AirTalk for September 30, 2014

Undocumented immigrants can apply for professional licenses in California under a new law (SB-1159; Lara) signed on Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Also, Los Angeles WaterKeeper is calling on Angelenos to stop washing their cars. Then, Mayor Richard Riordan talks about this new memoir "The Mayor."
Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27. Garcia, 36, is a law school graduate who passed California's bar examination, but he's living in the United States illegally. California

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AirTalk for September 23, 2014

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