Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Latino Voting Power: Throw Us A Bone!

Being from one of the original Latino families in Santa Barbara -- being a De La Guerra and all, I wasn't too surprised to see the Latino voting issue in today's News-Press. It's something they throw at Latinos maybe once a year to show they are thinking about us. They did the same thing with North County Christians (killing two birds with one stone) today with the article on faith healing in Santa Maria. Do they trot out these articles during the holidays and just brush them off? Can't blame them in a way -- I'd rather be home than working at the beige tower.

"In the larger historical perspective we've known that there's this kind of lag between the Latinos who actually vote and the larger Latino population," said Mario Garcia, a UCSB history and Chicano studies professor.

This is unfortunately true when you look at the the numbers as much of our Latino population in the county is under 21 and 2/3rds of those of voting age just plain don't. I like that SBCAN and PUEBLO (aka SEIU local 621 for the masses) are doing work on Latino empowerment. But how about this from the Republican Party Chair:

Monte Ward, the chairman of the county's Republican Party, said that apart from looking for more volunteers who speak Spanish, locally at least, the party isn't doing anything special to attract Latino voters.
"We don't target any particular group," Mr. Ward said.

Classic response from THE MAN (for a definition of THE MAN -- see Jack Black's School of Rock). Anyway, this is hard to believe from our friends that brought us Abel Maldonado, Joe Amrenderiz and my favorite Joe Centeno. I'm more of a Salud Carbajal fan...

The truth is homeowning Latinos will continue to be as conservative as their gringo counterparts and that's all right with me. I'm glad Scott Hadly is writing political articles again but does it really serve Latinos to keep pointing out that they are "low propensity"?

When's TravisFactsWrong coming back from vacation?


Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Waking up from a long sleep -- was in shock that I was used and abused in recent weeks by the Mayor's henchmen. Hey, any press is good press.

Good points Valerio -- Latino issues are issues we all have and no -- I don't think PUEBLO does get that those that vote sit at the table no matter who they are.

Happy fourth!

7/04/2005 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

marty and joe v. iya and vince?

bet on iya.

7/04/2005 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

marty and nels!!!!!!

7/04/2005 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

martha, where a jermy tonight?

7/04/2005 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Jeremry is Latina?

7/14/2005 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FactsWrong is back...and says that Falcone is the frontrunner, Redd is next followed by Channing, Horton and House!

7/24/2005 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Factswrong predicted a Magne, Burns, Rittenhouse sweep. But his favored candidates sure seem to fail miserably. Falcone ought to try and get him pissed at her quick!

7/28/2005 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There should be some way for people to contact the blog owners to help document the abuses and violations of journalistic ethics practiced by Travis.

Blog owners, please consider adding such a function or discussion.

7/29/2005 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody read the "POWER PLAY" article today? Lots to talk about there, eh?

7/31/2005 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the worm has turned. Hold on to your hat's, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

8/02/2005 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Blogabarbara dead????

8/07/2005 6:44 PM  

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