1999] -- Former Republican Governor Pete Wilson was combative, he supported Proposition
209 which ended racial quotas and preferences. He supported Proposition 187, which
would have ended taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal alians. AND Wilson
bailed out the state from a terrible economic recession. The Hispanics hated him,
and his own Republican party has mixed feelings about him. But now it is time for
the new Democratic Governor Gray Davis to reshape the post-prop. 209 California landscape.
Davis's Lieutenant Governor, Cruz Bustamante, is a darling of the Hispanic
community. How will California's large population of European - Americans
fare under Democratic Gov. Gray Davis's rule? The articles below contain a
preview of what to expect under Davis's rule.
|Davis Recall Vote Scheduled for Oct. 7, 2003!
is also on the Oct. 7 ballot!
It is also known as
"Proposition 54" and as "CRECNO".
Going from Wilson to
CA governor labors to
keep to center on civil rights (10/25/99)
A Collection of News
Articles and Analyses
(CALIFORNIA) -- "When candidate Gray Davis promised to end the "era of wedge
issues" and reminded voters of his opposition to the Proposition 209 affirmative
action ban, most civil rights advocates figured they knew what he meant. After 16 years of
Republican governors and nasty initiative battles over illegal immigrants and affirmative
action, the state was finally about to elect a Democrat who was on voters' side, needed
their support and would listen to their concerns.
"And although Davis said he was not about to seek repeal of voter-approved measures
limiting programs for minorities and women, at least he would implement and interpret them
sympathetically, and take the advocates' side in court cases. Or so the thinking went.
"A year later, some feel betrayed, and have even accused Davis of racism for vetoing
a bill to require police to track the race of drivers stopped for traffic violations.
Others feel vindicated by the bills Davis signed to protect gays and lesbians from
discrimination at school, increase their protections in the workplace, offer health
benefits to same-sex partners of state employees, and limit employers' ability to fire
older workers to save money.
"Immigrant rights groups feel relieved now that Davis has finally dropped the state's
defense of Proposition 187, the initiative eliminating public education and other state
benefits for illegal immigrants. But most are still trying to figure Davis out. It's not
an uncommon reaction to a governor who has seemingly sought a middle ground, however
elusive, on every issue." (Associated Press, via Hotcoco.Com, by AP's Bob
Davis Vetoes Racial
Profiling Legislation (09/29/99)
"Asserting that the state has no business scrutinizing local police, Gov. Gray Davis
on Tuesday vetoed a controversial bill requiring the California Highway Patrol and local
law enforcement departments to collect racial and ethnic information on every motorist
they stop. Davis conceded that minority motorists may be the victims of
"abhorrent" discrimination by some police officers simply because of their
color, but insisted that "this legislation does not provide the answer" to such
prejudice and "does not outlaw the practice of racial profiling."
"In a veto message, the Democratic governor, who drew support from both the law
enforcement establishment and the African American and Latino communities in his election
victory last year, said there is evidence of a "few specific" cases where racial
profiling has occurred. But he said "there is no evidence that this practice
is taking place statewide, requiring sweeping legislation that mandates state scrutiny of
every local law enforcement agency in California."
"[Calif. Gov.] Davis, however, said he will order the Highway Patrol to create a
three-year program, starting Jan. 1, to gather such data from every stop that officers
make. That would not affect local police agencies.
The ACLU of Southern California denounced Davis' action. "The governor,
by vetoing this bill, has told the public he doesn't care if minority motorists think they
are being treated unfairly," said Elizabeth Schroeder, the group's associate
director. "He doesn't care if they really are being treated unfairly. He doesn't want
"Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks had urged Davis to veto the measure,
asserting that highly sensitive issues such as allegations of "harassment and the
propriety of any search cannot and should not be made via a raw statistical
survey." Parks also warned that the analysis of raw statistics does a
"disservice to the community, circumvents the department's disciplinary system"
and poses potential civil liability problems to government agencies." (Los
Angeles Times 09/29/99 by Carl Ingram)
|Related / Similar:
measure vetoed by governor (09/29/99)
"In a move that one of his chief supporters said was harmful and insulting to
minority groups, Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday vetoed a bill requiring police agencies to
gather and report traffic stop data that could determine how prevalent "racial
profiling" is in law enforcement.
