Kamala Harris Makes California History

first_img“She maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Ms. Harris said of her mother. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women — who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight.”There is one more historic distinction that in some ways encapsulates all of the above: Ms. Harris is a Californian. Her casual use of the Tamil word “chittis” to refer to her aunts in her nomination acceptance speech was remarkable largely because it was onstage at the Democratic National Convention.“I’m Tamil myself and it has a resonance for people who use that word as part of how they talk about their families,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said. “But things like that, immigrants in general can relate to — even if you don’t understand the word.”Ms. Harris’s long career in the Golden State also means that for Californians especially, her status as a barrier-breaking politician is only one part of a complex legacy as San Francisco’s and the state’s former “top cop.”And while representation can be powerful, as we saw repeatedly during the presidential race, it’s not everything. Todd Gloria, who will be San Diego’s next mayor, will be the first person of color to have the job, as well as the first openly gay man. He’s also entering the office with new mayoral power. [The San Diego Union-Tribune] What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, like many other Americans, it’s a way of expressing identity. [NBC News] – Advertisement – Read the full story about Ms. Harris’s ascension to the vice presidency. [The New York Times] Read more background on the bitter fight. [The New York Times] On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom, in addition to describing Ms. Harris, a fellow San Francisco politician and friend, as “a walking, whip-smart embodiment of the California Dream,” tweeted a celebratory video of her dancing in the rain soundtracked by a song popular on TikTok that says, “I’m sorry for drippin’, but drip is what I do.” In the video, Ms. Harris sported her signature combination. Listen to Ms. Harris talk about growing up with Indian and Jamaican roots in Northern California on the Asian Enough podcast. [The Los Angeles Times] If you missed it: A crowd danced in the streets outside Ms. Harris’s childhood home in Berkeley. [The San Francisco Chronicle] His vice president will be Senator Kamala Harris.Her rise to the highest office in the nation ever occupied by a woman has been full of historic milestones: the first Black woman to become San Francisco’s and then California’s top prosecutor, the second Black woman to become a senator.Now, not only will she be the first woman vice president, she will also be the first Black woman, the first South-American woman, and the first daughter of immigrants to hold the role.- Advertisement – In her speech on Saturday night, she drew a direct line from her mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who came to the United States when she was 19, through her own career and to generations of women in the future. Diana Gutierrez, 26, who joined a group parading through downtown to a rally at Pershing Square on Saturday morning, said she was undocumented in 2016 when President Trump was elected; she had come from Peru with her family in 2002 as a young child.She and Cori Bratby-Rudd, 26, said they hadn’t been dating long when they decided to get married four years ago, in part because they were worried Ms. Gutierrez would be deported.But a Biden victory brought enormous relief. Ms. Harris’s ascension was a significant factor.“I can’t even explain it,” she said, “for there to be a Black woman vice president with the ability to speak for immigrants. ”Ms. Bratby-Rudd added, “We’re elated.”Shanyn Stokes, 28, said: “I think she’s been doing the best she can. I do believe her heart’s in the right place.”Ms. Stokes, who is Black, said Ms. Harris’s victory was an encouraging sign that Americans increasingly see women — and Black women specifically — as capable of any job a white man could do.Now, Ms. Stokes said, “I’m very hopeful to see what she does.” Read about what a Californian vice president means for the state. [The New York Times] Ms. Harris’s ancestral town in southern India also rejoiced at her win, but across the country, Indians wondered how things will change under a Biden-Harris administration. [The New York Times] Read about how her parents found a home, and each other, in a Black study group in Berkeley. [The New York Times] Here’s a guide to the races we’ve been watching in the Golden State. [The New York Times]And see all California results, including how each county voted in the presidential race. [The New York Times]California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: CAtoday@nytimes.com. Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here and read every edition online here.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. Read a deeper dive into how Ms. Harris broke California’s “curse.” [New York Times Opinion] Darrell Issa, the Republican former congressman, beat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, for the San Diego-area seat formerly occupied by Duncan Hunter. [The New York Times] George Gascón, San Francisco’s former district attorney who pitched himself as a progressive reformer, will become Los Angeles’s district attorney. District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded on Friday. [The Los Angeles Times] Read more: Good morning.Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been elected president of the United States.- Advertisement – (This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.)Here’s what else to know today For many Californians, Ms. Harris’s comfortable embrace of her multicultural upbringing and her decidedly West Coast vibe have felt familiar.“She brings a California sensibility, you know: the blazers with the Chucks,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, told me. “I think it will be a breath of fresh air in D.C.” Ms. Harris has spoken out on issues of police misconduct, but she has struggled to reconcile her calls for reform with her record as California’s “top cop.” Here’s a look at how that’s played out. [The New York Times] – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pick-Up Game

