Kamala Harris: Primer ‘Mujer Biracial’ Electa Como Senadora de California

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La fiscal de California, Kamala Harris, fue elegida el 8 de noviembre senadora en representación de California al imponerse a su rival, ganando con un 62.5% del voto ante el 37.5% de Loretta Sánchez, de acuerdo a la Secretaría del Estado de California.

Harris, de origen afroamericano e hindú contó con el apoyo del Partido Demócrata y echó abajo las aspiraciones de la también demócrata Sánchez de convertirse en la primera mujer hispana en representar a California en el Senado Federal.

De acuerdo con las normas electorales de California, los dos candidatos con mayor número de votos en las elecciones primarias -sin importar el partido que representan- se enfrentan en la ronda final, como fue el caso de Sánchez y Harris.

A lo largo de la campaña, Harris recibió el apoyo de los principales líderes políticos hispanos del estado, como el presidente interino del Senado, Kevin de León, o el presidente de la Cámara estatal, Anthony Rendón.

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Kamala Harris agredece su elección al Senado el Martes en California Foto: Por Fred Zermeno

 

El presidente, Barack Obama, también anunció su apoyo a Harris, al igual que lo hiciera recientemente el Fondo de Acción de CHIRLA, el brazo político de la mayor coalición latina de California de grupos defensores de los inmigrantes.

Asimismo, tanto la líder campesina Dolores Huerta como el sindicato de trabajadores agrarios latinos Unión de Campesinos, que Huerta cofundó, dieron su respaldo a Harris.

La nueva senadora, que por su origen será considerada la primera “mujer biracial” en el Senado en representación de California, reemplazará a la también demócrata Bárbara Bóxer, quien se retira este año luego de 24 años de mantener su asiento en la Cámara Alta.

Senador Estatal Latino Busca Reemplazar a Loretta Sanchez

October 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bicultural y bilingüe, el candidato a la Cámara de Representantes federal José Luis “Lou” Correa se perfila como sucesor de la hispana Loretta Sánchez en un área del sur de California que cada vez cuenta con más latinos.

Durante la elección primaria, Correa obtuvo cerca del 44 por ciento de los votos para el puesto de representante del Distrito 46 en el Congreso, superando ampliamente a su contrincante, Bao Nguyen, quien sólo logró algo más del 14 por ciento.

“Los votantes me han dado la oportunidad y el honor de servirlos como su senador estatal durante ocho años. Ahora le estamos pidiendo al pueblo que nos dé la oportunidad de representarlos en Washington”, dijo Correa en entrevista con EFE.

José Luis Correa nació en Anaheim, California, en 1958 pero sus “primeros años de infancia fueron en México” con lo que se considera un “norteamericano criado en México”, igual que su padre.

Su abuelo, José Luis Correa Sotelo vino a Estados Unidos desde México en 1890 para trabajar en la construcción de las líneas del ferrocarril. Luego se casó y tuvo sus hijos -incluyendo al padre de “Lou”- en Watts, en el sur de Los Ángeles.

“Mi padre, que ahora tiene 90 años, mis tíos y mis tías nacieron en los Estados Unidos y en 1930 les pasó lo que está pasando ahora. Dijeron: ¡vamos, para fuera todos los mexicanos!”, explicó Correa en alusión a la denominada “repatriación mexicana” ocurrida entre 1929 y 1936.

Debido a la gran depresión, el Gobierno de Estados Unidos ordenó repatriar a todos los mexicanos y sus descendientes que habían venido a trabajar, calculados entre medio millón y 2 millones de personas, incluidos los ciudadanos estadounidenses de origen mexicano.

“Mi padre regresó para acá cuando tenía 17 o 18 años”, relató Correa, quien reiteró que por mucho tiempo él pensó que el caso de su familia era el único.

El aspirante a la Cámara federal dijo que cree en el poder del voto hispano pero igualmente reconoció las debilidades de ese grupo de votantes.

“Yo he sido candidato en esta área durante muchos años y reconozco que la clave para uno ganar es simplemente que nuestro pueblo vote”, manifestó el candidato.

“La bendición y la desgracia que tenemos como voto latino es que muchos no le damos interés al voto”, anotó.

Correa atribuye esa apatía del voto hispano a algunas figuras políticas como Pete Wilson en 1994 o Donald Trump hoy en día, “que se nos echan encima, echándoles garrotazos a los indocumentados, a nuestra comunidad”.

Se espera que en la elección de noviembre, “el pueblo despierte y vote con números grandes”, manifestó el hispano que cuenta con importantes apoyos y respaldos, inclusive el de la congresista Loretta Sánchez que deja vacante el escaño por su aspiración al Senado federal.

El plan de campaña de Correa tiene varios puntos que benefician no sólo a los latinos sino a todos los estadounidenses, porque él no se considera sólo un candidato latino sino “el candidato americano de raíces mexicanas”.

“Todos queremos la oportunidad de un trabajo bien pagado -el sueño americano- y que nuestros hijos sigan sus sueños educativos a un precio que puedan pagar”, aseveró.

Correa, que tiene un título en Economía de la Universidad Estatal de California Fullerton y una maestría en Administración de Negocios y un doctorado en Leyes de la Universidad de California Los Ángeles, igualmente sabe que no hay sueño americano completo si uno no puede comprar una casa y tener un seguro médico costeable.

“Es el sueño de los latinos y es el sueño de (todos) los americanos que ya tienen varias generaciones viviendo aquí”, aseguró.

El candidato a la Cámara de Representantes agregó que para los miembros de la comunidad latina -muchos de ellos con parientes y familiares indocumentados- hay otro aspecto de ese sueño americano y es el de darles “la oportunidad de que sean parte de la comunidad con un camino hacia la ciudadanía”.

Es por eso que Correa espera que los latinos por fin muestren el poder de su voto en forma convincente durante estas elecciones.

“Nosotros mismos tenemos que trabajar y ganar y no estar sentados esperando que nos caiga de Dios la bendición. Dios nos dio la oportunidad y Dios nos ha dado la habilidad de votar. Si no la tomamos esa es nuestra culpa”, concluyó.

EGP Ballot Recommendations – Nov. 8 General Election

October 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a lot at stake in the November General Election, from the election of a new U.S. President and U.S. Senator from California, U.S. House of Representatives and members of the State Assembly. There are also
17 State, two L.A. County, one Community College District and four City of Los Angeles measures on the ballot. It’s a lot to keep track of and it’s easy to understand how some voters could feel overwhelmed.

But if ever there was a time to not sit out an election, this is it. There are billions of dollars and major shifts in crime policy at stake, all with potential long-term impacts to our economy and way of life.

 

Clinton for President

EGP endorsed Hillary Clinton for President during the June Primary Election and our support of her candidacy is even stronger today.

In June, we noted that her credentials as a former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State and even her role as the country’s First Lady have made her the most qualified in the race for this country’s highest office. That hasn’t changed.

The mean-spirited, hateful, misogynist bullying by her Republican challenger Donald Trump is of deep concern to us. We believe that he has repeatedly failed to demonstrate the type of self-control and temperament needed to gain cooperation by other elected officials here at home and on the world stage.

In our view, a vote for Trump could be a vote for further deterioration of our political process, killing any chance of his achieving any of the vague policies goals he claims to have.

We are impressed by Clinton’s agreeing to examine and fix areas of the Affordable Care Act that are not working well, and her understanding of the fragile state of international affairs.

 

Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senator

As we stated in our Primary Election endorsement of Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate, her years of experience in the House of Representatives make her the most qualified candidate to replace Barbara Boxer.

In the currently charged, politically polarizing environment, it is especially noteworthy that her colleagues in the Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, have during this election stood up to support her candidacy because of her hard work ethic, ability to work in a bi-partisan way to get things done, and her extensive knowledge in key areas like the Armed Services.

We said we were disappointed by the early anointing by state Democrats of her opponent State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, and that still stands.

We find statements that Latinos will get their chance when Sen. Feinstein retires unsettling. They remind us of all the times Latino candidates for office have been told to step back, “it’s not your turn yet.”

They’re wrong. It is time. Vote for Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate

 

Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition 51 – Vote No

The School Bonds. Funding for K–12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute would authorize $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.

It is EGP’s first inclination to say yes to any Proposition that provides funding for schools and colleges. But the fact is that the need to construct new K-12 schools is declining along with enrollment. What this measure really does is secure billions of dollars for developers and contractors at a cost of $17.6 billion to taxpayers: $9 billion for the principal and $8.6 billion on top of the $2.7 billions were already on the hook for bonds approved in the past.

The cost of new spending should be done at the local level to meet local needs. Cities can require developers to pick up the slack for school funding, something they have been spared from doing as long as state bond funds are available.

 

Proposition 52 – Vote Yes

The Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program Initiative permanantly extends the fee imposed on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal services. It’s true hospitals in California will get back the fees they paid, but the added matching funds from the federal government increases the funds available to provide patient care to Medi-Cal patients and the uninsured that would otherwise be lost.

The funding that hospitals are paid for the services in question are among the lowest in the nation and should probably be raised to insure adequate hospital services for all Californians.

Proposition 52 is a win for the State, and a hedge against the ever increasing cost of health care.

 

Proposition 53 – Vote No

The California Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion Initiative is unnecessary as far as we are concerned. Voters expect their elected officials to decide what funds for local projects are needed and adding another constitutional amendment will only complicate matters for local jurisdictions.

The measure is poorly reasoned and written, and will add unnecessary delays to an already slow process.

 

Proposition 54 – Vote Yes

The last minute bargaining that goes on in the Legislature often winds up with the inclusion of untold numbers of items into legislation that the public has no time to vet.

In an effort to provide greater transparency, this proposition calls for the posting of any bill or changes to a bill on the Internet 72 hours prior to a final vote. It also authorizes use of recordings of all public meetings of the Legislature to be posted online for the public to review.

This proposition requires no new tax money, but it will certainly expand the public’s right to know what its elected officials are doing, and the ability to voice their opposition, or for that matter, their support, to legislative action.

Proposition 56 – Vote Yes

Increasing cigarette taxes by $2 per pack and taxing other tobacco related products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine, as this measure proposes, will help reduce the number of smokers in the state, and recoup some of the high cost of treating smoking-related illnesses.

We believe that increasing the cost of the new smoking sensation, electronic cigarettes, among our young people will cut their use.

Revenues raised will be used to increase service reimbursements to doctors, pay for smoking prevention programs and healthcare by the very people who need and use the services the most. California can no longer afford to pick up the tab for the damages caused to public health and our environment by smoking, let alone the cost of providing health services to those addicted to nicotine.

Latinos at the Ballot Box

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kicked off his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, Latinos were propelled into the forefront of political rhetoric that sought to marginalize their importance and value to the country or on the flip side motivated multiple campaigns to get the Latinos to the ballot box.

Click here to read Part 1 of Latino Factor: Changing the Face of Politics

The power of the Latino vote in recent years has been touted as a possible game changer in national elections, with both Democrats and Republicans citing the importance of their vote in Barack Obama’s winning of the presidency 8 years ago.

Efforts to get Latino permanent residents to become citizens so they can vote in November were significantly ramped up, as were the campaigns to get eligible, but unregistered voters signed up.

On Monday, a handful of registered voters showed up to a Voting Basics workshop in Commerce to become more informed before heading to vote Nov. 8. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

On Monday, a handful of registered voters showed up to a Voting Basics workshop in Commerce to become more informed before heading to vote Nov. 8. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Of the 27 million Latinos eligible to vote, more than 13 million are expected to head to the polls this November, according to the Pew Research Center.

For this two-part series, EGP spoke to a number of Latino elected officials from California about the history, power and influence of Latinos in the political arena. They described the struggles and discrimination faced by Latinos both in the past and the present. While they acknowledge there has been progress – such as the number of “political firsts” that includes Latinos leading both of California’s legislative bodies, more Latinos now serving on powerful congressional committees, in the president’s cabinet and in other leadership roles – all agreed there is still a long way to go to solidify Latino political strength.

They also discussed the evolution of what it means to be a Latino candidate, or worthy of Latino support.

In California, the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and State Attorney General Kamala Harris in many ways highlights those changes.

