From the UT San Diego:
A negative campaign mailer criticizing mayoral candidate David Alvarez is drawing attention not for what it says but for how it makes him look. The pro-business Lincoln Club through its campaign committee paid for the piece that depicts Alvarez, who would be the city’s first elected Latino mayor, holding a wad of cash in a manner that some say is similar to a gang gesture. Others, including gang experts, don’t see the doctored photo as intimating any relationship to gangs. …Al Valdez, a professor at the University of California Irvine, with decades of law enforcement experience related to gangs, doesn’t agree with those assessments. “I don’t see anything that looks like a gang sign. not even close,” said Valdez, who retired from the Orange County District Attorney’s office in 2006, where he was the gang unit supervisor. “I find it funny. There’s nothing there. I talked to two colleagues very familiar with gang behaviors, and they agree.”

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