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Expect to hear more immigration homilies as US bishops ramp up advocacy

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

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Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration.

It's been pretty quiet the past few years in Catholic churches on the immigration front. Sermons have tackled a long list of other Catholic social justice issues. But it's likely you'll be hearing about immigration from the pulpit sometime soon.

As Congress debates immigration reform, bishops want lawmakers to hear from their Catholic constituents on the topic.

To help local parishes organize, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development announced this week it is kicking in $800,000 in grants — bringing a total of more than $3.5 million just in the past year — to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform.

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who chairs the CCHD subcommittee, says the push for immigration reform is "rooted in Catholic social teaching about the dignity of the human person and reflects the Church's deep historic ties to generations of immigrants who have come to America."


LA election: Exit poll details mayoral candidates' strengths, weaknesses at ballot box

Los Angeles Election Day 2013

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An exit poll from Loyola Marymount University looks at how the mayoral candidates did in Tuesday's primary.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 An exit poll from the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University confirms what many observers expected in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

The center surveyed both vote-by-mail and in-person voters. Eric Garcetti won the primary with 33 percent of the vote. Wendy Greuel came in second with 29 percent followed by Kevin James with 16 percent; Jan Perry with 16 percent; and Emanuel Pleitez with 4 percent.

The exit poll’s highlights include:

  • Garcetti received 48 percent of the Latino vote and 43 percent of the Asian-American vote
  • Garcetti won every age group, doing particularly well among the 18-29 set
  • 40 percent of Jewish voters went for Garcetti
  • Perry was supported by 55 percent of African-American voters
  • Half of all Republicans who voted went for James, as did 30 percent of decline to state voters


Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti launch runoff with new endorsements

Los Angeles Mayor


Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel aren't wasting any time -- each campaign announced new endorsements Thursday as they look ahead to the May runoff.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 With the primary in the rearview mirror, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are moving ahead into the general election with new endorsements. He added the backing of a trio of Latino political players, while she got a boost from an iconic African-American religious figure.

The former longtime pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church endorsed Greuel’s mayoral campaign Thursday.

Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray worked with Greuel when she was with DreamWorks Studios. Together they created a job training program for low-income Angelenos.

“Wendy Greuel understands the importance of building coalitions across our city," Murray said in a statement. "And she knows how to partner with the faith community to confront the challenges facing Los Angeles.” 

“When Wendy was working at DreamWorks, she joined with our church and others to create a program that trained workers for jobs in the entertainment industry, and that’s the kind of mayor Wendy will be – a mayor for all of L.A. I’m proud to support her campaign.”


Maven's Morning Coffee: voter apathy, failure of Measure A, new gates at LAX

Mayoral Election Held In Los Angeles

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Tuesday's turnout showed what would happen if Los Angeles had an election and no one showed up.

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Today is Thursday, March 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez looks at voter apathy . "Blowing off an election is just plain lazy. Mail-in ballots are available to one and all. You can vote without ever getting off the couch," he writes.

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has turned over his interest in a Beverly Hills oil lease , reports the Los Angeles Times. A campaign spokesman told The Times the lease "was never a serious issue, but it was reported in the newspaper and it became a distraction from the real issues."


Mayoral candidates left to fix city budget in wake of Measure A's failure

Los Angeles City Hall

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Now that the city of Los Angeles' proposed sales tax increase has failed, the mayoral candidates will be forced to put forward more specific budget plans to address a growing deficit.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 The failure of the Measure A tax hike in Tuesday’s election means the City of Los Angeles will not have an additional $200 million to solve next year’s expected budget deficit.

The man behind the proposal, Council President Herb Wesson, acknowledged the failure will make things difficult.

“It makes our job that much more challenging,” Wesson said. “I have no doubt, no question that we will do whatever is necessary to put the city’s fiscal house in order. It’s a serious problem and we will address it that way.”

The challenge will fall on the shoulders of the city’s next mayor – either Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel. Each campaign has been vague on what the candidate would do to close the projected deficit that next year exceeds $100 million.

“We can’t continue just to cut and to tax our way forward,” Garcetti told KPCC’s Take Two on Wednesday.