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Letters: Anaheim's voting mess

August 11, 2012

Re "Voting plan rejected in Anaheim," Aug. 9

The Anaheim City Council's refusal to create voting districts was totally predictable. Politicians rarely give up some of their power.

There are cities all over the state like Anaheim without city council districts and fair representation. Too often this means that an entrenched majority of well-funded incumbents can be virtually impossible to challenge. What follows is permanent employment on the city council.

Term limits would only cause a loss of capable and experienced leadership. A state law requiring cities over a certain size to have voting districts would force reform in places like Anaheim and give representative democracy at the local level a much-needed boost.

Allen J. Manzano



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