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Los Angeles' library cards could double as identification, debit cards

Los Angeles City Hall

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A plan to provide library cards that are also ID and pre-paid debit cards was unanimously approved by a Los Angeles City Council committee.

Undocumented residents living in the city of Los Angeles could soon have a library card that also acts as identification and a pre-paid debit card.

A Los Angeles City Council committee unanimously approved the proposal from Councilman Richard Alarcon. The ID card would include a resident’s photograph, full name, address, date of birth and details on height, weight, and hair and eye color. The card would not be a driver’s license and could not be used as an ID to board a plane. The card could also be a pre-paid debit card that allows residents to build credit. 

“[It] gives them to access to banks in a way they can trust,” Alarcon said. 

Whether law enforcement agencies would accept the ID remains unknown.

The card is intended to help the 200,000 Los Angeles households that do not have access to banking services. Those families are vulnerable to theft and financial emergencies, according to the Mayor’s Office. A financial institution would back the proposed ID card, and the funds would be FDIC insured.


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Obama And Romney Square Off In First Presidential Debate In Denver

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney are set for their second debate on Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. This time, the candidates will respond to questions that focus on both foreign and domestic issues in a town hall meeting format that will include questions from the audience.

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Gov. Brown rallying students to vote for Prop. 30 tax proposal at UCLA

Gov. Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a rally of UCLA students on campus, Oct. 16, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a planned tour of state campuses Tuesday to boost student support for his measure to tax sales and incomes and pump billions of dollars into state government. He started wth a rally at UCLA.

He told a few hundred students gathered at the central plaza that after years of recession-caused cuts, it was time for California to re-invest in the state and in education.

"Proposition 30 is an opportunity for the people themselves not only to fix California, but to send a message to the rest of the country that we as a people can invest together in our schools, in our community colleges and in the great University of California," Brown said.

There is a lot at stake for University of California and California State University students in Proposition 30.

Prop. 30 would provide UC students each a $250 refund on part of the tuition increases they've paid this year, and keep tuition the same next term. If it doesn't pass, UC will raise tuition about 20 percent, to nearly $16,000 a year.


Maven's Morning Coffee: free marijuana in neighborhood council elections, new laws for digital billboards, first look at City Services Card

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The recent neighborhood council election in Eagle Rock includes allegations of free marijuana for voters and an unusually large number of at-large voters representing medical marijuana interests.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The neighborhood council elections in Eagle Rock took a turn when voters were promised free marijuana and encouraged to vote for pro-medicinal cannabis candidates, reports the Los Angeles Times. Of the 800 votes cast in the election, 300 came from at-large voters who do not live Eagle Rock but may have business interests there.

A Los Angeles City Council committee will get its first look today at the proposed City Services Card, which would give undocumented immigrants access to banking and library services, reports the Daily News. "What this is intended to do is to help increase financial literacy so people will have access to banks and be able to open accounts," said Councilman Richard Alarcon.


California's Latino members of Congress campaigning for fellow politicos

A Democratic party official says Congresswomen Linda, left, and Loretta Sanchez are "our best messengers to Latino voters in these districts where the Latino vote is critical to our success."

Congressional candidates are busy getting out their messages to voters in these last few weeks before the November election. With the Latino vote being targeted around the country, a number of rising Latino Congressional stars are also working hard outside of their districts.

Redistricting has made this a particularly busy election year for Congressional Californians. Democrat Loretta Sanchez of Anaheim says when she learned in January what her new district would look like, she began knocking on the doors of "as many of the homes that are new to the district." She's also been registering new voters in her redrawn district.

But Sanchez has found the time to help out a fellow Democrat, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, who’s running for an open Congressional seat in Long Beach where 34% of district residents are Latino.