Pro illegal groups are denouncing U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein because she has stated she opposes sanctuary cities after a 5 time deported illegal on 7/1/15 killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco, CA. On 8/6/15 illegals and their supporters protested in front of Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office, blocking public access to the office.
Huntington Park, CA City Council nominates 2 illegals to commission seats
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Mayor Macias, Council Members Ortiz, Amezquita, Pineda and Sanabria
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2 immigrants in U.S. illegally are named to Huntington Park commissions
Julian Zatarain always assumed the doors of City Hall were closed to him because he is here illegally, arriving from Sinaloa in 2007 when he was 13.
The 21-year-old college student found other outlets for service, such as volunteering for the Red Cross and with an organization that helps young people like him get access to educational resources.
Then on Monday, Zatarain proudly accepted an appointment to the Huntington Park parks and recreation commission. Another immigrant here illegally, Francisco Medina, 29, won an appointment to the health and education commission.
“I’m speaking out for people like me,” Zatarain said. “I’m not doing anything wrong.”
Their appointments mark a bold — and controversial — step by the small southeast Los Angeles County city to boost the participation of these immigrants in city government.
The working-class communities along the 710 Freeway have long been entry points for immigrants from Mexico and Latin America — a good portion arriving illegally.
The demographics have resulted in much lower-than-average voter turnout, with some elections dropping below 10% in the last decade. In one election in Bell, only 2% of the voting-age population cast ballots; balloting in nearby South Gate brought out only 3%.
There is also the belief that the lack of civic engagement has helped foster the corruption that has plagued city halls across southeast L.A. County, most notably the Bell scandal over public officials’ salaries that resulted in national headlines and multiple criminal convictions of top leaders.
People who are in this country illegally cannot vote or seek elected office, but officials in Huntington Park said their status should not stop them from helping govern in other ways.
“Our population includes documented and undocumented immigrants, and I wanted to make sure everyone could participate,” Huntington Park Mayor Karina Macias said. “If we’re going to talk about transparency, being open and having a community that’s involved, then the conversation also has to include undocumented immigrants. I’m hoping other cities are looking at what we’re doing here.”
Macias said the city began accepting new applications for commission posts two months ago, and officials began wondering what would stop them from appointing people who are living in the country illegally.
State law does not prohibit people who are in the country illegally from serving as appointed commissioners.
Julian Zatarain, left, says the pledge of allegiance before being appointed to the Huntington Park Parks and Recreation Commission. He has lived in the country illegally since age 13.
Both men are required to undergo full background checks. And unlike other city commissioners, Zatarain and Medina won’t receive a monthly stipend, which generally ranges from $25 to $75.
“These two gentlemen have thousands of hours of volunteer work,” said Jhonny Pineda, a Huntington Park councilman who formally appointed both men. “They are qualified but it just turns out they are undocumented.”
Experts say the move reflects a growing effort in heavily Latino cities to push for more inclusion of people without legal status in public life. Several years ago, Maywood — which is next door to Huntington Park — made national headlines by declaring itself a “sanctuary” for those who are in the country illegally and repealed practices that some considered anti-immigrant.
John Noguez, former LA County Assessor, began his criminal career in Huntington Park, where he ran for city council while working at the LA County Assessor’s Office. At that time, he traded property tax reductions for campaign contributions. Career politicians have no one’s interest…
“It’s all about inclusion in civic engagement and also about using the resources a city has, and the No. 1 resource in any city are its people,” said Fernando Guerra, a political science professor who also serves as director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.
This inclusion is also occurring at the state level. California this year began issuing driver’s licenses to people without legal status. This summer, the California Legislature passed a measure that provides healthcare to many immigrants who are in the country illegally.
The U.S. Census Bureau last month said Latinos are now the largest ethnic group in California. But Latinos still have lower income levels than whites, and many believe the low voter turnout is blunting their political influence.
Reaction to the appointments has been decidedly mixed inside and outside Huntington Park.
Linda Caraballo, a former councilwoman and resident of Huntington Park, said that while she doesn’t oppose the people who are in the country illegally, she is against the appointments of the two men, fearing it would produce bad press for the city.
“There are more qualified people,” she said. “How could they be policy advisors if they can’t even vote for the council members? This is just going to bring media attention, it’s going to create national debate and it is something the city of Huntington Park doesn’t need.”
Robin Hvidston, executive director of We the People Rising, an immigration enforcement group in Claremont, said the appointments take two commission seats from U.S. citizens.
“To appoint commission seats to individuals who are breaking federal laws demonstrates that lack of respect for U.S. law,” she said.
But others argued that it’s important for immigrants to feel like they have a stake in how their communities are governed. When more people care about these issues, the chances of corruption are lessened, said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute — a Latino-focused public policy and research organization.
“The environment of where corruption flourishes is an environment where there is almost always a low level of scrutiny in monitoring and accountability and that is always characteristic of low level civic engagement,” he said. “The participation in commissions is a logical and healthy step forward.”
Zatarain, who is attending Santa Monica College, said he chose the parks and recreation commission because he believes he can help the city provide better services for residents.
