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whats-the-big-deal-2What’s making news today?  Compton Unified sued over lack of mental health services.  LA City council will welcome their first Korean-American member.  A LA Supervisor is alleged to be involved in pay for votes.  Oh, and African-American elected officials have once again sold out the (black) people they represent.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is in the news today for allegedly swapping votes for contributions to his Super PAC.  The LA Times is reporting the supervisor voted in favor of the expansion of LACMA in exchange for contributions to Alex Johnson’s campaign for LAUSD school board last year.  This raises questions about other candidates he has helped during election and if deals (favors) were made in the LA mayoral race and the recent Sheriff’s election.  So what’s the big deal?  The Supes aide says he knows better than to do such things.


David Ryu has bested Carol Ramsay to become the new council member to represent District 4.  Ryu is the first Korean-American candidate on the dais.  Although Grace Yoo was unsuccessful in her bid to unseat Herb Wesson, she could be victorious in redistricting efforts, when the Supreme Court rules this summer.  So what’s the big deal?  Voters reject the notion that a former chief of staff is the best candidate to replace their boss.


Once again, the vast majority of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has voted in FAVOR of mandatory minimums that disproportionately affect African-Americans.  CBC members have voted in favor of mandatory minimums on at least three separate occasions:  Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, 1994 Clinton Crime Bill and the Fair Sentencing Act.  The recent mandatory minimum laws are in regards to sex trafficking.  LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Congresswoman Karen Bass are both in full support by passing national and local legislation on the issue.  So what’s the big deal?  Are they helping with the mass incarceration of blacks?


Compton Unified School District (CUSD) has been sued by students and faculty, for failure to address trauma in their students.  LA County Department of Mental Health is responsible for providing mental health services, not school sites.  In spite of a partnership between CUSD and St. John’s Well Centers, who provide on campus health clinics, the landmark lawsuit will seek to make the responsibility shift to schools.  Mainstream media refuses to acknowledge LA County’s continued role in underfunding mental health services, which is an issue that LA Sheriff and LAPD, have constantly said they do not receive enough of.  So  what’s the big deal?  Are LA County Supervisors doing their job?


LA City council made history with approving the lifting of the minimum wage from $9/hour to $15/hour by the year 2020.  Small businesses will be the ones most affected by this increase that started as an increase for hotel workers.  So what’s the big deal?  Are our college degrees being devalued in favor of unskilled/uneducated workers?

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