Hispanics outnumber blacks in many Congressional districts traditionally held by African-Americans. In tomorrow’s election to replace the late Juanita Millender-McDonald, race and ethnicity may play an important role. On Reporter’s Notebook, the US Conference of Mayors takes on bottled water as a problem for the environment.
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In Los Angeles today, the US Conference of Mayors rejected lobbying from beverage companies and called for a study of bottled water. The idea came from Mayors of Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign an order banning the city from buying bottled water.
Cecilia Vega, Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
The 37th Congressional district includes most of Long Beach, Carson and Compton. In a special election tomorrow, voters will choose a replacement for Juanita Millender-McDonald who died of cancer in April. Even if nobody wins outright, the winner of the Democratic primary is expected to beat any Republican in a runoff. Like many predecessors, Millinder-McDonald was African-American. To replace her, the two leading candidates are African-American Assemblywoman Laura Richardson and Hispanic State Senator Jenny Oropeza. Millender-McDonald’s daughter, Valerie McDonald, is also running. All are Democrats, but the contest has raised questions about what’s been called an unwritten rule of Los Angeles politics.
Constance Rice, Civil rights attorney based in Los Angeles and Co-Director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles