We look at why Adelanto and other cities are cutting their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Plus, why Rosemead and Temple City are suing El Monte over medical cannabis. And, an interview with Love & Rockets' Jaime Hernandez.
There are a whole lotta people running right now. How many? Let's do the numbers. The first number is EIGHTEEN - that's how many Democrats are now hoping to go head-to-head with the president next year AS OF THIS AFTERNOON. Among them: SIX women. SIX senators. FIVE congress members. TWO governors. THREE mayors. TWO political outsiders. And now TWO Californians, after Golden-State Congressman Eric Swallwell announced HIS bid last night. He's neither the youngest nor the most experienced, nor the most well-known and yet here he is so who IS he?
- Marisa Lagos, co-hosts the podcast Political Breakdown for KQED
El Salvador update
It is the third day of California Governor Gavin Newsom's trip through El Salvador. He's there, he and his administration have said, to understand the root causes of migration toward the U.S. with the end goal to help influence immigration policy and stem the flow of so many people north.
- Elizabeth Aguilera, reporter with our partner news organization Cal Matters
It's not a new story. Lawmakers try to pass legislation that will tax sugary drinks or restrict their sales, then groups like Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association spend millions of dollars lobbying against it...and then the bill fails. Well, California lawmakers are trying again. In fact, a package of bills targeting soda is being heard by the state assembly's health committee right now.
- Samantha Young, California Healthline's political correspondent
Cities Pot Lawsuit
The cities of Rosemead and Temple City have filed lawsuits against El Monte over plans to approve a medical cannabis growing, packaging and shipping business an industrial district. The two cities are asking that a judge order El Monte to rescind its approval of development plans on the bordering areas. Plaintiffs allege El Monte’s environmental review of the project was inadequate. But other motivations for the opposition loom aside from environmental concerns.
- Chris Lindahl, San Gabriel Valley Tribune & Pasadena Star News
Adelanto & ICE
Adelanto officials said they are ending the city's oversight of the immigration detention facility there and cutting ties with the private prison company that owns it, GEO Group. It’s the latest in a string of similar decisions by local governments to terminate their contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigrant detention.
Paying for College
A college degree has become essential for upward mobility, but many say our public schools aren’t doing enough to prepare students for college. At the same time, colleges are struggling to keep up with the ever-shifting trends in the job market. This, while the costs of higher education continue to climb.
- Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC
Love and Rockets
In the legendary comic book series Love and Rockets, Jaime Hernandez has followed the lives of his queer, Chicano cast of characters for over 30 years of romance, heartbreak, and the self-awareness that comes with age. Is This How You See Me? focuses on Jaime’s two most beloved characters, Maggie and Hopey, flashing backward and forward in time to reveal how the passage of time has molded these young L.A. punks into complex, middle-aged women. An intimate look at how people change and drift apart, yet remain deeply affected by their formative years, Is This How You See Me? brings Hernandez’s Love and Rockets series full circle.
- Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets co-creator