O.C. Republican succeeds by bashing immigrants

As I read through the stories in today’s O.C. Register I came across an item about an old friend of mine, John Paul Ledesma, a Mission Viejo City Councilman.

Ledesma is of Puerto Rican descent, and back in the late 1990’s, when I was serving as Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the O.C. GOP, he participated in the Orange County Republican National Hispanic Assembly, a grassroots organization put together by another fried of mine, David Nunez. Our RNHA chapter at one point had over forty members.

But that was then. Today’s Register article is about Ledesma’s latest activities. Let’s just say he is not involved in Latino outreach anymore. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

A few days before, he had addressed the Minuteman Project’s local support chapter, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, had been written up in several newspapers and was a guest on the John and Ken Show on KFI/640 AM and Fox News.

Ledesma’s March madness came just after he spearheaded an agenda item at the Mission Viejo City Council, making the city the county’s first to adopt an ordinance requiring its employees and contractors to participate in a federal program verifying legal employment.”

Locally, the Santa Ana and Orange police departments use the federal database to screen employees. The Mission Viejo law, approved March 5, went into effect July 1. It’s part of a wave of about 1,000 bills and resolutions nationwide addressing immigration.

Ledesma, born in Manhattan, first came to Mission Viejo as a sixth-grader after his parents split up. He was the son of a Puerto Rican father who worked hard to master English and a mother of Irish, English and Mexican descent who volunteered for William F. Buckley’s senatorial race.

“I thought it was strange,” he said of his first impressions as a pupil at Barcelona Elementary School. “I came here, and no one knew what a bagel was. I was used to going to school with Italians, Jews and blacks. Here it was all white.”

Council watchdogs say Ledesma has come out of his shell. In the early years he was just one of five casting a vote. Then slowly he picked issues

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