Posts Tagged ‘California’

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a hard look at Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, his record and legacy in LA Mayor Antonio Villarogoso takes on big issues.”

Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa, born Antonio Ramón Villar, Jr., became a Latino superstar, when first elected as Mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. He is the third Mexican American to have ever held the office in Los Angeles, and the first in over 130 years. Many throughout the Latino community had high hopes for the new Mayor Villaraigosa. Yet, his career is plagued with public scandals and disappointments.

I spoke to Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle Political Writer, for the article on the Mayor and the views by some Latinos

“But GOP strategist Bettina Inclan, an expert in Latino politics, argues that the mayor is also “a walking negative stereotype,” citing Villaraigosa’s past personal problems as evidence of a lack of judgment.

“In all his years in office, Mayor Villaraigosa is better known for his personal scandals and ethics violations than for improving Los Angeles or creating jobs,” she said. “Latino voters want someone they can look up to, and Mayor Villaraigosa has routinely come up short.” … READ MORE

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa topped a list of all-time worst Angelenos chosen by online voters on a Los Angeles Times poll.


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The Washington Examiner reports on a new survey stating young Latinos, ages 18 – 29, favor a more fiscally conservative message, which includes reduced government spending and decreased regulation of business.

Thanks to Google + and friend Samuel Rosado I saw this new data on young Latinos political leanings and it started an interesting conversation on the lack of GOP efforts, as well as failures by the Democrats. The reality is the GOP should be inspired by this information and finally implement a real program to engage Hispanics. A program that includes connecting with Latinos on a cultural level, engaging directly with the community, promoting GOP talent and recruit strong Hispanic candidates /surrogates.

Read more from the Washington Examiner: “New survey finds young Hispanics open to conservative values”

“The survey, which has a four percent margin of error (plus or minus), interviewed 600 people was conducted April 16-22 by Kellyanne Conway’s the polling company inc./Women Trend survey firm for Generation Opportunity, a recently launched conservative activist group that aims to educate and mobilize young Americans about the economic challenges facing their generation.

Among the results were these:

• By nearly a 3:1 ratio, Hispanic young adults prefer “reducing federal spending” (69%) to “raising taxes on individuals” (27%) in order to balance the federal budget.

• 70% of Hispanic young adults would decrease federal spending if given the chance to set America’s fiscal priorities.

• A 57%-majority of Hispanics agree that “if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire.”

• In a separate question, a 56%-majority concurred “the economy grows best when individuals are allowed to create businesses without government interference.”

The survey results are more proof that young Latinos, much like the rest of the Hispanic population, are respective to the Republican message, especially when it includes individual rights, free markets and limited government.  (more…)

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Next week, I embark on my third cross-country road trip. My father will once again join me as my fellow road warrior. This time we depart from Miami, Florida with the final destination of Northern California. I will be tweeting (and hopefully blogging the 7 day trip) with Papa Inclan.

We are tentatively scheduled to make stops in New Orleans, Houston, Hidalgo, San Antonio, El Paso, Tombstone, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas…. What do you think? I would love some suggestions for places to visit in these cities and places along the day…

Papa Inclan during road trip #1 at the Badlands in South Dakota

Papa Inclan is very excited about the trip. In February he retired as a school bus driver and now spends time working in his workshop. He misses driving, and like any father is excited about spending time with his kids. While Papa Inclan has toured every corner of his homeland of Mexico, before our first road trips in 2009 he had only been to Florida (where he resides) and Michigan in the 30 years he has lived in the U.S.

I want to make it a great trip for Papa Inclan. A few things to know about him, he loves Westerns and anything from the Old West. His greatest love (besides his family) is baseball, baseball and baseball. He is the strong and silent type and doesn’t leave home without a large camera (picture of Papa Inclan posted above).

Here are some more pictures from our road trip in 2009: click on the link for more photos…. (more…)

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The Hispanic population in the U.S. accounted for more than half of the total population growth in the country outpacing other demographic groups, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau – Hispanic Population: 2010.

Among the many findings, include that the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, or at a rate of four times faster than the rest of the U.S.

The Hispanic population, accounting for over 15.2 million,  has continued to remain concentrated in the same three states: California with 27.8 percent, Texas with 18.7 percent and Florida with 8.4 percent. Yet, Hispanics are branching out with the most increase in population being seen in the South and Midwest. In the South, the Hispanic population grew by 57 percent, and the Midwest saw a jump by 49 percent.

While the largest Latino group continue to be Mexican and Mexican-Americans,  many of today’s Hispanic immigrants come from a variety of countries including over 1 million individuals from Salvadorans, Dominicans and Guatemalans.

Read the full report here: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf

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Latino political strength continues to grow. Today from Politico’s Morning Score:

“FIRST IN SCORE – BATTLE: CALIFORNIA – Latino voters in the nation’s largest state continue to have much warmer feelings toward the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, according to a poll that will be released today from GOP pollster Bob Moore and Republican strategist Marty Wilson. In an image test of the two parties, Democrats have a double-digit advantage with California Latinos, who were pivotal in electing Jerry Brown to the governor’s mansion last November. If there’s a pathway for Republicans to win over Latino voters, the poll suggests it involves winning big-ticket national debates on national security, the economy and education. A source familiar with the polling data told Score it shows 69 percent of Latinos would think about supporting a Republican who pledges to “ensure all children had a chance at a first-rate education,” while similar majorities would consider a GOP candidate who will improve the economy and create jobs (65 percent) and protect the country from terrorism (63 percent.)

MORE – WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Latinos now make up 38 percent of the California population, nearly matching the state’s 40-percent white population. That means any party hoping to compete in statewide elections is going to have to do much better with Latinos than the GOP ticket did last year. Full data from the poll will be released by Moore, the president of Moore Information, and Wilson, a partner at Wilson-Miller Communications, at 10:30 a.m. PST. “

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The biggest story coming out of the Institute of Governmental Studies “The 2010 Governor’s Race: The Inside Story” Conference was the need for the California GOP to connect with non-traditional voters (i.e: Latinos, women, youth, etc).

In 2010 the state bucked the national political trend. The state got bluer during an election in which Republicans were gaining seats throughout the country. Many politicos were left asking what is in store for Republicans?

Here are some articles from the IGS conference:

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On my way back to California to attend the Institute of Governmental Studies “The 2010 Governor’s Race: The Inside Story” Conference in Berkeley, California.

The event is meant to be a post-mortem on the California Governor’s race. The IGC describes the event as: “We bring together campaign pros, political journalists, pollsters, and others for a candid analysis of California’s most important political contest.”

Several members of Team Poizner will be speaking at the event. I’ll tweet up dates at @BettinaInclan

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With the 2010 election cycle past us pundits, journalists and politicos alike are analyzing what went right and wrong – at the top of the list is immigration. Republicans are still trying to figure out how to communicate their strong position on immigration without pissing off the Latino community.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders takes on the subject in “The Right GOP Immigration Package.” California Republicans lost a lot of ground during the last election cycle – not one member of the GOP was elected to a state-wide office. Some blame the dismal showing by California Republicans on how the candidates communicated on the issue of immigration. Saunders looks at how Republicans talk about immigration and still have a positive Hispanic outreach plan.  I had the pleasure of being interviewed for her article. Read more below.

“Pundits and GOP biggies have a tendency to focus only on the ways the Arizona controversy hurt the GOP, and not on the toll the issue took on Obama nationwide. Recently, veteran Republican strategist Rob Stutzman told Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton that GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman lost big primarily because the issue of illegal immigration drove Latino voters to support Democrat Jerry Brown. Stutzman blamed Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who lost in the primary to Whitman, for pushing Whitman too far to the right on immigration.

Lo siento. (That’s Spanish for “I’m sorry.”) Non credo. (That’s Latin for “horsepuckey.”)

Republican Rick Scott won the Florida governor’s race with as much as 50 percent of the Latino vote, and he supported the Arizona law.

Bettina Inclan was a spokesperson for Poizner before she worked for Scott. As the daughter of a Cuban mother and Mexican father, Inclan is quite aware of the hurdles Republicans face when trying to woo Latino votes. But, as Scott proved, it can be done.

Scott helped himself by not changing his position on immigration. Inclan noted, “He always gave the same message – and he talked about the issues that were really important to everyone in Florida, which is jobs.”

And: “When we try to cater instead of tailoring, I think that’s the problem.” Rather than pander, a candidate needs to speak in a tone that conveys respect and commonality – not (these are my terms) condescension and opportunism.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/22/ED6N1GTNDM.DTL#ixzz1B1BvVtaY

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Today, I participated in a panel at the U.S. part of the Global Forum of Direct Democracy to discuss the initiative and referendum in the public arena and the role of the media. In addition to myself, the panelist included John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, Dan Morain of the Sacramento Bee, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, Patrick McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK.com and moderated by Joel Fox from Fox & Hounds.

I was the only non-journalist/regular blogger type. As told by my former employers, Citizens In Charge Foundation, who were co-hosting the event,  my role on the panel was to talk about the public perception of initiatives and referendum and pitching stories about initiatives process and movement.

While the rest of the panel discussed anecdotes from covering the initiatives or their experiences with other “sexier” topics like ObamaCare and wikileaks…. I tried, as best I could, to talk about the differences between pitching stories for issues like initiatives in contrast to pitching stories about political candidate campaigns. The panel made the point to the room of international activists that it will always be harder to get news articles on issues than “horse race” stories on candidates and the race.

The reality is there are less mainstream journalists who must do more (blog, write columns, tweet, etc), makes getting issue stories on lesser known topics harder to get published. Yet, with the rise of the Internet, social media and blogging, activists have many more opportunities to promote their issues. (more…)

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Back Out West

I’ve always heard that San Francisco was backwards but this weekend I learned just how much. In the heart of the American summer, SF apparently experiences winter, and this year it was one of the coldest July’s on record…. Every time I mentioned how cold I was, someone reminded me of the famous Mark Twain quote “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”… He wasn’t kidding!!

At least the Bay Area is pretty to look at….

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