On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the collection basket, stood Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor.
Democratic politicians often drop by the Living Gospel Church — Rep. Maxine Waters and former Rep. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke are familiar faces. But Kashkari is the first GOP candidate to visit, said church administrator Lafayette Shelton.
The campaign appearance — like Kashkari's week-long experiment living as a homeless person last month and marching in a San Diego gay pride parade — reflects the unconventional campaign he hopes to mount in his improbable run against Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
"I'm using every tactic, every creative strategy I can come up with to force us in this state to have conversations" about the millions of Californians who are still struggling, Kashkari said in an interview. "I'm going to keep doing things like this, and he's going to hide and duck, and I'm not going to let him get away with it."
Kashkari has criticized Brown for paying too little attention to poverty and education in disadvantaged communities, topics that are not part of the traditional GOP playbook, though such issues are increasingly being raised by prominent Republicans such as Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a comprehensive measure of unemployment and underemployment (U-6), which includes total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.
For the 4-quarter average period ending in June 2014, Nevada and Rhode Island had the highest rates for most of the alternative measures of labor underutilization. The District of Columbia had the highest U-1, at 5.4 percent, while Rhode Island had the highest U-2 and U-3 rates, at 5.1 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively. Nevada had the highest rates for both U-4 (9.7 percent) and U-5 (10.5 percent), while California and Nevada tied for the highest U-6 rates, 16.2 percent each.At KCAL, Dave Bryan reports: