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Yanet Martínez, 56, is hoping a state ID can help her transition from street vending to office work.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s Aug. 8

I remember when I first got my California ID. I was 21 and I had just received my DACA work permit, which granted me eligibility to obtain a driver’s license.

Using that piece of plastic (my ID) made me feel a little more official. I was living here without legal papers before getting my ID, and I would use my Mexican passport to go to the bar or the bank and sometimes I’d get stares. I always said a little prayer in my head, hoping they’d accept my form of ID since it wasn’t California or U.S. issued.

There’s a bill moving through the California Senate that proposes every state resident be eligible to receive an ID card, regardless of immigration status. Currently, people living in California without legal documents can apply and receive a modified driver’s license. The thing is, not everyone can drive.

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Yanet Martinez, has lived here for a decade and is a pupusa vendor from El Salvador. She doesn’t drive and would qualify for this new ID being proposed.

“I believe we deserve to be able to be part of our communities, to contribute our full hearts to our communities, to be seen,” said Martinez, a 56-year-old mother of five.

Think about it: for a lot of the official things we do — open a bank account, sign a lease, enroll in school — a government issued ID is needed.

Immigrant rights groups are supporting the effort, with leaders saying sometimes undocumented immigrants don’t get the help they need or deserve because of proper documentation.

The DMV, which would issue the ID's, estimates that staffing costs would top $12.8 million between 2023 and 2028. My colleague Josie Huang reports that those costs would likely be offset by application fees for the cards.

Read more about this bill that could be a game changer for some immigrants.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below the fold.

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Before You Go... Head Into House Targaryen Via Los Angeles County’s Natural History Museum

Ricardo Wilkinson-Moreno, 15, of Topanga Canyon, sits in a replica of the Iron Throne at the Natural History Museum during a preview of its House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty exhibit for members in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The exhibit, which runs from August 5 to September 7, showcases costumes and props from the upcoming HBO series, “House of the Dragon.” (Photo by Trevor Stamp)
Ricardo Wilkinson-Moreno, 15, of Topanga Canyon, sits in a replica of the Iron Throne at the Natural History Museum during a preview of its House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty exhibit for members on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The exhibit, which runs from Aug. 5 to Sept. 7, showcases costumes and props from the upcoming HBO series, “House of the Dragon.”
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For the true Game of Throne fans, this pop up exhibit at the Natural History Museum might muster the same enthusiasm as the series finale. In other words, meh.

But my colleague Mike Roe tells us that, for the museum, the exhibit isn’t just about the upcoming HBO GOT prequel House of the Dragon. It’s to remind patrons that NHM is not only a place to document prehistoric L.A. but that it's also a collector of old Hollywood memorabilia — with several objects going back to the silent film era.

The House of the Dragon exhibit includes costumes, props and set decor from the show. There’s even a giant dragon skull on display. You can check it all out through September 7. The costumes do look pretty fabulous but, sadly, Jon Snow does not make an appearance.

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