Students at a makeshift calling center at the UCLA Labor Center in the Westlake district of Los Angeles watch C-SPAN 2 in anticipation of a U.S. Senate vote on the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or join the military. Since last week, supporters of the proposed legislation have been making calls to legislators from here and other calling banks.
The proposal is attached as an amendment to a defense bill. A vote is expected any minute.
Students and supporters of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act at a rally outside the Roybal Learning Center yesterday afternoon, attended by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District officials. A story is featured on the 89.3 KPCC website.
The proposed legislation, being voted on by the Senate today as part of a defense bill, would create a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or join the military. Student groups and other supporters have events scheduled in California and other states throughout the week.
A synopsis of what the bill entails can be found here.
Art by Eric Fischer/Flickr (Creative Commons)
A color-coded ethnicity map of the Los Angeles area, based on census data
Perhaps the most interesting thing I've seen all day: A color-coded map of the Los Angeles area based on race and ethnicity, which has been making the rounds all day on Twitter and via several local blogs (and now, finally, this one).
The map is the work of Eric Fischer, who explains it thus on Flickr:
I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000.
Rankin's work can be found on the website Radical Cartography. More of Fischer's work, including more maps, can be found on his Flickr photostream.
Photo by Steve Rotman/Flickr/(Creative Commons)
The taco truck as mural art, April 2006
Thirty taco trucks in thirty days? Bring it on.
Blogger Bandini of LA Taco, the blog dedicated to celebrating what its website terms "the taco lifestyle," has spent the month of September posting daily reviews of taco trucks - actual taco trucks that serve tacos, not dessert, Korean barbecue-inspired fusion tacos, Kosher-inspired fusion tacos or, most recently, bacon. Not that there is absolutely anything wrong with any of the above offerings, but anyone who has missed the days when taco trucks served, well, tacos will find plenty to relish through the end of the month in the blog's Great Taco Hunt, billed as "30 taco trucks in 30 days."
The reviews take in trucks that serve standards like al pastor and carne asada tacos, making careful note of the salsa offerings and even the soft drinks (usually something colorful and sugary from Jarritos). Bandini is eating his way around Los Angeles County from Lennox to Panorama City, most recently stopping at Tacos "El Yu," parked in the lot of an out-of-service gas station off the 10 Freeway at Normandie Avenue.