first_imgWhen we were kids, we could always find some way to play a game of baseball. First, of course, you tried to round up enough kids to play some kind of regular game. If this didn’t work, then you went to your imagination and found some way to get a game going. One way was to put something in a field to represent fielders, and if a ball was hit close to it, it was an out. You could do this if you got at least 5 others to play. Then there were always the “throw a ball against something” and make a game out of that. I’ve talked about the softer balls being thrown against a step and seeing how it bounced and then calling a play from the bounce or flight of the ball. Of course, the way you threw the ball determined the resulting flight so the home team always won. My younger brother and I had a straw bale backstop so we would take turns pitching to each other and devising a game from that. Since I was three years older than him, I seldom lost. If nothing else worked, I would just try to see how much I could make a ball break or how weird a pitch I could dream up and try to throw it. No matter what I did, I found a way to play ball. Today kids play Wii or some other video game.last_img read more

Medic ripped off while off in Iraq

first_img“I didn’t want my son to be worried about money being drained from his account,” she said. “I wanted him to keep his head down, to just stay safe.” Back in February, Mann had some downtime and went online to review his bank account when the suspect charges stared back from the screen. The 800 number provided to report such problems didn’t work from Iraq so he sought his mom’s help. “Hey, I think I have some fraudulent charges on my credit card, I already contacted 1 company and I need to call this number … to give them info so they can refund the money (only I can’t call that type of number from over here),” Mann wrote in a Feb. 12 e-mail to Duke. Mann, who is with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C., has been in the Army for 2 1/2 years and was deployed to Iraq in August. He created a joint account with his mom before leaving and gave her power of attorney. His paychecks were direct-deposited and he relied on the debit card at the PX. Duke, 55, a special-education teacher at a San Fernando Valley High School, didn’t have her son’s debit card number and without it the bank wouldn’t let her proceed. Afraid of transmitting sensitive information online, she asked Mann to call – but that took time because base communications are often blacked out to prevent news of severe injuries or soldier deaths from leaking out before families are notified, she said. A week later the bank’s fraud unit called Duke on a Sunday and she managed to get the card blocked. The following Tuesday she marched into the bank’s Valencia branch where she met another warrior – Gwen Smith, the service officer – who made some calls, and met some resistance. “I could hear her from across the bank, she kept repeating, `He’s in Iraq, he can’t do this! … I have met this young man, I know he’s there.’ She was furious,” Duke said. Duke was seeking an alternative to company policies that required signed papers to be returned to the bank within 10 days. Duke said more than $1,000 was plundered from her son’s account. She said turnaround time with mail to Iraq can take eight weeks, but Smith expedited matters and got Mann a new card in just days. Smith sometimes sees four identity theft cases a month but this was a first. “I told them I needed someone to override certain procedures because this was an extremely rare situation and it was urgent,” Smith said. She didn’t stop there. Through the bank’s idea network, Smith suggested rules should be changed to accommodate clients who are fighting in a war and don’t have easy access to their bank. An investigation into the theft is continuing. It appears Mann’s Social Security number is safe, and he doesn’t know where or when his bank card numbers were stolen – it may have been when he was home on leave. The Army is not responsible for armoring soldiers’ bank accounts, but offers some pointers. “(This) is a rare occurrence, but the Army does tell us … warn us, protect your identity, protect your credit cards,” said Gail Anderson, an Army reservist and spokeswoman for the Army recruiting battalion of Los Angeles. The Federal Trade Commission says roughly 9 million Americans may be victimized by identity theft annually. Mann, who attended ROTC classes at Valencia High School, was due to return home in August, but could be held over since the military has increased some deployments to 15 months or more. In September, Duke helped form Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, the area’s second chapter of the nationwide support group for moms whose offspring are serving in the military. The chapter may be contacted at P.O. Box 220685, Newhall, CA 91322-0685 or at bluestarcanyons@yahoo.com. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA As a young Army medic was tending to casualties in Iraq, a thief who ripped off his debit card number was merrily ringing up charges on the soldier’s account. Repairing his banking problem was as tough a task as patching limbs shredded by mortar attacks. Fortunately for Spc. Alexander Mann, 21 – a Hart High School graduate – his mom Debi Duke was jointly named on the account. Busting through brush-offs, delays and red tape, Duke fought the banking battle at home. last_img