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House immigration bill: plead guilty before seeking legal status

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Once the House introduces its immigration reform bill, conservative Republican lawmakers such as Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach are expected to be a tough sell.

There's been little news about the immigration bill being crafted by a bipartisan group of House members. But it's likely to be tougher than the 844-page bill crafted by the Senate's "Gang of Eight." 

How tough? According to "Roll Call," immigrants would have to go to court, plead guilty to breaking the law — entering this country illegally — and accept probation as the first step to citizenship. 

The House of Representatives is not only majority-Republican, but many of those GOP members are considerably to the right of much of the rest of the party, labeling any immigration reform as "amnesty." They say law breakers shouldn't be rewarded.

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach says legalizing the status of people who are here illegally would do nothing but "bring more millions of people here to the United States in order to have their status normalized and put their families into a position to get benefits and take jobs."


Maven's Morning Coffee: the cost of maintaining LAPD, mayoral candidates mix family and politics, endorsements in the May 21 runoff

LA Police Shootings

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Is the cost of keeping 10,000 cops on LAPD's payroll taking money away from other city services? The Los Angeles Times takes a look.

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Today is Monday, April 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayoral candidates get some advice and campaigns for medical marijuana ballot measures kick into high gear.

Now that the Los Angeles Police Department has reached the 10,000-officer benchmark, some in City Hall are questioning whether the cost of public safety outweighs the benefits of other city services, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think it's sensible to say that we cannot cut the Police Department by even one position," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who first proposed the 10,000 number in 1989 when he was a city councilman.


California to shed 9,000 more prisoners, starting this week

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California must submit, and begin implementing, a plan to reduce the state's prison population by 9,000 inmates this week.

This is not a drill.  That's the message a high-ranking corrections official delivered to state lawmakers ahead of this Thursday's deadline to comply with a court order to shed 9,000 inmates from California prisons.

Martin Hoshino, the Acting Undersecretary of Corrections, said the Brown Administration must make the cuts by the end of the year. And, he said, “The state is to begin implementing the plan as soon as it is submitted.”  

The state might shorten sentences by increasing good time credits for inmates. Or put prisoners with less than two years left to serve under house arrest, with GPS monitoring devices. Other options include sending prisoners out of state, or releasing inmates early.

Hoshino told members of the Senate Public Safety Committee that the court order also requires state officials to report their progress every month — and report anyone who slows it down.


LA Mayor’s race: Complaint alleges Greuel misused city email account


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City Controller Wendy Greuel, seen here at a recent mayoral debate, admitted to using her official email account for campaign purposes.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013An ally of Eric Garcetti filed an ethics complaint Friday against Wendy Greuel, claiming the city controller violated ethics rules by using her government email account in her campaign for mayor. 

“Ms. Greuel’s apparent mis-use of public resources is an insult to the voters and taxpayers of Los Angeles,” said former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who has endorsed Garcetti for mayor. She filed her complaint with the City Ethics Commission.

The Los Cerritos Community News obtained Greuel’s emails through a California Public Records Act request. Those emails show she emailed political consultants and staff about her campaign on dozens of occasions.

In one note sent from wendy.geuel@lacity.org in January, Greuel asked her campaign consultants for advice on how to handle an event sponsored by California Common Cause. “This being the anniversary of Citizens United…anything we should be prepared for, stay quiet, go on the offensive?”


Congressional Asian Caucus fights to keep sibling visas


U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), seen here in a file photo, says there are positive elements in the Senate's immigration bill, but she wants to see changes to the family visas category.

The Senate immigration bill is a product of compromise, which means not everyone is pleased, including Asian American House Democrats. Their concern is the limit on visas for adult married children and eliminating them entirely for siblings.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus has been lobbying negotiators working on immigration bills in both the Senate and House. Democrat Judy Chu of Monterey Park, chair of the Asian Caucus, says the Senate bill contains some concessions: adult married children 30 and under would still be eligible for family visas, and siblings could still apply for visas, but only in the first 18 months after the law is enacted.

But Chu says the caucus will continue to raise its voice over the sibling issue. She cites the example of a woman who becomes a naturalized citizen and petitions for her parents to come over. "Does it make any sense that she has to leave her 12-year-old brother behind? That's what this would mean."