Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency In SoCal Wildfires

December 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County due to the wildfires burning in the area.

The declaration comes amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, and as a brush fire rages out of the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday. The fire raced across 11,000 acres, destroying about 30 homes and forcing more than 150,000 people from their homes.

High winds hindered efforts to get the blaze under control.

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 a.m. in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire consumed 4,000 acres by 8:30 a.m. and blanketed 11,000 acres with zero containment by early afternoon.

Fire officials said late Tuesday they would not have an updated acreage figure until Wednesday morning. But as of Tuesday night, at least 30 homes had been destroyed, about 20 of them in the Little Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon areas.

Throughout the day there  was a frantic rush to get hundreds of horses out of the way of the fire.

About 800 firefighters were attacking the fire on the ground, but strong, unpredictable winds was making it hard to gain any ground against the blaze.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate — saying, “Do not wait. Leave your home” — and added that people should be prepared for at least one night away from home.

“Do not expect to back tonight,” Garcetti said.

An estimated 800 firefighters were on the lines battling the blaze, which was being pushed by sustained winds of 25 mph, along with gusts up to 45mph during the day.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the firefight is likely to continue until at least Friday.

“This has only just begun,” he said.

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. One firefighter was hospitalized after a bulldozer rolled over in the Sunland- Tujunga area, but the injury was not considered to be life-threatening. A second firefighter was also injured, with Terrazas telling ABC7 the firefighter was burned when a propane tank exploded.

There were no other immediate reports of injuries.

“We have no reports of any civilian fatalities or injuries, which speaks to the fact people are evacuating,” county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and wasn’t expected to be reopened until at least Wednesday morning. The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

As the fire expanded and jumped south of the 210 Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the 210 Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had been enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area. Also, an area south of the 210 Freeway
was ordered evacuated in the Shadow Hills area, in a roughly triangular area between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said.

Evacuation centers were opened at:
— Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.;
— Branford Recreation Center, 13306 Branford St., Arleta;
— Sun Valley Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar;
— Granada Hills Recreation Center, 16730 Chatsworth St.;
— Stonehurst Recreation Center, 9901 Dronfield Ave., Sun Valley;
— Valley Plaza Recreation Center, 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood;
— North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd.;
— Chatsworth South Recreation Center, 22360 Devonshire St.;
— Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St., Sherman
Oaks; and
— Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth.

An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in.

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity. The Pomona Fairplex also opened its stables for evacuated animals.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.

The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire’s path.

LAUSD officials said the following district campuses will be closed Wednesday:
— Mount Gleason Middle School;
— Verdugo Hills High School;
— Apperson Street Elementary School;
— Mountain View Elementary School;
— Pinewood Elementary;
— Pinewood Early Education Center;
— Stonehurst Elementary;
— Sunland Elementary;
— Brainard Elementary;
— Mount Lukens Continuation High School; and
— Plainview Academic Charter Academy.

Los Angeles Mission College’s Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day. However, the college’s Sunland-Tujunga Campus at 7224 Foothill Blvd. in Tujunga remained open. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday.

Osby said high winds hindered the deployment of firefighting fixed-wing aircraft, although more than a half-dozen water-dropping helicopters

Zoológico Ofrece Descuento Esta Semana a Cambio de Donaciones

November 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

W LA ZooEl Zoológico de Los Ángeles ofrecerá un precio con descuento para esta semana de Acción de Gracias a los visitantes que donen un artículo para ayudar a las personas sin hogar.

El zoológico se ha asociado con la incitativa del alcalde Eric Garcetti para resolver la falta de vivienda al patrocinar la campaña de donación, que comienza el lunes y continua hasta el jueves, para el Centro de Higiene de Skid Row.

Cualquier persona que done un artículo en la entrada del boleto puede recibir un boleto de admisión general para adultos o niños por $10. Los precios regulares son de $21 por adulto, $18 por persona mayor y $16 por niños de 2 a 12 años.

