Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Election History: The Poll Guard Incident, Yesterday and Today

A mural in the Logan neighborhood of Santa Ana, Calif., one of the city's oldest Mexican neighborhoods, bears the faces of local men who served in the armed forces. Credit Andrew Cullen for The New York Times.
Last week the New York Times came to town and Rebel Girl couldn't help but notice the lede for their feature article on Santa Ana, "This City Is 78% Latino, and the Face of a New California." It recalled one of SOCCCD Trustees Tom Fuentes most infamous acts (and that's sayin' something). Too bad the NYT didn't identify Fuentes by name.

Vicente Sarmiento remembers when the local Republican Party here posted uniformed guards at polling stations in a closely fought State Assembly race three decades ago and they hoisted signs in English and Spanish warning that noncitizens were prohibited from voting. The guards were removed after state elections officials threatened legal action.
Yes, on election day in November of 1988, at 20 polling stations in Santa Ana, the local GOP posted uniformed guards. According to the LA Times: "Republican Party Chairman Thomas A. Fuentes confirmed that the security guards "were part of our Election Day security effort" in mostly Latino neighborhoods in central and south Santa Ana."

A police officer holds part of a sign seized at a polling place in Santa Ana in 1988, when uniformed guards were stationed at 20 polling sites in the city by the GOP. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

Lately, that incident has also been recalled by others in the wake of Donald Trump's persistent assertions about "rigged" elections.  This from Kurtis Lee's LAT article, "Donald Trump's call for poll watchers brings back fears of 1988 Santa Ana":

Now, nearly three decades later, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump calls for his supporters to volunteer as election observers, concerns of voter intimidation have come to the forefront. At a rally in Pennsylvania last week, Trump used strong racial overtones to allege to his mostly white audience that “certain areas” of the state — such as Philadelphia, where almost half the residents are black — will commit voter fraud to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I 5 at Avery Parkway, 1965

I 5 at Avery Parkway, 1965
View from La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, 1968
Avery and Marguerite Parkways, Mission Viejo, 1976
Twenty Ranch Duck Club, Barranca Rd, Irvine, 1967
El Toro Road, Aliso Viejo, circa 1965
I5 and El Toro Rd, 1958
5 just south of Oso Pkwy about 1960

Friday, October 14, 2016

Trump defends himself as only he can.
Not his first choice for gropage.
     “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you."
     Not his first choice for groping?

The Stunningly Long List of Women Who've Accused Trump of Sexual Assault (Mother Jones)
He wouldn't grope Stoynoff, he said. 
“Look at her,” he said.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Banned Books Week at Saddleback College

Saddleback College performing arts students Emma Chassey and Gal Kohav perform a scene From E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web," with music from "The Last Chapter" by Scott Farthing, outside the school's Library and Learning Resource Center during "Bodies and Ink," a celebration of National Banned Books Week on Saturday evening.

In case you missed it (we did) here is the Register's coverage of Saddleback College's  Banned Books Week event.  Sounds wonderful.

"Members of several Saddleback College fine arts departments performed pieces inspired by works of literature in a show called “Bodies and Ink,” Saturday at the college. The show celebrated National Banned Books Week at the school’s library and Learning Resource Center. Three more shows will take place this weekend. The performing arts students, members of the dance, music, speech, theatre arts and visual arts programs, created 11 site-specific performances pieces based on works of literature in an 80-minute program."


A "Trump" Face in the Crowd

In 1957, Budd Schulberg wrote "A Face in the Crowd," Elia Kazan directed it and Andy Griffith starred in it - check out how it resonates today.