Saturday - Nov 17, 2018

Latin Briefs

  • State Legislature bans toxic toys

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    The California State Senate last week approved landmark legislation which would make California the first state in the country to ban dangerous chemicals used in baby toys.

    “The United States has become a dumping ground for chemical filled toys that are banned in much of the industrialized world,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who authored the bill.

  • Aid to Nicaragua intensifies

    by the El Reportero staff San Francisco’s repair shop owner Luis Pérez receives the first donations from the community for the victims of huracan Felix in Nicaragua. The goal is to fill one of several 40-ton ship containers. (photo por Edgar Martinez) After the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua was devastated by a hurricane last August,

  • State Legislature bans toxic toys

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox An empty plaza at Mission and 24th streets One of the leaders who called for a Mission boicott crosses his arms as no one heard his plight of “come here, don’t be afraid, join the boicot. Businesses didn’t close, and the call to join the boicot was a failure, on Sept.

  • Richmond presents a model of the new green economy

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox Guillermina Castellanos (left), with Esperanza Barajas, read a testimony of abuse of domestic work of one of the miembers of United and Active Women during an act Labor Day at United Children Park on September 3.(photo by Claudia Reyes)­ Richmond’s Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, the Ella Baker Center’s Van Jones, and representatives

  • California reinvestment coalition calls to protect homeowners from predatory lending

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox Frank Ayala (center) welcomes the new Consul of Nicaragua Denis Galeano, during a reception on his honor sponsored by the American-Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce. L-R: Martha Vaughn, Carlos Solórzano, Elsa Cristina Jirón (the consul’s wife), consul Galeano, and his son and daughter Héctor and Anahely (PHOTO BY MARVIN J. RAMIREZ) The

  • Environmental groups challenge federal regulations on ballast water

    ­by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    The San Francisco Bay-Delta is the most invaded aquatic ecosystem in North America, with one new non-native species established in San Francisco Bay every 14 weeks. Arguments were heard last week in Federal Appeals court in a case challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules exempting the discharge of vessel ballast water containing invasive species from regulation under the Clean Water Act.

  • Supervisor Daly introduces legislation to regulate “push” polls

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    A type of telephone polling called persuasion or “push” polls, whose purpose is more to plant information rather than measure public opinion, have been increasingly used to influence voters with misleading or false language.

    Supervisor Daly’s bill, co-sponsored by Supervisors Ammiano and Mirkarimi, wouldrequire disclosure of these polls when conducted within 60 days of an election and related to candidates for a San Francisco elective office.