FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020

DOLORES HUERTA, ASSEMBLYMEMBER GARCIA, MAYOR GARCIA, SENATOR POLANCO BACK GASC脫N & URGE LA LATINOS TO VOTE IN ELECTION OF EXTRAORDINARY CONSEQUENCE


Gasc贸n Also Releases Plan to Ensure Resolution Parity for the Undocumented

LOS ANGELES鈥揟oday, George Gasc贸n was joined by Dolores Huerta, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, and former Senator Richard Polanco to urge people to vote in an election that, from top to bottom, is of extraordinary consequence for the Latino community.聽 Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and the Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia, also announced their endorsements of Mr. Gasc贸n, and Ms. Huerta and Senator Polanco reiterated their support for Mr. Gasc贸n.聽A recording of the press event is available here.聽 Mr. Gasc贸n also released his plan聽following the press event to ensure resolution parity for the undocumented.

“For Latinos, the race for Los Angeles District Attorney is the most important contest facing Angelenos,” said Dolores Huerta. “As the largest county in America – home to an estimated one million undocumented immigrants鈥搕he policies set by the LADA can enhance or diminish the lives of a county that is 48% Latino. One candidate in this race has stood up for our community, and there’s one candidate in this race with whom Latinos should stand.聽 That’s George Gasc贸n.”

“Los Angeles deserves a District Attorney that takes public corruption seriously,” said California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (AD-58). “The indictments and guilty pleas of corrupt LA city officials were obtained by federal prosecutors, not the District Attorney, and the big drop in public corruption prosecutions, especially in Southeast Los Angeles County, suggests we need a new watchdog to restore the public’s trust and protect taxpayer resources. George Gasc贸n is the candidate we can trust for this vitally important role.”

鈥淲e are in a moment where we need change, and George is the right person to deliver the change we need,” said Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach. “George lives in Long Beach, has deep roots in this community, and he is compassionate, kind, and has a deep sense of moral justice. I’m proud to support him.”

“George Gasc贸n brings the experience of a prosecutor, a chief of police, and the Assistant Chief here of the LAPD,” said former Senator Richard Polanco. “It is with great enthusiasm and passion that I ask all county voters in LA to join me in supporting George Gasc贸n.聽 There are those who talk about change and there are those who step up and make change. George has stepped up time and time again, and it is a pleasure to support a man who will lead with passion and compassion.”

“We must address the disparate impact that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has had on the Latino community,” said former District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gasc贸n. “Equal justice for all is a bedrock principle of this nation, and there’s nothing equal about a system of justice that is mired by systemic racism.”

Gasc贸n’s immigration policy paper leans on the expertise of members of his policy committee and focuses on the need for resolution parity for undocumented immigrants who become justice involved. His approach will ensure聽immigrants are not subject to double suspicion, double punishment, or a deprivation of due process. This is not to grant leniency to immigrant offenders, but rather to mitigate punishments that can end up being far harsher than what the law was designed to mete out.

Click here to read more about his approach to undocumented immigrants who become justice involved.

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George Gasc贸n聽is the Democratic Party’s nominee. He is endorsed by the LA Times and the LA Daily News, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth聽Warren, Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors,聽labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, and former Chief of the LAPD Charlie Beck.聽 Click here for a full list of his supporters.

Mr. Gasc贸n grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gasc贸n served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer聽for聽30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gasc贸n Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gasc贸n again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gasc贸n implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gasc贸n returned to Los Angeles to care聽for聽his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gasc贸n is married to聽Fabiola聽Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the 鈥淧remio Nacional de Periodismo,鈥 the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.