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Latino vote could spike in California – thanks to one man

Vice President Mike Pence, left, sits with President Donald Trump, center, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Sen. Bob Dole on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Washington.
Vice President Mike Pence, left, sits with President Donald Trump, center, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Sen. Bob Dole on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Washington. AP

California Latinos, for years a growing voting bloc, are far more engaged in public affairs since the election of Donald Trump.

Forty-six percent said the Republican president has increased their interest in politics, with 68 percent of Latinos telling a new poll they planned to vote in the 2018 primary for governor and other statewide offices.

The survey of Latino registered voters was conducted by Latino Decisions, and funded by the Latino Community Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation.

The extent of Latino turnout is among the most closely watched aspects of the upcoming primary, given Trump’s ascent. He entered the race with incendiary remarks about Mexicans and is pursuing plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico boarder.

California Democrats are leading the calls for an agreement that protects so-called Dreamers whose fate Trump put in doubt.

Among those competing at the top of the ticket are former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and state Senate leader Kevin de León for U.S. Senate against fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein. De León met with her in Washington on Wednesday amid DACA-shutdown talks.

Also running are acting Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, state Sen. Ricardo Lara for insurance commissioner, state Sen. Ed Hernandez for lieutenant governor, and Assemblyman Tony Thurman for superintendent of public instruction. All of them are Democrats.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a labor organizer, oversaw the state Assembly and now wants to be governor of California.

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WORTH REPEATING: “It was a very nice personal meeting and I enjoyed the member that he brought along with him (Assemblyman Rob Bonta, chair of the CA Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus), so it was a good meeting.” — Feinstein, on her meeting in Washington with de León, who is challenging her re-election this year.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Thursday, gubernatorial candidate John Chiang, the state treasurer, will participate in a forum with Univision and about 100 elected officials in Fresno.

Fellow Democrat Delaine Eastin is keynoting the Monterey County Democratic Women’s Club Luncheon and appearing at a Santa Cruz County Democratic Party meet and greet.

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WOMEN’S MARCHES: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California had a breakout national moment at last year’s Women’s March on Washington.

“We are tired as women of being relegated to simply being thought of as a particular constituency or demographic,” said Harris, who is on some 2020 presidential shortlists.

This weekend, in the midst of a #MeToo movement around the issue of sexual harassment and abuse, she’ll appear at the Women’s March in Los Angeles.

In Sacramento, the women’s march stretches from Southside Park to the Capitol, and features speakers from the #MeToo movement.

CARB-LOADING: The University of California, Davis, on Friday is hosting a conference commemorating the California Air Resources Board’s 50th anniversary. Speakers include Gov. Jerry Brown, former USEPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and CARB Chair Mary Nichols.

MENDOZA WATCH: Democratic delegates on Wednesday took steps to prevent state Sen. Tony Mendoza, a Democrat on leave amid sexual harassment allegations, from receiving the party’s endorsement. In a statement, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said, “Victims must not be silenced by a reelection endorsed by the California Democratic Party while hundreds-of-thousands of #MeToo stories ushered in 2018. No answers, no endorsement.”

TREASURER ME: Vivek Viswanathan, a Democrat who worked on Hillary Clinton’s policy team and as a special adviser to Brown, is running for treasurer.

PRESCHOOLIN: Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, introduced AB 1754, to make early childhood education universal for 4-year-olds. State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has a similar bill.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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