One of two measures that make up what’s referred to as the California Dream Act was released from suspense in a state Senate committee today, and is expected to go to the Senate floor next week for a vote. But unlike AB 130, a companion bill that was recently signed into law, the bill known as AB 131 faces slimmer odds of success.
Both measures aim to make it easier for undocumented college students to pay tuition. AB 130 allowed these students access to previously unavailable privately funded scholarships. AB 131 would grant them access to publicly funded financial aid, the same kind of financial aid now available to students who are U.S. citizens and legal residents. Although undocumented students can qualify for in-state tuition if they meet state residency requirements, they are still barred from public financial aid programs, such as Cal Grants.
[…] Unlike the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, neither of the California bills proposes a path to legal status.
Kamala Harris has asked that marriages resume for same sex couples while we await some final results from the Prop 8 fiasco. But the best part of this story is the following:
The president of the Family Research Council, a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage, said Tuesday it suspected the government was colluding with lawyers in the Proposition 8 case.
Tony Perkins, the group’s president, pointed out that lawyers for the two California couples asked the 9th Circuit to lift its stay just a few hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the administration’s new position on the federal act.
Perkins asked the government to provide records of any contact the Justice Department might have had with the attorneys.
“Even the appearance of collusion between the Department of Justice and litigants is highly damaging to the rule of law in America,” Perkins wrote.
LOL, Tony Perkins!
Below is contact information for two of the elected officials who spoke at this protest in Yorba Linda, CA against the ICNA Relief, a hunger prevention program which just happens to be a Muslim organization. From their site: “We are a Muslim organization and feel the responsibility to help and support the needy as our religious responsibility”. If you haven’t seen the video yet, please do so now.
Congressman Ed Royce
From the video: “They call it multiculturalism, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgment we need to make to prosper as a society.”
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-4111
District office (recommended for letters):
1110 E. Chapman Ave, Suite 207
Orange, CA 92866
phone: (714) 744-4130
No email address; just online submission form, which states they won’t respond to non-constituents.
Deborah Pauly, Villa Park CA Councilmember
City Council phone number: (714) 998-1500
From the video: “As a matter of fact I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” Again, this is referring to the ICNA Relief group, which helps and raises money for women’s shelters and serves as a hunger prevention program.
As a side note: It’s disgusting beyond belief when citizens spew this vile hatred, but it’s even worse when politicians - elected officials with easy access to microphones and the ability to influence public policy - spread their Islamophobic diatribes. This is why I have provided their information.
Here’s the info for Gary Miller, the last official speaking in the video.
2349 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
1800 E. Lambert Road
Brea, CA 92821
As a Member of the Judiciary Committee, it is my intention to introduce legislation that will once and for all repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the Federal government should honor that. I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed.
Good! Can’t wait for this to finally be repealed.
Feinstein! Hooray for my senator!
he State Supreme Court have announced that they should have a decision on whether or not they’ll rule on standing by next week. This is getting complicated.. see the details below.
Ok, so here’s where we’re at. The 9th District Court needs to decide on whether or not the defense (prop-Prop8 people) have standing to continue appealing Judge Walker’s ruling without the support of the State. The 9th District doesn’t want to make that decision on their own, so they sent the question to the State Supreme Court for their opinion.
The Supreme Court is saying that by next week they’ll decide on whether or not they will give an answer to the 9th District Court. So their ruling won’t be a ruling on the standing question, but on whether or not they’ll look at the case.
If the Supreme Court says they’ll look at the case, then we’ll wait for them to issue an opinion which the 9th District will use in making their decision. If 9th District then rules that there is no standing, they will dismiss the case and marriage will become legal in California only. If 9th District rules that the defense DOES have standing, then they’ll next decide whether or not Judge Vaughn Walker made the right decision in striking down Prop 8.
ARCADIA - Less than six months after reinstating it, City Council members voted unanimously to suspend a program that traps and kills coyotes in residential neighborhoods.
The program, which has caught at least 20 coyotes since August, drew constant fire from residents and animal rights’ activists, who argued there are more effective ways to deal with the foraging creatures.
Good news for the coyotes; bad news for me and the Only Living Dachshund in Orange County as I am thinking of moving to Arcadia. Will have to take precautions to protect the dog from coyotes apparently.
Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, in a desperate act to escape captivity, she shot her pimp.
What is injustice? This.
This is completely unjust. Please read this woman’s story and sign the petition urging the Governator to release her. Sixteen years in prison for what amounts to an act of self-defense is far, far too long.