New UCI Report Claims OC is on the Cusp of Political and Demographic Change--NO WAY!

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Carla Zarate
In news that will surprise only people who live in deepest darkest Montana, a new report released last night claims the times are a-changing in Orange County. More than 100 people from labor, faith and other groups came together at Buena Park's UFCW Local 324 union hall to discuss this momentous proclamation, titled Orange County on the Cusp of Change and issued as a joint effort by the newly launched UCI Community & Labor Project and the UCLA Labor Center.

Researchers assure that OC just ain't what it used to be. "It's no longer where all the good Republicans go to die, as Reagan said," UCI Community & Labor Project's Hugo Romero chimed at the start of the event. Five cities claim a majority of voters registered as Democrats with another five on the brink of turning blue and Latinos are leading the charge towards a new ethnic majority. Didn't we read the former point in the New York Times back in 2010, and the latter at the beginning of last decade in--of all places--the Orange County Register? Why, yes we did!

Snarkiness aside, the presentation did find some interesting results and took them out of the circle of policy wonks by having attendees break off after the introduction into small groups to learn about and grapple with its contents.

Miguel Hernandez, the new Executive Director of the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO), led one such session. North OC faces more pollution than its south and coastal brethren--environmental racism, in other words. In a post-industrial OC, a chart showed the trajectory of the economy away from manufacturing to a place where tourism industry jobs play a bigger role and pay on average only $11/hr.

Low wages factors into housing conditions. The Anaheim-Irvine-Santa Ana metropolitan area is noted as the second least affordable home buyer market in the nation. OC placed in the top 5 for large urban centers with the fastest growing income gap between rich and poor.

Those are some of the challenges the report put forth. But what of solutions? Civic engagement, community organizing, political reform, and research are the four focal points. Much kudos are given to Anaheim's ballot initiative to switch from an at-large voting system to single-member districts in order to gain representatives responsive to labor. "It's all connected," Hernandez said. "Are demographics destiny?" he asked.

A panel discussion closed out the night moderated by Voice of OC editor Norberto Santana, the favored moderator for the OC Left nowadays. "I don't see how a community that is more policed is going to be better off," pondered Luis Ramirez, an UndocuQueer Mexican immigrant involved in numerous organizations.

"Mobilizing a population to pressure government is needed," said UCI sociology professor Judith Stepan-Norris. "The politics of Anaheim are very mean-spirited," said Cal State Long Beach Chicano Studies department chair, Los Amigos president, and Scariest People 2012 inductee Jose Moreno. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva grabbed the mic during the questions period and directed her comment to him on a possible Anaheim council run this year.

"My challenge to you Dr. Moreno is we'd like to see you step up." Departing from his normal course of cacademic gobbledygook of "entities" and "apparatuses," Moreno offered up a response. "It's the right thing to do. Yeah, that's all I have to say."

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Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

It's hilarious that supposedly bright people can't see the connection between 'low wage jobs' and the emerging 'Latino' majority. OC will turn into just another shithole, like LA, with a few rich whites, some technical Asians, and an extremely under-accomplishing brown mass.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Fact


the Obam admin fought like crazy to limit the number of people from India and China with college degrees


but left the souther border open wider than michas legs on a hot summer night


and its a myth that Obams has deported more back


but that doesnt matter either


its the Dem policy to keep people needy


under the guise of "love and help"

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

the leftist goal is being achieved 


mostly seen in the 1960's when insurance companies etc would redline areas and relators would go into solidly middle class white areas and get whitey to move out asap


as tax money funneled through local c sucker Dem pols would have people who didnt earn their way in



get sec8 ( it wasnt called sec8 quite yet) into the neighborhood


and then "White flight" that connotatively negative racist label would have prices plummet 


and the c sucker leftists could "buy" the homes cheaper


everything subsidized and torn to shreds by the ungrateful


self hating dem voting fools

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

1) its that way around the country 


most big cities are dem and the rest not so much


2) the real "fear" here is that self serving leftist types who can only write about the "eval" white angry male gop " type


will either be out of a job or have to write about the crime that goes along culturally as the OC turns not so  white, as opposed to a money issue,

that lefty uses as they know thats the fuel that


keeps the street armies happy


ignorant , but happy



or


3) like todays msm, relate all Dem "gaffes' wo george bush or a closer gop type

lonhall
lonhall

I vote that we have lots of parties in parks and (illegally) share beer and wine with those of us who have higher net worth buying for everyone else!

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Steve SanFilipo the infamous cholo dick says (oc weekly). If it isnt the man that fly's to Thailand and fucks them boys how u doing you piece of shit? Its been a minute that your pedo San clamente ass hasnt shown in here

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Good to see that jackass Xander displaying his ignorance again. Don't tell him the article doesn't even mention Mexicans. Let him stay angry.

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

What about a Financial change OC, we all know where you hide your $$$ you deserve an invasion of biblical proportions you dirty oligarch scum buckets... Mexicans should be the least of your concerns

Ana Katekhin
Ana Katekhin

That's very unfortunate for Orange County then...

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

UCI can eat TJ donkey dick, talking like its some kind of invasion, and stop blaiming mexico its central america as well

Greg Chavez
Greg Chavez

"Demographic change" pretty much means "Turning into Mexico". This comes as no surprise to anyone who lives here.

Sean Godoy
Sean Godoy

They're not exactly high thinkers. They're high-paying, highly graded, students going through scholastic puberty.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Specifically, what are the problems? So what if there are low wage jobs. Low wage jobs are better than no jobs. That's supply and demand. People are buying houses in OC, that's why the price is high. The unemployment rate is very low compared to LA. The demand is high because there are jobs. What is "the problem" between the gap between rich and poor? It isn't "good" and "bad". Are these "issues" (we don't have problems anymore, we have "issues") being brought up by professional "offense takers"?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Brainwashed_in_church The problem is highly unequal places pretty much suck, like Mexico, LA, and Santa Ana. 


The second problem is that all this idiots are too stupid to see that the very thing they are so enthused about -- the exploding 'Latino' population and the dispossession of whitey --is exactly what is causing the problems of inequality, low wages, and exploding housing costs (not to mention taxes), which they profess to be concerned about.

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

do us all a favor and drop dead, please. I'll pay for your septic tank :)

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