Pleitez pushes for multilingual debates reflecting the diversity of Los Angeles communities
LOS ANGELES- Emanuel Pleitez is asking the city, other mayoral candidates, and community members to come together and host the first-ever mayoral Spanish-speaking debate. Pleitez also expresses interest in participating in debates in any language.
"The only debates we've had have been in English and there have been over 30 of them. Los Angeles is a diverse city and everyone should have the opportunity to hear from their leaders in the language they are most comfortable with."
The numbers below provide some perspective about the diversity of the people of Los Angeles:
- 49% are Latino (Census, 2010)
- 75% of LAUSD students are Latino (LAUSD data)
- 39% are foreign born (Census, 2007-‘11)
- Almost 60% speak a language other than English at home (Census, 2007-‘11) -
- Less than 10% speak only English
- 20% speak an Asian, Pacific Islander, or European language (Census, 2010)
- It is projected that less than 20% of the electorate will turn out on March 5th
"Voter turnout is low because our elected officials haven't done their job reaching out to all communities. They've focused on areas they think are politically advantageous" said a spokesman for the campaign.
Pleitez argues that with technology and interpreters, this should have already been happening.
In addition to making history in LA’s political landscape, a Spanish-speaking debate will engage voters who traditionally don’t take part in politics. This could move the city turnout dial from the abysmal 20% to a number closer to November election levels.
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