CALIFORNIA & CUBA IN THE NEWS

The Union (Opinion): Cuba Unfairly Portrayed In The Media

Cuba survives economically because of a robust and sophisticated black market. The largest private sector involves tourism. Our government should encourage us to visit Cuba to support this private sector.

Orange County Register (Opinion): Restricting Travel to Cuba Won’t Make Cuba Any Freer   

The policy change, billed by the administration as aimed at stopping Cuban support for American adversaries in the Western Hemisphere, will instead just serve as political window-dressing. It’s a reactionary lurch in reverse that will surely be nixed by a future administration. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of curious Americans, goodwill ambassadors for our culture, will be needlessly prevented from visiting our neighbors.

San Francisco Chronicle: How Cuban Chinese Refugees in Puerto Rico Built a Life on Ice Cream

Black beans came onto the scene when an influx of Cubans fleeing the revolution came to Puerto Rico. The Cuban revolution also brought an influx of Cuban Chinese immigrants.

California Aggie: Trump administration ends Cuban baseball deal

The Trump administration moved to terminate a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allowed Cuban players to sign directly with Major League Baseball teams. The move is a reversal of a deal drawn up by the Obama administration.

Pasadena Star-News: Seven Girls From L.A. Area High Schools to Travel to Cuba with Firecrackers Club Softball Team

Seven girls from four Los Angeles area high schools will travel to Cuba from July 15 to July 20, 2018 with the Firecrackers travel ball softball club as part of the second annual Copa Amistad Tournament and Multicultural event.

Los Angeles Times: Malpaso Dance brings its breezy, charming surprises from Cuba

The Cuba-based Malpaso Dance Company's Los Angeles debut Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning. Malpaso's dancers were exceptional.

KCET: Porto's: From Communist Cuba Secret to Southern California Icon

In Los Angeles, Porto’s Bakery is an icon, known for their crisp potato balls, guava strudels, croquettes, thick Cuban sandwiches and grandiose cakes. The lines are impressively long, and they’ve had a steady following for nearly fifty years.

LA Times: Hollywood in Havana: Film posters by Cuban graphic artists are love letters to American cinema

In one black and white poster, Charlie Chaplin peers, curiously, around a darkened corner; in another, musical notes fall from the sky, lingering in the air beneath an open umbrella; in yet another, a black bowler hat containing a bulging brain hovers over a kitchen juicer.

 

CALIFORNIA'S CHAMPIONS

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01)   Cosponsor of  Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01)

Cosponsor of Cuba Agricultural Exports Act