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February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
A spokesman for former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday it would be "inappropriate" for the L.A. county supervisorial candidate to say if she informed the president about an FBI inquiry into her involvement in a 2012 fundraiser for the Obama reelection campaign. Steve Barkan, who is advising Solis' county campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 about her role inthe fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
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April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are typically reelected every four years with token opposition at most, and in former days they explained away this phenomenon by arguing that voters were so satisfied with their performance that there was a general consensus that things were going well. The lack of serious challengers, they asserted, was proof that democracy was working. That argument is so twisted as to need little serious discussion. Supervisors are consistently reelected in this county of more than 10 million people because it's nearly impossible to unseat them regardless of their performance.
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NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Richard Simon
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis officially kicked off her campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor Saturday, surrounded by heavyweights in labor and Democratic Party circles. Solis has been fundraising for nearly a year in the race to replace termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina, but Saturday's event at her campaign headquarters in El Monte marked the beginning of the major push to win the June 3 election. She was joined by supporters including United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who praised her track record on labor and environmental justice issues.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2009 | James Oliphant
Senate Republicans spent much of Friday morning trying to draw Barack Obama's choice for Labor secretary, Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte), into a fight over union issues. But she gave them little ammunition, repeatedly refusing to express her opinion on hotly contested issues such as organizing rights. And at the end of her relatively brief confirmation hearing, Solis' nomination did not appear to be endangered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2009 | Jean Merl
The appointment of Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis as Labor secretary has prompted 12 candidates to jump into a rare special election to replace her in the San Gabriel Valley-based 32nd Congressional District. Most politics experts, however, see the May 19 primary race as essentially a two-way contest between two seasoned, liberal Democrats: state Sen. Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles and state Board of Equalization member and former Assemblywoman Judy Chu of Monterey Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
The hottest ticket for labor types this week was the California Labor Federation's joint legislative conference dinner in Sacramento, where former Rep. Hilda Solis -- fresh from her swearing-in as Labor secretary -- addressed a cheering crowd of nearly 1,000 people. Despite Monday night's hoopla, Solis never mentioned the event's big theme: the Employee Free Choice Act, a revision of federal labor laws that unions have long sought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2009 | Dan Morain and Evelyn Larrubia
Her father came from Mexico and was a Teamster who worked at a battery recycling plant. Her mother is from Nicaragua and had a union job on a Mattel assembly line. Rep. Hilda Solis, the daughter of immigrants who lives in a modest home in El Monte not far from where she was raised, takes her first step to almost certain confirmation as U.S. secretary of Labor today at a Senate hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2009 | Jean Merl
The race to fill the vacancy in the San Gabriel Valley-based 32nd Congressional District has been costly and contentious. Among the 12 vying in a May 19 special election to replace Hilda Solis, now the U.S. secretary of Labor, are two seasoned, well-financed politicians: Democrats Gil Cedillo, a state senator, and Judy Chu, a member of the state Board of Equalization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2009 | Amanda Covarrubias
Former Rep. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) was sworn in as U.S. secretary of Labor on Friday in Washington by Vice President Joe Biden. Before the oath was administered, Biden told the group gathered at the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters that Solis will fight for the rights of workers. "Things like fairness in the workplace and workplace safety are not just idle phrases that are to be debated in Hilda's mind; they're real," Biden said. "They affect real, live people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
The field of contenders became clearer Friday for Los Angeles County government's June election, the first in decades that will have no incumbent on the ballot, as a period for candidates to file papers closed. Term limits are forcing out two county supervisors, and the sheriff and the assessor chose not to seek reelection amid corruption scandals involving their agencies. Topping the list of contenders seeking to replace Zev Yaroslavsky as a western county representative on the Board of Supervisors are former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, a former Santa Monica mayor and a member of the Kennedy political dynasty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
A spokesman for former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday it would be "inappropriate" for the L.A. county supervisorial candidate to say if she informed the president about an FBI inquiry into her involvement in a 2012 fundraiser for the Obama reelection campaign. Steve Barkan, who is advising Solis' county campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 about her role inthe fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle
The FBI spoke to former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama , but she believes she did nothing wrong and does not know if the authorities are still investigating, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, a consultant for Solis' Board of Supervisors campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 -- some eight months after the fundraiser at La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
An El Monte city councilman and former aide to County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is wading into the race to replace termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina, challenging former congresswoman and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Juventino "J" Gomez has filed the required paperwork to begin fund-raising and said Wednesday that he will run for the seat. His official announcement is expected Thursday. Gomez, an El Monte councilman since 2003, worked for Los Angeles County for 38 years, first in the human resources department and then for 12 years as a senior deputy to Antonovich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken a position as a scholar in residence at Cal Poly Pomona, officials said Thursday.' Solis began this week and will guest lecture in classes, mentor students in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences and help faculty develop curriculum. A particular area of interest will be political science, Cal Poly spokesman Daniel B. Lee said. Solis received a bachelor's degree in the subject from the Pomona campus in 1979. “I look forward to being a part of this great institution, and engaging with both the faculty and students in meaningful discussions about public policy and many other important issues,” Solis said in a statement.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated civil rights lawyer Thomas E. Perez to lead the Department of Labor, calling the former state labor official a defender of middle class workers and a consensus builder. Announcing his choice in the East Room on Monday, Obama noted Perez' work implementing a state minimum wage law while leading the Maryland labor department and cast him as a leader able to find compromise. “He's worked with CEOs, he's worked with labor leaders, he's worked at federal, state and local government levels,” Obama said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2000 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most Saturdays in the late 1970s, college student Hilda Solis would take her younger sisters to study with her in the library at Cal Poly Pomona. When they pulled away from the family's La Puente home in her aging Volkswagen Beetle, their devoutly Catholic mother would make the sign of the cross. As the little forest green car shuddered and struggled up steep Kellogg Hill en route to the campus, the young passengers wondered whether they would make it. They always did.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated civil rights lawyer Thomas E. Perez to lead the Department of Labor, calling the former state labor official a defender of middle class workers and a consensus builder. Announcing his choice in the East Room on Monday, Obama noted Perez' work implementing a state minimum wage law while leading the Maryland labor department and cast him as a leader able to find compromise. “He's worked with CEOs, he's worked with labor leaders, he's worked at federal, state and local government levels,” Obama said.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Richard Simon
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.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Onetime Los Angeles-area congresswoman Hilda L. Solis is stepping down as President Obama's secretary of Labor to return home, a move seen as a potential first step to a bid for the county Board of Supervisors. In a letter Wednesday to Labor Department employees, Solis, 55, said that after spending time with family over the holidays, she had decided to "begin a new future, and return to the people and places" she loves. Supervisor Gloria Molina will be forced from office next year by term limits.
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