Why I Think That Julio Perez is Smiling Today

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

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-disabled and semi-retired, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally ran for office against jerks who otherwise would have gonr unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.) His daughter is a professional campaign treasurer. He doesn't usually know whom she and her firm represent. Whether they do so never influences his endorsements or coverage. (He does have his own strong opinions.) But when he does check campaign finance forms, he is often happily surprised to learn that good candidates he respects often DO hire her firm. (Maybe bad ones are scared off by his relationship with her, but they needn't be.)