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I'm an Oakland voter and resident for twelve years, and i gotta say I was indifferent to both Kaplan and De La Fuente. However, when i started getting the De La Fuente mailers, and thought why would he have Gov Jerry Brown endorsements in them when Gov. Brown just vetoed three very important bills that would have brought relief and labor protections for hundreds of thousands of Latino workers throughout the state (Farm worker bill asking for shade and water, domestic workers asking for basic rights to cook their own food, have rest breaks, and the Trust act prevent a limited and overburden police departments from doing the job the federal immigration agents due at the local level). Then I thought...I wonder how long De La Fuente how much better his district has fared with him being on the council since 1992. And since I work in the fruitvale I only see more violence, and especially violence targeting Latina immigrants (robbery & rape) especially by the BART station. Then I remembered how it thoroughly shook me when his son got arrested for kidnapping, and serial rape charges including that of an underage girl. Moreover, what was more disturbing was De La Fuente's statement afterward where he questioned his own fathering, instead of taking a firm stance against violence especially against women and girls.....when politically he should have at least done so. I'm a Latina and I worked with both young Latinas and immigrant mothers in the Fruitvale, and I can say in 2012 this population feels more unsafe in his neighborhood than any other in the city. Yes, resources are scarce, but that are always alternatives to organizing against these types of violence.
I grew up in chicago amidst the Gangster Disciple and Latin King territories. As the neice of a Chicago homocide detective, and I have witnessed that what works is collaborations with schools, churches, neighborhood watch groups, after school programs, workforce development programs work, not more policing. Especially, within the Latino community, one that already is suspect of the police who pull them over, and make a business out of taking custody of their cars (for not having valid drivers licenses because of their lack of immigration status). I'm not a big Kaplan fan, but at least she isn't promoting things she can't deliver like Mr. De La Fuente has for two decades been in the City Councel.
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