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Mayor Garcetti Calls For LAFD Chief’s Resignation, Announces New Interim Head

CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday called for the resignation of LAFD Chief Brian Cummings and appointed a new interim head of the department.

James Feathersone has been appointed as Acting Chief of the department effective Nov. 1, and Cummings is set to retire in February following a period of transition, according to the Mayor’s office.

Featherstone is a former LAFD captain and is currently head of the city’s Emergency Management Department, where he will return after a permanent chief is found, officials said.

“I thank Chief Cummings for his service to Los Angeles. My agenda for the Fire Department is focused on reducing response times, improving technology, to make sure we’re prepared for every emergency,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement.

Garcetti publicly insists Cummings’ resignation was a mutually agreed upon decision.

“He’s a good man. I’ve decided to take a different…

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Author of book about mass Mexican deportation in the 1930’s dies, but legacy continues

NBC Latino

Jorge-Mario Cabrera remembers reading about the estimated 1 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans deported or scared into leaving their homes in the U.S. by government officials trying desperately to improve the economy during the Great Depression of the 1930s in the book, “Decade of Betrayal,” by Raymond Rodriguez and Francisco Balderrama.

It was the mid-1990s, the book had recently hit shelves, and Cabrera says it was required reading at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a community studies major. The co-author, Raymond Rodriguez, recently passed away on June 24 from a heart attack at age 87, but his legacy still strikes a chord in Cabrera, who is of Salvadoran descent, as well as in other immigrants today.

“I thought this could not have happened in my America — in a place that valued justice, freedom and the pursuit of happiness,” says Cabrera, director of communications at…

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Iran and the white man’s burden

Iran and the white man’s burden

“The reality of the election is that the vote was between someone bad and someone worse, and the Iranians knew that very well. Certain self-styled pundits chose to make a mockery of the Iranian people and their “stupidity”, as if they were childlike and need their hands held to be guided towards democracy. Someone even expressed his/her pity for the Iranian people’s ‘naivety’ – they wouldn’t know any better, they haven’t experienced democracy. Yes, let’s perpetuate the Western stereotype that people in the East have the capacity to democratise, but never took those steps. In reality, Iran was a democracy until the CIA engaged in a coup in 1953 that overthrew Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. “

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