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.
Back to the future: Outdoor dining, like this patio setting from last year at Hippo restaurant in Highland Park, is set to resume in L.A. County. | Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Art created in 1976 and 1977 at the Mechicano Art Center in Highland Park by (from left) Carlos Almaraz, Guillermo Bejarano and Judithe Hernandez | Photos from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, image courtesy of Highland Park Heritage Trust
Jimmy Gomez, NELA’s Congressmember, is partially visible behind Rep. Jason Crow (center) and Rep. Susan Wild (foreground). Lawmakers who were in the House gallery when the mob reached the chamber had to take cover and await evacuation. | @andyharnik for AP Photo