From day one, Governor Davis has fought to take the edge off the wedge issues that have divided us for too long.
Celebrating Diversity: Latino
Governor was deeply honored to establish Cesar Chavez Day in
California, the nation's first paid state holiday to honor the
legendary farm labor leader.
After years of mistrust and mean spirit, California and Mexico are working together in the spirit of mutual respect.
addition, Governor Davis signed SB 60, to allow California's large
immigrant population the privilege of driving with a state driver's
• Increased Funding K-12 - The Governor
has increased funding for K-12 schools by $9.6 billion, or 30 percent -
the largest increase in California history.
• Raised academic standards - in every classroom, and for all groups of students.
Increased College Financial Aid - Expanded the largest state run
financial aid program in America. The Cal-Grant program guarantees all
qualifying high school graduating seniors the financial assistance to
pay for college.
• College Admissions - Four-Percent Admissions
Program ensures admission at a UC school for the top 4% of students
from every high school in California. Since the "Four-Percent" program
was implemented in 2001, Latino/Chicano freshman admissions have
increased by 38 percent.
• Since 1998, the number
of Latino children participating in the Healthy Families health
insurance program has grown dramatically - from just 24,500 in 1998 to
393,000 today, an increase of 1,600%. Gov. Davis launched a bilingual
outreach campaign and received a federal waiver to expand the program
to working parents.
• For the first time ever, Blue Shield's
Access Baja health program allows workers with health benefits from a
U.S. employer to obtain medical services in Mexico.
Governor Davis has:
Required the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to appoint a neutral
mediator in cases of an unresolved labor dispute between farmworkers
• Provided funding for the development of farmworker housing.
• Strengthened regulations of farm labor vehicles and increased the number of unannounced agricultural inspections.
• Required all farm labor contractors to be licensed.
• Acted in record time to assist the victims of the December 1998 Citrus Freeze, which impacted thousands of farmworkers.
La Mano de Amistad
• The Governor has offered the hand of friendship to our neighbor in the South.
In just four-and-a-half years, the Governor has met with Mexican
Presidents 8 times, more than any other Governor in recent history.
• During his tenure, Mexico has become California's largest trading partner.
• The Governor made Justice Carlos Moreno his first - and only - appointment to the California Supreme Court.
• He appointed the first Latina to the California Court of Appeals, Justice Maria Rivera.
• Latinos have made up 13 percent of his judicial appointments - far exceeding that of his predecessors.
Governor Davis appointed the first Mexican-American woman to ever hold
a cabinet position - Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing
• He appointed Michael Flores as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the first Mexican-American to hold that post.
• And, he appointed Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers, as a Regent of the University of California.