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As we reported last night, Latinos surpassed whites this month as California's largest ethnic minority. But political power proportional to their numbers may be a long time coming. In many cities with large Latino populations, city councils are almost all white. We hear about legal cases designed to equal the playing field in Anaheim, Whittier, Santa Clarita and other cities. Also, a third State Senator's been arrested on corruption charges. Can the Democrats' "supermajority" be restored?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, in Brussels today, President Obama made an impassioned speech — promising US and European unity against what he called Russian aggression in Ukraine. Did he reassure those Europeans who worry that the US has backed away from long-standing involvement?

 

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower

Latinos Have the Numbers, What about Political Power? 17 MIN, 28 SEC

This month, demographers say, Latinos became California's largest ethnic minority — with 39% of the population compared to 38.8% of whites. But they don't have voting power that's proportional to their numbers or proportional representation on local elective bodies. Anaheim, Whittier and Santa Clarita are among the cities facing lawsuits to fix that under the California Voting Rights Act.

Guests:
Gustavo Arellano, Host, 'Orange County Line' (@GustavoArellano)
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
Luis Alvarado, REVOLVIS (@latinostrategy)

More:
ACLU of SoCal on Moreno v. City of Anaheim
California Voting Right Act
LA Times on Santa Clarita's cumulative voting
Whittier Daily News on Whittier's Latino voting rights lawsuit

Taco USA

Gustavo Arellano

State Senator Yee's Inditement Latest Blow to Sacramento Dems 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Leland Yee, who lives in San Francisco, represents parts of the Bay Area in the State Senate. He's also a candidate in this year's statewide election to be Secretary of State. Today, Yee was arrested on charges of corruption by FBI agents, who handcuffed him and took him away. Dan Walters is a syndicated political columnist for the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

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