The election has potential for its own “first.” If elected, Sanchez would be the first Latina to ever serve as a U.S. Senator: Harris would be California’s first African-American woman and first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.

Part two of this series takes a closer look at what’s at stake for Latinos on Election Day and what it means for a Latinos to run for office.

 

The Latino Voice

The polarizing Presidential Election that polls still show is to close to call, has driven dozens of nonprofit and civil rights groups to launch outreach campaigns to register eligible Latino voters and encourage them to head to the polls next month.

According to a Pew Research Center report, Latinos are about 15 percent or more of the electorate in Florida, Nevada and Colorado, all key battleground states. In November, Latinos are projected to make up a record 27 million or 11.9 percent of all eligible U.S. voters, according to the report.

While the numbers are growing, the voter turnout among Latinos has not been as impressive. Despite a record 11.2 million Latinos casting their vote in 2012, it represented less than half of all the Latinos eligible to vote.

“Yes, Latinos can determine the election, we have the numbers,” acknowledged U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard. “My fear is [they] don’t show up to the ballot box.”

In contrast, African-Americans and White voters are more likely to turnout. In 2012, 64 percent of White and 66.6 percent of African-Americans eligible voters cast votes.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is partnering with colleges and universities and other organizations across the state to encourage voter registration. He says the importance of voting is often instilled when parents take their children to the polls, an experience unfamiliar to many Latino immigrants.

“My parents never took me to vote, it wasn’t our experience,” he told EGP. “Far too many families don’t have that tradition.”

Because nearly half of eligible Latino voters are between the ages of 18 and 35, a group already on its own less likely to vote, special attention has been focused on targeting Latino millennials. The nonprofit Voto Latino aims to empower Latino millennials through civic engagement and reports it has registered over 101,000 Latinos. The next battle will be to get them out on election day.

“This election is very important” to Latinos, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis told EGP. Especially “when you hear Donald Trump say these things,” says the daughter of immigrants, referring to his comments disparaging women, immigrants, specifically Mexicans.

The former labor secretary has been campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling her a “good alternative for our community.”

“I believe she has a good record representing our community and I believe she will appoint Latinos to her cabinet,” Solis said.

Roybal-Allard tells EGP she often hears Latinos say “para que” (what’s the point) when it comes to voting, but hopes this election they consider the consequences.

“If they stay at home that’s like voting for Trump,” she said.

According to the Pew Research Center, a major factor in who voters support is their dislike for a candidate’s opponent.

Sanchez told EGP no matter whom they vote for, Latinos need to care about being represented at the polls.

“When our community doesn’t vote we give away our vote to the people who are voting,” she said.

 

Being Latino Is Important, But Not Everything

As EGP reported in part one of this series, in years past when there were few Latinos in elected office, being Latino was often the most important qualification for getting the Latino vote. The belief was that a Latino candidate would have a more comprehensive grasp and sensitivity to the issues and positions important to Latinos.

It was once unheard of for a Latino politician to endorse a non-Latino over a Latino in the same party, but the race between Sanchez and Harris is an example of how things have changed as more Latinos are elected to office.

For most, the fact that Sanchez is Latina is a factor, but by no means the biggest reason behind their endorsement.

“She’s a hard worker, dedicated and knowledgeable,” says Roybal-Allard, who has worked with Sanchez for nearly two decades. “I have seen first hand her commitment not just to Latinos but to our country.”

Roybal-Allard tells EGP she also endorsed Sanchez to ensure someone on the Senate would be sensitive to the needs of Southern California.

“The fact that she’s Latina is the cherry on top.”

Sanchez herself admits sometimes you don’t always want the Latino.

“Look at the presidential race, I was not going to vote for Ted Cruz.”

Instead, Sanchez asks that voters look at her resume, noting that during her 20 years in Congress she has served on the Committee on Armed Services and Committee on Homeland Security. She voted against the War in Iraq and supports immigration reform, and has been a supporter of small business.

“I know the issues, my opponent doesn’t have the experience” to get to work right away, says Sanchez, who has earned the endorsement of many of her colleagues in the House. “If we have a qualified Latina candidate and don’t choose the Latina then when the heck are we going to get one?”

The growing number of Latinos in office is what has perhaps made the shift in perspective possible.

“You want to have quality, good leadership,” points out Solis, who endorses Harris. She said Harris is on the right side of issues important to California Latinos. “I know some non-Latinos who fight for our rights.”

“We’ve evolved beyond looking at the color of our skin and instead focus on what a person brings,” she adds.

Other prominent Latino leaders including Sen. Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joined Solis in endorsing Harris, despite many expecting them to back the Latina with congressional experience.

Roybal-Allard told EGP this came as a surprise to her.

“It could be a lack of understanding to what it takes to be a member of congress,” she said. “There are different set of rules and Loretta [Sanchez] is someone that would hit the ground running,” the congresswoman said, noting the importance placed on seniority and established replacements.

Sanchez told EGP she thinks those who didn’t endorse her despite her qualifications were likely influenced by Northern politics in Sacramento.

It’s not about being Latina per se,” says Sanchez. “In this case I’m the qualified one with the experience.”

Endorsements in the race also show immigration is not the only issue important to Latinos.

Hector Barreto, president of the Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, told EGP the group endorsed Sanchez because they have worked with the congresswoman for decades.

“Loretta [Sanchez] has always been passionate about helping small businesses,” he said. “It was a very easy decision,” he added.

The group tends to lean center right endorsing conservative candidates like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Marco Rubio this election.

Barreto said the group is concerned Harris will double down on efforts that hurt already struggling Latino-owned businesses by supporting more taxes and raising health care costs. There are 4 million Latino-owned businesses across the country, generating $700 billion in revenue each year, according to the Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute.

Sanchez on the other hand has been a champion in congress by fighting to get more federal contracts for small businesses and helping them have access to capital, said Barreto.

“If we can support a Hispanic candidate we will, but we don’t support a candidate [just because] they’re Hispanic.”

For those unsure of whom to vote for, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia hopes they ultimately mark the box next to Sanchez’ name.

“We did our research, our part to get this member on the ballot, she’s the qualified one,” Garcia said.

Congressman Xavier Becerra told EGP he chose not to endorse in the race and is instead concentrating on supporting Latinos running for seats in the House of Representatives. He told EGP he is happy to see there isn’t an absence of Latino candidates, and points out that in some races there is more than one Latino on the ballot.

“No doubt, when I hear a Latino is running I take an interest,” he said.

Solis predicts Latinos will have another bite at the apple when U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein retires.

Some political observers have speculated that deals were made early that a Latino would get Democrats support when Feinstein leaves office.

Meanwhile, Padilla told EGP he’s not endorsing in the race but says the U.S. Senate race is a reflection of the diversity of the state.

“Whether it’s the U.S. Senate this year or California Governor next year, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any state election without a strong viable Latino running for office.”

 

Latinos en las Urnas

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cuando Donald Trump, el nominado republicano a la presidencia, empezó su campaña llamando a los mexicanos “violadores y traficantes de drogas” los latinos fueron empujados hacia el frente de la retórica política. Todo, en una búsqueda de marginalizar la importancia del grupo y de su valor al país y por ende, causó que múltiples campañas empujen a los latinos hacia las urnas.

El poder del voto latino, en años recientes, ha sido arraigado como un posible punto de inflexión en las elecciones nacionales. Esto es tanto que los Demócratas como los Republicanos han mencionado la importancia que éste voto tuvo en la victoria de Barack Obama a la presidencia hace 8 años.

Esfuerzos para persuadir a los residentes permanentes latinos a convertirse en ciudadanos, para que puedan votar en noviembre, subieron significativamente, al igual que las campañas para registrar a los votantes elegibles.

De los 27 millones de votantes elegibles, más de 13 millones son esperados a que se dirijan a las casillas de votación en noviembre, de acuerdo al Centro de Investigación Pew.

En ésta serie de dos partes, EGP habló con varios oficiales latinos electos, de California, acerca de la historia, poder e influencia que los latinos han tenido en la política. Ellos describieron las luchas y discriminaciones a que los latinos se han enfrentado tanto como en el pasado como en el presente. Tambien admitieron que ha habido progreso, como el numero de “primerizas en la política” las cuales incluyen a latinos encabezando grupos legislativos en California y a más latinos que ahora sirven en comités poderosos en el congreso y en el gabinete presidencial. Sin embargo, todos acordaron de que todavía hay un gran camino por recorrer para fortalecer el poder político latino.

Ellos también hablaron acerca de la evolución de lo que significa ser un candidato latino, o el ser digno del apoyo latino.

En California, la carrera para el Senado de Estados Unidos, entre la representante Loretta Sánchez y de la fiscal estatal de estado, Kamala Harris, en varias maneras resalta esos cambios e indica la complejidad del poder y la influencia. Esa elección tiene el potencial de producir una “primeriza política”. Si es electa, Sánchez sería la primer latina en servir como senadora de Estados Unidos. En cuanto Harris, se convertiría en la primer mujer afro-americana y la primera asiática-americana al mismo puesto, si es electa.

La segunda parte de ésta serie analizará más a fondo lo que está en juego para los latinos el Día de Elecciones y lo que significa para los latinos postularse como candidatos.

La Voz Latina

La Elección Presidencial a polarizado a muchos y las encuestas demuestran que aun permanece reñida. Al igual, ha impulsado a docenas de organizaciones sin lucro y a grupos de derechos humanos a lanzar campañas de alcance intentando registrar a latinos elegibles para votar.

De acuerdo a un reporte del Centro de Investigación Pew, los latinos componen alrededor del 15% del electorado en Florida, Nevada, Colorado, todos estados decisivos y disputados. En noviembre, se proyecta que los votantes latinos llegaran o totalizar 27 millones de personas, un 11.9 por ciento de los votantes elegibles en el país, de acuerdo al reporte.

Mientras que los números siguen creciendo, la participación electoral entre los latinos no ha sido impresionante. A pesar de que 11.2 millones de latinos, un número récord, salieron a votar en el 2012, este número representó menos de la mitad del grupo elegible para votar.

“Sí, los latinos pueden determinar la elección ya que tenemos la cantidad necesaria”, reconoció la representante de Estados Unidos, Lucille Roybal-Allard. “Mi temor es que [ellos] no salgan a las urnas”.

En cambio, los votantes afro-americanos y blancos son más probables en aparecerse el día de la elección. En 2012, 64 por ciento de los votante elegibles de la comunidad blanca y el 66.6 por ciento de los afro-americanos salieron a votar.

Alex Padilla, secretario estatal de California, se está uniendo con colegios y universidades al igual que otras organizaciones a lo largo del estado para motivar a los votantes a que se registren. Él dice que la importancia de votar es usualmente impuesta cuando los padres llevan a sus hijos a las casillas de votación, una experiencia desconocida para muchos inmigrantes latinos.

“Mis padres nunca me llevaron a votar, no fue nuestra experiencia”, le dijo a EGP. “Demasiadas familias carecen de ésta tradición”.

Ya que casi la mitad de los votantes elegibles para votar, en la comunidad latina, son de las edades 18 a 35, un grupo ya predispuesto a no votar, atención especial se ha dirigido hacia ellos, los llamados “mileniales” (o Millennials en inglés). La organización sin lucro, Voto Latino, busca empoderar a los latinos mileniales a participar en compromisos cívicos y reportan a más de 101,000 latinos registrados. La próxima batalla será motivarlos a que se hagan presente el día de la elección.

“Ésta elección es sumamente importante” para los latinos, le dijo a EGP Hilda Solís, supervisora del Condado de Los Ángeles. Especialmente “cuando se escucha a Donald Trump decir ese tipo de cosas”, dijo la hija de inmigrantes, refiriéndose a los comentarios despreciativos hacia las mujeres, inmigrantes, especialemente a los mexicanos.

La exsecretaria de labor, ha estado trabajando en campañas a favor de la candidata presidencial demócrata y exsecretaria de estado, Hillary Clinton. Ella considera a Clinton una “buena alternativa para nuestra comunidad”.

“Creo que tiene un buen récord en su representación de nuestra comunidad y creo que nombrará a más latinos a posiciones en su gabinete presidencial”, dijo Solís.

Roybal-Allard le digo a EGP que a menudo escucha que los latinos dicen que “para qué” deberán votar, pero espera que consideren las consecuencias de no hacerlo en estas elecciones.

“Si se quedan en casa es como que estén votando por Trump”, agregó.

El lunes, un grupo de votantes registrados asistieron al taller, “Voting Basics” en Commerce para mejor informarse antes de las elecciones del 8 de noviembre.

“A estas alturas, simplemente estoy votando por el menor de los dos males”, dijo Ivette Sandoval.

Miembros de la comunidad en el taller "Voting Basics" en Commerce el pasado lunes. Foto de EGP por Nancy Martínez.

Miembros de la comunidad en el taller “Voting Basics” en Commerce el pasado lunes. Foto de EGP por Nancy Martínez.

De acuerdo al Centro de Investigaciones Pew, un factor principal en quien recibirá el apoyo de los votantes es su desagrado por el otro candidato.

Rep. Sánchez le dijo a EGP que no importa por quien voten, los latinos necesitan preocuparse en ser representados en las urnas.

“Cuando nuestra comunidad no vota, le damos el poder a los que sí”, dijo ella.

El Ser Latino es Importante, Pero no lo es Todo

Según los reportes de EGP, en la primera parte de ésta serie, durante los años pasados cuando habían pocos latinos en posiciones electas, el ser latino era a veces la calificación más importante para obtener el apoyo de la comunidad. La creencia de que un candidato latino tendría una comprensión mayor y sensibilidad a los temas relacionados con los latinos era importante.

Antes, no se escuchaba de que latinos apoyaran a candidatos que no fueran latinos, dentro del mismo partido. Sin embargo, la carrera hacia el Senado entre Sánchez y Harris, muestra que las cosas han cambiado.

En su mayoría, el hecho de que Sánchez es latina es un factor, pero no es el motivo principal del apoyo que ha recibido.

“Es una persona trabajadora, dedicada y conocedora”, dijo Roybal-Allard, quien ha trabajado con Sánchez por casi dos décadas. “He presenciado su dedicación no solo a la comunidad latina sino que a nuestro país”.

Roybal-Allard le dijo a EGP que también apoya a Sánchez para asegurarse de que aya alguien en el Senado que sea sensible a las necesidades del Sur de California.

“El hecho de que es latina es una ventaja adicional”, dijo.

Sánchez misma admitió que a veces no siempre se necesita elegir al latino.

“Miren a la carrera presidencial, yo no iba a votar por Ted Cruz”, dijo ella.

En lugar, Sánchez le pide a los votantes a que analicen sus calificaciones, enfatizando que durante los 20 años que sirvió en el Congreso, ella fue parte del Comité de Servicios Armados y el Comité de Seguridad Nacional. Ella también votó en contra de la Guerra en Iraq y apoya a la reforma migratoria y a los negocios pequeños.

“Conozco los problemas y mi oponente no tiene la experiencia necesaria” para ponerse a trabajar inmediatamente, dijo Sánchez, quien se ha ganado el apoyo de varios de sus colegas. “Si tenemos a una latina calificada y no la escogemos, entonces hasta cuando vamos a obtener a otra?”

El número creciente de Latinos en cargos oficiales es lo que talvez ha causado el cambio en perspectiva.

“Se necesita tener calidad y buen liderazgo”, dijo Solís, quien apoya a Harris. Ella dijo que Harris está al lado correcto de los temas de importancia para los latinos californianos.

“Conozco a personas que no son latinas que lucharan por nuestros derechos”, dijo. “Hemos evolucionado más aya del ver nada más el color de piel de alguien y ahora nos podemos enfocar en lo que la persona ofrece”, agregó.

Otros lideres latinos prominentes incluyen al senador pro tem, Kevin de León y al vocero de la asamblea, Anthony Rendón, quienes junto con Solís apoyan a Harris. Esto, a pesar de que muchos esperaban de que ellos apoyaran a la latina con experiencia en el Congreso.

Roybal-Allard le dijo a EGP que esto fue una sorpresa para ella.

Puede ser una falta de conocimiento de lo que significa ser miembro del Congreso”, dijo ella. “Hay un set de reglas diferentes y Loretta [Sánchez] es alguien que empezaría con fuerza”, dijo la congresista, notando la importancia que se le pone a la precedencia y a los reemplazos establecidos.

Sánchez le dijo a EGP que piensa que aquellos que no la apoyan, a pesar de sus calificaciones, fueron probablemente influenciados por políticas norteñas llegadas desde Sacramento.

“No se trata de ser la latina”, dijo Sánchez. “En este caso, se trata de que soy la capacitada y tengo la experiencia”.

Los respaldos exhibidos en la carrera también demuestran que el tema de inmigración no es lo único que les importa a los latinos.

Héctor Barreto, presidente del Instituto, “Hispanic Business Roundtable”, le dijo a EGP que apoyan a Sánchez porque han trabajado con ella, personalmente, por décadas.

“Loretta [Sánchez] siempre ha sido apasionada en ayudar a los negocios pequeños”, dijo él. “Fue una decisión fácil”, agregó.

El grupo tiende a inclinarse al lado centro derecho, apoyando a candidatos conservativos como el senador John McCain y el senador Marco Rubio, durante ésta elección.

Barreto dijo que el grupo está preocupado de que Harris redoble los esfuerzos que ya han perjudicado a los negocios que pasan dificultades, poseídos por latinos, apoyando el incremento de impuestos y costos de seguros médicos más altos. De acuerdo al Instituto, “Hispanic Business Roundtable”, hay cuatro millones de negocios de latinos a lo largo del país, que generan $700 billones en ingresos cada año.

En cambio, Sánchez ha sido campeona en el Congreso, luchando por obtener mas contratos para negocios pequeños, ayudándolos con su acceso al capital, dijo Barreto.

“Si podemos apoyar al candidato hispano, lo haremos, pero no apoyamos a un candidato [simplemente porque] sea hispano”.

Para aquellos que no estén seguros por quien votar, la asambleísta, Cristina García, espera que últimamente escojan el nombre de Sánchez.

“Hicimos nuestras investigaciones por nuestra parte para traer a este miembro a la balota; ella es la capacitada”, dijo García.

El congresista Xavier Becerra le dijo a EGP que decidió en no mandar su apoyo al senado, y en lugar se está concentrando en apoyar a los latinos que están corriendo para tomar puestos en la Cámara de Representantes. Él le dijo a EGP que está contento en ver que los latinos no están ausentes y que a veces hasta hay más que uno.

“Sin duda, cuando escucho que hay alguien latino en la carrera me cuasa interes”, dijo.

Solís predice que los latinos tendrán otra oportunidad cuando la senadora Diana Feinstein se retire.

Algunos observadores políticos especulan que tratos se hicieron, desde temprano, para que un latino recibá el puesto cuando Feinstein se retire.

Mientras tanto, Padilla le dijo a EGP que su oficina eligió en no apoyar a nadie en ésta elección pero dijo que la carrera al Senado refleja la diversidad del estado.

“No importa si es la carrera para el Senado o para el gobernador de California el año entrante, estoy seguro que no habrá ninguna elección estatal sin un nombre latino”.

Latino Factor: Changing the Face of Politics

September 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Much is being made these days of the potential power of the Latino vote, both here in California and on the national stage.

Political strategists point to the role Latinos played 8 years ago in tipping the presidential race in Barack Obama’s favor, and continue to say that if Latinos register and show up to vote they could again have sway in the 2016 Presidential Election pitting GOP candidate Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Click here to read Part 2 of Latino Factor: Changing the Face of Politics

At more than 57 million strong, or nearly 18% of the total U.S. population, and with the largest growth in recent years taking place in areas that according to the Pew Research Center previously had very few Latinos, like North Dakota, there’s good reason to see political opportunity.

But it wasn’t too long ago that the influence of Latinos was more dream than reality. Latino elected officials were rare and for many Latino political and civil rights activists the most important credentials for a candidate was that they have a Spanish surname and be a Democrat, and you always supported the Latino in the race. And for more than a decade, immigration has been the top issue in nearly every campaign to reach Latinos.

For this two-part story on the influence of Latinos in politics today, EGP reached out to a number of Latino elected officials from California to get their views. What we repeatedly heard is that there has been progress, but there’s still a long way to go. We also heard that immigration will continue to be an important issue to Latinos, but these days “every issue is a Latino issue.” And while being Latino is important, in the political arena it alone may no longer be cause for endorsement.

 

To Understand the Present, You Have to Know the Past

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, is excited to see the new batch of Hispanic leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress.

She just hopes these new lawmakers understand the discrimination their predecessors faced, the struggles to get Latinos elected in the first place, and the significance of having one of their own sitting at the table where the country’s most important decisions and policies are made.

“We must not forget the past, we must not take for granted the struggles of those before us and revisit our history,” she told EGP. “Don’t forget there were once signs that read ‘no dogs, no Negros, no Mexicans.”

Roybal-Allard witnessed first hand the discrimination against Latinos brave enough to run for office, and determined to pave the way for future leaders despite their poor treatment. Her father, Edward R. Roybal, the first Latino elected to the Los Angeles City Council and one of the first Latinos to represent California in Congress, was one of them.

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, with her late father Rep. Roybal R. Roybal during a committee hearing. (Courtesy of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard)

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, with her late father Rep. Edward R. Roybal during a committee hearing. (Courtesy of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard)

Getting elected at a time when many people would just vote against a candidate because they were Hispanic was difficult, and it took a strong grassroots effort in the Latino community and help from labor unions to win Roybal a seat on the LA City Council. Even then, he was not treated as an equal because of his Mexican heritage. The discrimination continued when he was elected to the Congress, and invitations were not extended his way.

“We would go to places and people would spit on us and tell us to go back where we came from,” she recalled, noting that his position was no guarantee they would be treated with respect.

But he persevered and during his 30 years in Congress, Roybal co-founded and chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and chaired a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, and always advocated for Latinos.

Roybal-Allard had her own encounters with discrimination as an elected official. She told EGP that during the early 1990s she and the other Latinas in Congress were routinely stopped at the door of the House of Representatives, the assumption being they could not possibly be members of Congress.

“Many of my colleagues didn’t know what it meant to be Hispanic,” Roybal-Allard said, pointing out that African-Americans were the only minority some of her Congressional colleagues had ever met.

“Absolutely we have made some progress, but we still have a long way to go,” she added.

As a female, minority and often the youngest person in the room, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis says she faced similar obstacles on her way to the White House.

Her high school counselor advised her to skip college and to go work as a secretary, ironically, years later she would became the first Latina to serve as Secretary of Labor, appointed by President Barack Obama. In another first, Solis was the first Latina elected to the California Senate.

“People underestimate you,” she told EGP, referring to those who doubted her capabilities. “I was fortunate, to always resist that.”

Congressman Xavier Becerra is the first Latino to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is today the highest-ranking Latino in Congress. He told EGP there were only a handful of Latinos in Congress when he was first elected in 1992. Latino leaders used to feel like outsiders, he recalled. “To have a Latino in a high office was a very proud moment.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the first Latino and youngest person elected president of the Los Angeles City Council, told EGP that the rhetoric in this year’s presidential campaign reminds him of the political climate that existed in 1994 when Proposition 187 – which proposed to prohibit undocumented immigrants from receiving public benefits ¬– was on the ballot.

It was then, years before he ran for office, that he says he realized it wasn’t easy for Latinos in government.

Although both sides of the aisle are now courting Latinos, for too long Latinos were often on the outside, says Becerra.

“A lot of us worked within the system with the perspective of being outsiders,” he said. “It’s changing and now we are seeing what it feels like to be included.”

 

Wider Influence Today

Republican and Democratic political pundits and strategist across the country have repeatedly said that winning the 2016 Presidential Election will require winning a majority of Latino votes.

Yet one need only look at the number of “political firsts” in recent years – Sonia Sotomayor’s becoming the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonio Villaraigosa’s election as Los Angeles’ first Latino mayor in over a hundred years, and for the first time in modern history, Latinos now hold the top two leadership roles in the California Legislature – to understand the relative newness of Latino political influence at the ballot box.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis pictured with President Barrack Obama and other White House officials during her time as Secretary of Labor. Solis was the first Latina to serve on a President’s Cabinet. (Courtesy of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis )

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis pictured with President Barrack Obama and other White House officials during her time as Secretary of Labor. Solis was the first Latina to serve on a President’s Cabinet. (Courtesy of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis )

All the Latino leaders we interviewed, however, said you have to celebrate these milestones, not just look at the deficits.

As an example, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Congressman Becerra were all touted as possible running mates for Hillary Clinton.

More Latinos now serve on the most powerful congressional committees that decide which bills move forward and get funding, and in the case of Roybal-Allard, the ranking member on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, how we will pay for our national security.

Only 37 of the 535 members of Congress are Latino, but according to Roybal-Allard, many of them are better prepared for the rigors of the office then their predecessors.

“The more Latinos get elected the more input and influence we have on policy,” she stresses, adding that the hope is more Latinos will be elected in November.

In California, where about 15 million Latinos call home and make up 39 percent of the population, many leaders still see Latinos as “underrepresented.” Of the 120 members in the Assembly and Senate, only 22 are Latino. However, the leaders of both bodies are Latino: Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

But the small number does make it harder for “for us to be a voice for Latinos,” says Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who represents a number of Latino majority cities in southeastern Los Angeles County, including Bell Garden and Commerce. “We need to be at the table,” she said, explaining her desire to see more Latinos and Latinas elected to office.

“It’s helpful to our community when we have people that have personal experience with the needs of our areas,” agrees Roybal-Allard.

Which leads back to the belief that every issue is a Latino issue.

“Latinos are not just interested in immigration,” emphasizes Roybal-Allard. “Latinos care about all issues.”

There is no difference between what a Latino wants and what their non-Latino counterparts demand from the government, says Becerra.

“They want a good job, good education and a safe place to live,” he told EGP.

Roybal-Allard believes that in some states where the Latino population is growing, fear and misunderstanding are contributing to the mistaken belief that Latinos will only fight for their interests, and somehow those interests are different.

Solis acknowledges she acts as voice and advocate for the Latino community in Los Angeles County. She points out, however, that the issues and policies she has fought for, including increasing the minimum wage, enforcement of wage theft laws and for environmental justice, do not only help Latinos, but everyone.

“Every issue is a Latino issue,” says Rep. Loretta Sanchez. “I don’t think our agenda is any different or should be defined by immigration.”

 

 

In part 2 of this two-part series, EGP will delve deeper into the November election and the potential of the Latino vote.

Sanchez Shores Up Key Endorsements

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is endorsing Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat while the union’s Northern California District Council is endorsing both Sanchez and her opponent, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is also a Democrat, her campaign announced Wednesday.

“Loretta Sanchez has demonstrated extraordinary ability during her 20 years in Congress” protecting workers and promoting commerce, said ILWU Southern California District Council President Cathy Familathe.

“The backbone of our economy is in the millions of imported and exported items that cross our borders every day. Dockworkers are at the heart of this vital process, and they should have the best working conditions that are possible,” said Sanchez in response to the endorsement. “Fair wages and good working conditions – these are not just policy positions; these are American values. I have spent 20 years fighting for workers and I will continue to do so in the United States Senate – my record speaks for itself.”

The union’s backing adds to those already received from other groups from organized labor, including the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, several chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Local 324 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Earlier this month, Sanchez also received the endorsement of Latinas Lead California, the state’s only political network that endorses and contributes to Latina candidates. A nonpartisan organization, Latinas Lead California is committed to promoting and increasing the active participation of Latinas to elected office.

Latinas Lead California cited Sanchez’ 20 years of work to support women and families on issues including healthcare, gender equality, pay equity, reproductive rights and service in the military.

“Loretta Sanchez has a proven track record of fighting for our communities and advocating for the rights of women and families in Congress. She has been a pioneer of Latina leadership both in our state and nation. We are proud to stand with Loretta in her bid to represent our state and be the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate,” stated Latinas Lead California.

“I’m honored to have the support of Latinas Lead California,” said Sanchez. “As California’s next United States Senator, I will continue to empower women and fight for gender equality in education, workplace and the military. I will make access to education and equal pay for equal work for women a priority because we must end the inequality that women still face in the workplace.”

Latinas Lead endorsement joins those of other women’s groups supporting her bid for U.S. Senate, including Women in Leadership and PODER PAC, and a majority of her female California House of Representative colleagues including Congresswomen Judy Chu (CA-27), Susan Davis (CA-53), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Janice Hahn (CA-44), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Norma Torres (CA-35).

 

We Must be Vigilant Against Terrorism — and Hatred

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In the wake of yet another terrorist attack on our homeland, American hearts ache for the 49 lives lost and many others terribly wounded due to the brutal, terrorist violence that was perpetrated two weeks ago in Orlando. We mourn for the souls who were so suddenly and cruelly taken without mercy. We mourn for their families, friends and the LGBT community.

Above all, we share a deep concern for our nation, which is under attack not only by those who use violence to strike fear into our hearts, but also by those who repudiate our most deeply held values through fear-mongering, divisive politics and the rhetoric of hate.

Just in the last few weeks, our nation came together to celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali, who left a legacy that emphasized hard work and the pursuit of peace and justice — a legacy that has inspired millions of people across the globe. He was one of the many Muslim American leaders and role models who were a product of American society, struggled for justice, and also came to fundamentally reshape it for the better.

Muslim Americans are a vital and treasured part of American society. As citizens, they belong to this nation and contribute to our history, success and heritage, as do Americans of many creeds.

Our diversity is our strength, and that diversity is compromised when we allow people to play on popular prejudices and ignorance to exclude or stereotype entire groups of Americans based on color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Here is the reality: terrorism is a threat that has touched every corner of the globe and will challenge us for years to come. Even the names of our beloved cities — New York, Washington, D.C., San Bernardino, Orlando and Boston — are now uttered in a new context.

