Sharon McNary interviews a young voter at Whittier College
Could the voice of millennials be enough to change the election? An estimated 46 million of them (between age 18 and 29) will be eligible to vote this election year. We joined KQED and other West Coast public radio stations as a part of a project called "Young Voters West," which aimed to collect the voices of these young voters — what they stand for, why they matter and what issues are on their mind.
We headed to Whittier College, the University of Southern California and UCLA.
Do their votes matter? Young voters overwhelmingly said they did, and even if they weren't quite 100 percent informed, they wanted to make sure they had their say in this year's election.
For Phong, a Vietnamese immigrant who was just naturalized, voting was important because, in his homeland, votes were just for show.
Bookstore owner Alzada Knickerbocker discusses an upcoming community event with manager Nicholas Weigand.
At the Avid Reader bookstore in Davis, just steps away from the UC campus, a customer digs into her wallet to purchase an early work by Jules Verne. The woman ringing up the purchase is store owner Alzada Knickerbocker.
“This is my 25th year,” Knickerbocker says. “It’s an exciting year. So we have to celebrate that we’re still here.”
The Avid Reader is one of two local independent bookstores that survived the arrival of Borders a decade ago. Now that the chain store has folded, Knickerbocker says things are looking up.
But if voters pass either Prop 30 or 38, she and other small business owners who report earnings as personal income are worried. With Prop 30 for example, depending on income level, their tax rate — not their actual taxes — could rise by anywhere from 10-to-30 percent. Knickerbocker says Prop 30’s quarter-cent sales tax increase won’t help either.
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Job seekers arrive at the National Career Fairs' San Francisco South Career Fair on July 16, 2012 in San Mateo, California. As the national unemployment stands at 8.2 percent, dozens of job seekers attended a career fair in hopes of finding employment.
This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station.
My name is Enoch Morishima. I recently graduated from college and fortunately I’ve been able to find a full-time job now, but I’ve had a hard time finding it.
I know a lot of friends who are still struggling and just seeing the community and the entire country in general, seeing so many people and so many families struggle, and seeing this country lag behind others in terms of being able to lead economically and have its hard and soft power decline, it worries me.
I really hope that the person I vote for can make a positive impact. I am not looking for a very quick turnaround, but at least start making better steps and leading the country into a more robust economic recovery.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, seen here with KPCC's Larry Mantle, is off to Iowa as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is headed to Iowa Friday to serve as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an event Democratic politicians typically use as a launching pad for national ambitions.
The mayor is expected to use the opportunity to criticize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. According to his prepared remarks, Villaraigosa will tell the audience:
“Gov. Romney would treat our ambitious and talented immigrants very differently. Instead of supporting their energy and enthusiasm, instead of benefitting from their contributions to our county, he would make circumstances for them so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the lives they have built, their children born here and go back to their countries of origin. They would quote-unquote self-deport. Gov. Romney, that is not who we are.”
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Emergency room physician Dr. Raul Ruiz is running against Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack in a Coachella Valley district.
The accusations are flying in the Coachella Valley race between Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack and Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz.
Friends of Democracy, a Democratic political action committee, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, accusing Mack's campaign of illegally steering a donor to a PAC that has raised money on her behalf.
Meanwhile, the Bono Mack side is painting her rival as a leftist revolutionary. The campaign has released a recording from 1999, where at a Plymouth Rock protest, Ruiz reads a letter from Mexico's Zapatista Army for National Liberation in support of Leonard Peltier.
Peltier is a Native American activist who went to prison more than three decades ago for the murder of FBI agents.
Ruiz — who was a student at Harvard Medical School at the time — objected to the tactic, saying there’s a “difference between disagreeing and character assassination.”