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Richard Simon

Writer

Richard Simon no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Simon, who covered the California congressional delegation and other issues on Capitol Hill until 2014, had been with the paper since 1980. He covered Los Angeles city and county government, transportation and immigration before moving to Washington in 1999. He was among a team of reporters who received the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake and received Los Angeles Press Club awards for his coverage of transportation issues. He previously worked for the Daily News of the San Fernando Valley, Copley News Service and Burbank Daily Review. He is a USC graduate.

Recent Articles

  • Amid border crisis debate, many new immigrants land in D.C. area

    Amid border crisis debate, many new immigrants land in D.C. area

    Virginia is more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, epicenter of the border crisis. And it is the home state of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated by a tea party novice who attacked the former House majority leader for being open to "amnesty" for at least some immigrants...

  • Earthquake warning system receives a boost in Congress

    Earthquake warning system receives a boost in Congress

    Efforts to put in place an earthquake warning system for the West Coast gained ground Tuesday as a congressional committee recommended the first federal funds -- $5 million -- specifically for the project. Its prospects remain shaky, however. Election-year fights over other issues could keep Congress...

  • Bill would add names of 'Lost 74' sailors to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Bill would add names of 'Lost 74' sailors to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    The ship's bow sank in a few minutes. The battle to add its deceased crew members' names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has lasted more than a decade. But it could soon be coming to an end. A House-approved bill could clear the way for the names of 74 sailors to be added to the memorial more...

  • Little-remembered Revolutionary War hero a step closer to citizenship

    Little-remembered Revolutionary War hero a step closer to citizenship

    Honorary U.S. citizens: Lafayette, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa. And soon, perhaps, Bernardo de Galvez.  Legislation to make the Spanish hero of the American Revolution an honorary U.S. citizen cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, even though some of its members said they had...

  • The long path to the Congressional Gold Medal

    The long path to the Congressional Gold Medal

    Sally Ride, Muhammad Ali and the Freedom Riders are among those proposed for Congress' highest honor, for which many are recommended, but which only a select few receive.

  • New flood of immigrants unsettles some U.S. towns

    New flood of immigrants unsettles some U.S. towns

    A day earlier, angry protesters had blocked buses carrying immigrant detainees from reaching a Border Patrol processing facility here. On Wednesday, while the rancor in Murrieta had eased, some remained adamant that they would fight any attempts to settle, even temporarily, young immigrants and...

  • Immigrants welcomed to El Centro by lawmaker with a Bible

    El Centro was a far cry from Murrieta on Wednesday. One day after protesters shouting "Go home!" blocked three busloads of immigrants from a Border Patrol processing center in Murrieta, a different group of immigrants in El Centro were welcomed by a congressman carrying a Bible.  "What a different...

  • Border-crossers should stay in Texas, a California lawmaker says

    Border-crossers should stay in Texas, a California lawmaker says

    Don’t send immigrants caught in Texas to California, says the congressman whose district includes Murrieta, where protesters blocked three buses carrying immigrants from entering a Border Patrol facility. "They should handle this problem in Texas," Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) told the Los Angeles...

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