Is Lou Correa the most popular Latino politician in Orange County?

State Senator Lou Correa packed them in today at his Holiday Open House, which was held at his office, at N. 2323 Broadway. The event was held in the room where the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) holds it board meetings, so there was plenty of room for the large audience that showed up for the event.

As one would expect, there were a lot of politicians there, including Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez; RSCCD Trustee Al Amezcua; and representatives from Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s and O.C. Supervisors Janet Nguyen’s and Chris Norby’s offices. O.C. Tax Collector/Treasurer Chriss Street showed up too, which was weird.

I also ran into former Santa Ana Housing & Redevelopment Commissioner Nelida Yanez and her husband, and George Collins, who filmed the festivities. He will have the footage up on his website in a few days.

And I got some scoop from Graciela Barajas Espinosa, from the Mexican Consulate’s office in Santa Ana. She said that the Chivas soccer club is going to have a game at Eddie West Field, in downtown Santa Ana, on Sunday, at 4 p.m. She is emailing the press release to me later, which I will post here on the Orange Juice.

I also enjoyed speaking with O.C. Register columnist Steven Greenhut, who was mentioned by Correa at one point. Correa was speaking about his Santa Ana River proposal, and he promised us that no eminent domain would be involved, which he knew Greenhut would appreciate. And he did!

The food was as diverse as the audience. There were chips, beans and rice alongside egg rolls and other Asian fare. There were plenty of Latinos and a lot of Asian constituents there. The latter seemed to be mostly Vietnamese Americans, judging from their name tags.

Overall I was simply astounded by the turnout. I have never seen so many people show up for something like this. It was amazing. I have to wonder if Correa has become the most popular Latino politician in Orange County?

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