Is Julio Perez, 69th Assembly District Candidate, the Most Dangerous Democrat in Orange County?

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Perez: Is he the Mexican brother of Dave "YUUUP!!!" Hester from Storage Wars?
Over the weekend, there was some sort of vote about endorsements or some shit involving Democrats in Orange County, a possible party endorsement, and the 69th Assembly District Democratic primary in June. All you need to know is that Julio Perez--formerly of the Orange County Labor Federation--handily got more votes than his opponents, former Anaheim mayor/current county clerk-reporter Tom Daly and SanTana councilwoman Michele Martinez--and that's driving the OC Dem establishment APESHIT LOCO.

The liberal-leaning publications 'round here are making a big fuss about this primary, saying it's a referendum on the future of the party and casting Perez as a union man, Daly as the establishment person, and Martinez as some sort of upstart, a ludicrous assertion given she's very much a part of the Don Papi Pulido machine. But what no one is reporting is that Perez''s campaign is forcing the Democrats to finally reckon with their future: they can either go with Daly or Martinez and continue their run as a party of incestuous also-rans, or embrace Perez and finally embrace the only people that give them any power in la naranja: Latinos.

Perez has the perfect story for the 69th Assembly District, hitting all the necessary notes: born in Anaheim, in the Tijuanita neighborhood just across the street from Disneyland, to two immigrant parents, which makes him fluent en español. He's an unapologetic progressive who has earned the respect of the district's nonprofits and various social justice movements (and their car trunks of volunteers) for not only talking the talk but frequently joining them in the trenches--most famously, Perez was part of the protesters arrested who staged a sit-in a couple of years ago on the intersection of Katella Avenue and Harbor Boulevard to draw attention to the labor struggle of Disneyland hotel workers. He's also helped out the Orange County DREAM Team, once participating in a play where he read the words of an undocumented student struggling to make sense in this crazy land.

In short, Perez IS the 69th Assembly District, one far away from the corrupt, feckless corridors that mark OC Dem politicking (although one does have to wonder about Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's enthusiastic support of Perez--is she finally turning into the Aztlanista we've always wanted?). And yet this is exactly what's freaking out the Democratic Party establishment, from chair Frank Barbaro to state senator Lou Correa and Jose Solorio, all who insist the district is moderate because...well, they're moderate.

BULLSHIT. The district is as moderate as I am gabacho. All you need to know about this line of thinking is that their anointed boy for bigger things is Anaheim Union High School District trustee Jordan Brandman, who's currently running for city council and is a pal of Curt Pringle--and that's all you need to know about HIM. Our local Dems like career politicians who properly grovel to the weak reign of Barbaro (i.e., Daly, Martinez), and don't like upstarts who prove how ridiculous that sort of logic is (i.e., Loretta back in the day; pre-Papi Martinez)--and on that alone, people should support Perez over the other hacks.

Perez, of course, isn't perfect: he roots for the Oakland Raiders. Go figure THAT one out...

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John Slater
John Slater

Here's what you need to know about this Art guy. If he hates you, you are doing the right things. Haters are just confused admirers. Julio WILL shake things up and make people, uncomfortable. That's dangerous AND sexy.

Vern Nelson
Vern Nelson

"...Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's enthusiastic support of Perez--is she finally turning into the Aztlanista we've always wanted?"I've been telling you, Gustavo - beneath the valley girl babble and the Blue Dog pretensions, Loretta has always been a good Progressive.  It's great to see her clearly on the right side of the new little OC Dem civil war - the opposite side of sellout DINOs Correa, Solorio and Barbaro.I see the race as progressive Julio, vs. DINO Daly, vs. insider Michele.  I mean, that's the shorthand I would use.  From my talks with Michele, I think that if she won she'd be easily steered to be another corporatist like Solorio.

Chucho Renato
Chucho Renato

Hey Gustavo why don't you ask your friend Julio what he thinks about the Contras in Nicaragua and the counterinsurgency programs in Guatemala in the 1980s. I'm sure people would be interested in that.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

and just what does that have to do with the state of the election in AD-69? 

Chucho Renato
Chucho Renato

Why do we always have to connect the dots for dumb Americanswithout historical context?

A large group of people who fled the civil wars in CentralAmerica in the 80s live in AD 69, and wouldn’t it be ironic that they voted forsomeone who was a pupil of one of the designers of the US counterinsurgency programsin Guatemala or Nicaragua?

Tato1915
Tato1915

Yep, there's nothing to see there for someone with -again- no historical context whatsoever. In regards to the gabacho term; I don't know of any derogatory "Latino" slang term. What would you call an Italian (Latino) or a Spaniard (Hispanic) for that matter? I know of derogatory slang term for Mexicans, Central and South Americans. I'm not claiming it's ok for me, a P'urhepecha not a "Latino", to call someone a gabacho. You just came up with that one.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Yeah, I read it.  And this reminds me the the Obama/Bill Ayers flap.  There is nothing to see here.  And it is not relevant to the 69th district today.

But your last few words beg a response....why is it OK for someone I presume is Latino to call a caucasian such as myself a Gabacho but if I were to refer to you in a derogatory Latino slang term, I'd be considered a racist?  I don't use that language but by all means, tell me why its OK.

