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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC, waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. Today the high court is expected to rule on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Today is Wednesday, June 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is working to reinvent himself as a climate change advocate, even though he remains absent from local politics and the Republican Party, according to the Los Angeles Times. "You look back at his life story, he's someone you can't ever count out," says strategist Paul Begala.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
The state Department of Corrections is about to open a 200-acre, $839 million prison medical facility in Stockton.
California prison officials on Tuesday dedicated a new 200-acre facility in Stockton designed to improve treatment for 1,700 of the state’s inmates who require ongoing medical care.
Warden Ron Rackley asked hundreds of prison officials, politicians and press at the opening ceremony to stand for the inaugural raising of the flags at the California Health Care Facility while a bugler played "To the Colors."
It was a moment of celebration for prison officials in an otherwise grim month when a succession of legal decisions haven't gone their way. Just last week a three-judge court ordered the state to release 9,600 inmates by the end of the year to relieve overcrowding. Those judges say that’s the only way to ensure inmates get adequate healthcare.
But Secretary of Corrections Jeff Beard says California is already providing good care and should be allowed to regain full control of the prison system.
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Guard towers watch over detainees at the Tuna Canyon Detention Center in Tujunga. The site of the camp is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday designated one acre of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station — now the site of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course — as a historic-cultural monument.
During World War II, the detention center held more than 2,000 people, mostly Japanese-Americans. The golf course is now owned by Snowball West Investments, which wants to build a housing subdivision on the property. Designating something a historic-cultural monument means there are additional reviews if changes are made to the site.
“The Tuna Canyon Detention Station is an important piece of our history in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and a reminder of some of our darkest times as a community, nation and world,” said councilmember Richard Alarcon, whose district includes the site. “Declaring the Tuna Canyon Detention Station as a Historic-Cultural Monument allows us to protect this important piece of our history, and give us the opportunity to continue to learn from our past mistakes and preserve this lesson for generations to come."
A new poll concludes that nearly half of Republican voters would be less likely to re-elect a politician who votes for immigration reform.
There has been a careful dance on the Senate side of Congress. A bipartisan group of lawmakers crafted a bill, then crafted a compromise with Republican colleagues to include tougher border security measures. That "border surge" measure guaranteed enough GOP votes to get past the 60 vote filibuster line.
But will there be payback on election day for Senators who vote for immigration?
According to a new United Technologies/National Journal poll, the answer is "yes."
The poll asked registered voters whether in the next election they'd be more or less likely to support a Senator or Representative who votes for an immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship.
Among Democrats, just one in five said it would make them less likely to vote to re-elect that lawmaker. Nearly half said it made no difference one way or the other.
Advocates rally for immigration reform outside the US Capitol this spring
UPDATE 4:11 p.m.: Historic immigration legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle Monday afternoon with a 67-to-27 procedural vote in favor of the "border amendment" seen as key to gaining Republican support for the bill.
The final tally was seven more than the 60 needed, with 15 Republicans voting to advance the legislation.
PREVIOUSLY: The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a tough border security amendment to the immigration bill Monday evening. The measure is designed to entice Republicans to vote in favor of the larger immigration reform proposal. Business and labor groups are also putting pressure on Senators ahead of that vote, which is expected on Thursday.
Momentum is growing for passage of the comprehensive bill.
Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – one of the "Gang of Eight" who negotiated immigration reform – says the measure is "on the verge" of getting 70 votes, thanks to the enhanced security amendment.