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.
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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).
April 15, 2010 |
President Obama ordered top federal officials to launch a full-scale safety review of coal mines around the nation on Thursday and asked Congress to close legal loopholes that let companies "put their bottom line before the safety of their workers." After summoning safety and labor officials to the Oval Office to answer for the recent explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, Obama ordered them to examine lapses by mine companies' management -- as well as in federal regulators' procedures.
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).