From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, October 5, 2000
Issues like campaign finance reform or medical care seem to be just beyond their reach. But give credit where credit's due: When it comes to understanding numbers--particularly when those numbers represent potential votes--man!they're all over it. Witness the two major-party presidential candidates: George W. flaunts his English/Spanish bilingual abilities almost like a mantra, and even Al G. has taken to spouting Spanish catchphrases to promote himself as a man of the people--or at least of the people who might help him win a close election. That's because this year, as never before, politicians have begun to take notice of the skyrocketing Latino population and the potential impact that could have on elections at the national, state and local levels.
In this week's issue, writer Rebecca Crocker examines how the growing Latino population and number of voters might influence issues on all levels of government, and looks at the major parties' efforts to recruit these new voters.
In the news section: We kick off our coverage of Monterey County elections with a look at the surprisingly docile Seaside city council and mayor's race; visit with the State Preservation Group to see how their efforts to purchase the State Theater are impacted by United Artists' recent filing for bankruptcy and, in "831," talk with Ted Yudacufski whose Monterey Chess and Dart Center may also be affected; and look at a new organization to help the mentally disabled homeless in Sand City.
In the art & theater section, you can click to get a preview of the Carmel Performing Arts Festival, as well as interviews with performance artist Laura Dare and plein air painter Johnny Apodaca.