Threatening to inconvenience air travelers throughout the Labor Day weekend, several hundred airline service workers -- including baggage handlers, security personnel and janitors -- walked off the job Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after months of inconclusive contract talks with their employers.
A congressional committee has opened an inquiry into disclosures that the Service Employees International Union's largest California local and a related charity paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by relatives of its president.
The Pew Hispanic Center has a new report looking at Hispanic students in public schools.
The number of such students nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, to 20% of all public school students -- or 10 million students. In 2006, Hispanics were about half of all public school students in California, up from 36% in 1990. They were more than 40% of enrollment in Arizona.
Strong growth in Hispanic enrollment is expected to continue for decades, according to a recently released U.S. Census Bureau population projection. In 2050, there will be more school-age Hispanic children than school-age non-Hispanic white children.
Some findings from the Pew report, called, "One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School Students" and issued this week, follow:
- Eighty-four percent of Hispanic public school students were born in the United States.
- Seventy percent speak a language other than English at home.
- Nearly one-in-five (18%) of all Hispanic students speak English with difficulty.
- Fifty-seven percent of Hispanic students live in households with two parents, compared with 69% of non-Hispanic white students and 30% of non-Hispanic black students.
- More than a quarter of Hispanic students (28%) live in poverty, compared with 16% of non-Hispanic students. In comparison, more than a third of non-Hispanic black students (35%) live in poverty and about one in 10 non-Hispanic white students live in a poor household.
Pew Hispanic Center is a non-partisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C., and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
When will the Los Angeles City Council wake up to the fact that the more people we have, the more water is used?