U.S. Rep Xavier Becerra (standing) makes the case for a national museum devoted to the history of the American Latino.
For something that doesn’t even exist, the National Museum of the American Latino sure is popular.
The Facebook page for the proposed Smithsonian museum is up to 129,000 “likes” – many more than well-established institutions can claim.
But as supporters of the would-be museum said at Friday’s town hall meeting at the University of Southern California, those “likes” must turn into dollar signs. The estimated cost of the project tops a half-billion dollars.
"If we can show that we can put money on the table - probably half of that - then we can probably work in Congress to get the other half,” Congressman Xavier Becerra told an audience of about 100.
Becerra, D-Los Angeles, is lead sponsor of a bill in the House that would authorize the Smithsonian Institution to operate an American Latino museum out of the vacant Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.
A evangelical Christian advocacy group plans to air radio ads urging people to pray for House Republicans to take action on immigration reform.
Evangelicals: Pray for Boehner on immigration reform - CNN A religious advocacy group, the Evangelical Immigration Table, is planning to air ads on Christian radio stations asking people "to pray for (House Speaker John) Boehner and House Republican leadership on immigration reform and urge those leaders to listen to their prayers."
To pressure House GOP leaders, Rep. Joe Garcia joins fast for immigration reform - Miami Herald The Cuban American House member from Florida, a Democrat, is the latest political figure to join the "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C. The hunger strike was begun Nov. 12 by activists hoping to persuade Congress to vote on immigration reform.
Capitol Police Officer Raises Voice At Immigration Activists: 'Comprende?' - Huffington Post From the story: "We're not going to have singing in my building," the officer said, which can be seen in a video posted by KFTStories. "We're not going to have it. Warning number one, okay? That's all you get. This is getting old real fast, okay? I'm not going to tolerate it. This is a place of business, and we do not sing in the hallway....Comprende?"
In the heart of Little Tokyo, at the corner of First and Alameda, is a plain-faced brick building with the wildest of backstories.
This is where Sid Vicious started a food fight. Where the hottest Chicano bands played into the early morning hours. Where a young Beck tried out his newest material.
Few other places have encapsulated the breadth of LA’s music scene like this building. But this time next year, it will have turned to rubble.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is using eminent domain to raze the building and replace it with a new underground station. It's part of a nearly $1.4 billion project connecting the Gold Line to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station.
“This is an unfortunate but needed step to move closer to the actual construction of the regional connector project,” Metro spokesman Rick Jager said.
A screen shot from King Taco's Facebook page.
Long before fleets of food trucks selling ethnic-hybrid tacos, waffles, lobster, and what not were plying the streets of Los Angeles, there was Raul Martinez, Sr.
Southern California's iconic King Taco chain got its start in 1974 in a converted ice cream truck, out of which Martinez cooked and sold his tacos to hungry patrons before turning his business into bricks and mortar when he opened his first outlet in Cypress Park.
Martinez died at age 71 on Tuesday, according to the company. He leaves behind a thriving Mexican food empire - with 20 King Taco outlets - and a legacy that's pure L.A. as an immigrant whose enterprise ultimately became part of local culture.
Taco lovers will argue over who in town does the best tacos al pastor (spit-roasted pork "in the style of the shepherd"), but King Taco's are famous: meat steeped in a sauce that's a little smoky, a little sweet, and mouth-searingly hot in the very best of ways.
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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to press during a September news conference in Washington, D.C. An NPR analysis of census data shows that House Republicans' districts are far less Latino than those of House Democrats, one explanation for House GOP members relative lack of interest so far on an immigration overhaul. But Boehner has hired a policy adviser with a strong immigration background, raising speculation about possible legislative action.
Is Boehner getting serious on immigration reform? New hire intrigues. - Christian Science Monitor More on House Speaker John Boehner's hiring of Rebecca Tallent as a policy adviser on immigration. Tallent has directed the immigration task force at the Bipartisan Policy Center and also worked as chief of staff for Sen. John McCain of Arizona, helping him draft immigration plans during the last reform effort in 2007.
Immigration advocates face hurdles in GOP House districts - NPR One likely reason why House Republicans have yet to budge on immigration reform: Their districts are whiter. An NPR analysis of census data shows that Latinos "live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats. The average Democratic district is 23 percent Latino; the average Republican district, less than 12 percent."