"The Democratic governor rejected [California] SB 78, by Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver
City, despite bipartisan support in the Legislature that had resulted in lopsided approval
votes of 61-16 in the Assembly and 29-0 in the Senate. Inspired in part by Murray's
own experience with police, the bill would have required the California Highway Patrol and
police agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa
Clara, San Diego and San Francisco counties to report traffic stop data each July 1 for
the next three years.
"All other counties would have to report in 2003 and 2004. Officers stopping
vehicles would have been required to report the race or ethnicity of the individual
stopped, whether a citation was issued, whether a search was done and whether the stop was
based on a law violation or the belief that the vehicle or driver matched the description
of a suspect.
Davis said motorists subjected to such stops "may very well be the
victims of discriminatory practices of that law enforcement agency," which he termed
"abhorrent." But in his veto message, Davis said Murray's bill "does not
provide the answer.
"[California's] SB 78 does not outlaw the practice of racial profiling, and it is
questionable whether the information gathered -- at a potential cost of tens of millions
of dollars -- would provide any more meaningful information than is currently
Calling racial profiling "the leading civil rights issue of the
1990s," the American Civil Liberties Union also criticized Davis' veto.
"This bill would have been a small but important step in putting an end to racist
police practices throughout the state," said Michelle Alexander, director of the
ACLU's Racial Justice Project.
"Similar efforts to investigate the extent of racial profiling are under way in
several other states, according to the ACLU. Using an argument similar to Davis',
former Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed a similar bill last year, contending in his veto message
that the measure "offers no certain or useful conclusion, assuredly nothing that
would justify the major commitment of time, money and manpower that the bill
requires."" (The Sacramento Bee 09/29/99 by Dan Smith)
Vetoes Bill to Track Drivers' Race (09/29/99)
"Saying it was too much work for police officers, Gov. Gray Davis vetoed a bill
yesterday designed to find out how many routine traffic stops are based solely on the
color of the driver's skin. The bill was proposed to combat racial profiling --
pulling over a driver simply because of race -- by requiring police officers to file
reports on all motorists they pull over.
"Opposition to the bill came from statewide law enforcement associations, some of
which have been generous campaign contributors to Davis. Supporters, including the
American Civil Liberties Union, noted that some of those associations are dominated by
members of the Los Angeles and Riverside police departments, which have serious community
"Although the Democratic governor called racial profiling ``abhorrent'' in his veto
message, he said the bill would not end the practice.
The bill Davis vetoed would
have ordered the California Highway Patrol, starting July 1, 2000, and ending in 2003, to
report the number of drivers stopped for traffic violations, whether a citation was
issued, the race or ethnicity of the driver, and the reason for the stop. In July 2002 and
2003, law enforcement officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Riverside, San
Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Diego and San Francisco counties -- the state's eight largest
jurisdictions -- would have had to begun supplying the same data to the CHP.
Opponents, which included the Peace Officers Research Association of
California -- a contributor of more than $200,000 to Davis' previous campaigns for higher
office, said law enforcement should be colorblind. ``To now instruct all officers to
gather ethnic data in connection with the most routine types of law enforcement-citizen
contacts would seem to undermine (that principle),'' wrote the California Police Chiefs
Association and the California Peace Officers Association in urging Davis to veto the
bill. More than 35 police and sheriff's departments around the state have already said
they will collect such data, whether the state orders them to or not.
Davis' veto also drew fire from two national African American police
associations -- the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the
National Black Police Association. ``Governor Davis had an opportunity to help those of us
in law enforcement get the attention of our colleagues in a state with a well-documented
history of police misconduct problems,'' said Ronald Hampton, a Washington, D.C., police
officer and executive director of the Black Police Association." (San Francisco
Gov. Vetoes 'Driving While Black' Bill (09/28/99)
"California Gov. Gray Davis Tuesday vetoed a bill which would have required police to
compile ethnic and racial data about the traffic stops they make, saying it was an
ineffective bulwark against "racial profiling'' by law enforcement. "It is
questionable whether the information gathered at a potential cost of tens of
millions of dollars would provide any more meaningful information than is currently
available,'' Davis said in killing the measure.
