Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the featured speaker of the 13th annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture in the Davidson Executive Conference Center Wednesday night. Titled “From Valley Boy to First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles,” Garcetti discussed the role of his mixed heritage growing up, how Judaism can be an effective medium for activism and his position as the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says now that there’s divided government in Washington, it’s up to President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to find a border security solution that ends the partial government shutdown.“I would tend to agree that not all areas of our border needs a physical barrier if those are adequately patrolled by Border Patrol agents, if we have the technology to monitor those areas without having a physical barrier and can adequately respond in a timely manner to illegal border crossings,” Ernst said Thursday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.But Ernst indicated some areas of the border can only be secured with “a barrier of some form.” She said capturing terrorists, drug smugglers, gun runners and human traffickers along the border is a national security priority.“And by having a physical barrier in some of those places, we can shape the way the traffic is flowing, the foot traffic,” she told reporters.Ernst said she learned in the military that barriers on a battlefield funnel people into areas where they can be apprehended. Ernst indicated she would not support a deal that only funds more agents and more surveillance along the border, because a wall or fencing is necessary in some areas. The “smartest way to move,” according to Ernst, is to have Border Patrol agents and the Department of Homeland Security map things out.“I do think it needs to be a comprehensive plan that allows us to make smart choices on how we spend our dollars on the border,” Ernst said.About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since December 22nd. President Trump has repeatedly said he will not agree to reopen the government until congress approves $5.7 billion for a border wall.
It didn’t matter, though. “This,” Lorraine Camper said, “is going to be the best New Year’s ever.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But they (doctors) say he’ll probably go back into his (general) room once it goes down a little, either (Saturday night) or (this) morning.” According to doctors “the (transplanted) kidney is doing well and producing gallons (of urine),” she said. More than 24 hours after receiving a kidney from Brenda Wells, Brian Camper was in “good spirits” while recovering in an intensive care unit room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his mother said early Saturday evening. “He’s not in any pain … he’s doing well,” Lorraine Camper said the day after her 34-year-old son, a resident of Lakewood and middle school teacher in Compton who was a basketball standout at Lakewood High and Long Beach State, underwent surgery for the transplant. Camper, who had been on dialysis for four years, was moved into the ICU room “when his blood pressure got a little high (Friday evening),” his mother said. Camper, who is on a catheter, has been resting comfortably, watching television and seeing some visitors, including his mother and wife, Jennifer. Wells, who is from New Cumberland, Pa., and contacted Camper in August when she learned she was a possible match, was still in pain Saturday evening. “I’m a little rough around the edges right now,” she said, speaking on Lorraine Camper’s cellular phone. “But, otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good.” Lorraine and her daughter-in-law take turns visiting with Brian and Brenda. The celebratory toasts for New Year’s will have to come another time, perhaps when Camper and his family reunite with Wells.