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Los Angeles ID cards for illegal aliens: follow the money and power (Alarcon) - 09/11/12

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to consider turning the L.A. Public Library card into an ID card that illegal aliens can use. No matter how the plan is spun, it all boils down to one of two things (or a combination): money and power. The cards will allow illegal aliens to open bank accounts, something that will obviously allow financial institutions to profit and capture new customers....

Walter Russell Mead blames the victims of globalization, mass immigration (California, The American Interest, Kotkin) - 07/15/12

... one time, South and Southeast Los Angeles was home to many more factories than it is now. However, globalization caused many to shut down. The rise of the service sector combined with other globalization initiatives such as NAFTA combined with political corruption led to increased illegal immigration. And, that led to a growing power base for those "narcissistic green unicorn chasers". The...

Poll: 61% oppose California driver's licenses for illegal aliens (51% of Hispanics & Democrats oppose) - 02/28/12

... commissioned a Survey USA poll of Los Angeles area residents [1]. The results show that 61% oppose giving illegal aliens licenses to drive, and only 35% support the plan. Moreover, majorities of both Hispanics (51% against, 45% for) and Democrats (51% against, 44% for) oppose giving illegal aliens drivers licenses. The only groups where a majority favor the idea are those identifying themselves...

Antonio Villaraigosa to attack Mitt Romney on immigration (racist dog whistle?) - 02/08/12

From [1]: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, plans to dig into Mitt Romney in a speech on immigration reform Wednesday, when he will call the candidate's rhetoric and anti-immigrant endorsers "beyond the pale." "For the first time in modern memory, a major political party is poised to nominate a presidential candidate who has abandoned immigration reform and instead advocates...

Hidden irony: Occupy L.A., Antonio Villaraigosa, and the Federal Reserve mural - 12/02/11

Lots of things about the Occupy Wall Street movement are ironic. For instance, how they complain about big banks while seemingly supporting policies that enrich those big banks, how at least one of their spiritual leaders (Katrina vanden Heuvel) is a member of the CFR, how they complain about abrogation of their speech rights while shouting others down, and on and on. Consider the following (link...

Bell, California: see who isn't telling you the whole truth (hint: libertarians) - 08/25/10

... immigration. Bell lies in southeast Los Angeles, and the cities in that area are largely Hispanic with a large illegal alien population. Bell certainly isn't mostly populated by illegal aliens, however the presence of so many foreign citizens in that and surrounding cities is not exactly helping them by, among other things, reducing civic participation and a greater willingness to ignore public...

Fiscal Policy Institute, NY Daily News mislead about benefits of massive immigration - 11/30/09

The Fiscal Policy Institute has released a new report called "Contribution of Immigrant Workers to the Country's 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas"; it was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation and a Service Employees International Union local and you can get the PDF at fiscalpolicy.org/immigration.html. They say:

Daniel Flaming/Economic Roundtable's intellectually dishonest, anti-American report: CA underemployment rate might reach 17% - 06/20/09

The Los Angeles-based Economic Roundtable has written a report called "Ebbing Tides in the Golden State" which can be downloaded from economicrt.org. The underwriter of the report was the California Endowment, and the authors are Daniel Flaming (president of the Roundtable), Patrick Burns, and Michael Matsunaga. The report is completely intellectually dishonest, failing to note the role that...

2009 immigration marches get tea party-level turnout (actually even less) - 05/01/09

... Carolina: "dozens" per this * Los Angeles: "thousands" per this; (UPDATE: "several thousands" per Amy Taxin of the Associated Press, link); UPDATE 2: Julia Preston and Kirk Semple of the New York Times say one of the L.A. marches had 'about 1,000 people carrying Mexican flags and wearing T-shirts saying “Legalize America now"' (link). * Milwaukee: "It’s estimated that between three and five...

Census worker sign: "Yes we can! 2010 census." (highly politicized Los Angeles office) - 04/06/09

Ari Bloomekatz of the Los Angeles Times offers this blurb: "The census is here!" shouted Esther Cepeda, manager of the local census office downtown. Music played and employees carried signs that read: "The census, coming to your neighborhood" and "Yes we can! 2010 census." "Yes we can" was, of course, one of Barack Obama's campaign slogans, and he took it from the slogan "si se puede"; if there...

Most literate cities of 2008: NYC at #24, L.A. at #56 - 12/26/08

... frantically down the page, we find Los Angeles at #56, beaten out in turn by Newark, New Jersey; Riverside; and Plano, Texas. Important note: We did beat out Fresno, Stockton, and Bakersfield. Hold your heads high, Angelenos!

Felipe Calderon Feb. 2008 U.S. visit: Eliot Spitzer, Blagojevich, Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez - 02/09/08

... Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles but apparently avoiding Washington DC. In addition to U.S. officials, and some who are supposedly U.S. officials, he'll probably also be meeting with community leaders, such as those from non-profits, "hometown associations", the leaders of his PAN party who operate inside the U.S., and the like. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a listing, but...

AVWatch: Antonio Villaraigosa panders at gala supporting fashion designer charged with rape (Anand Jon, McAuliffe) - 10/04/07

... Clinton campaign co-chair, and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended a gala organized by Jon's sister for the "Friends of the South Asian American Communities". It featured a large number of people wearing t-shirts saying, "We Support Anand Jon" [2]. In addition to Tony Villar, former DNC chairman and current Chairman of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign Terry McAuliffe...

Media alert: Elvira Arellano has left the sanctuary (L.A., DC on tour) - 08/17/07

... a road trip. The first stop: Los Angeles' La Placita Catholic Church, aka Our Lady Queen of Angels. They're already participating in the "new sanctuary movement", so perhaps they'll take her in. Apparently there will be a march tomorrow organized by the March 25 Coalition. Along for the ride: the Rev. Walter "Slim" Coleman, husband of what could charitably be called Arellano's "agent", Emma...

Bank of "America": credit cards for illegal aliens - 02/12/07

... credit cards to residents of Los Angeles County who only have ITIN numbers and who don't have either a social security number or a credit history. That strongly implies that those credit recipients are illegal aliens. Later this year the bank hopes to expand the program nationwide. For those who don't understand why this is horrifically bad, this bank is indirectly profiting from unlawful...

Links between the Democratic Party and the Mexican government - 04/22/06

... elected officials and Democrats. Los Angeles: One of the organizers of the L.A. rally - also involved on the national protests - allegedly has collaborated with the Mexican government. Former member of the racial separatist group MEChA - and Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles - Antonio Villaraigosa supported both the marches and the later walkouts by students. Shortly after taking office he...

California's educational system in even worse shape than previously thought - 03/11/06

... the ninth grade - even lower in Los Angeles and other urban school districts. As if that weren't disturbing enough, the CRB report also surveys data on college preparation and finds a skewed effect on non-white and non-Asian students as well. Of African American and Latino kids who get through high school now (before the exit exam), just 25 and 22 percent, respectively, have completed the...

"Banks aim to help immigrants send money home" - 01/27/06

... launched in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles. Since October, as many as 50 banks across 20 states have enrolled in the Directo a Mexico program, with more expected to join in the coming months. These fee-reducing initiatives, along with the fact that US banks have been able to accept the Mexican consular identity card as a valid form of identification to open an account since 2002, have made...

"L.A.'s schools bleed red ink" - 09/13/05

Gosh, what could be causing the Los Angeles Unified School District to be in such a financial bind? This current story appears to have many culprits, including the beloved teachers' union. But, there's only so much money to go around, and any money spent on educating a citizen of another country is money that could be spent on our own citizens and on health benefits for teachers and such....

Massive Los Angeles power outage; your blogger OK; morbid sight seen - 09/12/05

... to about half of the city of Los Angeles, as well as parts of the County, the Dog Trainer informs us. I know, I was there! Since I couldn't either blog or surf for midget pr0n, I decided to go for a slow jog in Griffith Park. Yesterday I did top-of-Lake to Echo Mountain in about 1:45, but I decided I could stand another workout. As I was lumbering down Crystal Springs Road, at the junction near...

AVWatch: Annotating Villaraigosa's speech - 06/02/05

... it... ...take a snapshot of Los Angeles and in 25 or 30 years so will go Topeka, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa. ...I started out in the civil rights movement... The speech went on like that. If you prefer facts, even of the uncomfortable kind, click on the links and check out who "progressives" support. The middle sentence should scare the crap out of anyone in the named cities. Trust me...

California's future not fully 100% doom and gloom - 06/02/05

... fragmentation... Those who live in Los Angeles can see this themselves by, for just two examples, making the short drive from the more delapidated areas of Cypress Park up the hill to the houses on the top of Mount Washington, some of which must be priced at several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Alternatively, compare Wilshire and Normandie with 8th and Normandie, just two blocks away. 5/21/...