Tato1915
Tato1915

Dumb - I mean Dan- did you even read this part?:  "PUPIL of one of the designers of the US counterinsurgency programs in Guatemala or Nicaragua? "These dumb gabachos, man...

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

why don't we find out his perspective on South Africa while we're at it.  Julio was a toddler 30 years ago.  Connect the dots for dumb Americans....talk about a dumb statement -- you made it 

Chucho Renato
Chucho Renato

Jaja, el Gustavo Arellano promoviendo a sus amigos politicos!. No mames wey, otro pinche politico graduado de sus universidades gabachas de mierda con sus influencias en el complejo de organizaciones sin animo de lucro. Joderrrr!!

Futpi
Futpi

He wants the Californians to become Mexicans and give the land to Mexico Shame on you

Tfdjv64
Tfdjv64

You ready to give Cali to mexico. Traitor

Art Pedroza
Art Pedroza

Michele did not sell out.  My response: http://wp.me/pCRHK-6gu.

Sbarajas
Sbarajas

"Martinez on the other hand will be progressive on the issues that really matter, but I trust her not to be a job killer, like Perez.  She is our best hope." Who writes this nonsense for you? This is from the Rahm Emanuel  handbook for republican candidates posing as liberal democrats. My suggestion is that you find new tropes to stink up the interwebs.  

Art Pedroza
Art Pedroza

Please.  Michele is no Republican.  She is very progressive but she is not a union hack like Julio.  He will raise taxes and kill jobs, guaranteed.

HartleyBoy
HartleyBoy

but she IS a sellout.  She lied about IEs from the Pala Tribe didn't she?  You have egg on your face because you keep calling her the leading candidate and she isn't.  Julio has more money, more endorsements, and more people in his organization.  Where did she get $16,000 to loan her own campaign after she lost her house to foreclosure? Brown paper bag from Papi?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I never called you a sellout, so please stop projecting your own guilt.

Artpedroza
Artpedroza

But you did call Martinez a sell-out and that just isn't true.

Anon
Anon

its a new age in Santa Ana where Pedroza excuses council members for anti-semitic rants, never reports about the Martinez cell phone flap, and bends over for a any council member who pays him off.  Just call your enemies stalkers while you drive by homes to take pictures and stalk their Facebook pages for photos.  Pricey Carlsbad? Dont you have a timeshare vacation property there Mr. "I've filed for Bankruptcy twice?"  Have you told your wife to start looking for apartments when you lose your house.  Dipshit.

Anon
Anon

its a new age in Santa Ana where Pedroza excuses council members for anti-semitic rants, never reports about the Martinez cell phone flap, and bends over for a any council member who pays him off.  Just call your enemies stalkers while you drive by homes to take pictures and stalk their Facebook pages for photos.  Pricey Carlsbad? Dont you have a timeshare vacation property there Mr. "I've filed for Bankruptcy twice?"  Have you told your wife to start looking for apartments when you lose your house.  Dipshit.

OCPoliticalBlogWatcher
OCPoliticalBlogWatcher

its a new age in Santa Ana where Pedroza excuses council members for anti-semitic rants, never reports about the Martinez cell phone flap, and bends over for a any council member who pays him off.  Just call your enemies stalkers while to drive by homes to take pictures and stalk their Facebook pages for photos.  Pricey Carlsbad? Dont you have a timeshare vacation property there Mr. "I've filed for Bankruptcy twice?"  Have you told your wife to start looking for apartments when you lose your house.  Dipshit.

Art Pedroza
Art Pedroza

I don't hate Amezcua.  That dumbass had me in his corner and he decided to play with the Usual Suspects instead.  His mistake.

What you are failing to account for is the FACT that the Council has moved leftward and Pulido finally stopped bending over for the Usual Suspects.  Martinez deserves a lot of credit for that, as does Tinajero, Sarmiento and even Alvarez.

You won't find any Usual Suspects on our City Commissions anymore.  And Ream and his crew are gone.  It is a new age in Santa Ana.  You however remain mired in the past.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Of course it is. She was once stridently anti-Pulido (as you were), and is now firmly in his camp. Just because you hate Amezcua more than you hate Pulido doesn't mean that Michele finally found the light by siding with the Don Papi.

TheLiberalOC
TheLiberalOC

Michele Martinez shut up about Miguel after her loss to him in 2008. She then, not surprisingly, got committee appointments that paid her additional cash. I call that selling out. As far as you selling out; a $5,150 success fee from Miguel Pulido seems to have changed your tune. Apparently you'll sell out your values for a frew bucks and the time of day to make you feel important.

By the way, where's that $55,000 you owe me you dead-beat?

909Jeff
909Jeff

Perez, of course, isn't perfect: he roots for the Oakland Raiders. Go figure THAT one out...Arent all Mexican babies swaddled in Silver and Black?

Calaquili
Calaquili

No sorry buddy I go for the 49rs! But I think we are all Dodger Blue from day one...

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

I don't know about the "Raiders" but he likes marching with the Occupiers!  'So he does have some taste. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

You mean he has nothing better to do with his time? 

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