"The American Civil Liberties Union immediately condemned Davis' veto, accusing the
Democratic governor of "turning his back on California's communities of color.''
The bill, dubbed the "DWB'' or "Driving while Black or Brown'' bill,
was proposed by state Sen. Kevin Murray of Los Angeles, a black politician who said he
himself had been one of many minority motorists who were unfairly stopped because of their
race or ethnicity. It passed the state Assembly 61-16 and the state Senate 29-0, and
was supported by the American Bar Association, civil rights organizations, and minority
law enforcement organizations. [No mention is made as to whether a majroity of the
citizen-voters in california supported this legislation.]
"While acknowledging that "racial profiling is a practice that presents a great
danger to the fundamental principles of a democratic society,'' Davis said he did not
believe state government should impose additional demands on law enforcement officers in
its effort to stop it." (FoxNews 09/28/99)
Everybody's Mad at Davis on Prop. 187, LA Times, 04/29/99
"[Newly-elected Democratic governor] Gray Davis, who may be the most cautious man in
American politics, is the ultimate political compromiser. Davis describes himself as an
ideological moderate and is ceaseless in his efforts to fashion public policy that is
offensive to absolutely no one. But in his attempt to placate both sides of a continuing
emotional debate over the fate of Proposition 187, Davis has learned that symbols can not
be split in two.
"Faced with a decision to either continue California's lawsuit to implement
Proposition 187 or to end it, Davis did neither. Forced to choose between the options of
either ignoring the will of California voters who passed the initiative or offending the
state's Latino community that strongly opposed it, Davis did both. By attempting to craft
a solution that would protect him from political harm, Davis tried to split the middle.
But Davis' decision to refer the lawsuit to mediation, arguably the domestic policy
version of bombing without ground troops, ultimately satisfied no one.
"By choosing mediation, Davis is setting up a process in which he will meet with
Proposition 187's most outspoken opponents to decide its fate. With no proponent of the
anti-illegal immigration initiative at the negotiating table, Proposition 187 will almost
certainly die a quiet death.
"Proposition 187's supporters, who believed they were cracking down against illegal
immigration when they voted for it, are understandably angry to see their efforts come to
naught. But the loudest cries of outrage come from the initiative's opponents, who have
argued that the importance of Proposition 187 was at least as symbolic as it was
substantive." (LA Times 04/29/99 by Dan Schnur)
Rights Groups Rush to Bustamante's Side, San Francisco
"A coalition of 26 minority civil rights and business groups has lined up behind
Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante's stand against fellow Democratic Governor Gray Davis
over Proposition 187 -- hinting at a rift with potentially profound implications for the
"In an open letter to Bustamante yesterday, the leaders of major African American,
Asian and Latino organizations lauded the lieutenant governor's boldness for ``standing
tall for the rights of all Californians'' and expressing a view that ``many other elected
officials share but fear to publicly state. ... Had the lieutenant governor and governor
of California spoken out in a similar fashion in 1941-42,'' the church and civic leaders
wrote, ``our nation might have avoided the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of loyal
Japanese American citizens.''
