners to either the Sept.15th or Sept. 29th game at the Home Depot Center. To qualify, small business owners must provide the last three months of credit and debit card processing statements for review by a Pan American Bank rep, who will show you how to save money. Non-profit organizations can also participate. For more information, email Alex Penaloza at apenaloza@panamericanbank.us or call Alex at (323) 264-3310.

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L.A.’s Top Budget Adviser Calls for Tax Increases

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The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to study the effects of doubling the city’s tax on property sales and increasing a tax on private parking lots.

The council acted on the recommendation of City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who said the increases are needed because the city is on pace to spend more money than it takes in for years to come.

In a report to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council, Santana said city revenues are projected to grow 2.5 percent over the next four years, while spending – mainly from employee salaries, pensions, healthcare and workers’ compensation – are predicted to rise faster at 3.9 percent.

The city is facing a structural budget deficit between $200 million and $250 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Without the tax increases, Santana said city officials would likely be forced to shrink the size of the police and fire departments, which have largely been spared from severe budget cuts in recent years.

Santana recommended that the council ask voters in March to approve doubling the documentary transfer tax, which property owners pay when they sell a home or building, from $4.50 to $9.50 per every $1,000 of a property’s value. Raising the tax would generate an additional $100 million or so per year for the city, based on current home sales.

He also recommended asking voters to raise the parking occupancy tax from 10 percent to 15 percent of parking charges, a move budget analysts estimate would raise an additional $45 million above what the city collects per year.

The Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors opposes raising the tax on home sales, saying it would harm the recovery of the city’s fragile housing sector.

“Home buyers have a choice. They can go across the border to Glendale or Burbank or West Hollywood and get the same home in an area where there are good sidewalks and better services,” said James Ward Litz, government affairs director of the Realtor group. “We don’t want Los Angeles to be at a competitive disadvantage from surrounding communities.

Litz said the association is prepared to wage a campaign against the tax increase. The group this week sent out 100,000 pieces of mail urging residents to ask their council members to keep the measure off the ballot.

5K Raises Money For Health Clinic

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

EGP Photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou

DJs from a popular local hip hop station amped up runners young and old as they positioned themselves at the start line of the AltaMed Run for Your Life 5K held last Saturday at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. The event was a fundraiser for the AltaMed health clinic programs and also included a health fair.

Ban on Pet Sales Not the Solution

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The City Council’s Animal Welfare Committee on Tuesday passed a ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals from pet stores in the City of Los Angeles.

The move to try to get the public to instead adopt their pets from one of the city’s overwhelmed animal shelters may sound like a good idea, but it’s one we do not think will work.

There are two types of pet owners: those who rescue their pets from shelters, and those who love a certain breed of dog or cat. Unless the animal shelters suddenly fill up with the pure bred variety, those who prefer to own an animal of this type will just go out of Los Angeles to get one.

We believe that puppy mills should be driven out of business and we think that finding a way to have pet owners guarantee their pets didn’t come from puppy mills is a better way to go. Increased regulation, oversight and heavier fines for those who abuse or ignore regulations prohibiting puppy mill type animals from being sold at pet stores is a better solution.

As for getting people to take pets from a shelter, perhaps rewarding these folks with something to publicly demonstrate their caring is also a good idea.

We don’t know how you get people to stop allowing their pets to breed, but banning the sale of pure breeds at pet stores is not the solution.

Sadly, there will always be careless and misguided people who will fail to take responsibility for their pets. Hopefully, now that the economy is getting a little better, the number of people who for economic reasons had no choice but to give up their pets will go down. And those who can afford to take care of a pet will choose to get one from an animal shelter.

The Budget and Pentagon Spending

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In the midst of this summer’s heat wave, we still enjoy a measure of outdoor time, but certainly relish the air-conditioned relief indoors. As the toll of heat-related deaths continues to rise, how many of us know that Congress is proposing budget cuts to the federal assistance program for air conditioning and heating bills for hard-hit families? Yes, budget decisions in Washington come home to roost right here close to home. And the impact can be devastating. What budget priorities will do the most to meet the needs of our people and guarantee American’s freedom and strength for years to come? It’s time to take a closer look at Pentagon spending, which includes funding for wars and nuclear weapons. This budget has grown unchecked since 1998 at a cost of trillions of dollars to taxpayers. And while Congress is proposing devastating, draconian cuts to essential programs, such as assisting families struggling with out-sized utility bills, the Pentagon gets yet another hand-out from the budget writers.

Our nation’s greatness and future security are not aided by a bloated nuclear arsenal, unnecessary weapons systems and endless war. Our future will be best served with investments in education, jobs, healthcare, science and technology and a clean environment. To make those investments, we must cut excessive Pentagon spending.

As president of the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL) and a Georgia State Senator, I work with legislators across the country. In nearly every state, they are battling budget shortfalls year after year. After 9-11, state budgets have taken on massive new costs for homeland security measures. National Guard and other returning veterans need state and local services. The women state legislators in our national WiLL network understand that increases in Pentagon spending mean their strapped state budgets get further shortchanged. With the impacts of this great recession and the end of stimulus funding, states cannot afford the devastating cuts that would come with the Ryan Budget or the planned sequestration cuts to nondefense spending.

The Ryan budget increases Pentagon spending for the coming year by $8 billion more than what was agreed to last August in the Budget Control Act. That difference would be paid for by slashing even further every other funding priority. The result, among many others, would be suffering families who no longer can receive assistance to keep their air conditioning bills paid. A small consequence, you might think, unless you and your loved ones are smothering in an apartment or sun-baked house with no where to turn for help.

The House approach also exempts the Pentagon from the looming automatic sequestration cuts by taking more from all of the other programs and investments. Congress will have to slash from k-12 and higher education, national parks and clean water programs, medical and scientific research, clean energy – you name it. Everything would be cut while the Pentagon trough gets filled without a murmur.

We all want a common defense that works. We agree that veterans and their families deserve the best in recognition of their sacrifice. They also deserve to come home to a strong, vibrant economy with plenty of job opportunities.

What we don’t want are redundant and unnecessary weapons that don’t meet today’s security needs, mismanaged projects that go far over budget, and defense industry lobbyists lining their pockets at our expense. Former Defense Secretary Gates says, “We can’t hold ourselves exempt from the belt-tightening. Neither can we allow ourselves to contribute to the very debt that puts our long-term security at risk.”

What we do want are jobs. Some claim that cutting excessive Pentagon spending means losing good jobs. On the contrary, economic studies have shown that federal investments in other sectors, including education, healthcare, clean energy, create more jobs than federal dollars spent in the military sector. These are the sustainable jobs that we need for our future. Let’s choose teachers, doctors, nurses, first responders, home weatherization, and wind turbines over building bombs that we don’t need and can’t afford.

It’s time to hold a magnifying glass to Pentagon spending. Other domestic spending is equally important to the future of our nation. Jobs, education, health care, a clean environment, safe roads and bridges and mass transit, are all a part of our national security. These are essential components of fulfilling our nation’s obligation to secure a bright future for America.

Many domestic, religious and nonprofit groups agree and are speaking up. Even fiscally responsible conservatives are mobilizing. If we are ever to rid ourselves of enormous cost overruns, exorbitant contractor fees, no-bid contracts, and massive, unnecessary weapons systems, we must insist that the Pentagon be held accountable for its spending. We could start by insisting that the Pentagon conduct an audit.

Congress must responsibly reduce Pentagon spending. How can we tolerate the wealthiest nation in the world having people die from lack of air conditioning while maintaining a military budget that outspends the rest of the world many times over? Let’s send the message to our members of Congress that squandering our tax dollars on wasteful Pentagon spending is no longer acceptable. It’s time to turn up the heat on Congress and demand accountability and budget priorities that put our people first.

