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Vern here, and yes, it’s THAT exciting day of the year, the time that the Courage Campaign releases its California legislature Hall of Shame winners. [hat-tip Paul Lucas] And THIS glorious year, TWO of the nine distinguished miscreants hail from our illustrious county – Republican State Senator Janet Nguyen and Democrat Assemblyman Tom Daly. I pass you on to…

City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali struck back Wednesday at a group of veterans who called on him to withdraw from the race, saying the attack was politically motivated and based on online comments about flag-burning that the group is taking out of context.

Bray-Ali has vowed to fight through election day even though his comments have been denounced by City Controller Ron Galperin, Equality California, the Courage Campaign and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network. Seven sitting City Council members have called on him to drop out of the race.

With Congress on the brink of a vote to repeal Obamacare, California is pushing back on the GOP’s agenda on both health care and immigration with a proposal by health advocates to extend Medicaid benefits to undocumented young adults up to the age of 26.
The plan builds upon a California law that went into effect last year that expanded comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage to children under the age of 19 regardless of immigration status, making it the fifth state in the country to do so. With this new proposal, California could be the first state to expand coverage to young adults.

On April 26, LAist reported that Bray-Ali had made online comments on a website called Voat targeting the black and transgender communities, along with mentally disabled and overweight people.

Bray-Ali lost the endorsements of The Times and O’Farrell as a result of the comments. Seven City Council members also called for him to withdraw from the race, as did the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. City Controller Ron Galperin denounced his comments, as did Equality California, the Courage Campaign, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network and some LGBT leaders.

Ginter, who is a member of the Courageous Resistance, asked how the Border Patrol identifies who is a criminal and who isn't.

In the context of immigration enforcement, anyone who is in the country illegally is subject to arrest, Kim said.

"If you’re deportable, meaning you don’t have the right to remain in the United States as provided by law, then we have the obligation to take that person into custody and then at that point it’s out of our hands, really," he said. "I mean the legal system takes over right? We are just the enforcers. We don’t control what happens to somebody, that’s the judge's role."

City Controller Ron Galperin held a news conference with LBGT leaders at the Placita Olvera Kiosk several blocks from City Hall, where he called on the challenger Bray-Ali to drop out of the race.

Galperin was joined by Richard Zaldivar, president and CEO of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Richard Corral, board member of Honor Pac, and Justine Gonzalez of the city's Transgender Advisory Council. Equality California, a statewide LGBT civil rights group, and the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization, also denounced Bray-Ali and called for him to withdraw from the race.

Although Bray-Ali has apologized for the comments, Galperin held a news conference with LBGT leaders at the Placita Olvera Kiosk several blocks from City Hall, where he called on the challenger to drop out of the race. “An apology does not erase the actions,” Galperin said.

Galperin was joined by Richard Zaldivar, president and CEO of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Richard Corral, board member of Honor Pac, and Justine Gonzalez of the city’s Transgender Advisory Council. Equality California, a statewide LGBT civil rights group, and the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization, also denounced Bray-Ali and called for him to withdraw from the race.

City Controller Ron Galperin held a news conference with some LBGT leaders at the Placita Olvera Kiosk several blocks from City Hall where he called on the challenger to drop out. “An apology does not erase the actions,” Galperin said.

Galperin was joined by Richard Zaldivar, president and CEO of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Richard Corral, board member of Honor Pac, and Justine Gonzalez of the city’s Transgender Advisory Council. Equality California, a statewide LGBT civil rights group, and the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization, also denounced Bray-Ali and called for him to withdraw.

Nearly 150 cities across the nation, including Palm Springs and Coachella, hosted Tax March protests Saturday as part of a movement to "demand transparency and fairness from our Commander-in-Chief," according to the national protest's website.

Lynne O'Neill, a former attorney helping to organize the protest with The Courageous Resistance Palm Springs and Other Desert Cities/Indivisible 36, said following the money is almost always the way to get to the bottom of something and that Trump's failure to comply with what she sees as basic tenets of transparency are unacceptable.

VJ Sleight with the group Courageous Resistance said, "We have a lot of undocumented aliens here in the Coachella Valley and we need to support them. They add so much to our economy and they're so important to every aspect of life here."

Lynn O'Neill, also with Courageous Resistance, said, "They [local police] are not paid to be commandeered by ICE (Immigration Custom Enforcement) or act as deportation agents, they are paid with our tax dollars to act as local law enforcement."

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