Alameda County GOP reaches out to Latinos

The Alameda County Republican Central Committee in March had invited a couple of African-American clergy members to speak at its monthly meeting, as part of its outreach to minority communites. Next Tuesday, May 15, it’ll be the Latino community’s turn to meet and greet with the GOP; Charles Hargrave — who’s piloting this outreach while launching his campaign to unseat Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, in 2008 — said three speakers are expected to attend the committee’s 6:30 p.m. meeting at its San Leandro headquarters:

  • Ana Chretien, CEO of Oakland-based ABC Security Services Inc., which is among the Bay Area’s largest Hispanic-owned businesses. ABC’s biggest clients have included the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland; Chretien has been a prolific political donor, supporting Democrats including Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente; state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland; and state Attorney General Jerry Brown.
  • Henry Rosales, executive director of the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit based in Oakland’s Fruitvale District working to improve the lives of low-income Latino residents by offering social services and enhancing opportunities for leadership development and civic participation.
  • Hugo Guerrero, executive director of the Asociación de Comerciantes y Profesionales de Oakland (the Merchants and Professionals Association of Oakland), and owner of Hugo’s Tours and Travel in Oakland’s Fruitvale District.
  • Hargrave said he’s planning to invite Asian-American community members to attend June’s meeting.

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.