Nan Grogan Orrock is a state senator in Georgia and president of the Women Legislators’ Lobby – a program of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND).

Buscan Asesino que Mató a un Hombre en el Este de Los Ángeles

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Los familiares de un hombre de 23-años de edad que fue fatalmente balaceado, suplicaron el lunes por la mañana que el público les ayude a traer al asesinato de Gabriel Espitia a la justicia.

Familiares de la victima piden la ayuda del público para traer el asesino a la justicia. Foto de EGP por Gloria Angelina Castillo

“Mi hermano fue dejado por muerto en un callejón en una noche fría de diciembre y el sospechoso no tiene por qué estar caminando como un hombre libre con el resto de la sociedad. Esto puede ocurrir a cualquier persona, a cualquiera que tenga hijos, hermanos, primos que son invitados a una reunión social. Tenemos que llevarlo ante la justicia y lograr un cierre para nuestra familia”, dijo Desire Kwan, hermana de Espitia.

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Jessica Espitia dijo que su hijo fue un buen hijo, un hermano mayor a dos hermanas, y una persona que “tenía un corazón muy grande.”

“Él no era pandillero para nada, no dejes que te engañe su imagen o como se ve su familia, él asistía a la iglesia, iba a la iglesia Door of Hope Ministries, estudio e hizo cosas así. Él realmente fue amado y realmente nos hace falta”, ella dijo.

Gabriel Espitia estaba en una fiesta con amigos de la escuela cuando tuvo una discusión con el sospechoso, dijeron miembros de su familia.

El detective de homicidios del Alguacil Adán Torres dijo que Espitia ya se iba de la fiesta del 3 de diciembre, de 2011, un sábado por la noche alrededor de las 10:30 pm, cuando fue confrontado por el sospechoso.

El lunes las autoridades publicaron este dibujo del sospechoso que se busca por fatalmente balacear a un hombre de 23 años de edad en el Este de Los Ángeles.

“Esta persona se enfrentó a Gabriel en un callejón en la cuadra 5000 de Olympic Boulevard, en el Este de Los Ángeles, donde le disparó varias veces a Gabriel. Gabriel fue declarado muerto en la escena”, dijo Torres. “Realmente no tenemos ninguna información adicional sobre este tipo, menos la descripción del vehículo y el dibujo”.

Torres también dijo que los testigos describieron al sospechoso como un muchacho muy  joven, como alumno de último año en la preparatoria o recién egresado. “Antes de los disparos fue visto también con dos otros hispanos varones, que eran muy jóvenes de edad, como alumnos de la escuela secundaria o primaria”, él dijo.

El sospechoso se describe como un hombre hispano con tez clara, vestido con una gorrita “beanie” con orejeras y cuerdas. Se cree que tiene posiblemente alrededor de 18 a 23 años de edad, mide alrededor de 5’8”, es delgado y atlético. Su coche era un Nissan Maxima blanco de 4 puertas, modelo de 1998 o 1999.

Juan Manuel Espitia, padre de la víctima, dijo que su hijo era una buena persona que tenía dos trabajos. “Lo que queremos es el nombre de esa persona, si alguien lo conoce [por favor díganos]”, él dijo.

Cualquier persona con información sobre este tiroteo o el sospechoso puede llamar a los detectives al (323) 890-5500, o llame a Crime Stoppers al (800) 222 – TIPS.

Candidatos a la Alcaldía de Los Ángeles Abordan Temas en un Foro en Boyle Heights

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Cuatro candidatos que desean ser el próximo Alcalde de Los Ángeles participaron en un foro de candidatos en Boyle Heights el 16 de agosto. El evento, presentado por Ya Basta y la Cámara de Comercio del Este de Los Ángeles, contó con la participación de la concejala veterana Jan Perry, el locutor de radio y abogado Kevin James, el ex ayudante del Alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa Emanuel Pleitez y el activista Deacon Alexander.

