Mike Levin was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent California’s 49th Congressional District. Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, is an environmental attorney. His district includes Southern Orange County and northwest San Diego County. He met recently with The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board. Here is a lightly edited transcript of the interview.Q: So last time you were here, you were a candidate.LEVIN: Yes.Q: Now you are a congressional leader. Advertisement LEVIN: You’re always a candidate.Q: Yes, it’s true.LEVIN: It never stops. Never stops.Q: I’m sure you have some issues you want to call to our attention. We have some questions for you. Advertisement LEVIN: Great.Q: We’re going to get to the environment and San Onofre obviously. Which is a big issue here. But let’s start with a question about impeachment.LEVIN: Sure.Q: By my count there are about 121 House members ... support that? You came out in support. Not too long ago, a few weeks … [Read more...] about A conversation with Rep. Mike Levin
Stay safe or keep safe
Keen hikers have been warned to stay safe when out on the region’s mountains this summer. With summer now in full swing, more and more people are taking to the regions hills to enjoy some sunshine and the great outdoors. Now, CI Ian Scott, area commander for Perth and Kinross, is urging hillwalkers to make sure they are prepared and know how to keep themselves safe. He said: “It is fair to say that the first few weeks of the summer holiday period have thus far been a literal and metaphorical damp squib with respect to the weather. “But that shouldn’t prevent people going outdoors and enjoying the best that Perth and Kinross has to offer - particularly when it comes to walking and climbing. “However, given the propensity for the weather conditions to change rapidly, particularly at altitude, it is incumbent on all to make sure they are prepared for all eventualities. “After all there is no such thing as bad weether, only poor clothing choices. … [Read more...] about Hillwalkers urged to be prepared and stay safe
Sexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein started to emerge in October last year, the global problem has finally become a mainstream issue. The United Nations has estimated that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, with 120 million girls around the world having been forced into sex acts. The repercussions go beyond the physical and psychological toll on individuals who have been attacked. Harassment and fear of violence can impede free movement of girls and women and stop them reaching their full potential, both socially and economically. “If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the biennial Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.” Fear of attack is a bar to women escaping poverty. On a recent visit to … [Read more...] about What would a city that is safe for women look like?
Story highlights Recent abductions and violence have put security in Mexico back in the news Yet millions visit Mexico every year without incident Safety varies dramatically depending where you are and what you do Violence in Mexico is back in the news and so is the perennial question: Is Mexico safe? In just the last few weeks there have been stories of 12 young people allegedly abducted in daylight from a Mexico City club; the death by beating of Malcolm X's grandson, also in the capital; the kidnapping of a U.S. Marine reservist from his father's ranch; the freeing of 165 people, including two pregnant women, who had been held prisoner; and the case of an Arizonan mom traveling on a bus who was arrested and jailed, accused of smuggling drugs. That's all before you look at the staggering toll of the years-long war between security forces and drug cartels -- at least 60,000 people killed in drug-related violence from 2006 to 2012, according to Human Rights Watch. Other … [Read more...] about Mexico: As dangerous — and safe — as ever
Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times. We’ve published iterations of this post in the past — 200, 401 and even 650 prompts — but never before have we gathered all our prompts, for both personal and argument writing, into one categorized list. Admittedly, the list is huge. In fact, there are 1,225 questions below on everything from video games and fashion to smartphones and parenting, and each prompt links to a Times article as well as to additional subquestions that can encourage deeper thinking. To help you navigate this page, here’s an index of topics: Technology (1-74): Social Media • Smartphones • Internet & Tech Arts & Entertainment (75-248): Music • Television • Video Games • Movies & Theater • Books & Reading • Writing • The Arts • … [Read more...] about Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students