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Alex Padilla, First Latinx Senator to Represent California




Alex Padilla

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Alex Padilla, 47, California’s secretary of state since 2015, to fill the Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, when she resigns.

Latinx folks comprise 40% of California’s population.

Padilla is from Los Angeles, of Mexican descent, and has held public office since 1999, 21 years, when at age 26 he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

Padilla served two terms in the California State Senate and two terms as secretary of state.

There had been intense lobbying to appoint a Black woman to fill the seat and/or a Latinx person, replete with full page ads and open letters to Governor Newsom.

Padilla issued a statement via Twitter video:  “I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by Governor Newsom, and I intend to work each and every day to honor that trust and deliver for all Californians.  From those struggling to make ends met to the small businesses fighting to keep their doors open to the health care workers looking for relief, please know that I am going to the Senate to fight for you.  We will get through this pandemic together and rebuild our economy in a way that doesn’t leave working families behind.”

Via Twitter, Representative Barbara Lee congratulated Padilla:  “ a skilled legislator and a steadfast advocate for justice.  I believe he will be a powerful voice in the Senate for those who continue to be denied our country’s promise of equality.”

The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, Wikipedia, and Twitter were sources for this report.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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