Cerca de 100 personas asistieron el foro que se realizó a principios del ciclo de hacer campaña. Aún faltan unos meses antes que inicie la fecha para postularse oficialmente como candidato, y la elección no será hasta el 5 de marzo de 2013.

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La contralora de la ciudad de Los Ángeles Wendy Greuel y el concejal Eric Garcetti (CD-13), quienes también han anunciado que se postularán a la alcaldía y quienes ampliamente son considerados como los candidatos que van en la delantera, no asistieron al foro.

(Izquierda a derecha) Los candidatos Kevin James, Jan Perry, Emanuel Pleitez y Deacon Alexander contestaron preguntas del moderador, y más tarde por parte del público. Foto de EGP por Gloria Angelina Castillo

Art Camarillo de Glassell Park moderó del foro y pidió a los participantes sus puntos de vista sobre una variedad de temas, desde la reforma de las pensiones, a la organización Partnership for Los Angeles School establecida por Villaraigosa, y el programa Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) que hace esfuerzos para reducir la criminalidad en la ciudad.

Todos los candidatos estuvieron de acuerdo que algún tipo de reforma de las pensiones es necesario.

James dijo que Los Ángeles está al borde de la quiebra, y dijo que se debe negociar recuperar algunos de los fondos de las pensiones actuales con el fin de evitar la quiebra.

“Mis oponentes no tienen las agallas para llevar el asunto a los tribunales, como ocurrió en San Diego y San José. Te puedo garantizar, no hay un juez en California que dirá que tenemos que pagar nuestras pensiones antes de pagar los sueldos de los policías y bomberos de la ciudad de Los Ángeles”, él dijo.

Perry, quien ha representado el distrito 9 del consejo durante 11 años, dijo que es “fácil hablar de la reforma de las pensiones con las personas que aún no han sido contratadas.” Junto a reducir los beneficios disponibles en los planes de jubilación y reducir las cantidades de pensiones para los recién contratados, ella dijo que también se debe de aumentar la edad para calificar para recibir beneficios, y reducir también la cantidad total que los individuos pueden recibir.

“Tendremos que seguir negociando con todos los sindicatos—y todos los sindicatos deben ser tratados de la misma forma. Algunos sindicatos son tratados de manera diferente que otros y eso crea un desequilibrio”, dijo Perry.

Pleitez, quien es director de estrategia de la compañía de tecnología Spokeo, dijo que los empleados municipales tienen que contribuir más a su jubilación y “todas las opciones están sobre la mesa”.

“Si se tiene que declarar bancarrota… alguien tendrá que hacerlo”, dijo Pleitez, y señaló que no le interesaba ser un político popular.

Alexander, quien también se identificó como un residente de Skid Row y ex miembro de los Black Panthers, dijo que él fue un trabajador sindicalizado y que él apoya a los sindicatos. Una mejor alternativa para cerrar el déficit de la ciudad sería que la ciudad pare de regalar millones de dólares a los desarrolladores, él dijo.

“Los puestos de trabajo sindicalizados es la forma en que logramos salir de la pobreza, así es como entramos a la supuesta “clase trabajadora”—es a través del trabajo sindicalizado”, dijo Alexander.

Respondiendo a una pregunta sobre el programa GRYD, que provee servicios de intervención y de prevención de participación en pandillas, Pleitez dijo que lo apoya y reveló que él es el presidente de una organización no lucrativa que recibe algunos fondos de GRYD. James y Perry también dijeron que apoyan el programa, mientras que Alexander dijo que él pondría un fin al programa ya que es solo “una forma para que algunos de nuestros amigos reciben pago”.