Todos los artículos deben ser nuevos y en paquetes sellados o con etiquetas. Los artículos válidos para la donación son:

– toallas; calcetines e ropa interior (masculina o femenina) de todos tamaños (paquete de tres o más); pañales para bebes (paquete de 24 o más); panales para adultos (paquete de 24 o más); productos de higiene femenina (paquete de 18 o más); detergente para ropa (liquido de 40 oz o más) o las vainas (30 o más); kit de cuidado personal (cinco o más artículos de tamaño de viaje en su caja); pequeñas bolsas de viaje (mochilas, bolsas, etc.); o sudaderas o pantalones de sudaderas de cualquier tamaño.

Activistas Piden “Diálogo” Para Que La Policía Angelina No Colabore Con ICE

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Activistas de Los Ángeles iniciaron el martes una campaña para que políticos y autoridades policiales locales se unan a una “mesa de negociaciones” para que se cumpla la “Orden Especial 40”, que desde 1979 prohíbe a los agentes angelinos indagar sobre el estatus legal de las personas que arrestan.

“La policía asegura que acata la Orden Especial 40, pero participan en tareas conjuntas con la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) u otras agencias federales, que, cuando no encuentran a la persona que buscan, detienen y deportan a todo indocumentado que encuentran”, dijo a EFE Crisell Rodríguez, vocera de la Alianza por la Justicia para Jóvenes Inmigrantes de California.

“LAPD con el ICE se llevan muchos que podrían calificar para visas humanitarias u otro alivio”, argumentó.

Rodríguez reveló que debido a la actual política migratoria del Gobierno federal varios policías comunitarios locales les han expresado su deseo de “actualizar” esta medida, que el Concejo de Los Ángeles aprobó en 1979 para lograr que los residentes sientan confianza de reportar crímenes a las autoridades.

Para lograr esta “actualización”, la Coalición ICE Fuera de Los Ángeles, compuesta por más de 40 organizaciones, convocó a sus miembros a iniciar el martes una campaña de llamadas telefónicas y mensajes por redes sociales a líderes de la urbe angelina.

“Queremos dejarle saber al alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti, y al jefe de policía, Charlie Beck, que queremos que el proceso de actualizar la Orden Especial 40 sea abierto e inclusivo”, dijo a EFE Teresa Borden, portavoz de la organización comunitaria Highland Park Indivisible.

“Si la Policía de Los Ángeles continúa colaborando con ICE que deporta a todo el indocumentado que encuentra, entonces esa declaratoria que hizo el alcalde en septiembre de que Los Ángeles es ciudad santuario, se queda sólo en lo simbólico”, criticó.

La líder comunitaria considera que los concejales angelinos, que “representan al pueblo”, también deberían ser parte de la mesa de diálogo, a la que se deberían sentar además la policía, ciudadanos y líderes de organizaciones que abogan por los derechos de los indocumentados.

Borden indicó que gran parte de la ciudadanía angelina no quiere que sus familiares o amigos, a la espera de una reforma migratoria para 11 millones de indocumentados en EEUU, sean deportados “sin razón alguna” o “infracciones excarcelables” con intercesión de abogados.

Garcetti Alimenta Rumores de Posible Carrera Presidencial en 2020

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti, se encontró eludiendo nuevamente las preguntas el lunes sobre si tiene la intención de postularse a la presidencia después de anunciar recientemente que no postulará para gobernador de California.

Cuando Garcetti hizo su aparición habitual en la radio en el segmento “Pregunte al alcalde” en la estación KNX 1070 a ultima hora de la mañana el lunes, se le preguntó si confirmaría si estaba considerando postularse para la presidencia o respondería a un informe de TMZ.com que citó varias fuentes diciendo que está explorando una carrera.

“Me gusta vivir en el momento y servir a la gente con el trabajo que me han dado”, dijo Garcetti, añadiendo que no está considerando seriamente la posibilidad de postularse.

El domingo por la tarde, Garcetti terminó con la especulación de que será candidato a gobernador de California en el 2018.

“He decidido no postularme para gobernador de California”, dijo en Twitter alrededor de las 2:30 de la tarde. “Soy un apasionado de mi ciudad y mi familia; ambos están aquí en Los Ángeles”.

