U.S. Rep. Judy Chu is one of two California representatives to Congress that have formed a Sikh Caucus.
A pair of California House members have announced the formation of a new group to acknowledge a large religious group in California: the Sikh Caucus.
Nearly 40 percent of the nation's estimated Sikh population --an estimated 250,000 -- live in California. Early immigrants worked on the railroad and farms in California's Central Valley. The first Sikh Temple built in California, Gurdwara, opened in 1912.
Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, and Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, will co-chair the new caucus, an informal group created to educate members of Congress and the general public about American Sikh issues.
“More than a decade after 9/11, too many Sikhs across America face discrimination, bullying, and even bias-motivated violence from misguided individuals associating them with the terrorist attacks,” Chu said Wednesday. “This caucus will be the voice for American Sikhs in the House of Representatives."
California Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to expand the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.
Feeling a little crowded these days when you visit Yosemite National Park? California lawmakers want to expand the park to protect habitat.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill that expands Yosemite by about 1,600 acres on the park's western border. The proposed new boundary would include acreage that conservationist John Muir first proposed more than a century ago.
The bill, co-sponsored by fellow California Democrat Barbara Boxer and introduced in the House of Representatives by Jim Costa of Fresno, would allow the National Park Service to buy land from willing sellers. It would include nearly 800 acres already purchased by the conservation group Pacific Forest Trust.
"Yosemite’s popularity is also its greatest challenge," Feinstein said.
She said new development in the western lands adjoining the park would "increase the threat of fire, habitat fragmentation and degradation of creeks that flow into the park."
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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is facing more felony counts in an alleged bribery scandal.
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KPCC takes a closer look at the men and women whose paychecks help fund the Department of Water and Power union. "Donors to Working Californians are mainly individual union members; the locals that have put up the most money for the PAC are Locals 11 and 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and unions representing other DWP workers, such as pipefitters and plumbers," according to the station.
City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel chat before their April 22 mayoral debate.
Mayoral candidates Greuel and Eric Garcetti attacked one another over questions of integrity Monday during a debate sponsored by KPCC, NBC 4, Telemundo and USC.
At $2.7 million collected and counting, Working Californians to Elect Wendy Greuel for Mayor 2013 is the biggest independent political action committee in the mayor's race. A senior official describes it as a coalition of labor, business, and philanthropists, but city unions — particularly those representing Department of Water and Power workers — have given the lion's share of the PAC's money.
Attacking the PAC has become part of Councilman Garcetti's campaign mantra: "I don't have $3 million from a super PAC led by the DWP union supporting my campaign," he said in Monday's debate.
California has the nation’s largest population of military veterans, and 60,000 of them are expected to wait well over a year for federal benefits.
The Veteran’s Administration has blamed delays on a backlog of more than 800,000 claims nationwide that could take up to two years to whittle down. The problem was the focus of a Little Hoover Commission hearing in Sacramento Tuesday on what more California can do to help its veterans.
Keith Boylan, Deputy Secretary of CalVet, said the problem isn't that the state lacks resources, but that it's doing its job too well. "That’s been done so effectively that the number of claims going to the VA are more than they can handle," he said.
The state agency helps servicemen and women reintegrate into civilian life. As part of that mission, Boylan said they readily file claims with the VA for everything from physical injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder.