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A-4 Government THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL; Primary shows Hispanic voters a force in state By AMANDA COVARRUBIAS Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES — Lured to the polls by a measure aimed at ending bilingual education, Hispanics turned out in record numbers for California's primary elections and helped to give four politicians a chance at becoming the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in more than a century. In Tuesday's primary, Hispanics represented 12 percent of California voters, double the number who voted in the 1994 primary, according to exit polls conducted by the Los Angeles Times. The voting numbers are still small, considering Hispanics make up 29.4 percent of California's population, but their influence was felt across the state. "It puts to rest, once and for all, the stereotype of the sleeping giant," said Guillermo Rodriguez, director of the nonpartisan Latino Issues Forum in San Francisco. "Latinos came out in force. The evidence is all over the map." A major issue sending Hispanics to the polls was Proposition 227, the measure designed to dismantle bilingual education in California's public schools. The Times' exit polls found the issue was second only to the governor's race in encouraging Hispanics to vote. Hispanic voters opposed the proposition by 2-to-l. The measure, however, passed 69 percent to 31 percent but was immediately challenged in court. The measure's influence on Hispanics was similar to 1994's Proposition 187, which was designed to deny social services STRANGERS: AMERICA CONFRONTS IMMIGRATION Immigrants in daily life No matter where they live, almost all Americans say they meet Immigrants in everyday life. Percent polled who say they come in contact with immigrants who: Shop in local stores where they shop Work in local restaurants Work in local stores where they shop 64% Work at local banks, dry cleaners, etc. 61% Have children in the same school as their children* 60% Are local doctors, lawyers, professionals 50% Work where they do Go to their place of worship Provide domestic help for them or their friends . SOURCE: Knldil-RkJder Washington Bureau t Research of 15t4«Ww r May 23B,;1997 ; *fle*pomfentti Ware ortfy "peofstfl ! f» »' ^**Vjk>*'$«#&*?*«*» > ft V ' <* > -fff,^t V.I KRT Infographics to illegal immigrants and was supported by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson. Though aimed at undocumented workers, many Hispanic citizens and legal residents viewed it as an attack on them. "Pete Wilson did more to empower the Latino electorate than anyone else," said Bill Mabie, spokesman for state Sen. Richard Polanco, one of the state's most powerful lawmakers. "They recognized that if they wanted to have a say in how they're treated in this society, they had to participate in the electoral process." Hispanics, who have a higher- than-average union membership, are credited with helping push Proposition 226 over the edge in Tuesday's vote. The measure that would have banned labor unions from using their members' dues for political campaigns without permission lost by a few percentage points. Without Hispanics, the exit poll of 5,143 voters showed, the vote on the proposition could have gone either way. "I knew that with my vote, I could make changes and fight against all those propositions that come against the immigrant and the worker," said Hilda Padilla, a Los Angeles garment worker. "The truth is, we were sleeping. Then, in the last few years, the attacks made us react. With the help of organizations and unions, we registered people and more people are voting to stop the attacks." Ms. Padilla, 49, said she was eligible to become a U.S. citizen in 1989, but did not do so until after Proposition 187 was passed. She became a naturalized citizen and exercised her right to vote for the first time in 1996. In last week's primary, the Times' exit surveys showed, Hispanic voters were younger, poorer, less educated and newer to the political process than other voters. "It's a younger population than the rest and it's now coming of age where politics is an important issue," Rodriguez said. "They realize it's very important to have a voice in determining the future of California," he said. Although primarily registered as Democrats, Hispanics do not stick to any firm ideology or party, Rodriguez said. Four Hispanics will compete for statewide office in November, with the chance of becoming the first Hispanic elected statewide in some 130 years: Democratic state Assemblyman Cruz Bustamante, who is running for lieutenant governor against state Sen. Tim Leslie; :?^!>? Nearly one in every 10 U.S. residents was bom elsewhere, the highest"^ ", percentage of foreign-bom residents since the 1930s. _"-'-''New arrivals: the trend Percent of population that Is foreign-bom 1930 ••HH-6% 1970 | 4.8% 1996 MM 9 ' 3 ° /0 (24,557,000) Origins Most common countries of origin for foreign-bom residents China 1800,000 Philippines 11.2 million Poverty, economic recovery ,^ ;;i Many new arrivals are poor, but ^ , their economic situation improves: ' Percent of foreign-bom residents' -3~ f living In poverty, by decade of arrival: ..;,..... Before 17 ° /0 33% States of residence States with highest number of foreign^bom residents, 1996 California million Democratic Assemblywoman Diane Martinez will face incumbent Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush; and Republican San Mateo County Supervisor Ruben Barrales will run against incumbent Controller Kathleen Connell. And in the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction, Gloria Malta Tuchman, a longtime teacher, forced incumbent Delaine Eastin into a runoff. More locally, Hispanic candidate Lee Baca forced longtime Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block into a runoff; in Northern California, Assemblywoman Liz Figueroa beat out Assemblyman Michael Sweeney Candidates' similarities belie differences in style, outlook By SCOTT LINDLAW Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES — California's next governor will be a white, 50-something, male lawyer with an elite education who has marched toward the state's top job for more than 20 years in public office. Such are the striking similarities between Lt. Gov. Gray Davis and Attorney General Dan Lungren. But they belie profound differences in outlook and style — distinctions that the Democratic and Republican nominees are working hard to highlight. "We'll have a contrast, an exceedingly clear contrast, between the two of us," Republican Lungren assured supporters and reporters the day after his primary victory. For their part, one day after the election Davis watched as state Democrats shopped around a list they called "Lungren's Six Troubles." Yet casual observers might be excused if they don't immediately see distinctions between the two. Both men honed their intellects at some of the nation's best schools. Davis got his bachelor's degree at Stanford, his law degree at Columbia; Lungren earned his bachelor's at Notre Dame, his law degree at Georgetown. Both moved, one foot in front of the other, through California's political ranks until they were at Change Your Mind^ About Money A workshop for women who want financial freedom with Cynthia Wall, LCSW the door of the governor's office. Davis was chief of staff to Gov. Jerry Brown, was elected to the Assembly, then controller, then lieutenant governor. Lungren went to Congress, then was elected attorney general. Today, they are wrestling to be seen as tougher on crime and more adamant about improving public schools. They also agree on: — The death penalty. — A tax cut using surplus state funds. — Evaluating teacher performance. — Opposition to Proposition 227, the successful initiative that would end bilingual education. Some distinctions between the men are likely to become blurred as they wrestle for the political center, where the biggest chunk of votes rests. But Lungren and Davis offer a true contrast in personalities, and there are indeed sharp differences on many of the top issues of the day. Lungren is as glib on stage as Davis is reserved. Where Davis tends to stick to the script, Lungren can hardly contain himself once he starts talking, and he is almost always articulate. Davis loosens up considerably when the cameras go home, and wins listeners over with a subtle, self-deprecating charm. Lungren's charisma is magnetic and macho. Wearing short- sleeves and sneakers on Thursday, he looked as comfortable in the gym as he does at the podium. He slapped old friends on the back, asking one, "When are you going to start" lifting weights? When he laced up boxing gloves and mugged for the cameras with 1984 Olympic boxing gold medalist Paul Gonzales, who fought as a mini-flyweight, Lungren threw mock punches at the smaller man and said, "He's out of my weight class." Davis, a Vietnam veteran (Lungren had a medical deferment), is cool under pressure, almost unflappable. Lungren's temperament .is more mercurial, confrontational. He possesses great intellectual self-confidence, and enjoys give-and-take with his questioners, but is quick to snap at reporters who ask hostile questions or those he views as ill-informed. When a TV newsman asked Lungren last week whether he intended to "tie your own hands, and not try to take it beyond" his three stated proposals on abortion, Lungren retorted: "Don't put words in my mouth. My statement is very clear. I've repeated it many, many different times, and if you are trying to get me to change my position, people have been trying to do that for 22 years, and I'm not changing my position. Please use my words." By contrast, when he was besieged by reporters recently after suggesting Gov. Pete Wilson was anti-Semitic, Davis calmly but firmly responded again and again that he had mis- spoken, but stopped short of apologizing. The two candidates disagree on key issues, too. See GOVERNOR, PageA-5 (ft 'Hardware Hints" DRILLING CERAMIC TILE By David Brown Ukiah Valley Lumber PAID ADVERTISEMENT Drilling ceramic tiles to install a fixture may sound risky but it is actually quite simple if you follow a few easy steps. First, use a nail to lightly punch or score a starting mark on the face of the tile. Be sure it penetrates the glaze on the tile's surface, then apply a drop of household oil to the starting mark. When drilling, be sure to use a carbide-tipped bit mounted on a variable-speed drill. Drill gently, starting with the slowest speed possible. To secure the fixture, set a soft wood dowel into the hole so that it's flush with the surface. Finally, use roundhead screws to fasten the fixture into trie wooden insert. Bring this article in today and receive a 10% discount* on your total purchase, ("excludes sale items and other discounts). Shop today at Ukiah Valley Lumber, 901 So. State St., Ukiah, CA 95482. © |>u|iv JMOA oUii Three Upcoming Workshops Kritlay cvoninjj and .Saturday Juno 5/6 • (iimlala June IW20 • IJkiah Fur mure on this & other workshops 7O7 964-5229 or cwall(Smcn.orj{ Northbound 7 Jitney- Direct service Mendocino College Crossroads Transit Center Grocery Outlet Library Safeway (S State St) Airport Plant Rd & State (1) June 14 to July 24 the first Washington. The bus will turn "Jump on the Jitney" on State Street 07:54 AM 08:54 AM 07:48 AM 07:43 AM 07:39 AM " "(1) 07:25 AM 08:48 AM 08:43 AM 08:39 AM 08:35 AM 08:32 AM northbound trip will turn o east on Washington and t Southbound 7 Jitney- Direct service on State Mendocino College 08:05 AM Crossroads Transit Ctr Arrive -- -Perkowski Printing 08:11 AM Library/Standley 08:16 AM Ukiah Theatre 08:20 AM' Airport 08:25 AM Plant Rd & State 08:28 AM Street 09:OF <\M 09:11 AM 09:16 AM 09:20 AM 09:25 AM 09:28 AM effective June 14,1998 09:54 AM 10:54 AM 11:54 AM 09:48 AM 09:43 AM 09:39 AM 09:35 AM 9:32 AM 10:48 AM 10:43 AM 10:39 AM 10;35AM 10:32 AM 11:48 AM 11:43 AM 11:39 AM 11:35 AM 11:32 AM 1S State St at laws travel past Comrn len resume the normal route on State New This Summer effective June 15,1999 10:05 AM 11:05 AM 13:05 PM 10:11 AM 10;16AM 10:20 AM 10:25 AM 10:28 AM 11:11 AM 11:16 AM 11:20 AM 11:25 AM 11 £8 AM 12:11 PM 1&16PM 12:20 PM 12:25 PM 12:28 PM MONDAY-FRIDAY 12:54PM 01:54PM 02:54 PM 12:48 PM 12:43 PM 12:39PM 12:35PM 12:32 PM 01:48PM 01:43PM 01:39PM 01:35PM 01:32PM 02:48 PM 02:43 PM 02:39 PM 02:35 PM 02:32 PM jnity Clinic then take Dora Street north to Btreet. 01:05PM 02:05 PM 03:05 PM 01:11 PM 01:16 PM 01:20PM 01:25PM 01:28PM 02:11 PM 02:16 PM 02:20 PM 02:25 PM 02:28 PM 03:11 PM 03:16 PM 03:20 PM 03:25 PM 03:28 PM MTA now has 8 round trip runs between Plant Rd and Mendocino College. 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