|District 2 City Commissioner Candidate Sergio Zarate|
with "Queen of the Politiqueras," Herminia Becerra
As two observers closed in on the couple, they overheard Herminia say to Sergio: "Yo lo doy mucho apoyo!(I'm giving you much support!)"
Ms. Becerra's remarks could be totally innocent, although we've been told in the past that she does nothing for free. When Nena and I encountered her in 2012, fronting the Abelardo Gomez and Carlos Masso tents adjacent to Cameron Park, she told us, while posing proudly for a pic: "For fifty years, no one gets elected unless I say so!"
While Herminia's "support" could be voluntary, uncompensated, we doubt it, based on her track record. She is widely recognized as a vote-gathering machine. The document at the left, created from election records by Laura Miniel, illustrates her control over her neighborhood around Western Boulevard. Nearly every voter there is labeled in the records as EVBM(Early Voter Ballot Mailed), traditionally where voter fraud occurs.
In 2012 we published the picture at the left, where Herminia appeared to be supporting Luis Saenz for District Attorney. We asked Zeke Silva, campaign manager for Saenz, to clarify the appearance of a relationship. Through Silva and also Gilbert Velasquez, who did graphics for the campaign, we offered Saenz the opportunity on this blog to distance himself from Herminia Becerra. Saenz never responded.
We are offering the same opportunity to Sergio Zarate. You have the opportunity via this blog to state your exact relationship with Herminia Becerra. We will print your response without commentary.