"Robert Gnaizda, policy director of the San Francisco-based Greenlining Institute,
who signed the letter, said Bustamante is seen ``as an alternative leader to express the
growing concerns of the minority community. We saw it as a governor unwilling to fulfill
his responsibility to the natural Democratic constituency.'' (San Francisco
Chronicle, Page A17,04/29/99 by Carla Marinucci)
Missteps by Both Strain Ties
Between Davis, Bustamante, LA Times, 04/29/99
" ... It wasn't just that Bustamante opposed Davis' decision. It's how he did it--out
on the Capitol steps, for reporters, right after the governor's announcement, very
articulately. Short and to the point: "During the campaign and in his inaugural
ceremony, Gray Davis said he was going to 'end the era of wedge issue politics. . . .' I
didn't think he meant 'pending appeal' or 'pending mediation.' " ... Now Davis aides
are firing shots. "Here's a guy who could have been the A l Gore of the Davis
administration and instead has chosen to be the Jesse Jackson," says one
gubernatorial advisor. "Becoming the chief public defender of illegal aliens is a
curious way for a self-described moderate to introduce himself to the California
electorate."" (LA Times 04/29/99 by George Skelton)
|Related: The Center of the Storm (04/26/99)
"Even Babe Ruth struck out. That's an axiom the lawyers in the mediation office of
the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals need to keep in mind when trying to settle the
Proposition 187 case. Sure, they settle 600 of the 800 cases they take up each year. Not a
bad batting average by any measure. But nobody expects the constitutional challenge
to end peacefully at a mediator's table, despite Gov. Gray Davis' hopes to the
contrary." (Cal Law 04/26/99 by Paul Elias)
Minority groups want action from Davis, Lockyer, AP, posted 2/6/99
"Gov. Gray Davis promised an end to the "era of wedge-issue politics."
Attorney General Bill Lockyer proclaimed a rebirth of civil rights enforcement, [meaning
he plans to roll-back Prop. 209 as much as possible]. [Minority interest] groups
want them to back up their words with action in about a dozen court cases involving
minorities, women and immigrants that were left over from their Republican predecessors,
Pete Wilson and Dan Lungren.
"[Pro-quota] organizations such as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which
assembled the list of cases, felt estranged from state government during 16 Republican
years in which California barred benefits to illegal immigrants, eliminated preferences
for women and minorities and limited bilingual education. [They say they're] not
asking Davis and Lockyer to repudiate the Proposition 209 affirmative action initiative
[but they really are], or back away from the ongoing legal defense of propositions 187 and
227, on immigrants' benefits and English-only instruction [but they really are].
Most disturbingly, new attorney general Lockyer is quite clear that he intends to continue
practicing racial-hiring and contracting goals: "He said he would appoint an in-house
affirmative action director to review his office's recruitment, hiring and promotion
practices to identify and eliminate 'barriers to equal employment opportunity.'
" Lockyer was NOT talking about equal employment opportunity for
non-minorities! (AP, via Sacramento Bee, by Bob Egelko)
Wedgie Issue Politics Thrive Over Ron Unz, 02/05/9 (dead link)
"We thought that Gov. Gray
Davis had declared an end to ``wedgie'' politics in California. Perhaps we heard wrong.
Some Latino activists are trying to hang Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa by his
shorts for stretching out his hand to a man they consider their enemy. So far Villaraigosa
has fended them off.
"Villaraigosa's unpardonable sin: appointing Ron Unz, who led the anti-bilingual
education initiative that voters passed last year, to the Speaker's Commission on State
and Local Government Finance. Never mind that Villaraigosa's commission has nothing
to do with Proposition 227. Or that many Latino parents happen to agree with Unz's view of
it. Or that Unz has supported some Latino causes, including opposing Proposition 187,
which attempted to deny schooling to children of illegal immigrants." (San Jose
Mercury News, 02/05/99, Opinion)
Davis Administration Moving to
Center Stage, by Dave Lesher, LA Times, 01-04-99 (dead
"Gov. elect Gray Davis is hoping this week to step formally--perhaps boldly--where no
Democrat has gone before. ... (Davis is) reaching further into old Democratic groups like
labor and boosting the role of newer (minority) groups that reflect California's
increasingly diverse population.
"...as the first Democratic governor in 16 years, Davis still faces significant
pressure from traditional elements in his own party to expand government's role in ...
worker rights and salaries, assistance for the poor and attention to the disenfranchised.
