The Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that the state has issued one million drivers licenses to undocumented residents since 2015, when a law to allow such issuances went into effect. The milestone was cause for celebration for NELA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who championed the law (AB60) when he was in the State Assembly. According to a study by Stanford University, granting licenses to undocumented Californians reduced hit-and-run accidents by 7% to 10% in 2015. Issuing the licenses is also linked to lower insurance costs for everyone, because insurance costs rise when unlicensed driving becomes widespread.
If the Biden-Harris ticket wins, elected officials with ties to Northeast L.A. are among the possible replacements for Harris in the U.S. Senate. From left, Xavier Becerra, Hilda Solis, Jimmy Gomez, Kevin de León, Maria Elena Durazo.
A plan to use this Craftsman house as a business location has drawn opposition in Highland Park but could find approval Downtown. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson