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October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday became the second California Republican to join Democrats on a broad immigration bill, increasing pressure on GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. "Immigration reform in the House cannot wait," the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. Valadao, of Hanford, follows Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock, another Central Valley Republican with a heavily Latino district that relies on immigrants to pick crops, in signing on to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The measure is similar to a Senate bill passed in June.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A top Federal Reserve policymaker said the central bank was unlikely to start reducing a key stimulus program for "a few months" because the partial government shutdown has muddied the economic picture. Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, said Monday that he would need to see strong jobs reports and signs that the nation's economic output, or gross domestic product, was on the upswing before he would support tapering the monthly $85-billion bond-buying program.
October 13, 2013
If you go Ft. Ord National Monument; (831) 394-8314, http://www.blm.gov/ca/hollister. (Currently closed due to the government shutdown.) Ft. Ord Dunes State Park, Beach Range Road, Marina, Calif.; (831) 649-2836, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=580 , The town of Marina just north of Ft. Ord has a number of chain motels (www.seemonterey.com/hotels/) as well as the luxurious Sanctuary Beach Resort, 3295 Dunes Drive; (877) 944-3863, http://www.thesanctuarybeachresort.com . Junior suites from $219 midweek.
October 12, 2013
Re "Garcetti favors familiar faces," Oct. 10 This article is worthy of being turned into a "Seinfeld" episode - because it's about nothing. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is picking the team that will help him enact his policies. He must choose people he knows will do that. After Mayor Tom Bradley was elected in 1973, I collected resumes for his administration. Because of the historic nature of that election, its results were known worldwide. We received several hundred applications from all over the world, from Tarzana to Tanzania.
September 29, 2013
PACIFIC COAST Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas will introduce the audience to the famous and not-so-famous monuments and museums of Paris, followed by a trip to Versailles. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Planning a fall day hike to escape to cooler temperatures and see fall colors? REI experts will share tips on all aspects of hiking, including trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
September 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.