Column: A failed recall heralds a new era for Latino politics in Orange County

Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Jessie Lopez poses for a portrait at Santa Ana City Hall. The first-term council member beat back a recall last week by critics who claimed “radicals” from Los Angeles were helping her stay in office.
On a typical evening, Chatos Bar and Grill in downtown Santa Ana serves not-bad Mexican food and cocktails to a half-empty dining room. On Nov. 14, the…

This story appeared on, 2023-11-21.
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