Immigration reform will be a priority in Washington, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is hoping to shape the conversation. This week, Villaraigosa announced a six-point plan, which includes a path to citizenship, family reunification, and smarter border enforcement. The California Democrat recently spoke with U.S. News about the urgency of immigration reform and the details of his proposal.
Joining with cities across the country following the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for tougher state and federal gun control laws, including a ban on the sale of assault weapons. Three separate measures from Councilmen Bernard Parks, Paul Koretz and Dennis Zine that were approved on 12-0 votes called for city lobbyists to inform state and federal officials that the city is backing the tough sales provisions.
Metro will begin running weekend Gold Line trains more frequently starting at the end of this month. The 19.7-mile light-rail line that operates between Pasadena, East Los Angeles and Downtown will begin running every six minutes instead of every 12. The schedule change, which will begin on January 27, will apply to Saturday and Sunday trains between the hours of approximately 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
For those not invited to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the next best thing might have been playing Frisbee barefoot in a downtown park and listening to a singer rap Obama’s inauguration speech.As hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington, D.C., mall to watch Obama’s swearing-in, across the country, a decidedly smaller crowd celebrated at the Grand Park near City Hall.