►Clinton-Trump race is tight among English dominant U.S. Latinos
, advantage Clinton according to Pew
. The margin of error is 6.7
, so it’s closer than it appears.
It’s an interesting puzzle: Latino millennials favor Clinton 71-19, and older Latinos are for Hillary at a rate of65-26. The problem is that you can parse the Latino electorate many ways – U.S. born v naturalized; Mexican v Puerto Rican v Cuban v others; Spanish dominant; first generation; immigrant parents; first time voters . . .
It’s entertaining the way a mosaic portrait is. But you have to take a few steps back to get the picture. Overall, Clinton leads Trump among U.S. Latinos 66-24.
►Meanwhile, in California, pols are asking where’s Antonio?
It was a given for many months that former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
would jump into the California Governor’s race. But as the OC Register sarcastically put it
, “Usually, candidates seriously considering running for governor are willing to go to the opening of an envelope to get their name in the paper, but Villaraigosa has kept a low profile.”
That means Latinos have turned their attention to alternatives:
“If Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez is unsuccessful in her bid to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer this November, but makes a strong showing, she could parlay her newly acquired name identification into a bid for governor.
“California state Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León is another potential candidate. Currently, de León is running for lieutenant governor in 2018, but could easily switch races if he thinks he has a shot.”
“Not to be left out, Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra is quickly becoming an emerging voice on the Democratic side of the aisle. Becerra has worked his way up the Washington, D.C., food chain to become chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.”
“If none of these candidates decide to enter the race, don’t count out California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti or Palm Desert Rep. Raul Ruiz.”
►Lost in the tumult of last week’s news of police shootings and shooting of police . . .
. . . were the names of five Latinos who died at the hands of cops.
“Vinson Ramos, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez, Pedro Villanueva
and Raul Saavedra-Vargas
were shot and killed by cops since Sunday, but only local media picked up the story.”
According to the Telesur article “While statistics clearly show that Black people are disproportionately killed by police, few numbers exist for Latinos, who can occupy several demographic categories.”
Here’s a quick recount of the five:
“After receiving a call for domestic abuse, three officers showed up at a Jack-in-the-Box in Bell, east of Los Angeles, on Thursday. Vinson Ramos was reportedly holding a folding knife, and when he refused to put it down, the officers opened fire.”
Melissa Ventura, a 24-year-old mother of three, was shot and killed by cops on Tuesday in Yuma, Arizona. Official accounts say she was holding a knife when they shot her and that they were called out for a case of domestic violence.”
The day before, police in San Jose, California were called to Anthony Nuñez’s house, who the police chief said was then described as suicidal. Nuñez reportedly left the house with a gun when police arrived, and after 14 minutes of police trying to convince him not to kill himself, they shot Nuñez instead. He was 19 years old.”
“[Pedro] Villanueva, 19, was reportedly fleeing uniformed police in his car when undercover highway patrol officers shot at his moving vehicle—a tactic banned by major police departments.
“Raul Saavedra-Vargas was also fleeing a traffic stop when he almost drove through downtown’s Biggest Little City Wing Fest—a popular chicken-eating festival—and was shot dead. Police said that they opened fire when they saw him driving into the street festival and approaching a cop.”
►In Dallas meanwhile, Latinos are expressing their horror at the killing of the five police officers
of the population
of Dallas is Latino. One of the five victims of the sniper shooting was Latino. The city’s Latino leadership was quick to respond:
, the first Latino elected Mayor Pro Term for the city of Dallas, said he wholeheartedly condemns the shooting. “’An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. He said the violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Minneapolis do not justify the murder of police officers. Things like this create flash points of tension,’ Garcia said, also citing riots in Dallas after the police killing of Santos Rodriguez
in July 1973. ‘Since then, there have been several instances that we have had to work on improving relationships between the community and police.’”
And “Monica Alonza, Mayor Pro Tem for Dallas, said she has worked to lower crime rates in the city, and one way she does that is by fostering conversations between Dallas police and her constituents at neighborhood crime watch meetings. “’The constituency, whether it is neighborhood watch or business owners,” she said, ‘have to continue to give the police the support they need to help. The Dallas Police Department is very active in our neighborhoods, so yes, we are mourning, but we are joining forces and moving forward.’”
►We’ll end on a positive note