The LA Times is reporting:
Few regions will absorb the impact of future immigration reforms more than Los Angeles County, home to an estimated 1.1 million people in the country illegally, one-tenth of the nation's total.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee began debating the bipartisan immigration bill last week, county officials voiced concerns that local taxpayers will be "left holding the bag" to pay for the brunt of healthcare and other services for multitudes of immigrants who apply for citizenship.
Local and state officials believe the overhaul bill will encourage those in the country illegally to come out of the shadows and turn to local services during the proposed 13-year-long pathway to citizenship.And you can bet that the word on the street will be: "13 years? No way, Jose. I'm getting my benefits now. I've already been here for 13 years."
Good, bad, or indifferent, them's the facts. You pays your money; and takes your chances.
On another note, also on the front page, the LA Times is reporting that the city of Huntington Beach, just a few miles south of LA, will end the ban on hypnotism. (I can't make this stuff up.)
The Huntington Beach City Council has approved the introduction of an ordinance that would repeal a law prohibiting hypnotism.
Brought to the dais by Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilwoman Jill Hardy, the item passed unanimously Monday after council members made light of the city law that was adopted in 1979.
City staff will now draft an ordinance for the council to look at for the next meeting. After two readings, the law will go into effect 30 days after the last approval.
"I just saw no reason for this to even be on the books," Harper said, chuckling about his discovery. "It makes it so that assemblies or certain Christmas parties, etc. that may have hypnotism, in terms of entertainment, would actually be in violation of law. This is outdated, unnecessary and obsolete. Time to get it off the books."At the time the bill was passed, it was to guard against "sham hypnotists." As opposed to "non-sham hypnotists."