Not only does terrorism threaten the lives of our citizens, but the fear that comes in its wake can threaten the very soul of our democracy. We must remain vigilant against the fear of terrorism and our impulse to take drastic measures that undermine our cherished civil liberties that set us apart from the world.

Another reality is that while terrorists have often claimed to commit their brutal crimes in the name of Islam, most victims of terrorism are Muslims. In fact, our own National Terrorism Center estimates that between 82 and 97 percent of the victims of terrorism worldwide are Muslim men, women and children. We must never allow the crimes of the few to blind us to the goodness of the many.

Just as Muslims are often the first to be victimized by terrorism, they are also our best allies in fighting it. The best early warning of suspicious activity isn’t government surveillance — it is vigilant citizens, including the Muslim community. We must never judge people based on their religion, but on their individual commitment to a just, lawful and peaceful society.

At this very moment, the overwhelming majority of those who are putting their lives on the line to fight extremist groups like ISIS in Iraq and Syria are Muslim soldiers — from Iraqi, Kurdish, Turkish and American forces. And Muslims are valued members of Congress and our intelligence, military and law enforcement communities.

I am proud to represent one of the most vibrant Muslim American communities in the United States, and I am proud to have Muslim Americans as part of my staff.

I agree with President Obama that alienating our Muslim American community and attempting to use a broad brush to paint Islam as the enemy is strategically unwise, morally reprehensible, and contrary to American values. It is as counterproductive as it is dangerous — not only because we risk inciting terrorism and alienating potential allies, but because we risk compromising our national values of freedom of religion, equality and justice.

Terrorists want us to hate. If we give in to hate, then they win. But Americans are strong, Americans are united, and I fervently believe that American values are human values and will ultimately prevail.

 

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, represents the 46th Congressional District. She is a candidate for U.S. Senate.

 

Loretta Sánchez se Enfrentará a Kamala Harris en Noviembre

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La candidata de origen mexicano Loretta Sánchez pasó este martes la primera prueba para competir en noviembre por una plaza en el senado federal, lo que deja abierta la posibilidad para que California tenga por primera vez una senadora hispana.

La demócrata Sánchez, hija de inmigrantes mexicanos y quien cuenta con más de 20 años de experiencia en la Cámara de Representantes, obtuvo cerca de 942.000 sufragios, equivalentes a 18,5% del total de votos, en las primarias de este martes.

Su principal contrincante, Kamala Harris, quien recibió el apoyo de la Convención Demócrata en febrero, consiguió un poco más de 2 millones de votos, lo que representa el 40,3 % del total con el 99,7 % de precintos escrutados, según datos de la Registraduría estatal.

En las elecciones primarias de California los dos candidatos con mayor número de votos, sin distinción de partido político, ganan el derecho a competir en la elección de noviembre.

“Los ojos del país están sobre nosotros y sé que estamos preparados para que nosotros mismos, nuestro estado y nuestros colegas californianos estén orgullosos”, dijo Harris al celebrar su primer puesto.

Sánchez, por su parte, logró la aspiración de ir a la votación de noviembre y mantuvo su enfoque en su experiencia de dos décadas en el Congreso en Washington, donde ha formado parte de importantes comités de seguridad y defensa nacional.

“Yo sé cuál es mi posición en los temas más importantes, tengo 20 años de votos”, aseguró Sánchez ante sus seguidores luego de clasificar en una competencia que contó con 34 candidatos para reemplazar a la demócrata Bárbara Boxer, quien se retirará al terminar su período este año.

Además en las votaciones del martes fue aprobada la Proposición 50 que permite a los legisladores cortar los privilegios y beneficios, incluyendo los salarios, de los senadores o asambleístas que hayan sido suspendidos de sus funciones.
La propuesta logró más del 75% de respaldo superando los 3,7 millones de votos a favor. Cerca de 1,2 millones de electores votaron en contra.
La iniciativa surgió como respuesta a varios casos de legisladores investigados por las autoridades, que fueron suspendidos de sus funciones pero continuaron recibiendo su pago.

No obstante, oponentes de la medida han resaltado que la Proposición 50 elevó el número de votos necesarios para suspender a un legislador, llevándolo del 50% actual a dos tercios del total de los miembros del cuerpo legislativo correspondiente.

June 7, 2016 Primary Election Preliminary Results

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

United States President
Democratic Party
Hillary Clinton    1,940,773 (55.8%)
Bernie Sanders     1,502,187 (43.2%)

Republican Party
Donald Trump    1,175,270 (75.3%)
John R. Kasich    176,655 (11.3%)
Ted Cruz        144,173 (9.2%)

United States Senator
*Kamala D. Harris    2,051,252 (40.3%)
*Loretta L. Sanchez    943,091 (18.5%)
United States Representative
32nd District
Grace F. Napolitano    41,423 (51.73%)
Gordon E. Fisher        19,439 (24.27%)
Roger Hernandez        19,219 (24%)

34th District
Xavier Becerra        52,349 (79.61%)
Adrienne N. Edwards     13,410 (20.39%)

38th District
Linda T. Sanchez        63,037 (70.45%)
Ryan Downing        18,572 (20.76%)
Scott Michael Adams    7,870 (8.8%)

40th District
Lucille Roybal-Allard      43,809 (76.66%)
Roman G. Gonzalez      13,336 (23.34%)

State Senator
33rd District
Ricardo Lara        72,151 (100%)

State Assembly
51st District
Jimmy Gomez        45,075 (100%)

53rd District
*Miguel Santiago        16,316 (47.04%)
*Sandra Mendoza        13,727 (39.57%)

58th District
Cristina Garcia        41,082 (100%)

63rd District
*Anthony Rendon    32,700 (77.83%)
*Adam Joshua Miller    9,317 (22.17%)

*Runoffs

Measures
State Measure 50 – Suspension of Legislators
Yes        3,756,975 (75.3%)
No        1,234,537 (24.7%)

Montebello City Measure W – Sale of the Montebello Water System
Yes        3,984 (48.95%)
No        4,155 (51.05%)

Montebello Unified School District Measure GS – $300 Million Bond
Yes        13,652 (77.08%)
No        4,059 (22.92%)

Los Angeles County
District Attorney
Jackie Lacey    941,391 (100%)

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