He said he first thought about getting involved in government after the city picked a new trash hauler and garbage started piling up on streets.
“I was upset,” Zatarain said. “Why was my city dealing with this…? I came to realize, I wanted to get involved and help.”
California Senate Delegation to Mexico
Framework for CollaborationBetween California and Mexico
READ SENATOR RICARDO LARA’S FACEBOOK REPORTS FROM MEXICO
The CA Senators on Twitter said that they denounced Donald Trump while in Mexico and made headlines in Mexican newspapers…The CA Senators in the above Mexican newspaper: Senators Ben Allen, Marty Block, Kevin de León, Isadore Hall III (not visible in the photo), Jerry Hill, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, and Bill Monning. Senator Isadore Hall is the author of the CA State Resolution officially targeting Donald Trump – SR 39http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sr_39_bill_20150708_introduced.htm
REPORT FROM CA SENATE IN MEXICO
Senator Isadore Hall addresses members at the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE).
SENATOR ISADORE HALL
California State Senate Delegation pose in front of welcome sign at the office of the Honorable Dr. Eruviel Avila Villegas, Governor of the State of Mexico.
Close up view – CA delegation sign – NO USA flag….
Mexico City and Toluca, Mexico
3/27/15 South Gate, CA CA State Senator Ricardo Lara http://sd33.senate.ca.gov/
AMNESTY OPPONENTS SAY STATE SENATOR BARRED THEM FROM PUBLIC MEETING
Anti-illegal immigration activists claim they were unlawfully banned at public event
Fox News Latino
Rally in front of Rep Ed Royce’s office, Brea, CA
Duarte, CA illegals rage as LA County Sheriff’s Deputies stand down
ICE LA County Sheriff’s Deputies Community Meeting
Breitbart article covers the Citizen Lobby visit to Sacramento
CITIZEN LOBBYISTS FIGHT BACK AGAINST MEDI-CAL FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
Donald Trump Press Conference
For Families Whose Loved Were Killed By Illegals
The Remembrance Project Stolen Lives Quilt
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA 7/10/15
before the press conference with the family members
Report by Robin Hvidston
VIDEO FULL DONALD TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE BY GRINDALL
Donald Trump met with the family members who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegals before the press conference.
Maria Espinoza, founder and president, of the The Remembrance Project Stolen Lives Quilt, notified her California Director Robin Hvidston about attending the press conference, with less than a one and a half hour notice – in rush hour traffic – to arrive at the Donald Trump press conference, where the Stolen Lives Quilt banners were to be displayed.
Brenda Sparks, mother of Eric Haydu Zepeda, Sabine Durden, mother of Dominic Durden, and her fiance Anthony, Jamiel Shaw, Sr., Althea Shaw the aunt of Jamiel Shaw, Jr. and his grandmother, Don Rosenberg the father of Drew Rosenberg.
The atmosphere was informal. Donald Trump invited the each family member to tell their tragic stories and listened intently…
NOTE: The team that displays the Stolen Lives Quilt banners was invited to attend the press conference, in order to display the banners, but because of the short notice – the phone calls and the last-minute planning – it was a whirlwind of impossibilities. As it was, Robin Hvidston and Gary Galeano (Grindall) arrived just moments before the meeting began.
Donald Trump was swarmed by the media…
Donald Trump talked about the family members who he had met with and their common themes – such as it is politically incorrect to state the fact their loved ones were killed by illegals. The government’s abject lawlessness and culpability for allowing the illegal to reside in the USA.
The recent killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco was referenced.
Donald Trump invited each family member to the podium to tell their story to the press. Don Rosenberg, Lupe Morfin Moreno, Jamiel Shaw, Althea Shaw, Brenda Sparks and Sabine Durden spoke at length about their beloved sons/nephews.
The press conference was in the Chateau Ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The Stolen Lives Quilt banners were displayed.
Drew Rosenberg, 25, was killed in San Francisco by a driver, with prior citations, in the U.S. illegally, 11/16/10.
Dominic Durden, 30, was killed on 7/12/12 in Moreno Valley by a driver, with prior DUI/burglary convictions, in the U.S. illegally, who made an illegal turn, killing Dominic.
Eric Haydu Zepeda, 22, was killed in Yucaipa by a driver, with 3 prior driving without a license and traffic citations, in the U.S. illegally.
Jamiel Shaw, 17, assassinated by an illegal alien gang member Los Angeles, CA 3-2-08.
Rubin Morfin Salinas, CA. Shot in the head and killed by an illegal gang banger 2-29-1990.
NOTE: At left in the photo, Lupe Morfin Moreno of Santa Ana, CA (the aunt of little 13 year old Ruben, who was murdered in Salinas, CA as he walking with friends to his grandma’s house, the illegal gang banger asked him where he was from, and he said the USA. The gang banger shot him in the head, killed him in front of his friends.) was the family member that could not be located initially for the meeting. Her friend Adrienne Murphy, who moved from California to Arizona, was contacted in the attempt to locate Lupe. Adrienne finally was able to get in touch with Lupe, and Lupe arrived just as the press conference began.