California Latino Caucus closes one of its fundraising PACs - Sacramento Bee On the last day of the year, a controversial political action committee tied to the Legislature's Latino Caucus shut down. 'Yes We Can' became embroiled in a dispute between Sen. Ron Calderon, who is under FBI investigation for corruption, and state Sen. Ricardo Lara over who would chair the caucus. Investigators allege that the PAC made a $25,000 contribution earlier this year to a nonprofit run by Calderon's brother to end the fight.
Californians to watch 2014: Tani Cantil-Sakauye tries to rebuild California’s massive court system - San Luis Obispo California's chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye looks forward to 2014, and said she is focused on reopening some of the "53 shuttered courthouses, especially in rural areas where residents may have to drive for hours to reach a court. Where that’s not possible, she suggests experimenting with technological solutions, such as videoconferencing that would allow judges to try cases remotely." Cantil-Sakauye, who is the first Asian-American to serve as the state's top judge, also wants to be able to offer to court interpreters to serve clients who speak more than 200 languages and dialects among them.
Merced appointee becomes nation's first Hmong-American judge - Fresno Bee. Just announced as County Superior Court judge, Californian Paul Lo is the first Hmong-American judge ever appointed in the country. Lo, 45, came to the US as an 11-year-old refugee and attended University of California at Davis and UCLA School of Law.
New York City’s Office for Immigrants Has Become a Global Model - New York Times New York’s commissioner of immigrant affairs, Fatima Shama, has become so effective at her job that she's advising officials in cities ranging from Amsterdam to Philadelphia. The office bears the fingerprints of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been vocal in supporting immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
'Aztec of the City:' America's First Latino Superhero Comic Book Series - Latino Post Comic artist Fernando B. Rodriguez, in a radio interview, explains how the dearth of Latino-centric comics led him to create what's believed to be the first and one of the only Chicano/Latino superhero series. 'Aztec of the City' follows two Mexican-American cousins in San Jose. Rodriguez said the series "is inspired by Rodriguez's uncle, a poet; Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, and, Marvel Comic Book series; all of which encouraged him since he was twelve to create his own superheroes."