Garcetti, de 46 años, es uno de los alcaldes más jóvenes de la gran ciudad de la nación, pero no puede postularse para un tercer mandato bajo los límites de la ciudad. Corrió a la reelección con aproximadamente el 82 por ciento de los votos en marzo, contra 10 candidatos en su mayoría desconocidos.

Algunos observadores políticos dicen que Garcetti se está preparando para una candidatura presidencial en 2020, citando un viaje que hizo recientemente a New Hampshire, que tradicionalmente alberga las primeras primarias presidenciales de la nación. El alcalde no ha descartado una candidatura y al mismo tiempo dijo que no está considerando seriamente una cuando los periodistas le preguntaron en los últimos meses.

Político informo que Garcetti está iniciando una organización sin fines de lucro con otros alcaldes e indicó que podría ser parte de un plan para una candidatura a la presidencia, llamándolo “posible esperanza para 2020”.

“Los posibles candidatos presidenciales tienden a lanzar PACs para inyectar dinero en campanas de personas que podrían ser útiles. El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti, está comenzando una organización sin fines de lucro con otros alcaldes, líderes sindicales y ejecutivos de negocios para financiar lo que llaman inversiones de innovación en todo el país”, dice la historia.

En su aparición en KNX, Garcetti habló sobre la organización sin fines de lucro, llamada Accelerator for America (Acelerador para América), y dijo que era un lugar para que los alcaldes intercambiaran ideas. Dijo que la aprobación de la Medida M, un impuesta a la venta de medio centavo aprobado por los votantes del condado de Los Ángeles en noviembre pasado que se espera recaude $120 mil millones para proyectos de transporte, es una idea en la que otros alcaldes están interesados.

“Creo que cuando hable con el alcalde de Nashville, ella quisiera hacer algo en la boleta del próximo año y podemos compartir eso. Y viceversa, puedo aprender lecciones cuando voy a esos lugares que puedo traer de vuelta a Los Ángeles”, dijo Garcetti.

“Pero creo que, en realidad, todo el mundo dice que hagas un buen trabajo con lo que tienes delante de ti y que el futuro se arreglará solo. Soy mucho más apasionado sobre mi trabajo aquí en L.A. que cualquiera de esos próximos pasos y pensamientos”.

L.A. Se Compromete a Usar Solo Autobuses Eléctricos para el 2030

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Ángeles establecería un objetivo para la transición a una flota de autobuses con cero emisiones para el 2030 o antes en virtud de una moción aprobada por unanimidad el miércoles por el Comité de Transporte del Concejal Municipal.

La ciudad opera una flota que es principalmente autobuses de gas natural comprimido y el nuevo objetivo eléctrico lo alinearía con la decisión de Metro en el verano de convertirse a electricidad para su flota de autobuses en todo el condado para el año 2030, así como la reciente promesa del alcalde Eric Garcetti de que la ciudad compre solo autobuses de cero emisiones para el 2025 firmando la Declaración de Calles Sin Combustible Fósil C40 en Paris.

El Departamento de Transporte en enero dio a conocer el primero de cuatro autobuses eléctricos que se pondrán en funcionamiento para la flota LA DASH de la ciudad en 2017.

La moción también indicaría a LADOT que desarrolle un plan de implementación para cumplir con la meta, incluidas todas las necesidades operativas, de flota y de tránsito, y que informe sobre los progresos realizados en los planes existentes para eliminar los combustibles fósiles de los vehículos de transporte público de la ciudad.

Garcetti firmó a principios de esta semana el compromiso de que la ciudad se convierta en autobuses de cero emisiones para 2030 cuando se encuentre en París en una reunión del C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (Grupo de Liderazgo Climático de Ciudades), una coalición de más de 90 de las mega ciudades del mundo. Una docena de otras grandes ciudades, incluidas París, Ciudad de México y Seattle, también firmaron el compromiso.

L.A. Blue: Dodgers Defeat Astros in Opening Game of World Series

October 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Justin Turner hit a tie-breaking two-out two-run home run in the sixth inning and Clayton Kershaw and two Los Angeles Dodgers relievers limited the Houston Astros to three hits in a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series today at Dodger Stadium.

Chris Taylor hit Dallas Keuchel’s first pitch over the fence in left-center field for a homer leading off the bottom of the first inning in the hottest known World Series game.

Kershaw allowed three hits, including Alex Bregman’s solo homer in the fourth, struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in seven innings. Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect eighth inning. Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, striking out one, for the save.

Kershaw is the first pitcher in World Series history with 10 or more strikeouts, no walks and three or fewer hits allowed in a World Series game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

“That was pretty impressive what he could do, throwing a ton of fastballs,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “He landed his breaking ball a mlittle bit better than we’ve seen in the past, but he’s tough. He showed it tonight, being in attack mode, being in the strike zone early and got us pretty defensive from the get-go.”

Taylor’s home run was the fourth leading off a Game 1 of the World
Series. The most recent one was Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals off Matt Harvey of the New York Mets in 2015.

Taylor was the 38th player to hit a home run in his first World Series at-bat, the first since teammate Chase Utley in 2008 when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies.

“CT hitting that home run, the first pitch of the game, it kind of almost settled us all in a little bit,” Kershaw said. “Just getting that early momentum is huge and the crowd kind of feed off that. It was definitely as good a start as we could have hoped for.”

Taylor extended the sixth when he walked on a 3-1 pitch with two outs and the bases empty.

The temperature when Kershaw threw the game’s first pitch at 5:11 p.m. was 103 degrees, the highest known temperature for a World Series game. Records date back to 1975.

“It was hot warming up, but once the game started, the sun went down, it didn’t feel that hot,” Kershaw said. “I think not much of a breeze, but I don’t think it had much of an impact tonight.”

The previous hottest known World Series game was Game 1 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees in Phoenix mon Oct. 27, 2001, when the first-pitch temperature was 94 degrees and Major League Baseball ordered the roof at the then-Bank One Ballpark to be open, according to The Weather Channel, citing information from a blog by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Alex Lamers.

The other World Series game with a temperature above 90 degrees was Game 6 of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix, when the high was 91.

Keuchel was charged with the loss, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one.

The capacity crowd of 54,253 included retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Basketball Hall of Fame member Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The game was the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium since Oct. 16, 1988, when Orel Hershiser, now a Dodger broadcaster, pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of the series, won by the Dodgers, four games to one.

This is the first World Series matchup since 1970 when both teams won at least 100 games.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be played Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are the 65th home team in the 113 World Series to win Game 1. Of the previous 64 Game 1 winners, 43, or 67.2 percent, have gone on to win the World Series, including 13 of the last 14, with the most recent exception being the 2016 Cleveland Indians.
 

Alcalde visita tienda que promueve creatividad de productos de Los Ángeles

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Ángeles—Como parte de la campaña “LA Original”, que promueve los productos diseñados y fabricados en Los Ángeles, el alcalde de la ciudad, Eric Garcetti, visitó martes la tienda creada para impulsar la producción local.

Garcetti destacó la campaña, la cual ofrece una plataforma “para exponer la diversidad de los mercados” y resalta que “LA es la capital creativa del mundo, donde nuevas ideas nacen y se crean cada día”.

“La creatividad en Los Ángeles no tiene comparación con ningún otro lugar”, expresó Garcetti al dar inicio este lunes a la campaña durante la “Semana de la manufactura” de la ciudad.

“LA Original muestra ese legado, ofrece apoyo a una nueva generación de empresarios y llama la atención sobre los extraordinarios creadores que alimentan el espíritu creativo de la ciudad”, dijo Garcetti, quien hoy visitó la “tienda pop-up”.

Durante su recorrido el alcalde invitó “a todos los angelinos” a apreciar la calidad de los productos y artículos que participan en la iniciativa.

La tienda de LA Original está ubicada en el remodelado centro comercial Westfield Century City en el noroeste de LA, inaugurado hoy por Garcetti, y estará funcionando hasta el 31 de diciembre próximo.

