At nearly 4,100 square miles, Los Angeles County’s geographic and
demographic scopes are imposing, especially for residents who want to
participate in county government proceeding beyond viewing the weekly
Board of Supervisors meetings on television.
In order to assist the county’s more than 10 million far-flung
residents living in 88 cities and 134 unincorporated communities,
Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes Glendale and
Burbank, is pushing the board to approve implementing
videoconferencing technology at sites in each of the five
supervisorial districts. The board approved a motion Tuesday
directing the Chief Administrative Office to provide a progress
report on the feasibility of the project.
“The supervisor believes that everyone in our county should be
afforded the right to participate in county government,” spokesman
Tony Bell said. “If you live in the county, there are areas that
cannot be easily traveled in order to attend our meetings in downtown
Antonovich had proposed last year holding meetings in different
regions of the county, but the proposal was determined to be
unfeasible, Bell said.
Videoconferencing sites could be set up at city halls, for
example, in order for residents to give public comments, Bell said.
on Armenian issues
Rep. George Radanovich’s district includes Fresno County, which
has a sizable population of American-Armenians -- author William
Saroyan penned his novels there -- and his efforts are reflecting the
demographics of the community.
On Thursday, Radanovich announced that he co-sponsored legislation
with Rep. Joe Knollenberg of Michigan in the House of Representatives
to bring attention to what he calls a potentially hazardous policy
decision regarding a new railroad in the South Caucasus region of
Europe. The proposed railroad would connect Baku, Azerbaijan,
Tbilisi, Georgia and areas in Turkey, but would intentionally bypass
Armenia. The move would force Armenian people into further economic
isolation, he said.
The South Caucasus Integration and Open Railroads Act of 2005
would prohibit U.S. funding of the project.
“U.S. policy should be inclusive not exclusive,” said in a
statement. “For too long we have turned a blind eye to Armenia’s
genocide and now with the proposed rail link bypassing Armenia, these
people would again be unjustly isolated.”
A functioning rail line, which links the different regions,
including Armenia, already exists, but the governments of Turkey and
Azerbaijan want to construct a new railroad in order to exclude
Armenia, Radanovich said.
Regarding a bill co-sponsored with Rep. Adam Schiff, Radanovich
announced earlier this week that more than 100 representatives have
already backed an Armenian Genocide Resolution that would require the
U.S. government to acknowledge the deaths of Armenians at the hands
of the Ottoman Empire.
More members are expected to join the resolution, he said.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the genocide, during which
1.5 million Armenians were killed.
Dreier supports governor’s request for border security
Congressman David Dreier Thursday announced his support for Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request to the Department of Homeland
Security for the dedication of newly approved funding for border
security between Mexico and California.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff,
Dreier noted the importance of coupling increased border security
with stronger enforcement of laws preventing the hiring of illegal
Drier supported Schwarzenegger’s request to the federal government
to allocate to the California-Mexico border a portion of the $1.8
billion for border security and $61 million for border security
technology approved by Congress earlier this year.
The money will be used to hire 1,500 Border Patrol agents,
unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance technology.
Schiff weapons provisions to pass house
Rep. Adam Schiff announced Thursday that the House was set to pass
his State Department Bill, which would expand security initiatives in
regard to weapons of mass destruction.
If passed, the bill would expand the Proliferation Security
Initiative, a program that authorizes the United Nations to stop
shipments of material that could be used to create weapons.
The bill would also set standards for the security of nuclear
weapons and materials and recruit former Soviet republic scientists
to aid in the response in case of a nuclear attack.