Thursday, July 16, 2009



Newsom taps SoCal Latino powerhouse Padilla for state chair
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is aiming big for Southern California and Latino voters in his 2010 gubernatorial run -- underscored by his announcement today of his campaign's new state chair, State Senator Alex Padilla.
With Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa deciding not to make a 2010 run, Padilla, 36, ranks as one of the Latino community's biggest stars in California. He ran for Los Angeles City Council at the age of 26 and served more than 7 years on the Los Angeles City Council -- including more than four as council president.
And that's not all he brings to the campaign of the Democratic San Francisco mayor. Padilla's got a "very tight" relationship with labor, is seen as a rising star in the party -- the first Latino to be president of the League of California Cities -- and has a strong political organization in the voter-rich San Fernando Valley, all big advantages to Team Newsom.
Just in time for Newsom's big town hall meeting tonight at Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley.
And he'll need that help if they want to compete with his likely competition, state Attorney General Jerry Brown, the former two term governor. Public and private polls show that while the San Francisco mayor is equally well known as Brown in Northern California, Brown has the advantage in the Southland.
No wonder: he made his political debut in 1969, just around the time Newsom was born, on the Los Angeles Community College Board.
So Job One for Newsom: building cred and name recognition in that huge and crucial media market -- part of the reason he is taking his town hall road shows to the Southern part of the state all this month and next.
And, of course, Padilla's support is also crucial with regard to Newsom's Latino vote challenge; Brown has been widely seen as having the advantage with Latino voters and likely to pick up the lion's share of Villaraigosa's ethnic supporters. That's because with decades in state politics, the AG is not shy about reminding voters of his work with legendary farm labor leader Cesar Chavez, and noting his work as governor on issues like education and environment.
But the naming of a big state name like Padilla to lead the charge for Newsom also underscores a new challenge for Brown: seems we're getting to the point in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign where crucial endorsements are emerging.
So will the former governor have to finally declare whether in 2010 he's running for AG -- or governor -- before he can announce his own big backers?
Stay tuned.
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FEINSTEIN says "American are stupid" NOT TO WANT OPEN BORDERS She hires illegals!

Major LA RAZA ENDORSED POLITICIANS are FEINSTEIN, who has long illegally hired illegals at her SF hotel.
Tony Phyrillas
Another liberal, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said the American people are too stupid to understand the opening the nation's borders to anyone who wants to come in is good for them. Feinstein said amnesty opponents "don't understand the bill." Feinstein urged her colleagues to vote for cloture because "if we miss this opportunity, there is not likely to be another opportunity in the next few years to fix this."

ILLEGALS COST CALIFORNIA 10 BILLION and that was figured in 2004!

State's "cheap labor" costs average household $1,183 a year
By Robert Longley,
Dateline: December, 2004
In hosting America's largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion per year.
Among the key finding of the report are that the state's already struggling K-12 education system spends approximately $7.7 billion a year to school the children of illegal aliens who now constitute 15 percent of the student body. Another $1.4 billion of the taxpayers' money goes toward providing health care to illegal aliens and their families, the same amount that is spent incarcerating illegal aliens criminals.
"California's addiction to 'cheap' illegal alien labor is bankrupting the state and posing enormous burdens on the state's shrinking middle class tax base," stated Dan Stein, President of FAIR. "Most Californians, who have seen their taxes increase while public services deteriorate, already know the impact that mass illegal immigration is having on their communities, but even they may be shocked when they learn just how much of a drain illegal immigration has become."
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Californians focuses on three specific program areas because those were the costs examined by researchers from the Urban Institute in 1994. Looking at the costs of education, health care and incarceration for illegal aliens in 1994, the Urban Institute estimated that California was subsidizing illegal immigrants to the tune of about $1.1 billion. The enormous rise in the costs of illegal immigrants over the intervening ten years is due to the rapid growth in illegal residents. It is reasonable to expect those costs to continue to soar if action is not taken to turn the tide.
"Nineteen ninety-four was the same year that California voters rebelled and overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187, which sought to limit liability for mass illegal immigration. Since then, state and local governments have blatantly ignored the wishes of the voters and continued to shell out publicly financed benefits on illegal aliens," said Stein. "Predictably, the costs of illegal immigration have grown geometrically, while the state has spiraled into a fiscal crisis that has brought it near bankruptcy.
"Nothing could more starkly illustrate the very high costs of ‘cheap labor' than California's current situation," continued Stein. "A small number of powerful interests in the state reap the benefits, while the average native-born family in California gets handed a nearly $1,200 a year bill."
The Federation for American Immigration Reform is a nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization advocating immigration policy reforms that would tighten border security and prevent illegal immigration, while reducing legal immigration levels from about 1.1 million persons per year to 300,000 per year.