The musical group Far East Movement appears in a promotional video urging fans to vote.
Thirteen Asian American YouTube stars have joined for the "#TakeActionCampaign" online video in an effort to promote voter registration among young voters for the upcoming November elections.
Musical group Far East Movement, local YouTube sensation Wong Fu Productions and YouTube comedian KevJumba are just a few of those featured in the video. Each has proven themself an internet star; Wong Fu Productions alone has collected over 194 million YouTube views. KevJumba has a total of more than 300 million.
Dan Matthews, a production director at ISAtv and one of the producers of the video, said its purpose is to reach out to the young Asian Americans who are devoted fans of the online celebrities and encourage them to vote.
"I feel that it is our responsibility to show the Asian American audience and put something out there that shows that voting and getting educated is important," Matthews said. "Whoever they vote for, they need to be familiar with what is going on. We support the idea of voting ... the idea that they can take action."
L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon has had a rough week: first he was ordered to stand trial on voter fraud charges, and now a former council colleague has endorsed his opponent in a state Assembly race.
It hasn’t been a great week for Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon. First, a judge ordered him to stand trial on charges of perjury and voter fraud, and now comes word that his former council colleague, City Controller Wendy Greuel, is endorsing his opponent in the 39th Assembly District race.
Greuel announced Friday her endorsement of Raul Bocanegra. He's the chief of staff to Felipe Fuentes, who is leaving the 39th District to run for Alarcon’s seat on the L.A. City Council.
“Raul Bocanegra is a trusted Valley leader and a proven problem-solver,” Greuel said. “We can count on Raul to work to protect our schools from budget cuts, secure tax incentives to help create jobs, and bring new economic development to the Valley."
Alarcon and Greuel served together on the City Council when Greuel represented the Second District. According to a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, Alarcon at one time asked Greuel to move the boundary of her district so that his wife’s Sun Valley home could move into his Seventh District. Greuel declined.
Photo by Tom Underhill | used with permission
Access to the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be limited as it makes its way to the California Science Center, upsetting South LA residents who were told there would be a parade.
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Residents in South Los Angeles were promised a parade to welcome the Space Shuttle Endeavour, but it turns out sidewalks will be closed and access to the shuttle route limited, according to the Los Angeles Times. This comes after hundreds of trees were chopped down to make way for the space shuttle. "They have no respect for the neighborhood they are going through," said James Fugate, co-owner of Esowon Bookstore.
Meanwhile, Toyota is preparing to film one of its pickup trucks hauling the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Manchester Boulevard, per the LA Times.
Calif. Secretary of State
In these California legislative districts, neither major party has enough members for a majority, giving nonpartisan voters the decisive edge.
Nonpartisan voters are a hot property this election season. Their votes could determine which party dominates Congress, and whether Democrats can solidify their hold on the State Legislature.
Almost a fourth of all voters in California are registered as nonpartisan — more than ever before. They could be the deciding factor in about 20 state and Congressional races in California.
Take, for example, the 65th Assembly District in Orange County. It includes Fullerton and the cities of La Palma, Buena Park, Cypress, West Anaheim and a small slice of Garden Grove.
Mark Liwanag, who lives in the district, has been registered as a nonpartisan voter since he first took the oath of citizenship ten years ago. He came here 17 years ago from the Philippines to work as a nurse.
In the 65th District, Democrats make up 37 percent of the voters, and Republicans nearly match that number. Neither party has enough to win on its own. So the district's 23 percent of nonpartisan voters will provide the winning edge.
Some 220,000 new and renewing voters registered online in the two weeks that the system's been available in California.
The decision to open voter rolls to online registrations is pulling in thousands more new and renewing voters in Los Angeles County and throughout California.
Under the old system, you could download a registration form and mail it in to your county registrar. Or go visit a public office like city hall, the library or Department of Motor Vehicles (remember the oh-so controversial Motor Voter law?) But then California lowered the effort bar even further, letting voters register online.
Some 220,000 new and renewing voters registered online in the two weeks it's been available, says Shannan Velayas of the Secretary of State's office.
Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters reports it has received a record 150,000 new or renewing voter registrations in September, partly because of the online registration that was first offered statewide late in the month.
County registrars typically get a large number of new and renewed registrations in the last weeks before a presidential race, but last month's online-assisted registration total outstripped the old 120,000 record set in 2008.