Allí se exponen los productos de más de 20 empresas y distribuidores que han diseñado y elaborado artículos específicos para la línea LA Original o han hecho una fusión de algunos existentes con la nueva marca.

“Me siento orgullosa del maravilloso entrecruce de culturas de Los Ángeles y entiendo la importancia de apoyar la economía local angelina”, señaló hoy Ana Guajardo, dueña de Cha Cha Covers, empresa participante en la campaña, que produce sus artículos en el sector hispano de Boyle Heights.

Todas las ganancias de este programa piloto están destinadas a “Made by DWC”, una iniciativa social creada por el Centro de Mujeres del Centro de LA (DWC) dedicado a ayudar a las mujeres sin hogar en el sector de Skid Row, recordó Garcetti.

L.A. Olympics 2028: It’s Official

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles was officially named Wednesday as host of the 2028 Summer Olympics by a unanimous vote of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, Peru.

Following the IOC’s vote, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the host city contract, sealing the deal that L.A. will host its third Olympics, after stints in 1932 and 1984.

The successful bid comes an unprecedented 11 years before the actual Olympics are to take place. Paris, which was awarded the 2024 Games, will also be hosting for the third time, and the two cities were initially in competition just for 2024.

“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels,” Garcetti said. “L.A. loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us, the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation — for the next 11 years and beyond.”

After the IOC announced over the summer its desire to award both the ’24 and ‘28 Games simultaneously, Garcetti and other leaders reached a tentative agreement in July to host in ‘28, pending the official approval of the IOC in Lima, making today’s vote just a formality. IOC President Thomas Bach was already scheduled to light the Olympic caldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Host cities are typically named seven years in advance, and L.A. was able to garner numerous financial concessions out of the IOC by agreeing to wait the extra four years.

Under the terms of the 2028 host city contract, the IOC promised to immediately advance $180 million to the Los Angeles organizing committee due to the longer planning period and to fund youth sports in the years leading up to the Games.

The IOC also agreed to waive $50 million in fees and contribute up to $2 billion of its broadcast and sponsorship revenues to the Games, more than the $1.7 billion pledged to Paris for 2024. The IOC also agreed to funnel any of its profits from the Games back to the city.

“This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s new games for a new era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future,” LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said.

The city entered the contest for ‘24 along with Paris, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest. But one by one cities dropped out, leaving only Paris and L.A.

Over the summer, the IOC announced its desire to award both the ‘24 and ‘28 Games at the same time, if L.A. and Paris agreed. The decision was influenced by the soaring cost of hosting the Olympics and the fact that fewer cities have seemed willing to assume the financial risk.

Tokyo’s 2020 plan has already doubled to $12.6 billion, Rio de Janeiro is still struggling to pay off the debt from its $13 billion hosting duties in 2016, and the 2014 Games in Sochi ballooned from a budget of $12 billion to around $50 billion.

With both Los Angeles and Paris submitting bids widely seen as fiscally responsible, the IOC decided to lock them both in to hosting duties. After initial reports indicated that Paris was the favorite to host in ‘24, L.A. leaders indicated they were willing to host in ‘28.

LA 2028, the renamed committee leading the city’s bid, had proposed a balanced budget of $5.3 billion for ‘24 by utilizing existing venues and not building any new permanent structures just for the Games. Although an independent analysis of a budget for 2028 will not likely be completed for months, it is not expected to vary drastically in cost or approach and the L.A. City Council approved the switch to ‘28 in August despite not having a complete picture of the financial aspects of the decision.

Another unknown at the time of the vote was whether the California Legislature would approve $250 million to help cover any potential cost overruns. State lawmakers had made the pledge for 2024, but after the switch to ‘28 a new bill needed to be drafted. AB 132, which promises $270 million, is currently making its way through the Legislature.

Under the ‘24 plan, the city would have covered the first $250 million in cost overruns, the state the next $250 million and the city anything after that. The $5.3 billion balanced budget for ‘24 included no money to be spent from the city’s general fund as organizers believe they can cover all costs from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, broadcast rights and the IOC’s contribution.

The Coliseum and the new NFL stadium in Inglewood are set to share duties for the opening and closing ceremonies, part of a “something old and something new” approach, as the Coliseum was the site of the ceremonies both in 1932 and 1984. Other venues in the city and nearby like Staples Center and the Rose Bowl are also planed as sites for events, and the dorms at UCLA are set to be the site of the Olympic Village.

Trump Rescinds DACA: 800,000 Recipients at Risk

September 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Southland Democratic leaders and immigrant advocates lashed out harshly today at the Trump Administration decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected an estimated 800,000 people – including more than 242,000 in California – who were brought to the country as children from deportation.

Activists immediately planned to take to the streets to protest the move, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Trump Terminates DACA: Protesters begin to gather at L.A. City Hall for march to federal building. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Trump Terminates DACA: Protesters begin to gather at L.A. City Hall for march to federal building. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, called the president’s decision to rescind the program “outrageous.” This is a “heartbreaking day for the US and the bright young DACA recipients who know no home but America,” she said on Twitter.

Under the action by the Trump Administration, Congress will be given six months to attempt to pass legislation addressing DACA before the program is phased out.

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, also on Twitter, urged all her “Republican colleagues to join us & take action to #ProtectDreamers! #DefendDACA!”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “President Trump’s action on DACA is cruel — it threatens to tear families apart, put our economy at risk, and will do nothing to unify America or make us more secure.”

“Today’s decision is a giant setback for America, because all our children should feel safe and accepted in a country that belongs to them,” Garcetti said. “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has allowed close to 800,000 ambitious, patriotic young people to start careers, stay in school, and
give back to our communities without fear of being torn from the people they love.”

The mayor also urged congress to act quickly on legislation: “… They belong here. And we’ll fight for them to stay.”

In defending the decision, Trump said President Barack Obama over-stepped his authority in creating the DACA program.

“In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, Social Security numbers and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36,” Trump said. “The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their 20s. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.”

Trump added: “Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class and economic fairness for all Americans.”

He noted that officials from 10 states are suing over the program, and his legal advisers have determined that it is “unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court.”

Those arguments did little to appease Democratic lawmakers.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, said DACA recipients “make our nation strong and represent the best of America” and rescinding the program “undermines our nation’s values and is a cruel betrayal” of DREAMers. Rep.Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, criticized the “cruel and arbitrary attack” on them.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, urged Congress to move forward with legislation known as the DREAM Act that would provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers — the term used for DACA recipients.

“Failure to protect young people who have come out of the shadows would constitute an abject moral failure,” Feinstein said.

Officials with the Service Employees International Union decried what it called a “shameful attack” against DACA beneficiaries.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles said members were ready to gather at the offices of Republican legislators, including Rep. Steven Knight in Santa Clarita and Rep. Mimi Walters in Irvine, as well as Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield.

Additionally, scores of workers and community members planned a midday march through downtown L.A. from the steps of City Hall to the federal building on the 200 block of east Temple Street.

Introduced by Obama in 2012, DACA allows people who were brought into the United States illegally as children to work and study in the country without fear of being deported. DACA has been available to immigrants without criminal records who were brought to the country when they were younger than 16 years old. Work permits issued under DACA must be renewed every two years.

Trump has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, but until recently had not given a strong indication of whether he would keep DACA in place.

Asked over the weekend whether DACA recipients should be worried, Trump responded, “We love the DREAMers. We love everybody. … We think the DREAMers are terrific.”

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is one of many elected officials of both parties who have criticized the president’s plans.

“Trump’s cowardly decision to end DACA goes against the very forces that have made America an exceptional country,” Lieu said. “Deporting hundreds of thousands of Asians and Latinos — nearly half of whom were brought to the U.S. before the age of 7 — is not only cruel, it will hurt our economy.”

EGP staff writers contributed to this report.

Eastside Youth Demand Inclusion in City Budget

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Feeling they don’t have a seat at the table during budget season, over 200 local students rallied outside Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday and invited the mayor and council members to sit down at the dining table they’d set up and “break bread” over a discussion on city youth services.

