Politics, government and public life for Southern California

California Republican Congressman Denham pushes immigration reform in defense bill

Rep.  Jeff Denham (R-Turlock)

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Republican Rep. Jeff Denham attended the immigration rally at the National Mall last fall

For the second time this week, a California Congressman has tried to attach an amendment to a spending bill to move immigration reform forward in the House of Representatives. And for the second time, Republicans blocked the attempt – even though the latest request came from a fellow GOP member.

Congressman Jeff Denham's ENLIST (Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training Act) bill would offer permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who serve in the military. The sophomore Republican from Turlock pushed for the measure to be included as an amendment to the military spending bill, even though he does not sit on the House Armed Services Committee.

Conservative critics reacted swiftly, calling it “blanket amnesty.”

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King told Breitbart News: “as soon as they raise their hand and say 'I'm unlawfully present in the United States,' we're not going take your oath into the military, but we're going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP works to establish trust, Ron Calderon speaks out on Twitter, South LA tenants forced to move

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price

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L.A. City Councilman Curren Price is asking the fire department to give some South L.A. tenants an additional two weeks to move out of a building that's been deemed unsafe.

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Today is Friday, April 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Tenants in one South Los Angeles apartment building are being forced to relocate because of structural hazards but there are complaints that the city didn't give residents enough time to move out, reports the Los Angeles Times. Councilman Curren Price is now asking the Los Angeles Fire Department to give tenants an extra two weeks to complete their moves.

President Obama nominated U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. to a federal judgeship Thursday, reports KPCC. The appointment, which was recommended by  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate.

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André Birotte Jr. gets Obama nod for federal judgeship in LA

LA Sheriff Corruption

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Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California (at podium), has been nominated for a federal judgeship by President Obama.

President Barack Obama has nominated longtime L.A. legal figure André Birotte Jr. to a federal judgeship in the Los Angeles-based Central District of California.

Birotte has headed the 500-person U.S. Attorney's office since 2010, overseeing criminal, civil and tax cases.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein recommended Birotte for the lifetime appointment, which has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

His office led investigations that led to recent indictments of California state Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) on public corruption charges, and of 18 current or former L.A. County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly abusing jail inmates.

Birotte has climbed the local legal career ladder as a deputy public defender  and as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. In private practice, Birotte handled white collar criminal defense cases and corporate litigation. Birotte also served six years as inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, overseeing internal investigations.

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Former President Clinton offers practical solutions for urban problems

Bill Clinton

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Former President Bill Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discuss how cities can pay for infrastructure projects during an event for the Clinton Global Initiative at City Hall.

Former President Clinton — speaking at a conference in Los Angeles on Thursday — advocated strategies for economic development as a way to overcome political tensions that threaten to stymie progress.

"The one thing that I think has the best chance of destroying this political polarization in America is grassroots public-private partnerships," said Clinton, speaking at Los Angeles City Hall as part of a day-long meeting with elected leaders from around the country on how local governments can improve and finance their infrastructure. 

"There's no question in my mind ... that everywhere in the world where political polarization is more severe, there is economic adversity. When people don't have anything to look forward to when they get up in the morning, when they think tomorrow is going to be just like yesterday, they are much more vulnerable to the siren song of identity politics."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: President Clinton visits City Hall, turmoil in the sheriff's deputies' union, how many pot shops are in LA?

US President Bill Clinton waves to the crowd as he

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Former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Eric Garcetti will host a Clinton Global Initiative meeting at Los Angeles City Hall this morning.

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Today is Thursday, April 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet at City Hall this morning to discuss how cities across America can improve their infrastructure, reports City News Service. The meeting is part of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins will officially take on her new leadership role in May, reports Capitol Alert. That is a "a full month before the Legislature must pass a budget without forfeiting pay. Atkins would also steer the Assembly through the May 30 deadline to pass Assembly bills and send them to the Senate," according to the site.

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