By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/27/2010 - 15:00
Meg Whitman, who earlier this month made a tequila-soaked confession that she couldn’t win California’s gubernatorial race without Latinos, is giving off another whiff of desperation. With just days left before elections, and seriously trailing Jerry Brown among Latinos in polls, she’s unleashed Spanish-language TV ads that make it look as if she’s been against Arizona’s SB1070 law.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/04/2010 - 09:00
Meg Whitman—former EBay CEO and current Republican candidate for Governor of California—was sued last week by her former maid, an undocumented immigrant named Nicky Diaz Santillan.
The controversy came back to haunt her at a tense debate over the weekend at California State University, Fresno. The debate was aimed at California's huge Latino constituency and was to air statewide on Spanish-language television.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/05/2010 - 14:40
Yesterday, a Federal judge overturned the controversial Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage that defined marriage solely as a partnership between a man and woman. The ban was passed in California back in 2008. In ruling that the ban violated the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker wrote, "Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 17:00
Day laborers in Costa Mesa, California have filed a lawsuit against the city after police dressed in plain clothes posed as employers and subsequently arrested dozens of workers attempting to solicit jobs. Costa Mesa, a small city about 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, passed an ordinance outlawing work solicitation in 2005. They also managed to shut down a labor center that served as a popular gathering spot for day laborers looking for work and have since stepped up enforcement of the ordinance as well as of their immigration laws with the help of federal agents.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/13/2009 - 18:00
As reported previously, the body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was found last week, shoved into a suitcase and floating in an irrigation canal not far from where she lived with her family in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in northern California. Police had been searching for the little girl for weeks and this past Friday made a shocking arrest in her murder case.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/08/2009 - 17:30
As reported by the AP, Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, of Greenfield, California recently pleaded no contest to charges of child endangerment. Back in February, he pleaded not guilty to charges of procuring a child for lewd acts, and aiding and abetting statutory rape. If convicted on those charges, he could face up to 10 years in prison. Martinez sold his own 14-year-old daughter to the family of Margarito de Jesus Galindo for $16,000, beer and some meat.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/07/2009 - 17:45
Since Sandra Cantu disappeared from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in northern California on March 27th, police have been working around the clock to find out how she was skipping happily down the street one second, and gone without a trace the next.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/04/2009 - 14:40
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was re-elected for a second term yesterday, told a crowd of his supporters, "I stand before you all humbled tonight, humbled by your support and by your confidence."
Villaraigosa won the election easily after a rocky start to his first term, which saw the dissolution of his marriage due to an affair with a local TV news anchor, and the defeat of his plan to reform city schools.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/12/2008 - 16:52