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House conservatives weigh in on Senate immigration bill

Freshman Congress

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Freshman Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding) says it might be easier to pass immigration reform in pieces

Conservative House Republicans raked the Senate immigration proposal over the coals at a lunch meeting Wednesday. The meeting featured one of the orchestrators of that bill, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. 

The closed door meeting of the Republican Study Group reportedly produced no fireworks, but lots of criticism. Most want to see tougher language on border security. The lawmakers in the Study Group also debated whether immigration reform should be tackled issue by issue.

California Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham is a member of the Study Group. He's a big picture guy and says he believes "very strongly we have to have a comprehensive bill. There are too many different pieces to this that affect different segments of California." Pieces like temporary visas for both agricultural and high tech workers, for example.


Updated: FBI raids offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon (map, chart)

California Lawmaker Searched

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A pair of FBI agent are let into the Capitol office of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, by Senate Chief Sgt.-at-Arms Tony Beard, center, after a search warrant was served Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

California Lawmaker Searched

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An FBI agent carries out a box as he leaves the Capitol office of State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Map of State Senate District 30

Update 11:59 a.m.: Latino Caucus office wasn't searched by FBI

Officials with the California state Legislature previously said that the offices of the Latino Caucus were searched by the FBI Tuesday, along with state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, but state Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard issued a statement Wednesday saying that both offices searched belong to Calderon.

Calderon’s second office is in the state-owned Legislative Office Building, across the street from his other office in the State Capitol. Many legislators have second offices in the Legislative Office Building.

Beard said in a statement that the reason one of the offices was mistakenly identified as belonging to the Latino Caucus was due to an outdated room number roster — the Caucus moved into new offices earlier this year, according to Beard.


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The FBI raided state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, as well as the office of the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. An attorney for Calderon says the feds don't have a case.

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The FBI raided the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon and the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. Mark Geragos, Calderon's attorney, said the feds "have no case, so what they do is they leak the sealed information in an effort to hassle innocent people, and that's all the comment I have." Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press

President Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage this weekend. "The White House proposed the informal summit in hopes the two leaders can establish a personal rapport early in Xi's tenure and discuss — without the pageantry of a state visit," reports the Los Angeles Times. Sunnylands.


Maxine Waters embraces role as top Democrat on powerful financial committee

LA Congresswoman Maxine Waters is the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.

Maxine Waters has settled into her new job. This term, the L.A. Congresswoman became the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee. The appointment came after a three-year fight to clear her name on banking-related ethics charges.

Waters waited a long time for the position — 22 years. She says when she first came to Congress, "People were fleeing the old banking committee because of the [savings-and-loan] scandal and nobody wanted it."

Waters notes: "I stayed, I worked, I've learned, and I've earned the seniority."

With Republicans in charge of the House, Waters admits her ability to get things done is limited. But she still has a to-do list: reform of the quasi-governmental mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, boosting construction of residential rental property, and defending the landmark financial oversight law known as Dodd Frank.


Control of parking is central to USC's proposed lease of LA Coliseum

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has approved a lease agreement with the University of Southern California, but it's being challenged by some supporters of cultural institutions in Exposition Park.

The board of the California Science Center is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to support leasing the Los Angeles Coliseum to the University of Southern California. 

Some members of the foundation that raises funds for the center want the Governor to stop the deal because it gives USC most of the parking in Exposition Park on at least 25 days a year.

The science center operates in a public-private partnership between the State of California and a non-profit foundation. 

Under the deal, USC would lease the Coliseum and Sports Arena for 98 years and keep the proceeds from any events.  In exchange, the university would invest  at least $70 million in improvements.

“The state is not in position of making improvements to this property that it needs,” said Melissa Figueroa, who’s with the state agency that manages the properties at Exposition Park.  She said the Coliseum needs the cash infusion from USC. “Otherwise it’s going to just continue to crumble and deteriorate.”