“You say youth are the future yet you don’t invest in our youth,” said 14-year-old Martin Raza as he stood across City Hall.

The students are members of the Invest in Youth Coalition which is campaigning to get city officials to invest in a youth development task force aimed at getting funds for community-based safe places and youth programs such as tutoring, mentoring, workforce development, college support and other services.

Although 800,000 young Angelenos live in the city, the Youth Coalition points out there is no specific department that addresses their needs.

Jackie Vargas, right, discusses the importance of involving youth in the city;s budget process with representatives from the mayor’s office Tuesday at a table set up outside L.A. City Hall. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Jackie Vargas, right, discusses the importance of involving youth in the city’s budget process with representatives from the mayor’s office Tuesday at a table set up outside L.A. City Hall. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“We want a better future for ourselves and that starts with the budget,” Ariana Chavez, 17, told EGP. “We want a voice in our city.”

A number of students, sitting with representatives from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and several council members, argued that the timing of budget sessions during school hours makes it hard for them to participate in the discussions.

The group estimates a $10 million budget allocation for youth development would allow for the creation of 50 programs citywide, something they want to see,.

Arlyn Nuñez, 18, of East Los Angeles, told EGP that Tuesday’s City Hall “dining table” discussion is the first step toward making sure city youth receive much-needed services.

“We’re in a low-income area, we don’t have many services available to us,” Nuñez said, explaining that tutoring and other after-school programs would benefit the region.

“Instead, money is being spent in incarcerating our youth.”

According to the coalition, 10,000 youth – ages 19 and under – are arrested annually: most are minorities.

The group points to the cities of San Francisco and New York, each of which has a youth development department, as examples of what can be done.

“Being a part of an after-school program helps students stay away from the streets and prevents them from getting locked up,” said Lincoln High School student Leslie Sanchez.

Garcetti’s representative pointed out there has been investments in youth through HIRE LA’s Youth Initiative and LA College Promise. Through HIRE LA, Garcetti hopes to see at least 20,000 youth employed by 2020. Under LA College Promise, LAUSD students will be guaranteed admission and a year of free tuition at a Los Angeles Community College campus.

Councilman Jose Huizar has asked city staff for a report on how the city spends its funds and how it can better prioritize youth services. “It’s a monumental task, but one Councilmember Huizar really wants to see done right,” stated Huizar spokesman Rick Coca in an email, adding that CD14 staff have had a series of meeting with youth advocates, one as recently as Monday.

Coca said his boss stands with advocates “in recognizing that the City’s youth stand to benefit the most from a thorough, well-researched comprehensive report on where our resources are going in funding youth services.

“ … So we convened a session with the CAO and the CLA and representatives from the Boyle Heights For Youth and LA For Youth campaigns to begin to figure out the scope and what we want the criteria to be since “youth programs and services” can cover so much ground.”

Eastside students rally outside L.A. City Hall Tuesday, urging elected officials to invest in youth services. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Eastside students rally outside L.A. City Hall Tuesday, urging elected officials to invest in youth services. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

A [dedicated] youth development department is imperative if Los Angeles hopes to address the issues young people face, said Lou Calanche, executive director of Legacy LA, a community based non-profit that runs youth programs at Hazard Park and the Ramona Gardens Housing development in Boyle Heights.

Last year, in response to multiple officer-involved shootings in Boyle Heights, members of 23 nonprofit groups called on city officials to fund a department focused on youth development services.

“Boyle Heights is about 50 percent under the age of 25, if youth voices aren’t front and center in times like today, then the city is saying that youth of color aren’t a priority,” said Joel Garcia, director of Self-Help Graphics, a community arts center in East Los Angeles.

Several students acknowledged that organizations like Legacy LA and Self-Help Graphics were instrumental in keeping them out of trouble and on the path to college.

Araceli Rodriguez, a senior at Garfield High School will attend Sacramento State University in the fall. She told EGP it is especially important for the city to invest in youth at a time when the Trump administration is threatening budget cuts for education and other public programs.

“We need our leaders to send a message and put their money where their mouth is, that starts here in our city.”

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