AD65 Watch: Quirk-Silva Escapes The SCA 5 Wedge

Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker John Perez pulled Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 from the Assembly at the request of its author, Sen. Ed Hernandez. SCA 5 would basically overturn Prop. 209’s ban on discrimination in public education; per the bill’s text:

The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

This measure would eliminate this prohibition on state discrimination or preference in the operation of public education.

The Left has always loathed Prop. 209’s elimination of racial preference in government, and longs for its abolition. The list of SCA 5 supporters is a roll-call of liberal interest groups.

As this Daily Kos post elucidates, this latent desire – currently expressed in SCA5 – puts California Democrats at odds with Asian-American voters because its adoption would punish their educationally over-achieving children by artificially restricting their access to top-tier UC campuses.

Young Kim

Young Kim

Perez’s shelving of SCA 5 was a political move driven by panic in the ranks Democratic legislators of Asian-American and those with significant Asian-American constituencies like Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva – whose AD65 (which includes a large chunk of West Anaheim) has a sizable number of Asian-American voters. She’s also facing an Asian-American Republican opponent in Young Kim, who was poised to make SCA 5 an issue in the campaign.

“I’m opposed to the fact that SCA 5 will allow discrimination in the contracting and admissions process to our schools,” said Young Kim. “This is against the basic fundamental rights we have as Americans and that is why I’m opposed to this proposal. If anything, preferential treatment should be given to hardworking students based on merit”

Kim’s strong opposition stands in stark contrast to Quirk-Silva’s tepid statement:

Diversity on college campuses is essential. However, we must do everything we can do to make sure we have high standards and a fair process. SCA 5 raises important questions that need to be addressed, but I cannot support SCA 5 at this time. [emphasis added].

Notice the escape-hatch qualifier “at this time” tacked on to the end – a political Bat-Signal to liberal special interests that she can be more flexible after the election.

Perez’s decision to put SCA 5 on ice for the time being has got to be a relief to Quirk-Silva. While she would have nominally opposed this retrograde measure, it would have been impossible for her to match the intensity Kim’s opposition – a contrast that would have been played up to Asian-American voters in AD65 via mail, social media and the ethnic press.  

7 comments

  1. It was Prop 209 …the very least you can do is get the facts straight.

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Wow. I misremembered the proposition number. It’s fixed.

      Do you have a substantive point to make?

      • Wow, you’re requiring that I have substantive point? You should probably hold yourself up to that standard and I would say that getting the information right, namely the proposition that your referencing in your otherwise pointless write up is substantive. But, I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised that actual facts are not substantive to you.

        • Matthew Cunningham

          Get real. I got the number wrong, not the proposition itself.

          But I’ll ask you the same question I put to O’Shay:

          If Quirk-Silva doesn’t support SCA 5 “at this time,” at what time would she support the use of racial preferences in public education?

  2. QUIRK-SILVA DOES NOT SUPPORT THE BILL. THE BILL HAS BEEN PULLED. CAREER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE KIM ALSO STATES THAT SHE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE BILL.

    THIS IS A NON-STORY IN SEARCH OF A CONTROVERSY. WHAT’S THE POINT?

    (AND AS STATED ABOVE, YES, IT WAS NOT PROP 229. YOU’VE GOT YOUR FACTS WRONG IN REPORTING ON THE IRRELEVANT.)

    DUH!

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Oh my. All capital letters. I surrender. We’re all in agreeing as to which proposition we’re talking about, so let’s cut to the chase.

      Tell me: if Quirk-Silva doesn’t support SCA 5 “at this time,” at what time would she support the use of racial preferences in public education?

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