Banco Ofrece Préstamo para Financiar la Ciudadanía

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La institución financiera Pan American Bank, con sede en el Este de Los Ángeles, ha anunciado que ofrece un préstamo personal para financiar el costo de solicitar la ciudadanía.

Para solicitar el préstamo de $1.000 uno debe proporcionar dos formas de identificación (licencia de conducir, identificación estatal o tarjeta de residente permanente), dos talones de cheque recientes, tres referencias personales, y el historial de empleo de por lo menos dos años.

El préstamo se puede repagar en 12, 18 o 24 meses, y los pagos y el interés se determinarán en el momento que el préstamo es aprobado. Habrá un cargo de procesamiento de $50 que se agregará al préstamo, de acuerdo con el banco. Los solicitantes deben ser mayor de 18 años de edad y ser elegible para la ciudadanía estadounidense. Además, documentación financiera adicional podrá ser requerida.

Pan American Bank fue establecido en 1964 por Romana Acosta Bañuelos, quien se convirtió en la primera tesorera de origen hispano de los Estados Unidos en 1971, y es el banco más antiguo en California que es propiedad de Hispanos.

Visite el banco en 3626 East First Street, Los Ángeles, CA 90063; o llame al (323) 264-3310. El sitio web del banco es

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Wells Fargo Commits Billions In Lending to Women-Owned Businesses

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Announcing a large expansion of its 18-year-old women’s lending commitment, Wells Fargo earlier this month committed to lending $55 billion to women-owned businesses by 2020.

The announcement comes during National Women’s History Month, and was made by Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo lead executive for Small Business and West Coast Regional Banking president, at the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) 22nd Annual Latina History Day conference in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Women-owned businesses are among America’s fastest growing segments, and we are honored to support their role in shaping the future of small business,” said Stevens. “As a leader in lending to women, Wells Fargo is dedicated to helping women succeed financially — in business and personally.”

Since first implementing the initiative in 1995, which initially had a goal of lending $1 billion to women in its first three years, Wells Fargo has provided more than $38 billion in capital to women business owners, a group that grew in size by more than 20 percent from 2002 to 2007, according to the latest Census data. The National Women’s Business Council says that approximately 30 percent of the businesses in the U.S. today are owned by women.

In addition to the cumulative lending goal, Wells Fargo supports numerous organizations focused on the education, growth and advancement of women business owners. The company provides a variety of banking and financial services for small businesses. For more information, visit or call the National Business Banking Center at 1-800-CALL-WELLS.

Few Women, Minority Writers Get TV or Cable Show Jobs

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Women and minority writers made gains in Hollywood employment over the past decade, but their representation still lags far behind the demographics of the U.S. population, according to a report released Wednesday by the Writers Guild of America, West.

“Despite a few pockets of promise, much more work must be done on the television diversity front before the corps of writers telling our stories look significantly more like us as a nation,” according to study author Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

The report analyzed employment patterns for 1,722 writers on 190 broadcast and cable television shows during the 2011-12 season. It found that between the 1999-2000 and 2011-12 television seasons, the percentage of women writers increased from 25 percent to 30.5 percent. At that rate of increase, it will be another 42 years before the employment of female writers matches the U.S. population, according to the report.

Minority writers more than doubled their representation on writing staffs over the same time period, but still stood at just 15.6 percent, the report found. During the 2011-12 season, 10 percent of television shows had no female writers on staff, while nearly one-third had no minority writers.

The report also found that during the 2011-12 season, women were under-represented by more than two-to-one among writers who run television shows, while minorities were under-represented by a factor of nearly five to one.

“It all begins with the writing,” Hunt said. “From concept to characters, from plot to narrative, writers play a fundamental role in the fashioning of stories a society circulates about itself.

“But in the Hollywood entertainment industry, unfortunately, there has all too often existed a disconnect between the writers hired to tell the stories and an America that’s increasingly diverse with each passing day,” he said.

The WGAW administers a Writer Access Project aimed at identifying diverse writers with television experience and helping to expose their work to showrunners, industry executives, agents and managers. The program identifies minority writers, writers with disabilities, women, writers over 55 and LGBT writers.

