Mayors criticize immigration crackdown

Jun 26, 2017


Hundreds of mayors from across the United States are meeting at the US Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach to confront current problems facing their cities, including Trump's crack down on immigration -- which many mayors feel is disruptive to city affairs.


AP's ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON/MARCOS MARTINEZ: "Mayors are warning President Donald Trump that toughening immigration enforcement meddles with U.S. cities' affairs."


"More than 250 mayors are meeting at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach to take a stance on issues from climate change to the federal budget and health care. They are reviewing resolutions that would strongly oppose Trump's crack down on illegal immigration."


"Mayors were struck a blow in January, when Trump ordered to cut funding to jurisdictions that deny in some way cooperation with federal immigration agents. Most cities have defied the order, and a federal judge blocked it in April, at least temporarily."

Police in San Jose have confiscated nearly 1.5 tons of illegal fireworks
 after a months-long investigation.


EBT's PATRICK MAY: "OK, so maybe it wasn’t the biggest fireworks take-down ever. And, sure, it pales compared to San Bernardino’s bust earlier this month of 7,500 pounds of illegal explosives. But San Jose’s bust the other day was still a respectable amount of contraband: 2,700 pounds."

"That’s like the weight of 13 manhole covers. Or more than four large vending machines."

"In any case, the announcement that local law enforcement had completed a months-long investigation into the possession and use of illegal fireworks produced more than just a ton of fireworks and an arrest warrant for one of the two guys selling the stuff."


The acting director of the Department of Water Resources, Bill Croyle, is officially retiring.


Sacramento Bee's DALE KASLER: "Bill Croyle, who’s been the sometimes controversial public face of the state’s response to the Oroville Dam emergency, announced his retirement Friday as acting director of the Department of Water Resources."

"Croyle, 59, will retire in July, just six months after becoming DWR’s acting director. His replacement is Cindy Messer, the agency’s chief deputy director. She, too, will be acting director."


"An engineer who worked nine years at DWR, Croyle was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight barely a month after taking over as DWR’s director. The February crisis at Oroville forced the temporary evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents, became a worldwide media story and opened the department to criticism of its handling of the situation."


A recent Koch network gathering of wealthy donors and ranking conservative politicians drafted amendments for the Senate's health care bill.


LA Times' LISA MASCARO: "Conservatives floated two amendments for toughening up the Senate's Obamacare overhaul this weekend at the influential Koch network's confab of wealthy donors, as Republicans seek ways to win over detractors and tip enough GOP votes for passage."

"That the Koch network quickly panned the Senate bill is no surprise. The organization of deep-pocketed conservative advocacy groups similarly rejected the House GOP bill this spring until party leaders tacked on tough amendments to appease right-leaning Republicans."

"We've been disappointed that movement's not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this onerous law Obamacare," said Tim Phillips, who heads Americans for Prosperity, the largest of the Koch network's advocacy groups."


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If you celebrate Ramadan you may have spent your Sunday praying as Muslims across Southern California celebrate this year's end to the holiday


LA Times' FRANK SHYONG: "Muslims across Southern California marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday, breaking a month of fasting with prayers and celebrations."

"Eid al-Fitr, Islam’s second holiest holiday, began this weekend and is observed for up to three days. The festival is a chance for the community to celebrate after a month of abstaining from eating, drinking and other sensual pleasures as a way to improve moral character."

"Eid is “a joyous time for all Muslims to be grateful for what we have,” said Dr. Ahsan M. Khan, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Los Angeles East Chapter. “It is a time for us to celebrate peace on Earth, engage in service to others and rejoice in the bounties provided by God.”


Democrats' recent special election losses have caused embarassment for the party, and some think the main reason may be because of the unique personality of Donald Trump.


LA Times' CATHLEEN DECKER: "Democrats have hoped that President Trump’s deep unpopularity would propel them to gains in next year’s midterm election as they fight to take control of the House and improve their position in the Senate."

"But last year’s contests and this year’s special elections suggest a complication: Trump is so distinctive a politician that it’s hard to persuade voters that other Republican candidates are carbon copies of the president. Trump’s outsized persona makes even those Republicans who share his views seem more moderate, an important attribute to swing voters."

"That presents a problem for the party out of power."


San Francisco's gay pride parade had a massive turnout with hundreds of thousands of revelers filling the streets.


The Chronicle's KEVIN FAGAN/TRISHA THADANITONYU BRAVO/EVAN SERNOFFSKY: "Hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on Market Street like a rainbow-colored river Sunday to join the explosion of wildly painted floats and chest-thumping music as the 47th annual Pride Parade took over downtown San Francisco."

"People from all over the world jammed sidewalks — five deep in spots — for the happy chaos of costumes, camaraderie and celebration as they watched more than 200 floats, musical acts and groups of marchers pour down the 1.3-mile parade route between the Embarcadero and Civic Center."

"And while the city’s biggest annual parade has become a moment to celebrate progress made on gay rights in California and across the nation, behind the waving rainbow flags was a more sober message that there’s still a lot to fight for."


The Los Angeles Unified School District has set a dual-language goal for all students by the time they graduate -- fueled by a robust 64 dual-language program database unique to the district's institutions.


Daily News' ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL: "Among the many actions the Los Angeles Unified School District board took last week – including adopting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year – members unanimously agreed on a goal for students entering kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year: biliteracy for all by the time they graduate."

"The idea is that all students entering kindergarten in the district in 2018-19 will graduate with the ability to read and write in a second language in addition to the language they speak at home."

"The district already has 64 dual-language programs in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic and Armenian and will add 16 new programs this fall. The resolution would greatly expand these programs."


This week's Capitol Weekly podcast invites Paul Mitchell to discuss census impacts on the state's political districts.


CW: "The 2020 census could have a big impact on California’s political districts. The numbers mean everything."

"For example, will California lose a Congressional seat if the count comes in lower than expected? Some political observers say yes. If we lose a seat, will it be at the expense of an African American incumbent?"

"Will California gain a congressional seat, giving the state 54th seat in the House? If so, where will it be? In the Inland Empire? Will Latinos gain?"







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