Not Much Time or Taxpayer Dough Wasted But 117 Days Late?

Approved August 30 by California lawmakers, on the eight day prior to the Legislature hanging up its cleats until 2012, was a resolution urging Californians to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo, which oddly enough occurs on the 5th day of May, is the “historic day to honor the valiant spirit of the brave Mexicanos who defended the town of Puebla against the French invaders” and “honor the Mexican Americans of today who have fought, died and lived to protect the freedom of the United States.”

Just because the resolution wasn’t approved four months ago, prior to Cinco de Mayo, doesn’t mean it has no relevance.

Indeed, the resolution notes that in 2001:

“The Latino Caucus saw a need to recognize and honor distinguished Latinos for their contributions and dedication to California and the United States’ economy and cultural life with the annual Latino Spirit Awards.

“These recipients are outstanding individuals who have greatly contributed to the wonderful music, poetry, literature, journalism, and entertainment of California, the United States, and the world.”

Just because the resolution — ACR 27 by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat — missed designating the week of May 2 through May 9 as “Cinco de Mayo” Week by nearly 17 weeks doesn’t mean it has no value.

Regardless of the date on the calendar, “Cinco de Mayo offers an opportunity to reflect on the courage and achievements not only of the Mexican forces at Puebla but also on the courage and achievements of Latinos here in California.”

And of more importance in June and November of even-numbered years:

“Latino voters continue to go to the polls in record numbers and influence the entrance of newly elected Latino public officials in both the Democratic and Republican parties and issues ranging from affordable housing, investing in our children, ensuring that higher education is affordable and accessible, creating good paying jobs for working families and improving the overall quality of life for all Californians.”



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