Latinos comprise the largest ethnic group in the largest state of the union. Today, nearly 40 percent of all California residents are of Latino origin – a number that will only grow over the coming decades. The future of California and the future of its Latino population are one in the same. But when we look at some of the economic and political trends among California’s 14 million Latino residents, there are troubling signs for our community, and for our state’s future.

The municipal elections in Los Angeles County on March 7th marked the first set of elections in California since the historic November election. Unfortunately, much of the energy that spurred the record turnout of new and minority voters did not translate to the off-cycle, down ticket races.