Assemblyman Chad Mayes Reaches Out to Latinos
Assemblyman Chad Mayes joined Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, David Hadley, and Ling Ling Chang to connect with Latinos in Southern California. The four reached out to the editorial board of Hoy Los Ángeles (Today Los Angeles) to voice their concerns about the state and work more closely with the community. Hoy ran a story on Tuesday describing the conversation with the assembly members.
“We are committed to improving the lives of Californians and working responsibly with the resources we have,” Mayes, whose Assembly district includes Yucaipa, told Hoy.
The Republican members admitted that there is a divide between the party and Latinos in California, but Republicans are working to bridge the gap.
The four talked about education and transportation infrastructure, two areas that Assembly Republicans have sought to make progress in. Earlier this year they unveiled a package of education bills intended to improve education opportunities for students.
At the end of last month they released a package of bills that would have provided funding for infrastructure improvements without creating any new taxes.
Both packages have either died or are awaiting a more thorough study.
The Assembly Republican Caucus decried Donald Trumps comments about Mexico that he made in his campaign announcement speech.
“We call on every person – including politicians and wannabe politicians – to join Californians and embrace and respect immigrants and their contributions to America,” Olsen said.
Republicans comprise only about one third of the 80-member assembly. In recent years they have struggled to gain support from Latinos.