January Special!
Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights, Harms Families and Communities
12/18/2018 10:53:24 PM

By the Law Center WASHINGTON—Last week, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty joined the close to 190,000 other commenters in submitting a comment opposing the proposed “public charge rule,” that will prevent immigrant families from pursuing permanent legal residency if they or someone in their household legally uses assistance through certain federal programs including housing and nutrition programs. Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the Law Center stated, “We are conscious that we file our comment on December 10, International Human...

Child's Death Highlights Communication Barriers on Border
12/18/2018 10:49:45 PM

By Julie Wilson   Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish. Her father's native language is the Mayan tongue known as Q'eqchi'....

California Chief Justice Gives up Republican Party Label
12/18/2018 10:45:11 PM

By Sudhin Thanawala   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S. Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview that she switched her voter registration to “no party” preference after the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Her decision was first reported Thursday by the news site, CALmatters. Cantil-Sakauye told The Associated Press she had been...

StubHub Center Changing to Dignity Health Sports Park in 2019
12/18/2018 9:44:20 PM

By Staff Reports   CARSON—The L.A. Galaxy and Chargers won't be playing at StubHub Center next year. As of Jan. 1, the stadium on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson will have its name changed to Dignity Health Sports Park, thanks to a sponsorship agreement announced Thursday by AEG, the company that built and manages the facility. Dan Beckerman, CEO of AEG, said in a statement the company looks forward to working with Dignity health "to amplify our efforts to make a positive and lasting difference for our fans." "Sports has...

NAACP Poll Reveals How Black Voters Cast Their Ballots
12/18/2018 9:42:28 PM

By Staff Reports   With voter fraud and voter suppression the talk of the midterms, the Advancement Project at the NAACP national office joined with the African American Research Collaborative to provide the first comprehensive analysis of how Black voters voted this cycle and why. Released in November, the poll of mid-term voters, conducted by the African American Research Collaborative – in collaboration with Latino Decisions and Asian American Decisions – examined African American voters across various competitive elections to determine how this electorate...

HUD Report: L.A. County Has Second-Highest Homeless Population of U.S. Regions
12/18/2018 9:39:46 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County had the second-highest number of homeless residents of any region in the country this year, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data was taken from point-in-time counts conducted in January, which found the Los Angeles region had 49,955 homeless residents, behind only New York City, which topped the list with 78,676. L.A. also had one of the highest number of unsheltered homeless living outdoors, in abandoned buildings or other locations not suitable...

#IAintFromNowhere Anti-Gang Violence Movement Gets Pro-Safetya Lift in New Billboard Campaign
12/18/2018 9:37:38 PM

Los Angeles—Billboards throughout Los Angeles went up this weekend to raise awareness around gang violence and its impact on America’s youth and communities. Through a partnership with local activist, Wilma Galathe, Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) is donating 13 (digital/traditional) signs that will highlight the Mark L. Tyree II Movement for Positive Change & Unity #iaintfromnowhere campaign. Gang violence remains a serious problem in Los Angeles, where tragic outcomes are not limited to gang members and violence can impact entire communities – a reality Wilma...

Federal Judge Rules Health Care Overhaul Unconstitutional
12/18/2018 9:31:24 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that...

Tainted Romaine Lettuce Traced to at Least 1 California Farm
12/18/2018 9:29:38 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. That's seven more cases than previously reported, but regulators said they are fairly confident that the lettuce which first...

AARP Poll: Majority of Caregivers with Family Suffering from Dementia, Spend Less Time with Friends
12/18/2018 9:28:31 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For family caregivers, the holidays can be a joyful time when spirits are lighter and it feels good to care for loved ones and enjoy time together, celebrating with family traditions. But for most family caregivers, the holidays also bring stress, according to Amy Goyer, a family and caregiver expert at AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. “We’re already very busy with caregiving, and there’s even more to do during the...