October 6, 2010
Sputtering to the finish line -Adam
By Arisha Michelle Hatch
Stop #35: Riverside
Another day, another empty parking lot here in Riverside.
Vota Tus Valores organizers spoke to three people (2 of which were Latino) at Fairmount Park before quickly jumping back on the bus to avoid the light drizzle.
They didn’t even bother to call the local Victory Outreach ministry to bring its members to the location.
They also eliminated two stops from their original tour schedule today – El Centro and Palm Spring.
And no, they still haven’t apologized for the assault of Courage Campaign organizer Anthony Ash.
Stop #36: San Bernardino and Stop #37: East Los Angeles
The Vota Bus stopped in San Bernardino for exactly eight minutes before seeing two members of SEIU park and get out of their vehicle.
All organizers quickly hopped back on the bus and sped away, leaving a reporter behind before he could interview Alfonso.
Zero voters were engaged.
The Vota Bus was East LA bound, but with nowhere to go, as they seemed without a Plan B when a local community center disinvited them after learning that they had a political agenda (thanks to P8TT’s Kathleen for the investigative work). Apparently, being forthright isn’t a part of their community engagement plan. Not surprising.
After illegally parking on the side of a freeway off-ramp for 15 minutes, the Vota Bus finally settled at a Mexican market for 5 minutes before pulling off into the sunset.
Zero voters were engaged and Alfonso didn’t even get off the bus.
This tour, according to Alfonso, is part of a $1 million voter engagement effort. I wonder how many paid canvassers you can hire for 10 days to actually knock on doors in Latino communities delivering a values message. Oh, wait that would mean Alfonso wouldn’t get to sleep on all those nice pillow-top beds at resorts like the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa: