Single Member Council Districts Coalition

AUHSD Going to By-District Elections; Jose Moreno and ACSD Stick With At-Large System

Last week, the Anaheim Union High School District held a series of community forums “seeking community input into the boundaries that will be established under the new by-trustee-area method of electing the Board of Trustees” according to an e-mail sent out by the district.” Earler this year, AUHSD Board decided on a policy of pre-emptive surrender to the possibility of ...

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ACLU Goes Fishing; Demands Anaheim Turn Over Huge Trove of Documents, Emails and Texts

The ACLU is demanding the city turn over a trove of documents, voice-mails e-mails, and text messages – both official and personal — from a small army of current and former councilmembers, staff, city commission appointees and private citizens, often pertaining to circumstances, events or issues not even tangentially related to “racially-polarized voting.” It’s sort of like litigation carpet bombing, and ...

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Why Hasn’t Robert Rubin Sued the Anaheim City School District?

From the Los Angeles Times: Opening a new front on efforts to improve minority representation on local elected boards,  attorneys  representing several Latino citizens have accused the Coachella Valley Water District of violating the California Voting Rights Act. In a letter delivered Monday to John Powell, the district’s board president, lawyers Robert Rubin and Megan Beaman said the district’s  at-large ...

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Meanwhile, in the City of Palmdale…

On Wednesday, a three-judge state court of appeals panel overturned a Sept. 30 injunction by a Superior Court judge that cancelled the City of Palmdale’s council elections next month. LA Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney felt Palmdale’s at-large council election system was “discriminatory” against Latinos and in his infinite judicial wisdom decided the best way to secure voting rights ...

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City Council District Mapping Outreach Commences October 16

The city is beginning the process of drawing council district maps, part of implementing the City Council’s vote in June to change from a purely at-large election system to from-district system (councilmembers must reside in districts, but are elected at-large). Staff, with the assistance of demographers and outside counsel, will draw up maps for both a four and six member ...

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New Miraloma Park Illustrates Challenges Facing Older OC Cities

On the Anaheim City Council’s agenda on September 24 was some good news amidst all the usual unpleasantness: the creation of Miraloma Park and Community Center. The city had its eye on a commercial property for some time, and moved to purchase it when it became available. According to the staff report, amenities will include: Miraloma Park and Community Center ...

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Tonight: Moreno Has Another Chance To Move ACSD Board of Ed To Single-Member Districts

Anaheim City School District Trustee Dr. Jose Moreno wants the Anaheim City Council elected from single-member council districts. Not ten years from now, or in the near future – but right now. He’s even the lead plaintiff of an ACLU  lawsuit seeking to force the city to switch from at-large election to single-member council districts. Moreno alleges the city is violating ...

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Money Isn’t Everything In Anaheim Council Campaigns

One of the arguments made by single-member council district proponents is that Anaheim is so big that the cost of communicating with so many voters prices potential candidates out of the running – especially Latinos – and allows special interests to dominate the elections. Carving the city into single-member council districts, the argument goes, diminishes the significance of campaign warchests ...

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