Perry y James dijeron que apoyan Partnership for Los Angeles School, una organización sin fines de lucro creada por Villaraigosa para mejorar las escuelas con el peor rendimiento académico en LAUSD. Alexander, sin embargo, fue más neutral explicando el programa ha ayudado a las escuelas de Watts, pero él no apoya que las escuelas públicas sean “puestas en manos privadas”. Pleitez fue el único candidato que dijo que la organización “no es necesaria”. Su respuesta provocó un aplauso por miembros de Ya Basta, que han realizado esfuerzos para quitar la Preparatoria Roosevelt de la gestión de Partnership for Los Angeles School.

Ya Basta se formó hace aproximadamente un año, el nombre del grupo no es un acrónimo. “Significa ‘ya basta’ de todas esas cosas que nos hacen los políticos”, dijo Art Pulido, presidente de Ya Basta. El grupo quiere responsabilizar al gobierno local con el fin de mejorar las condiciones en las comunidades del Este y Noreste de Los Ángeles.

Ya Basta esta planificando otro foro para los candidatos a la fiscalía de la ciudad. El fiscal actual Carmen A. Trutanich estuvo presente para el foro realizado en La Casa del Mexicano el jueves pasado.

Para obtener más información acerca de los candidatos, visite sus sitios web: http://kevinjamesformayor.com/; http://www.janperry.com/; http://www.pleitezforla.com/; Alexander no tiene un sitio web para su campaña.

Para inscribirse para la lista de distribución de Ya Basta, envíe un correo electrónico a joseaguilarcd14@hotmail.com

Beneficiarios de Acción Diferida en California Podrían Ser Elegibles para Licencias de Conducir

August 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Nota Actualizada: AB 2189 Podría Permitir que los Jóvenes Indocumentados Obtengan Licencias de Conducir en California

La Oficina del Asambleísta Gil Cedillo (Distrito 45 de California) está trabajando con la oficina del Gobernador Jerry Brown y el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados para permitir de forma administrativa que los jóvenes indocumentados, beneficiarios de acción diferida, sean elegibles para solicitar licencias de conducir, de acuerdo con Conrado Terrazas, director de comunicaciones para oficina de Cedillo en Los Ángeles.

Cedillo no está redactando legislación, Terrazas aclaró. “El gobernador ha dicho que no firmará un proyecto de ley que incluye a todos los inmigrantes indocumentados”, dijo Terrazas a EGP el martes.

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El entusiasmo inicial por la acción diferida (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, o DACA)—que otorgará un permiso de trabajo a los beneficiarios y podría ayudarles evitar la deportación—causo a muchas personas a creer que estos beneficiarios también serían elegibles para la licencia de conducir. Sin embargo, en algunos estados, como Arizona y Nebraska, se ha anunciado que se les negará licencias de conducir a estos inmigrantes.

El Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (DMV) de California ha emitido un comunicado diciendo que parece que los beneficiarios de la acción diferida sí serán elegible para licencias de conducir, “pero aún no se sabe si legislación o reglamentos para clarificarlo será necesario.”

“Esto se debe a que bajo las regulaciones estatales actuales, sólo ciertos tipos de documentos federales de inmigración apoyan la expedición de una licencia de conducir en California. Clarificación legislativo o reglamentaria podría ser necesaria si el nuevo programa de acción diferida del gobierno federal resulta en la expedición de nuevos o diferentes documentos de inmigración”, dijo el portavoz del DMV Armando E. Botello en una declaración escrita.

En un comunicado de prensa el martes, Cedillo dijo que escribirá legislación si es necesario.

En varias ocasiones en el pasado, Cedillo ha presentado legislación para permitir que los indocumentados obtengan un permiso para conducir. Cedillo fue exitoso una vez con SB 60, firmado en ley por el entonces gobernador Gray Davis, pero el ex gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger derogó la ley antes que entrara en vigor. Cedillo también escribió previamente SB 1160 y SB 976, leyes que también tenía por objeto permitir que los inmigrantes indocumentados soliciten y obtengan una licencia de conducir en el estado de California.

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