On behalf of the entire California Latino Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Chair and Vice Chair of Caucus, made the following statements after today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
By Francine Kiefer (Staff writer / @kieferf / San Diego / The Christian Science Monitor)
Lorena Gonzalez remembers well the political earthquake that struck her home state of California 25 years ago. She felt it clear across the country, in Washington, D.C., where she was studying government as a graduate student at Georgetown University.
Por primera vez en la historia de legislatura de California, hay 15 legisladoras latinas, un número sin precedente, lo que es más, dentro de la bancada latina ya sobrepasaron a los legisladores latinos que suman 13.
As it grew dark on Election Day, Melissa Hurtado flipped on a flashlight and continued to knock on doors. The polls would close at 8 p.m., meaning she still had a few hours left to change a few more minds.
But the 30-year-old Sanger city councilwoman soon found she didn’t have to do much convincing as she asked for her neighbors’ vote in California’s 14th Senate District.
SACRAMENTO – On a day when Latinas boosted their numbers on the state Senate (with four new additions and a holdover) and held steady with a dozen on the state Assembly, it was the youngest of them all that drew the biggest crowd as the state Capitol swore in the newly elected state legislators.