“Programs like this one are important because they ensure that all of the hard-working and talented voices out there are recognized and given a fair and equal opportunity for employment,” according to Shonda Rhimes, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” and a WAP judge. “No doubt about it, this is a win-win situation and an impactful program.”

CEO of Vernon Based True Religion to Step Down

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True Religion Apparel Inc. founder Jeff Lubell is stepping down as chairman, CEO, creative director and employee of the jeans company he founded a decade ago, the company announced last week.

Lubell will serve as chairman emeritus and a creative consultant to the company for a two-year period.

The board of directors appointed Lynne Koplin, president of True Religion, as interim CEO. She has been a member of the management team since 2010.

“I founded True Religion in 2002, and I am grateful and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead the company for the last 10 years,” Lubell said in a prepared statement. “I am very proud of all that the company achieved during this decade of both achievements and challenges. Now is the right time to facilitate the next phase of the company’s development and growth, and for me to seek new creative endeavors.”

Last October True Religion announced that its board had formed a special committee of non-management directors and hired financial and legal advisers to evaluate “possible strategic alternatives available to the company with the objective of maximizing shareholder value.”

The company based in Vernon designs, manufactures and markets its True Religion Brand Jeans and other apparel sold in the company’s branded retail and outlet stores, as well as department stores and boutiques in 50 countries on six continents.

As of Dec. 31, the company owned and operated 122 retail stores in the United States and 30 international stores.

Final Vote Counts Put Cedillo, Gardea In Run Off

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Former Assemblyman Gil Cedillo remained under the majority needed to avoid a runoff and will face Jose Gardea May 21 to succeed First District Councilman Ed Reyes.

Cedillo received 49.32 percent of the vote to 43.45 percent for Gardea, Reyes’ longtime chief of staff, according to certified results of the March 5 election released Tuesday night by the City Clerk’s Office. Jesse Rosas, the third candidate in the race, received 7.21 percent.

Man Shot to Death in Lincoln Heights Identified

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A man who was fatally shot in a parking lot in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles was identified Monday as thirty-six-year-old David Cavazos, 36, of Los Angeles.

Cavazos died at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 4:45 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of North Mission Road, according to the coroner’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department.

There were no arrests, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman of the Media Relations office.

Cavazos was shot during a dispute with one or more suspects, Eisenman said. Anyone with more information on the crime was urged to call police.

Metro Launches Campaign to Increase Bike Safety in L.A. County

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), hoping to improve bike safety across the county, is reminding residents and commuters to safely share the road with bicyclists. The message, “Every Lane is a Bike Lane … Bicyclists may need a full lane; Please share the road” will be displayed on the back of 75 Metro buses, 135 billboards and spots on 21 local radio stations throughout the region through Bike Week L.A. May 13-17.

With the growing popularity of bicycling as a viable form of transportation, Metro says the new campaign aims to raise awareness among motorists that cyclists have equal rights and responsibilities to the road per the California Vehicle Code, which stipulates that bicycle riders may use any lane in the street since they have the same rights and must follow the same laws as car drivers.

“Bicyclists may need the full lane to safely navigate specific road and traffic conditions,” according to Metro.

Former Coach Sentenced to 28 Years on Sex-Related Charges

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A former Bellflower High School track and girls’ basketball coach was sentenced Monday to 28 years in state prison for molesting a teenage girl.

Bryan E. Shepherd, 49, pleaded no contest in February to one count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of forcible lewd acts on a minor, said Deputy District Attorney Jessica Tillson.

Shepherd, who has remained jailed since his arrest in December 2011, is due back before Norwalk Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza on April 23 for a restitution hearing.

Authorities said the crimes occurred between 2005, when the girl was 13, and 2010, when she was 17, and did not occur at the school.

Commission to Review L.A. Budget Deficit

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Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor will announce the names of a 12-member independent commission Thursday charged with developing budget-balancing ideas for the city of Los Angeles.

City Council President Herb Wesson last week called on Kantor to create the panel, which is being called the “Los Angeles 2020 Commission.” The members will serve on a volunteer basis, with the committee operating on private and foundation support.

The city is facing an estimated $165 million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year following the defeat of Proposition A, a measure on the March 5 ballot that would have increased the city sales tax by a half-cent. The city is discussing various solutions to close the budget gap in anticipation of the mayor’s budget proposal, which will be released in April.

The “2020 Commission” will hold both private and public meetings to hash out solutions to the budget deficit. According to Wesson’s office, the commission will examine how the city can grow its economy and attract jobs and business investment.

Californians on Immigration Reform

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In 1994 millions of California voters voted for an amateurishly written unconstitutional hysterical piece of legal offal named Proposition 187. It would have forced hospitals to turn away American citizen child patients if both parents couldn’t prove their legal residency; it would have expelled American citizen children from school if BOTH parents weren’t in-country legally and would have done so without legal hearings, appeals or even lawsuits and civil injunctions against witch hunting school clerks that were empowered to decide who was or wasn’t legal.

Proposition 187 won by a margin of a million votes.

It didn’t win one vote that counted, however. Federal District Judge Marianna Pfaelzer threw out all the immigration sections of the voter-approved “law” because it created a “state scheme of immigration” control that violated the United States Constitution.

That defeat started a long string of legal defeats for other attempts to hijack immigration enforcement or even definition written by lawyers for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) principal among them, a paid hack of the country’s biggest and most notorious bigot, John Tanton; the paid hack’s name: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The most famous court defeat so far, of course, is the mighty legal squash by the U.S. Supreme Court of Arizona’s SB 1070, another Kobach masterpiece.

The 1994 victory of the racist and illegal Proposition 187 has been thrown up as a true reflection of how Americans feel about illegal immigration. Until now, that is.

The Los Angeles Times published a new California poll – the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll that turns what happened in 1994 on its head. In fact, illegal alien opponents have used the 94 election results several times to try and resurrect new propositions – “Sons of 187” along the same line but have never been able to get them on the ballot for lack of signatures and now we know why thanks to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Two thirds of Californians polled think the present immigration system is broken. One in five — 19% — think that illegally present people should have to return home, only one in five. Two thirds of respondents think there should be a path to citizenship for those here today. Ten percent think they should be allowed to stay but not have a path to citizenship. 75% support the proposal by the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” that preempted President Obama’s so-called “proposal.”

The Los Angeles Times: “There’s really not much of a debate in California about immigration anymore, and there may not even be a national debate,” said Drew Lieberman of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic firm that conducted the poll with the Republican firm American Viewpoint. “It’s no longer a partisan or racial issue for Californians.”

In a profound display of change in attitude among Republicans who now support immigration reform, Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, with whom this writer debated the subject of illegal immigration when he was Governor Pete Wilson’s (Mr. 187) Press Secretary, told the Times “that California Republicans live in a much more multicultural society than party members elsewhere, ‘so the lives they live every day and the people they see are probably the main reason that their feelings are different than their national counterparts.”

An important percentage of those polled – 73% — support a guest worker program. 81% “White” voters support a path to citizenship as do 86% of Latino voters. 88% of Democrats support a path to citizenship as do 76% of Republicans and 83% of Independents.

The Los Angeles Times reported this: “The poll, which interviewed 1,501 registered voters by telephone, was conducted March 11-17 for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times. The survey has an overall margin of error of 2.9 percentage points, with a higher margin of error for subgroups.”

For immigration reform supporters, there is only one word to describe the poll’s results: WOW!

As the only radio talk show host in California on a major station that opposed Proposition 187, this writer has to say that this poll is amazing considering that in 1994 vast majorities of Whites and Blacks voted overwhelmingly for Proposition 187. 80% of Hispanics voted against it, a percentage that this poll suggests Californians would vote against such a proposition today.

This poll shows a 180-degree sea change in California public opinion. Whites, Blacks and Asians join the 40% of California that is Hispanic in supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship for those here “without papers,” as the saying goes, as well as a guest worker program that by itself will solve the border problem.

Now, if only Congress will lay an immigration reform bill on the President’s desk.

Contreras’ new book, COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM – 2013 is available at

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