Davis has not said if he will repeal the executive orders and litigation requiring
California to eliminate racial quotas and preferences in state jobs, contracting and
education. These items were the hallmark of Wilson's previous tenure, and were
overwhelmingly approved by the voters in a quite democratic process which resulted in the
passage of Proposition 209. "Unlike (incoming governor) Davis, (former
governor) Wilson supported (such) measures and actively used the governor's authority to
Davis Courts Minorities,
Disenfranchised at Pre-Inaugural, by
Amy Pyle, LA Times, 01-04-99 (dead link)
"I don't have enough pockets for all this (candy for the kids)", stated Hugo
Lopez, a Calif. State Assembly staff member who (in apparent violation of the Hatch Act)
worked on Davis's transition team.
"... tweed suits to saffron robes told much about the (celebration's) diversity of
The executive director of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims, Dr. Metwallie
B. Amer, virtually chortled when he said "to include, not to exclude" in his
joyous celebration of the election of this pro-quota governor.
Rev. Bob Oshita of the Sacramento Buddhist Church lauded Gov. Davis for flying in coach
class "shoulder to shoulder with we the people".
Rabbi Brad Bloom, head of the Sacramento Interfaith Bureau, publicly prayed that Davis do
his "best to end the ... partisanship and all that divides us in this great
Gray Davis's Hispanic Lt. Governor: Cruz Bustamante, based on story by Mike Lewis, The Fresno Bee, 01-05-99)
"Governor Gray Davis's running mate, the new Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, is
the first statewide Hispanic officeholder in over 100 years. Significantly,
Bustamante chose a black female official to administer his oath of office (Los Angeles
County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke). Bustamante praised Burke as "the
first African-American woman from California to serve in the (state) assembly and in
Congress". He also says "that as the grandson of immigrants he also
embodies the American dream and its diverse face in California. And he said he wants
to expand opportunities for another underrepresented group: women."
[ link http://www.fresnobee.com/localnews/story/0,1225,58445,00.html
diversity plan backed by governor (Gov. Gray Davis), by John Ritter, USA Today 01-04-99
"California Gov. Gray Davis endorsed a controversial plan Monday to increase
diversity in the state's elite public universities by admitting the top 4% of every high
school graduating class. Supporters say the plan would allow more black, Hispanic
and poor white students to earn admission and would counter the effects of Proposition
209, (the) 1996 ballot initiative that banned" the use of racial quotas and racial
Opponents of this newest end-run around Prop. 209, "including Ward Connerly, a UC
regent and the author of Proposition 209, say that automatically admitting a percentage of
students from poor-performing high schools would deny admission to scores of
high-achieving students elsewhere."
"The 26-member Board of Regents, which has three vacancies Davis will fill, could
consider the proposal as soon as next month. Davis sits on the board."
[ link http://www.usatoday.com/news/ndsmon07.htm
Leaves Calif. a Mixed Legacy, by Doug Willis, AP
writer, Jan. 2, 1999
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- "As his tumultuous eight years as governor draw to a close
Monday, Pete Wilson leaves a mixed legacy: economic and educational rebirth amid social
conflict. Wilson began with a reputation as a moderate Republican as mayor of San Diego
and in the U.S. Senate. But he may be remembered most for the backlash against him by
Hispanics who felt that Proposition 187, his 1994 attempt to curtail state benefits for
illegal immigrants, was racially motivated.
"Wilson has insisted he had fairness, not racism, on his mind when he backed
Proposition 187. He also said he wanted to end racial discrimination -- not
perpetuate it -- when he sponsored Proposition 209 in 1996 to abolish racial preferences
in state jobs, contracts and college admissions. But Hispanics, a growing political
force in California, remain alienated by what Democratic Gov.-elect Gray Davis describes
as Wilson's ``divisive eight-year era of wedge-issue politics.'' And overwhelming
Democratic victories this past year in California are a result."
[ link http://www.newsday.com/ap/rnmpnt1t.htm
Lifted State, Sank Party - by Lou Cannon and William
Booth Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, January 2, 1999; Page A01 (dead link)
SACRAMENTO"As Pete Wilson steps down after eight turbulent years as governor of
the most populous state and turns his gaze toward another possible run for the White
House, he leaves a legacy as complex and riddled with contradiction as California itself.
