How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In case you missed it

There were two great segments today on 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison show that involved minority communities. One examined why it is that the residents of some of Los Angeles County's poorest cities (including Bell, where city officials earn six-figure salaries) pay some of the highest property taxes.

Another segment dealt with prospective Latino voters in San Bernardino, caught in a political battle over voter registration. Latinos are a growing population in the county, yet they fall dramatically short of other San Bernardino County residents in voter registration and election day turnout. Who should take the lead in contacting them to register to vote and ensuring they turn out for elections? Audio from both segments is online.


In the news this morning

As the clocks ticks toward the implementation of Arizona's SB 1070 on Thursday - with no court decision yet - the national media is focused on Phoenix. A few stories from there and elsewhere:

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking dismissal of the federal government's challenge to SB 1070 on constitutional grounds, reports the New York Daily News and other outlets.

  • In this USA Today story, an Arizona law professor predicts a court ruling before Thursday.

  • In the meantime, some Arizona cops are watching training videos and preparing to enforce the law, the Arizona Republic reports.

  • Yesterday, the Arizona Republic reported that concerns about racial profiling in the Grand Canyon State are not unfounded, as there have been previous documented cases.

  • Reuters has this analysis on the political implications of SB 1070 for the GOP. It also offers some background on Arizona Republican state Senator Russell Pearce, the man behind the measure.