Larry Elder crosses San Diego in an attempt to win Latino votes
Radio host and gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder visited a Vista restaurant and church in San Diego on Friday in a bid to win more Latino votes in the final days before the California recall election.
Elder, who according to polls is the main candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newson if the recall is successful, stopped early in the morning at the Mariscos El Pacifico restaurant in Vista, before meeting with Latino pastors at the Centro Familiar church. Cristiano in San Diego.
The tour, which included additional stops in Temecula and Whittier, expands its efforts to woo Latino voters, who wield growing political influence in California.
At the Vista event, which was billed as a breakfast, Elder spoke to several supporters, including Esteban Sanchez, owner of Mariscos, and Esther Valdes-Clayton, member of the Coronado school board. Speaking in a low voice and without amplification, Elder held one-on-one conversations as dozens of supporters seated nearby listened to him.
Sanchez described how lockdowns from COVID-19 threatened his restaurant; even after reopening statewide this summer, it has struggled to recover and retain its staff, he said.
“Everything has been closed; it was all difficult, but we survived, ”said Sanchez. “And now we need help.”
Elder said Newsom has wrecked small businesses and working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, hurting minority-run restaurants.
“This man shut down the state to the point that one-third of the restaurants have closed forever, many of which are owned by Latinos, Blacks and Asian Americans,” Elder said.
He said he opposed the just announced federal vaccine mandates that President Biden passed by executive order on Thursday, calling them too far-reaching for the government. The new rules, which require employers with more than 100 workers to force vaccinations or offer weekly tests to employees, could affect up to 100 million Americans.
“I’m not anti-vax,” Elder said. “I have been vaccinated. But don’t we have a choice yet in this country?
Valdes-Clayton praised Elder’s support for the school choice measures.
Elder advocated for charter schools, which are private public schools, and said taxpayer funds should go to schools students choose, whether they are district schools, charter schools. or private schools. He also said traditional public schools fail Latino and black students.
Valdes-Clayton said she agreed.
“This is what stops our social mobility and maintains the cycle of poverty,” she said.
The encounters in San Diego were low-key compared to Elder’s experience in Los Angeles on Wednesday, when he encountered rowdies at a homeless camp in Venice. Elder said a woman wearing a gorilla mask threw an egg at him. The Los Angeles Police Department said it was investigating the incident.