CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2004 |
After 22 years in prison, Maria Suarez did exactly what she said she would do if ever released: hug her family and thank God. "Mamita, Mamita, Mamita linda!" Suarez cried Tuesday in the arms of her 86-year-old mother, Trinidad Suarez. Maria Suarez was 16 when she and her family immigrated legally to the U.S. from Michoacan, Mexico, in 1976.
January 21, 2009 |
The Senate, acting within hours of President Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director Tuesday, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. Sen.
April 2, 2010 |
The National Park Service is launching a study of sites in California and other states associated with the life and work of labor leader Cesar E. Chavez for possible designation as a national historic landmark or addition to the national park system. "The life of Cesar Chavez and people like him who have worked to make this country a better, more perfect union deserve to be recognized as part of the history of America," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday. "As stewards of the history of this great nation we look forward to working with the Chavez family, the United Farm Workers and communities throughout California and Arizona to determine how best to preserve this great legacy."
March 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama intends to nominate career civil-rights attorney Thomas Perez as secretary of Labor, people familiar with the deliberations confirmed Sunday. Perez is an assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. If confirmed by the Senate, replacing Hilda L. Solis, who announced her resignation as secretary of Labor in January to return to Southern California. He would be the only Latino Cabinet secretary. A White House announcement of Perez's nomination is expected but not imminent, according to the sources.
January 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis confirmed Friday that she is considering running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, plans to “get my footing back in the community” and remain politically active in Los Angeles. "I'm going to take a look at it," she said of her potential run for the eastern Los Angeles County seat that will be vacated late next year by Supervisor Gloria Molina, who will be termed out of office. Solis declined to offer a date when she will officially announce her decision, saying she wants to take time to "reflect, relax" and spend more time with her 87-year-old mother.
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Wednesday's "photo of the day" on the White House website showed an unusual sight in Oval Office history - the president surrounded by top advisors, only half of whom are white men. The picture seemed calculated to counter criticism that President Obama's new set of Cabinet appointees so far all are white and male. Obama is expected to name his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, to lead the Treasury Department. Further compounding the diversity problem, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to leave the administration soon, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced Wednesday that she was resigning.
April 16, 2012 |
CARTAGENA, Colombia — Despite strong opposition from his allies in the U.S. labor movement, President Obama said Sunday that he trusted Colombian authorities to improve protections for workers and union leaders as he cleared the final obstacle for implementation of a free trade agreement next month. The decision marks a victory for the U.S. business community, which has pushed the White House to increase commercial opportunities in Colombia's growing economy. The pact eliminates duties on most exports, eases travel restrictions and strengthens intellectual property rights.
February 11, 2010 |
In a move that is sure to have the agriculture industry grimacing and labor-rights advocates cheering, the Labor Department is reversing a Bush administration rule that allowed farmers an easier path to hiring temporary or seasonal foreign workers. The department has issued new regulations that will require growers to take more steps to try to find Americans to fill jobs picking crops and other harvest-time roles, as well as increase pay and provide more job-safety protections for the thousands of foreign farmworkers they do hire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2006 |
She was known as an "Airborne Florence Nightingale," a flight nurse during two wars who flew 425 combat evacuation missions, aiding and comforting more than 10,000 wounded soldiers. Lillian Kinkela Keil received 19 medals and ribbons for her service in what is now the U.S. Air Force. That made her the most decorated female veteran in U.S. military history, according to Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte).