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California Today: Meet LA’s New Design Czar

• The police are bracing for large and spontaneous protests during Mr. Trump’s visit to the state. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Some companies submitted border wall concepts that were far afield from the ones Mr. Trump will see Tuesday. [The New York Times]

• Residents of Santa Barbara County in burn areas were ordered to evacuate Monday amid a “fast-approaching” storm. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Mr. Trump on Monday blocked Broadcom’s bid to buy San Diego-based chip maker Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. The move underscored the extent to which the administration will go to shelter American companies from foreign competition. [The New York Times]

• The Justice Department on Monday criticized California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, for requesting that a case over so-called sanctuary laws be moved from Sacramento to San Francisco. [Politico]


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• A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned because he “didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts” following a controversial immigration sweep in Northern California. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• Los Angeles City Council members have the power to halt housing development simply by withholding a “letter of acknowledgment,” which they can use as a political tool. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Workers continue commuting daily between Mexico and California farms despite Washington’s anti-immigration rhetoric, a sign of how intertwined the Mexican and American border economies are. [The Associated Press]

• “Pelota Mixteca,” a game traditionally played by indigenous people throughout the Americas, is keeping Oaxacan language and culture alive. [The New York Times]


Pelota mixteca is a way of keeping its players’ culture alive, and serves as a network for an immigrant community throughout the West Coast.

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• A storm in the northern part of the state could drop more than 100 inches of snow on the Sierra Nevada. [The Sacramento Bee]

• Despite efforts by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles has struggled to add more women to the fire department in recent years. [The Los Angeles Times]

• A New York Times Op-Ed about restaurant workers applauds California’s minimum-wage requirements for tipped employees. [The New York Times]

• Visitors will be able to learn the history of San Francisco’s Telegraph Avenue through a smartphone-enabled walking tour, debuting later this month. [The East Bay Times]


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And Finally …


Councilman Jose Huizar, left, at the groundbreaking for a new statue in downtown Los Angeles.

LA Councilmember Jose Huizar

Shovels in hand, in a sheen of smiles and sunshine, local community leaders last week broke ground in downtown Los Angeles on a new statue commemorating the contributions of the “braceros,” guest workers from Mexico who came to the United States during World War II amid an agricultural labor shortage.

Millions of the guest workers came to the United States through the “Mexican Farm Labor Program” between 1942 and 1964, according to the Bracero History Archive. It’s a little-known part of history, but one that pro-immigrant activists are enthusiastically reclaiming amid divisive rhetoric surrounding immigration policy. The 19-foot statue will stand at the center of a new plaza on Cesar Chavez Avenue and Spring Street.

Councilman Jose Huizar, whose constituents include many Latinos, said that while the statue has been in the works for years, he was happy the groundbreaking happened right before President Trump’s first visit to California as president.

“We have a president that has belittled the contributions of immigrants, particularly Mexican immigrants,” he said. “I take great pride in it. It’s going to show that here in Los Angeles we accept diversity, we celebrate diversity and we think it’s one of our greatest strengths.”

Mr. Huizar said he’s thrilled the statue will be next to El Pueblo, Los Angeles’s historical city center.

“The idea was to create a plaza that would acknowledge different ethnicities, including Native Americans, that have struggled to tell their story,” he said.

California Today goes live at 6 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: [email protected]

California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/california-today-la-design-czar.html

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