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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."

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."

From 1947 until 2015, nearly 4.3 billion gallons of spring water have been taken from pipes in Strawberry Canyon, under several different ownerships of the Arrowhead bottled water brand, according to a recently released League of Women Voters position paper on a proposed renewal of Nestlé’s special use permit.

A federal judge in Riverside last year ruled in favor of the Forest Service and declared valid Nestlé’s permit for water collection pipes and related equipment in the San Bernardino Mountains. The plaintiffs, which were the Courage Campaign Institute, The Story of Stuff and the Center for Biological Diversity, among other points had sought an injunction on Nestlé’s operations until an environmental review has been completed.

More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.

Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state.

The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.

Legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was short in votes Thursday. President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care and said if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed Friday, it will stay.

 A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.

"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said. It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence. "Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act. 

Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care. "The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."

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A series of demonstrations are planned across the state to protest House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement proposal, which could lead to heavy financial losses for California and leave more than 5 million uninsured, according to the state Department of Health Care Services and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff DenhamDavid ValadaoDevin NunesSteve KnightEd Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.

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