President Barack Obama made headlines last night with a national address announcing his long-awaited executive action on immigration. The plan will benefit nearly 5 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally by making them eligible to obtain work permits and avoid deportation.
Though the action drew the ire of national Republicans, with political analysts already wondering how it might impact the 2016 presidential race, it was better received in California. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement praising Obama for stepping “up for hard-working families across America. This is the right thing to do, and it’s time for Congress to finish the job.”
The Service Employees International Union has planned a dozen rallies across the state today to celebrate the announcement and unveil a new website to help guide workers through the application process. A 2 p.m. event in Sacramento at the Federal Building on I Street will include Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000, and community members.
VIDEO: With more undocumented immigrants than any other state, California will feel the biggest effects of Obama's immigration plan, Dan Walters says.
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UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS: It’s not over yet, but Assembly members Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, and Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, continue to trail in their re-election bids and time is running out. With only 60,123 ballots remaining to be counted in Los Angeles County, which encompasses both of their districts, Democrat Patty Lopez leads Bocanegra by 235 votes and Republican David Hadley leads Muratsuchi by 1,069 votes. The lawmakers will find out whether their fortunes have shifted when LA County issues its latest update at 1 p.m.
EARLY BIRD: You only turn 40 once – unless you’re a lawmaker, in which it becomes a great fundraising opportunity several days in advance. If you want to help Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, enter his fifth decade in style, ahead of his actual birthday next week, a “40th birthday bash” at the L.A. Derby Dolls tonight will set you back between $2,000 and $8,200.
KEEPING BIZ-Y: Board of Equalization member George Runner, who recently won a second term, will discuss the contributions of small businesses to the California economy at a luncheon sponsored by the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, noon at the Greater Sacramento Urban League on Marysville Boulevard.
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