During the Wilson years, all the fault lines in California revealed themselves, and it
sometimes seemed that the Golden State, and Wilson, were lurching from one crisis to the
"Wilson, a Republican, is credited, even by his enemies, with helping to rescue the
state from fiscal meltdown in the early 1990s. He changed the state's regulations and
attitudes toward business development. He worked hard reforming faltering public education
and was tough on crime.
"But he will never be
forgotten as the politician who enraged and then energized the state's growing Latino
population with his support of propositions to end affirmative action and to stop the most
basic services for illegal immigrants, including prenatal care and elementary education.
It was a stance seen by many -- in a state filled with newcomers -- as xenophobic."
Peter Schrag: From Wilson to
Davis -- The more things change... Published Dec. 30,
1998, Sacramento Bee (dead link)
"Ever since he was elected governor two months ago, Gray Davis' name has been
associated with a lot of firsts, mosts and onlys. The first Democratic governor of
California in 16 years, and only the fourth in a century; the only Democratic governor of
any major state. That makes him the most important Democrat outside the Beltway and thus a
major player in national party politics."
"He will not try to undo the history of the past two decades or reverse the measures
put in place by the voters during an era when the initiative has become a more important
policy instrument than the conventional institutions of government. He is not a liberal on
poverty or welfare or civil liberties, words that were hardly mentioned during his
campaign, or on crime, which was. All through his career he has been a disciplined,
poll-driven politician of calculation, not of passion. For better or worse, he is
probably the ultimate President Clinton-era New Democrat.
"As Davis appoints his own
people to the University of California regents and to other key boards and commissions,
there will almost certainly be reforms in university admissions policies and, to the
extent the law allows, a loosening of the restrictions on bilingual education."
Gov. Gray Davis Can Continue Racial
Admissions by Stacking the UC Board (dead link)
"On this 26-member board charged with leading one of the nation's most prestigious
university systems, 18 appointed members wield considerable power and serve longer terms
than the governors who appoint them." Gov. Davis will have the opportunity to
appoint up to 10 members to this board by the year 2002, with three - and perhaps five -
appointments opening up in 1999. Rumors are flying that Davis will use this
opportunity to stack the board with members who will re-institute racial quotas and
preferences in student admissions, in defiance of Prop. 209.
Patrick Callan, head of the pro-quota National Center for Public Policy and Higher
Education in San Jose, said "Gray Davis probably has a greater opportunity than any
governor in his first year to 'shape' the character of the board by having this many
appointments." Callan virtually chortled when he said "(This current)
board is collectively out of touch with the reality of what California is", meaning
the current board nominally supports Prop. 209, which Callan's organization opposes.
Callan, and other quota supporters, are quite hopeful that this Democratic Governor will
appoint board members who are willing to spit in the eye of the voters in California who
approved Prop. 209. (By Emily Bazar, Sacramento Bee, published 12/21/98)
Gov. Davis' Attorney General
Promises More Resistance to Prop. 209 (dead link)
Gray Davis' new attorney general, Bill Lockyer, likes to use his boss's euphemisms and
code words in his speeches. Like his boss, Lockyer uses phrases like "ending
the politics of division and exclusion" when he really means "rolling back
Proposition 209's dictum to end racial quotas".
