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The DREAM Act one step closer to becoming reality

September 2, 2011

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Editorial: In July California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law part one of the DREAM Act, which eased the requirements, for students who entered the United States illegally prior to the age of 16 with their parents, to apply for and receive private fund financial aid for higher education.    This was the first step […]

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Seeking reforms to protect our lowest-paid workers

September 2, 2011

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Commentary: By Mike Garcia    In the cut-throat property services industry, building contracts turn over quickly.  A janitor like Maria Trujillo might find out at the end of her shift in the hospital where she works that the contractor that employs her has been replaced—something that’s happened to her three times in six years.    […]

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Protecting Californians from Higher Taxes

August 19, 2011

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Commentary: By Assembly Republican Leader  Connie Conway    Independence Day came early this year for hard-working California taxpayers.    On July 1, higher taxes that began two years ago expired and the average California family will see a $1,000 dollars in tax savings.    Taxpayers saw their sales tax drop by one cent, their car […]

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Latest CA Redistricting Maps Satisfy Most Minorities—But Not Latinos

August 5, 2011

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By Nadra Kareem Nittle New America Media     Now that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries for the state, civil rights groups are weighing what impact the maps will have on communities of color.     On Friday, the commission voted 13-1 to approve final maps for the state Assembly, Senate and […]

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How do we responsibly cut Medicare as part of the budget debate?

July 15, 2011

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By Douglas E. Schoen    Although President Obama continues to meet with top House and Senate Republicans in an effort to reach a budget agreement before the August 2nd deadline for raising the debt limit, it is unclear how far-reaching the final deal will be.    Obama wants to achieve the boldest possible package through […]

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California Minority Groups Offer “Unity” Redistricting Map

July 8, 2011

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By Nadra Kareem Nittle New America Media LOS ANGELES—Alarmed at the way the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) has done its work so far and worried that the resulting electoral maps could have dire consequences for communities of color over the next 10 years, civil rights groups have taken matters into their own hands. […]

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New CA Redistricting Maps “Worst-Case Scenario” for Latinos?

June 17, 2011

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By Nina Martin New America Media     The first batch of political maps by California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission is having exactly the effect that government reformers intended—shaking up the political status quo by ignoring incumbents and promising to make many statewide elections more competitive.     But the release Friday of proposed maps for new […]

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Beware the Invisible Hand

March 11, 2011

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Commentary: By Willie L. Pelote Sr.    In California, the state government currently spends more than $34 billion a year paying private contractors to do jobs that civil servants can perform for half the cost. Another $900 million of taxpayer funds is wasted annually propping up the state’s failed enterprise zone program. Common sense dictates […]

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Gov. Brown states his budget proposal matter of factly – we need to work together!

February 4, 2011

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Editorial: This past week Governor Jerry Brown gave his first State of the State speech. It was only 14 minutes long but to the point. The State faces a $25 billion shortfall and ongoing deficits of over $20 billion every year through 2016 at least. There are no easy fixes. It will take deep cuts, […]

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New Panel Holds Key to Minority Political Power in California

January 28, 2011

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By Nina Martin New America Media     A powerful new governmental body has quietly begun a task that will have far-reaching consequences for the rights of minority voters throughout California for years to come.     As all eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown, the new Legislature, and their efforts to whip a deeply dysfunctional California […]

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The Redevelopment Debate

January 21, 2011

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Commentary: By Robert Cruickshank    Jerry Brown’s proposal to take property tax revenues from the redevelopment agencies and give it to schools and local governments is generating a lot of controversy – and a lot of discussion. One of the more enlightening articles about it was Monday’s column by Dan Walters (published at California Progressive […]

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Open Letter to Jerry Brown

December 30, 2010

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Commentary: By Willie L. Pelote, Sr.    As Sacramento prepares to inaugurate Governor-elect Jerry Brown next month, much of the focus has been on the state’s looming budget deficit and how the legislature and Brown plan to bridge that gap.     For years now, Californians have been told that we must choose between cutting public […]

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Minorities Have Even More At Stake!

November 24, 2010

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Commentary: By Tunua Thrash and Michelle Romero    California has not even had a chance to fully implement 2008’s Proposition 11, which called for the formation of a Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw state legislative districts, and already voters have given the commission more power. With this November’s passage of Proposition 20, the commission will […]

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Meet the Candidates: CA Superintendent of Schools

October 29, 2010

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Meet the Candidates: CA Superintendent of Schools

By Rupa Dev New America Media     Editor’s Note: Next week, California voters will decide who will take over the daunting job of leading the state’s public school system. Larry Aceves, a Latino, is a former superintendent of districts in San Jose and the Central Coast. Tom Torlakson is an assemblyman from Contra Costa County […]

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Todo Votante Elegible Debería de Votar Siempre

October 29, 2010

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Las Elecciones Producen Cambios ¡No Se Deje! Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo     Las elecciones siempre son importantes porque determinan qué candidatos serán los legisladores, quien será Gobernador o Presidente, y que proposiciones (leyes aprobadas por los votantes) se convertirán en leyes. Las elecciones son importantes especialmente para los Latinos. Aunque todas las leyes generalmente […]

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Jerry Brown: Maybe There’s Method In That Madness

August 20, 2010

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Commentary: By Peter Schrag California Progress Report    Would Jerry Brown, the one-time Jesuit seminarian, rather be right than be elected?    In Sacramento, at least a few Democrats worry that the attorney general, former governor and former mayor of Oakland is still too much frozen into his old moralizing anti-politics posture to campaign vigorously […]

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Hispanic community will not be silenced!

July 23, 2010

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Editorial: The rhetoric surrounding Arizona’s SB1070 has escalated the comparisons to Nazi Germany and the imagery of Hitler. The comparisons and imagery from the Chicano/Hispanic perspective are justified. Anti-Chicano/Hispanic propaganda and the profiling of the Mexican worker, the immigrant, and the Hispanic in the United States is dehumanizing.    To some “persons of good will,” […]

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