Earlier this year when the president of the self-described “largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country” called President Obama a “Deporter in Chief” for his administration’s deportation policies, it became a rallying cry for some fed up with the lack of movement on the country’s immigration reform. It garnered national attention and also gained her many critics.
Students from impoverished districts in L.A., Compton and others are suing state officials over lost class time and overall harm to their education. The class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Counsel Law Center blames high teacher turnover, inefficient scheduling, school crime and even personal trauma for failing these students.
Tonight, it’s the Democrats’ turn to take the stage in the first televised Democratic presidential debate. Then, USC fired Steve Sarkisian yesterday, just 24 hours after placing him on indefinite leave for questionable behavior. Also, California is faced with an unintended consequence of Prop 47 -- the lack of available inmate firefighters.
The Pentagon will press pause on its training program for Syrian rebel groups fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) forces and the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Then, LAUSD needs to find a new superintendent before Ramon Cortines retires by the end of the year. Also, of the 800-plus bills that landed on Gov. Brown’s desk, he vetoed 133 of them.
Is Paul Ryan the right person to be Speaker of the House? Then, Two Greek organizations at UCLA have come under criticism after holding a Kanye West-themed party where some attendees wore blackface. Also, woe to the casual film-goer who might not be familiar with the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman who died this week.
Kevin McCarthy has just dropped out of the House Speaker race. Then, women are “leaning in” to powerful positions in the workplace, but still struggle to devote time to their families. Also, The California Public Utilities Commission has started to hear proposals from several electric companies in California that critics say, if approved, will have a devastating impact on the solar industry and the environment.
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