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Antonio Villaraigosa banks on historic Latino groundswell in run for governor, but concedes his time might be over

Antonio Villaraigosa banks on historic Latino groundswell in run for governor, but concedes his time might be over

A few dozen migrants from Mexico looked up from the Salinas Valley field where they were picking strawberries and watched Antonio Villaraigosa’s convoy rumble toward them in a cloud of dust.

Moments later, the former Los Angeles mayor, wearing shiny black dress shoes, stepped out of a sedan.

Hola, señora — Antonio Villaraigosa,” he told Estela Almanza, a fruit sorter.

He inspected a handful of ripe berries for news cameras and greeted Almanza’s coworkers, most of them covered in hats, scarves and hoodies. “Buenas tardes. Hola.”

The harvest was the highlight of a Monterey Bay campaign swing for Villaraigosa, a Democrat running for governor....

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