December 19, 2008 |
Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte), a Congressional Hispanic Caucus leader considered to be one of the most reliably pro-union voices in the House, is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Labor Department, a Democratic official said Thursday. Obama is expected to announce the selection at a news conference today in Chicago. Solis, 51, would be the third Latino member of Obama's Cabinet, a measure of diversity that has garnered praise from this fast-growing slice of the electorate.
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 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.
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.
August 12, 2010 |
BP ran a pressure test Thursday to figure out whether the final step in its tortured effort to permanently seal its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico is necessary. Federal officials have repeatedly said they will not consider the crippled well dead until BP has drilled into the bottom and plugged it. But engineers have raised the possibility that they may have accomplished that already with last week's "static kill" operation, in which cement was pumped through the well's top into its inner casing.
May 25, 2002
Wildness can be a perishable thing, succumbing to the bite of the chain saw, the ruts of the all-terrain vehicle and the seemingly inevitable crush of development. As California's population soars toward 50 million, our remaining wild lands become more precious. This generation has an obligation to future generations to save these places before they are overwhelmed by civilization.
September 23, 1994 |
A package of eight anti-crime bills designed to restrict minors' unsupervised access to guns, increase the penalty for drive-by shooting convictions and prohibit convicted felons from possessing ammunition has been signed into law by Gov. Pete Wilson. Other approved measures increase penalties for the possession of armor-piercing ammunition and the wearing of a bulletproof vest during the commission of a crime.
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April 9, 2005 |
Army Pvt. Manuel Lopez Sanchez sat straight in his jet-black wheelchair, his face stern and chest out. He was at attention again. But he couldn't hold back his smile. Gathered around the 84-year-old veteran Friday were about 40 family members and friends, standing in the den of his Rosemead home to watch him finally receive eight medals for his service during World War II. As the pillow of medals was placed on his lap, tears welled up and he said, "I don't think I deserve all this.
September 25, 1993 |
Calling it "a grave danger to our children," a group of Latino community leaders said Friday they are launching a grass-roots campaign to defeat Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative on the November ballot. Using telephone pitches, door-to-door canvassing and a series of community meetings, the group will try to counter plans by pro-voucher forces to target Latinos for support.
December 17, 2003 |
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is quietly reaping endorsements from high-ranking Latino officials, a development that bodes well for him in Southwestern states. In recent days, four members of Congress from Southern California have announced their backing of Dean. Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte) became the latest to support him Tuesday, following Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-East Los Angeles) and Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles).