Why I Think That Julio Perez is Smiling Today


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All things considered, my guess is that he's happy today.

No, he’s not smiling because of the election results. Losing by 242 votes is a wrenching experience. Losing to a Republican who didn’t actively campaign, and who surely got at least 243 votes due to voter confusion between him and beloved Santa Ana School Board member DR. Jose Moreno, that’s got to be especially galling. Losing because the vampire chipmunk incumbent in the district dragged not only the winner into the race to beat you, but also a second council candidate to split your vote — that’s upsetting, but it’s a score that will be settled in time. Of course, losing because some of the worst and most rapacious corporate interests put about a million dollars into building up your main opponent and tearing you down with lies, innuendos, and misrepresentations has to lead to a rueful smile, so great of a gesture of respect it is.

Julio has a good political career in front of him, whether this fall, in two years, or further down the line. But that’s not why I think that he’s smiling today.

I think that he’s smiling because of this — and if it’s not clear why every Latino activist and Asian immigrant activist and sympathizer to their causes is smiling, you need to click that link or get onto Google and type in “Obama” and “DREAM” — and read the stories for the past half day.

Yeah, that’s right — mentioning Julio was just a trick to get you to read the story and, I hope, join in on the celebration that some wonderful people who appear to be Americans and in many cases have no memory of living anywhere other than the U.S. will be allowed to stay here for a while, and hopefully indefinitely, because they have shown that they’re the sorts of people we should proudly embrace as citizens.

As a candidate, I’m happy to say that I welcome this announcement. I’m pretty confident that Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez, Jay Chen, Alan Lowenthal, Sukhee Kang, Steve Young, Sharon Quirk-Silva, and a host of others will also welcome the President’s announcement. One would think that Lou Correa, Jose Solorio, and Tom Daly would do so as well — and I’ll be happy to see them take an uncharacteristically somewhat controversial stand if they endorse the President’s action today — as they and all Democratic (and Republican, though I won’t hold my breath on that) leaders should.

To my friends — I won’t name you, Chris Sanchez and others (oops!), but you know who you are — who have been so active in the movement, many of whom will be helped by it directly, I offer you congratulations. I didn’t know whether President Obama had it in him, and I’m happy to see that he did.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.