Gov. Schwarzenegger on Friday announced a $1.75million state grant to help freeze victims with rent, mortgage and utility payments.
The money will be distributed by La Cooperativa Campesina de California, a nonprofit association that represents community-based organizations that provide services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
Residents in Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Riverside and Ventura counties are eligible.
The grant includes $1.5million for rental and mortgage assistance and $250,000 for utility assistance. [State grant offers $1.75m to aid victims of freeze, Fresno Bee 2/10/07]
Meanwhile, Mexicans are not grateful. Their official mouthpieces have squawked up a storm over a few indiscreet (but largely true) private remarks recorded by the governor.
"I made an effort," the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger told aides last April in conversations that touched on assimilation. "But the Mexicans don't make that effort."
The governor also used an expletive to disparage the 1986 federal law that granted asylum to more than 2 million illegal immigrants.
"His comments were highly offensive and outrageous," said Assembly Assistant Majority Leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles). "It's just mind-blowing that he continues to put his foot in his mouth." [Latinos lob a few words at governor, LA Times 2/9/07]
Shown below: under the Commie mural is Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, who warned that the governor should be "more careful about what he says about the very people who are sustaining the economy."