Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Highway 49 and its holiday destinations

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 7:53 am | Updated: 1:55 pm, Fri Dec 16, 2011.

Sing carols with locals in Victorian Nevada City

About an hour and a half from Lodi, the foothill town of Nevada City is a bustling historic town that illuminates warmth during the winter months. With snow on the hills and brisk temperatures, bundle up in coats and scarves and browse the quaint and historic downtown area.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 20 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 20 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 209-369-2761. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Readers Choice Awards 2014

Video

Popular Stories

Send Us Your Snapshots!

SAN JOSE, Calif.—The crowd at East San Jose’s iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe church erupted in wild applause after President Barack Obama finished announcing the details of his plan to give temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

“Thank God they will stop the deportations,” said Josefina Ceja, who was sitting in the pews with her husband and their 6-year-old granddaughter. “That will stop thousands of families from being separated.”

But other immigrants gathered in churches, restaurants and living rooms across Northern California said Obama didn’t go far enough with his plan to temporarily shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation while strengthening up border security and making it easier for some tech workers and students to stay here. And others residents chastised him for abusing his presidential authority.

In the heavily Latino city of Salinas, Bill Carrothers called the news “a scourge from hell for American workers who are blue-collar.”

“Chinese jobs are for Chinese citizens, and Indian jobs are for citizens of India. Mexican jobs are for citizens from Mexico. American jobs are for American citizens,” said Carrothers, 72, a retired Occupational Safety and Health Administration worker. “We need competition from millions more illegal immigrants like we need a serious case of cancer.”

One thing is clear: The impact on California will be huge.

An estimated 2.6 million of the nation’s 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants live in the state, and almost half of them have been in the country for more than 10 years, according to a 2013 University of Southern California study.

At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ernesto Perez, a San Jose janitor, wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with Obama’s face. Two of his four children who are undocumented will be protected under the president’s plan to extend protection from deportation to more immigrants who were brought here illegally as children. “Now we have a lot of hope,” Perez said.

But Sandra Mendoza felt “a little deceived — I was hoping for more.”

“After 18 years here, and working so hard to offer our children all the opportunities available in this country, I was hoping that we could become legal residents” permanently, said the East San Jose mother of three.

Originally from Mexico, Mendoza said she was expecting some sort of promise that would allow her to build up retirement through Social Security and have access to Medicare.

Immigrant families who gathered with advocates at Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland also had mixed emotions.

Catholic Charities officials say nearly 500,000 undocumented immigrants in the Bay Area alone could qualify under the new plan.

“I’ve never had anything this big happen in my 13-year career (in immigration),” said program manager Maciel Jacques. “But we still have a long way to go.”

(EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM)

Many immigrants’ faces fell when they began to consider which friends and family members won’t fit into Obama plan because only longtime residents with children who are citizens or legal permanent residents will be eligible.

“I just wish everyone who’s come here to work could be included,” said Oakland resident Carlos Orozco, 34, who has been in the U.S. for half his life and is excited to seek a work permit and apply to schools in search of “a better job and a better life.”

But many of his childless friends who have lived in the Bay Area for years won’t be so lucky. “I wish it included everyone who has come to help their families be successful,” he said.

(END OPTIONAL TRIM)

At the Guadalajara Restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, Veronica Viscarra—a 35-year-old waitress who immigrated illegally 10 years ago with the eldest of her four children—proclaimed the plan to be “what we’ve always wanted.”

But restaurant manager Everado Pelayo-Guzman, 32, feared that he might not qualify for protection because of a pending domestic-violence complaint from his ex-wife. Now facing a deportation hearing, he said he’ll have to ask his attorney what his options are.

“It’s scary for me,” said the Oakland resident, who immigrated illegally with his parents at age 10. “I don’t want to leave my kids. I’ve been here my practically my whole life.”

(EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM)

While California’s congressional Democrats gushed support, its House Republicans took to the battlements. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the president’s action is unconstitutional and does “nothing to solve the underlying problems of our open border and broken immigration system. In fact, it may exacerbate the problem.”

“It is our obligation and responsibility to fight this brazen power grab that doesn’t solve the real problems,” McCarthy said.

(END OPTIONAL TRIM)

Silicon Valley leaders were underwhelmed.

Gary Shapiro, the Consumer Electronics Association’s president and chief executive, deemed Obama’s expansion of visas for foreign students and entrepreneurs to be “minor incremental improvements.”

Carl Guardino, president and chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, said, “I’m not sure how this benefits our region or the nation’s innovation economy.”

And TechNet President and chief executive Linda Moore said while her group is “encouraged” by the plan to make work authorizations portable and make it easier for graduates of U.S. universities to stay and work here, “sustainable reform requires congressional action.”

––––

Staff writers Joe Rodriguez, Matt Artz, Tracy Seipel, Katie Nelson and Michelle Quinn contributed to this report.

———

©2014 San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)

Visit the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) at www.mercurynews.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

_____

Topics: t000027855,t000392116,t000003137,t000002705,t000035070,t000140171,g000065558,g000362661,g000066164,g000362665,g000221937

Poll

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Featured Events

CREATE AN EVENT

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists