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.
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.
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June 5, 2006 |
Citing the threat of drought and earthquakes to Southern California water supplies, officials last week urged more state funding to complete cleanup of large portions of the San Gabriel Valley Basin that serves more than 1 million people. Since it was established in 1993 to oversee cleanup operations, the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority has received only about $8 million from the state of the $560 million collected for water treatment and remediation efforts, officials said.
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.
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July 28, 2012 |
Veteran actress Lupe Ontiveros, the El Paso-born daughter of Mexican immigrants, once estimated that she had played the role of a maid more than 150 times during her career. That's why the 4-foot-11 actress was so overjoyed more than a decade ago when director Miguel Arteta approached her backstage after a theatrical showcase and said he had a screenplay for her to consider. "He said, 'Look at the part of Beverly,'" Ontiveros recalled in a 2009 National Public Radio interview. "I said, 'Beverly?
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).