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June 5, 2009 | Anna Gorman
Two years after reaffirming Oakland's status as a "sanctuary city," the City Council voted this week to create identification cards for illegal immigrants. The city's program will be modeled after a similar one in San Francisco, which started giving out cards to illegal immigrants earlier this year. Council members said the cards will give illegal immigrants easier access to city and business services, improve their civic participation and encourage them to report crimes to police.
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July 3, 2008 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Gavin Newsom has his work cut out for him: As he positions himself to run for governor, he must persuade Californians that he is more than just the mayor of a famously liberal city, the man who ushered in same-sex marriage. This week, he has another issue, but it might just make his job a lot harder.
OPINION
January 27, 1991 | MICHAEL KEYS, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has declared the city a sanctuary for anyone who opposes the Persian Gulf War. City money cannot be used to track down or prosecute soldiers who are AWOL. Berkeley and Madison, Wis., have passed similar resolutions. MICHAEL KEYS , president of the San Francisco Police Officers Assn. and an 18-year veteran of the force, commented on this policy:
This is ludicrous. City government should not take a stand that tells people to violate the law. I think this sends a really awful message to those kids in the Persian Gulf, and everywhere else. By offering sanctuary, the city has encouraged protests, but they're not just protests, they're roving gangs. Protesters broke into an Army recruiting office, took all the furniture out and torched it. They torched a CHP car. They closed down our bridges twice.
OPINION
January 4, 2005
Re "Wishful Thinking" (editorial, Jan. 1): Here are some wishes for the new year that were missing on The Times' wish list for the 2005. (1) The federal government will enforce our immigration and labor laws. (2) Brazen meddling in the internal affairs of the U.S. by Mexico will be met with a sharp rebuke by the U.S. government. (3) California will guarantee the integrity of the democratic process by requiring valid photo identification at the time of registration and voting. (4) Los Angeles will cease to be a sanctuary city for illegal aliens and rescind "Special Order 40."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has announced plans to conduct a "top to bottom" review of the Maywood Police Department, following allegations of sexual misconduct, racism and brutality among officers in the small suburb southeast of Los Angeles. The probe, made public Friday, comes amid residents' growing anger toward the 37-member department. Officers have been accused of beating residents and stalking and sexually abusing women. One woman said an officer groped her 14-year-old daughter.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
I honestly can't tell what's more disturbing, the fact that Katy Perry dressed up in “ yellowface ” or that anyone thought it was “ beautiful .” Last weekend, the “I Kissed a Girl” singer appeared at the American Music Awards to perform her new single, “Unconditional,” dressed in a kimono. Perry went all the way with borrowing from Japanese culture, writes Vulture: “geisha moves ... giant fans, cherry blossoms, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and much more.” The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Wang  commented that the “performance was also a harsh reminder of how deeply anchored the archetype of the exotic, self-sacrificing 'lotus blossom' is in the Western imagination.” However, Chris Talbott of the Associated Press   didn't find anything wrong with it. Talbott responded by saying Perry  looked  “like a princess out of a classic Japanese painting.” Here we can see that the bigger issue with Perry's “ demeaning and harmful iconography ” is that some people don't see it as an issue - because cultural appropriation has become so commonplace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher flew by helicopter to Santa Catalina Island at dawn Thursday to personally condemn an effort by the Mexican Consulate to offer identification cards to local undocumented workers. But his hastily arranged visit, which aimed to single out Avalon as an example of a community overwhelmed with illegal immigration issues, drug abuse and crime, drew mixed reviews from island officials and merchants. Some welcomed the attention in an isolated seaside community, about 22 miles off the Southern California coast, where an estimated 70% of the 3,000 permanent residents are Spanish-speaking Latinos.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Immigration advocates in Texas were heartened last year when the Republican governor, Rick Perry, flatly stated that Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants "would not be the right direction for Texas. " But in June, Perry convened a special session of the Legislature, hoping to pass a measure outlawing sanctuary cities — places where police are not allowed to ask people they detain about immigration status. The law, which had already failed during the Legislature's regular session, was defeated a second time thanks to an opposition coalition that included immigration activists as well as law enforcement officials, evangelical pastors and Republican business owners, among them one of Perry's biggest fundraisers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus, appearing for the first time with her five challengers in Tuesday's election, defended her record on development and police protection at a debate Wednesday night at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Picus, 58, was first elected to the council in 1977 and is running for reelection representing the 3rd District.
OPINION
April 11, 2008
Although a recent spate of violent crime has focused much of the city's attention on gangs, there is another source of fearful social upheaval rippling through Los Angeles: immigration raids. Although they certainly do not threaten residents' welfare and security with deadly gunfire, the continual rounding up of illegal immigrants at their places of employment is having serious consequences within and without the Latino community.
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