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LULAC Disappointed with Trump Administration’s Failure to Ban Toxic Pesticides on Eve of César Chavez Day

LULAC Disappointed with Trump Administration’s Failure to Ban Toxic Pesticides on Eve of César Chavez Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declined to ban chlorpyrifos – a dangerous pesticide widely used in agriculture and linked to many health hazards, particularly neurological damage in children. Last year, LULAC joined other health, environmental, and civil rights organizations to file a legal petition requesting a ban on the toxic pesticide, and...
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Bilingual commentary: Health Bill Fiasco

Bilingual commentary: Health Bill Fiasco

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. David Magallanes By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Last week was a premier display of the ineptitude and complete...
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California’s Attorney General Is Asked to Take Action Against Enrollment Practices Denying Latino and Immigrant Students Their Right to Enroll in School

California’s Attorney General Is Asked to Take Action Against Enrollment Practices Denying Latino and Immigrant Students Their Right to Enroll in School

Some California school districts deter certain students from enrolling in school by inquiring about their citizenship status and/or requesting their Social Security Numbers. OAKLAND —  Today, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA), with an office in Oxnard, sent a letter to...
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Bilingual commentary: In an Idyllic Political World…

Bilingual commentary: In an Idyllic Political World…

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. David Magallanes By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Once upon a time, in a magical country light-years away in...
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Limón to Chair Newly Created Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector

Limón to Chair Newly Created Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to Chair a Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector. According to California Association on Nonprofits, a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits, the nonprofit sector is a vital part of California’s economy generating $260 billion in total economic activity every...
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April 11 — Assemblymember Monique Limón to hold Ventura District Office Open House

April 11 — Assemblymember Monique Limón to hold Ventura District Office Open House

VENTURA — Assemblymember Monique Limón will hold a Ventura District Office Open House from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the 37th Assembly District Office, 89 S. California St., Suite F, Ventura. Contact 805-641-3700, 805-564-1649 or send an email to or visit asmdc.org/limon for more information.
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March 21 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present Andrea Bowers and Marcos Ramírez ERRE: ‘A Conversation Beyond Borders’

March 21 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present Andrea Bowers and Marcos Ramírez ERRE:  ‘A Conversation Beyond Borders’

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Art will present Andrea Bowers and Marcos Ramírez ERRE:  “A Conversation Beyond Borders” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the Mary Craig Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara. SBMA Curator of Contemporary Art Julie Joyce leads a discussion about art, social justice, immigration...
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State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson introduces bill to create ‘California Trusts Women’ pro-choice license plate

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson introduces bill to create ‘California Trusts Women’ pro-choice license plate

SACRAMENTO – With reproductive rights and funding being threatened by the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a bill to create a specialized reproductive freedom license plate, with proceeds benefiting reproductive health care services in California. Senate Bill 309 would require that the Department of Motor Vehicles issue...
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Bilingual commentary: Mexican Outrage

Bilingual commentary: Mexican Outrage

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. David Magallanes By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Mexico has a history of resenting the U.S. for a variety...
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Ventura County Legislators Urge Reevaluation of Puente Power Project

Ventura County Legislators Urge Reevaluation of Puente Power Project

SACRAMENTO – As the California Energy Commission undertakes multiple days of hearings in Oxnard regarding the proposed Puente Power Project, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara),Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), and Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) have released the following statements urging commissioners to pause and reevaluate the need for the plant in light of ongoing environmental and environmental justice concerns,...
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Bilingual commentary: Trump’s Alternative Universe

Bilingual commentary: Trump’s Alternative Universe

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. David Magallanes By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Our beloved country has found itself in a bizarre reality of...
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State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson reintroduces bill to clean up beaches by plugging old, leaking oil wells

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson reintroduces bill to clean up beaches by plugging old, leaking oil wells

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is continuing her efforts to protect California beaches by reintroducing a bill to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. Senate Bill 44, the Coastal Oil Well Clean Up and Remediation Act, would require that the California State Lands Commission plug very old “orphaned” oil wells...
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UCSB Chicana/o Studies scholar Aída Hurtado gives remarks at historic Women’s March on Washington

UCSB Chicana/o Studies scholar Aída Hurtado gives remarks at historic Women’s March on Washington

By Shelly Leachman • UCSB As a scholar, Aída Hurtado has marked multiple firsts in her study and teaching of Chicana/o studies and feminist theory. And now she’s made history of another kind, as a featured speaker at the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C., said to be the largest such civic event ever...
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Small Business Organizations Give Assemblymember Irwin Top Marks

Small Business Organizations Give Assemblymember Irwin Top Marks

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) was honored by the California Small Business Association and California Small Business Roundtable with the Summa Cum Laude distinction in their 2016 Legislative Honor Roll. Assemblymember Irwin was recognized for her extraordinary support of small businesses in California. “CSBA is proud to honor Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin with...
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Latino News Notes: Trump Team’s Meeting With Latino Leaders Gets Mixed Reviews

Latino News Notes: Trump Team’s Meeting With Latino Leaders Gets Mixed Reviews

By Adrian Florido • NPR It was billed as a “listening session,” a chance for Latino leaders from across the country to sit down with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and talk about the issues important to them and to their constituents. The invitation alone was notable, given the notoriously rocky relationship Trump has had...
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