The following quote, from the Associated Press, emphasizes the new attorney general's
philosophy: "As attorney general I will reverse the politics of division and
exclusion [Davis eupemism for opposing Prop. 209] which characterized the last
administration [meaning Gov. Wilson's support of Prop. 209], and I will instead resume the
fight to end illegal discrimination [will emphasize racial quotas and set-asides] and
racism in California." The attorney general was speaking at Cesar Chavez Elementary
School on Martin Luther Kings birthday. Lockyers aide-de-camp in
re-instating racial quotas and set-asides in California government will be Louis Verdugo,
who will head a whole new division in Lockyers office, with a whole, new, bigger
budget devoted to re-instating and enforcing racial quotas and set-asides in
California. (LA Times - AP, 01/17/99)
Davis' Four Percent Non-Solution (dead link)
"WHAT WILL IT BE, MR. DAVIS? Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian writes an open letter to
Gov. Gray Davis on educational reform. As he proclaims a new era in state
government, incoming Governor Gray Davis is trotting out a number of old and very bad
"Take, for example, Davis plan to increase the number of certain minorities at
University of California campuses. Currently, the top 12.5 percent of high school
graduates statewide are eligible for admission to the UC system. In his inaugural speech,
Davis pledged to "seek to ensure diversity and fair play" by guaranteeing UC
admission for all students who finish in the top four percent of each California high
school. This plan is nearly a carbon copy of SCA 7, a state constitutional amendment
introduced last year by State Senator Teresa Hughes (D-Los Angeles).
"Under Hughes amendment, students who ranked in the upper four percent of their
graduating high-school class at their particular high school, based mostly on grade-point
average, would have been automatically entitled to admission to the University of
California. Hughes eventually amended the plan so that the top 12.5 percent, rather than
the top four percent, of a high schools graduating class would have been designated
eligible for UC, while the top four percent of the class would have been guaranteed
admission to their first choice of UC campuses. (Real Mensch, posted 01/29/99, by Lance
Jan. 17, 1999: Davis's press machine is working overtime these
days. The gushing press coverage from California uses virtually ALL of Davis's
favorite PR buzz words. Their favorite, which appears over, and over, and over again
is the phrase: "Former Gov. Pete Wilson's Divisiveness". This
generally refers to Wilson's campaign to end the use of racial quotas, as well as his
efforts to limit the flow of tax dollars and state services to illegal immigrants in the
state. This LA Times story is no exception.
Davis's obvious pandering for minority votes has most recently resulted in his budgeting
$60 million of California tax dollars to provide prenatal care for illegal immigrant
women. He and his press cronies freely use the phrase "illegal immigrant
women" because they know that it is a vote getter.
This LA Times article could have been written by a Davis press aide on drugs:
Davis Wisely Spurns Wilson's
Divisiveness (dead link)
"California Gov. Gray Davis
took a firm step last week to end some of the ugly divisiveness that marred the final term
of his predecessor, Pete Wilson." [Word count fanatics: How often to you
think "ugly" and "divisive" will appear in the California press for
the next year or so?]
Using tortured logic, the article slams former Gov. Wilson for trying to protect the
interests of its tax-paying citizens while also encouraging illegals to become, well,
legal. This, in the view of the LA Times, represents the worst of Wilson's Evil
Empire out to wage war on the state's poorest and most defenseless. Of course, the
"defenseless" argument falls rather flat when one realizes what a huge, and
malleable, political force the so-called 'minority' voting blocs represent -- and it was
they who elected Davis. Writer Frank Del Olmo reaches even farther afield by citing
alleged Arizona border patrol abuses of Latinos. Was Gov. Wilson responsible for
that alleged evil as well? (Based on LA Times, 01/17/99, by Frank Del Olmo)
Mexico / Free Trade / NAFTA:
Trip to Mexico Sets State for 2000
"IN LESS THAN A WEEK, Governor Gray Davis will face his first potential presidential
leadership test. Can he achieve during his visit to Mexico what eluded former Governor
Pete Wilson, the respect from both sides of what has been an unnecessarily contentious
"And can he match or exceed Texan Governor George W. Bush's highly effective economic
relationship with Latinos and Mexico, a relationship that has helped propel Governor Bush
to the forefront of the 2000 presidential race?
"For eight years, California's former governor attacked Mexico's most valuable
economic resource, its hardworking immigrants. These attacks fueled hostility so great
that Texan Governor Bush, through his courtship of Texas' Latinos and his overtures of
friendship with Mexico, has thrust Texas into first place in exports to Mexico. Today,
Texas, with a 50 percent smaller population and business base, exports to Mexico twice as
much as California ($19 billion for 1997, compared with less than $10 billion for
California)." (San Francisco Chronicle, 01/27/99, by John Gamboa)
Mexico trade stats belie Davis claims
"Gov. Davis has said California lost out because former Gov. Pete Wilson neglected
Mexico during his eight years in office. 'Everyone is suffering,' Davis said.
