160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THERE were no tears shed in Sun Valley on Saturday when Bradley Landfill accepted its last shipments of trash. The closure of the half-century-old dump marked the beginning of a welcome development in Los Angeles – the end of putting landfills in densely populated areas. The question now turns to what happens next. Waste Management, which operated Bradley, wants to build a trash-hauling and recycling center on the site. Neighbors are understandably uncomfortable with the idea, but clearly it’s an improvement over a dump. And done properly, it could provide the elusive answer for how to deal with the city’s trash in a clean, modern, environmentally appropriate way. So good riddance to Bradley’s bad trash. We look forward to a valuable discussion about Sun Valley’s future.
In Escondido, a suburb about 30 miles north of San Diego where Latinos make up 42 percent of the residents, the City Council adopted an ordinance last October that required landlords to evict illegal immigrants within 10 days or face suspension of their business licenses. The council retreated two months later after a federal judge questioned whether the measure inflicted “irreparable harm” on tenants and landlords. Calderon’s bill would bar ordinances that required landlords to collect information or take any other action regarding a tenant or prospective tenant’s citizenship or immigration status. Republicans described the bill as legally ambiguous and said it could make it difficult for landlords to obtain legitimate information to ensure tenants can pay the rent. “The way it is drafted it opens up a whole opportunity for litigation,” said Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange. The issue has played out across the country, more recently in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. Civil rights groups there are contesting a voter-approved ordinance that bans landlords from renting apartments to illegal immigrants. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cities and counties could no longer enact ordinances barring landlords from renting to illegal immigrants under a bill approved this week by the state Assembly. The legislation comes more than six months after the city of Escondido sought to involve landlords in immigration enforcement, a job the bill’s supporters said should be reserved to federal authorities. The Assembly passed the bill, 42-23, Thursday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. “We shouldn’t be asking landlords to be de-facto immigration officers,” the author, Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, said during the debate.