Gonzalez and Lopez: 80% of OC Latino Voters Want HB Desalination Approved Now!

After years of being typecast as only being interested in immigrant rights, education and jobs, Latino voters in Orange County are showing that we have strong opinions on nontraditional issues like the California drought and water policy. As the emerging majority of our state, Latinos increasingly want a say on policies across the board.

Arturo Montes, LULAC Urban Policy Director after reviewing our recent survey on Latinos and water “this study is evidence that Latinos which have been absent from “water governance, want to take a more active role.”

The new online survey by Sextant Research commissioned by the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) found that Latino voters in Orange County want prompt new policies from local and state government (89%) to solve the drought like the Huntington Beach Desalination plant (80%) currently before regulatory bodies like the Coastal Commission. They also favor capturing storm water and recycling.

The survey also found that Orange County Latino voters are keenly aware of California’s drought problem and demand their elected officials enact policies to solve it now. They even prioritize climate action on drought (81%) by greater margins than other issues like crime (73%), school funding (74%), air pollution (69%), and jobs (66%). Furthermore, Latino voters are far more interested in policy proposals like desalination over water quotas and buying more imported water by at least five to one.

The survey also found that Orange County Latino voters fear that government inaction will lead to shortages (78%) and water rationing (63%). See to view the WCVI-Sextant survey Powerpoint, Toplines and Crosstabs.

Survey Methodology: Between September 22 and October 7, 2016 Sextant Strategies & Research, in conjunction with the William C. Velazquez Institute (WCVI) conducted 404 interviews via internet with Latino registered voters in Orange County. Potential respondents received an email invitation to participate in the survey. The source of the email addresses was the California Voter File.

Antonio Gonzalez is President of the William C. Velasquez Institute. Nativo Lopez is a Senior Advisor to Hermandad Mexicana. www.wcvi.org. www.hermandadmexicana.org.

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  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    Compadres comprados!
    Basta con el grande be ese!
    Selling out the people’s futures es no bueno!
    And Solorio …

  • Fullerton Rag

    The end of LULAC’s credibility (and that of Nativo Lopez, for lending what’s left of his name to this pathetic AstroTurf campaign). Did one single respondent to this no-doubt push-poll hear rany of the downsides of this water scam? None of the Latinos I know favor Poseidon’s water disaster, except for Sharon Quirk-Silva,’depending on what day it is.

    Latinos don’t like to be scammed any more than anyone else does.

    • David Zenger

      Actually, Nativo lost whatever credibility he had a long, long time ago.

  • David Zenger

    What a load of unadulterated BS.

    How much did the Poseidon racketeers pay you?

    Come clean. But don’t use desalinated water to try to scrape off the filth, Nativo. You can’t afford it.

  • RyanCantor

    Wow. Blatant use of ethnicity to pass a specific corporate welfare agenda.

    I wonder how much the genius who came up with this bologna got paid?

    • David Zenger

      Yeah, because paying geometrically more for water is near and dear to 80% Latino hearts. I would love to see how those questions were “pushed” on unsuspecting respondents.

      Is it LULACs mission to make Latinos look really, really stupid? You have to wonder why. I mean apart from the Poseidon Bucks® of course.