'Wilson has literally left money on the table.'
"Nevertheless, while the Republican Wilson was [allegedly] ignoring Mexican officials
and [allegedly] bashing illegal immigrants in vivid 1994 campaign ads, California's trade
relationship with its southern neighbor was booming to record levels.
"Davis is scheduled to travel to Mexico City next week in hopes of developing the
same warm relationship that Mexico shares with Texas Gov. George W. Bush. California,
Davis said in a July gubernatorial debate, probably lost 20 percent of its potential
investment from Mexico because other states, particularly Texas, have better trading
"The numbers, however, paint a more positive picture. In the past few years,
California has seen faster growth than Texas in nearly every trading market to Mexico
from computers to agriculture, electronics and light manufacturing, according to
statistics from the U.S. Commerce Department and the Massachusetts Institute for Social
and Economic Research.
"California exports to Mexico support about 126,000 jobs in the state, according to
state Trade and Commerce Agency officials, with 20 percent of the new jobs coming in 1996,
when trade jumped from $9 billion to $12.1 billion.
"Although Texas always has sold more goods to Mexico than any other state, trade from
California to Mexico increased 84.5 percent between 1992 and 1997 the central years
of the Wilson administration. In Texas, the growth was 65.4 percent during the same
period, trade figures show. 'We kicked Texas' butt,' said Sean Walsh, a
spokesman for the former governor." (San Francisco Examiner, 01/27/99, by
woos Mexicans, Hispanics back home with trip
2.38 a.m. ET (739 GMT) February 4,
1999 By Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press
"MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - With
efforts to limit bilingual education and ban benefits to illegal immigrants, former
California Gov. Pete Wilson made himself infamous in Mexico. His successor was paying
attention. In a three-day trip to Mexico that ended Wednesday, Gov. Gray Davis dismissed
illegal immigration as a federal matter, promoted increased trade and captivated Hispanics
here and - more importantly - back home. ... But polls suggest Davis is in step with
Californians, whose attitudes have changed dramatically since voters approved Proposition
187 by a
20 percent margin. A poll released last month by the Public Policy Institute of California
showed most now believe Mexican immigration, legal or illegal, is more of a benefit than a
burden. "Politically this is a great time for Davis to be increasing trade and
improving relations with Mexico, because many Californians view the relationship with
Mexico as a benefit to the state,'' said PPIC director Mark Baldassare." (0 file)
Davis embraces Mexicans' public gripe session
BY SCOTT LINDLAW ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Davis' message of reconciliation and the need to increase trade has been warmly
received. Mexicans have noted in
particular that Davis hasn't complained about illegal immigration, a central theme for his
predecessor, Republican Pete
Wilson. The newly elected Democrat brushed aside questions on the issue, saying it's a
federal matter that hadn't come up
during the visit. "California offers dignified treatment," read a headline in
Reforma. "Davis Offers Fair, Humane Treatment
on Immigrants," reported Exelsior, another leading newspaper."
Mexicans Effusive Over Davis'
Attentions (dead link)
By MARY BETH SHERIDAN, DAVE LESHER,
Times Staff Writers
"MEXICO CITY--As Mexican
Cabinet ministers and business moguls thronged Gov. Gray Davis at an elegant cocktail
party, a flushed Mexican diplomat offered a striking assessment of his visit here:
"It's as though we've reestablished diplomatic relations!" The comment reflected
the jubilant Mexican reaction to Davis' 48-hour charm offensive, which wrapped up
Wednesday with a stop in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. The effusiveness might
seem strange. After all, the governor offered few changes in the policies that have
rankled Mexico. But by loudly declaring his respect for Mexicans, Davis offered a sharp
contrast to former Gov. Pete Wilson, who became a national villain here for policies
perceived as anti-immigrant." (0