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[Retrospective 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!

The Racial Privacy Initiative
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It is also known as "Proposition 54" and as "CRECNO".

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Going from Wilson to Davis:
A Collection of News
Articles and Analyses
Archives 1999

CA governor labors to keep to center on civil rights (10/25/99)
          (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 Egelko)
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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 to know."

          "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)
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Profiling 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 available."

          "…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)
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Davis 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 relations problems.

          "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 Chronicle 09/29/99)
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Calif. 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)
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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)
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Minority Rights Groups Rush to Bustamante's Side, San Francisco Chronicle, 04/29/99
          "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 party's future.

          "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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Davis Administration Moving to Center Stage, by Dave Lesher, LA Times, 01-04-99 (dead link)
          "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.

          " 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 enforce them".


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 religions".

          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 state."


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."
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UC 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 preferences.

          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."
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Wilson 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."
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Gov. Wilson 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 next.

          "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."

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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.
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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 King’s birthday.  Lockyer’s 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 Lockyer’s 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)
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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 ideas.

          "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 school’s 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 Izumi)
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          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)
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Mexico / Free Trade / NAFTA:

Governor's 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 border?

          "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)
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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 relationships.

          "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 Robert Salladay)
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Davis 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." 
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Davis embraces Mexicans' public gripe session
"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." 
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