Chu entered electoral politics to fight the English-only ordinances that Know-Nothing nativists were mandating for billboards and signs in Monterey Park in the early ’90s. She quickly became the town’s foremost champion of interracial comity, and has been a staunch supporter of the area’s low-wage workers. In Sacramento, she says, she would support the creation not only of a statewide public power authority, but of a tristate Pacific Coast authority as a vast counterweight to the Southern power cartel. She doesn’t shy from the notion of the state’s using its eminent-domain powers to gain leverage over that cartel. In short, she’d be an intelligent, progressive legislator who understands that part of her task would be to stiffen Gray Davis’ spine. We support her enthusiastically.