Today’s DJ has Governor likely to name Latina to high court, sources say — “Latinas are 20% of California’s population, and there has never been a Latina appointed to the California Supreme Court,” said Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.”

  • Two of the top candidates are 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero and U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, who has reportedly been lobbying for the position.
  • Justice Elena J. Duarte of the 3rd District Court of Appeal has also come up, though Newsom is reportedly also under pressure to name someone from Southern California. Four of the six justices on the court have worked primarily in Northern California.
  • The approximately half-dozen names on Newsom’s shortlist reportedly include at least one Asian American. Newsom’s administration planned to hold a meeting over the weekend to narrow down the choices, according to sources.
  • “This is his Sonia Sotomayor moment,” … said [Sergio Garcia, Centro Legal de la Raza Board Vice Chair] of Newsom “This would be a significant step forward to make sure the California Supreme Court is truly representative of California.”