SACRAMENTO â€“ In his first major address since announcing his campaign for governor, Antonio Villaraigosa cast himself as a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump and as a champion of Latino voters, presaging a campaign in which he will court the stateâ€™s largest ethnic group on economic issues.
The former mayor of Los Angeles called on Californians to â€śremember what weâ€™re fighting forâ€ť in its battles against Trump, and admonished California officials for perpetuating policies that he said have left many Latinos to languish in poverty.
â€śSilicon Valley is booming so fast it canâ€™t house its employees, while the Central Valley is home to some of the highest poverty rates in the nation,â€ť Villaraigosa said. â€śMost of the communities along our coast are flourishing, while too many of Californiaâ€™s inland communities are languishing. Travel a few miles from Brentwood to Boyle Heights or a long distance from Hillsborough to Huron, and youâ€™ll see that there are actually two Californias â€“ one largely white and wealthy, the other largely Latino and poor.â€ťView Article