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August 11, 2015

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to remove the term "alien" from the California labor code to describe foreign-born workers.

Brown announced Monday that he signed SB432 by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia.

Mendoza said removing the term "alien" was an important step toward modernizing California law because it is now commonly considered a derogatory term with very negative connotations.

Governor’s decision pleases Inland residents from immigrant families, but is criticized by those who oppose illegal immigration.

August 10, 2015


Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday, Aug. 10, to delete the term “alien” from the California Labor Code when defining immigrants.

The governor’s move was welcomed by some Inland residents who come from immigrant families, but was criticized by those against illegal immigration.

The bill’s author, state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, said the measure was a way to modernize the code and steer people away from what many consider negative rhetoric.

July 21, 2015

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun

Proposed legislation that would require San Bernardino County and other California counties with populations of 2 million or more to increase their number of elected supervisors from five to seven is gaining momentum in the Legislature.

June 23, 2015

Cindy Chavez

You may not know who sits on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors or what the five-member panel does, but soon enough, the oversight body could have a few new members.

Legislation authored by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, would increase the size of the board of supervisors in counties with more than 2 million residents from five members to seven.

June 22, 2015

By Hunter Cresswell,

In August of 2013 a butane hash oil lab exploded in a Eureka apartment, leaving a 2-year-old boy with extensive first- and second-degree burns.

Butane hash oil lab explosions like the one mentioned are becoming more common place in Humboldt County and across the country, with two occurring on April 11 in Arcata and McKinleyville and a third in Cutten on May 31 the most recent local examples, according to officials.

June 22, 2015

By Bill Boyarsky 

With David Ryu, a Korean American, just elected to the Los Angeles City Council, attention should now turn to putting an Asian American on the county board of supervisors. Doing that, and increasing the number of Latino supervisors, would result in a board that truly represents the county’s diverse population.

June 22, 2015

By San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial board

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors can genuinely claim credit for mostly solid performance. But performance aside, it’s hard to argue that the five supervisors – one woman, four men, no Latinos or other minorities – are representative of the diverse San Diego County population.