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April 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials rejected a bid Tuesday from several Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district hoping to consolidate elections and avoid the kind of voting rights lawsuits that other local governments have been hit with. The measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining. County election officials  opposed the change, arguing that shifting the districts to November even-year elections would exceed their ability to conduct elections.
December 15, 2008
Re "Voting, as easy as 1, 2, 3," Opinion, Dec. Dec. 10 I hope we continue to hear more about instant runoff voting. Blair Bobier presents many reasons to support it. I would add that in our current general and runoff election system, only a fraction of the electorate turns out for a runoff. That small number of voters has the final say, rather than the large number who voted in the general election. I credit the Los Angeles City Council for convening a task force to assure that all the logistics of implementing such a system have been considered.
December 3, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers were sworn in to a reshaped Legislature on Monday, with Democrats holding historic two-thirds supermajorities in both houses and the party's leaders calling for investment in public education and infrastructure after years of fiscal retrenchment. Arguing that California had turned the page on its perpetual budget crisis, leaders ticked off a list of priorities, saying they would use their new powers to help restore spending to popular social services and curb tuition at public colleges.
August 10, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
California's dysfunctional Legislature is largely the result of a dysfunctional election system. The system is geared to elect ideologues, not pragmatists -- liberals and conservatives, rather than moderates. That, combined with two voter-injected poisons -- term limits and the two-thirds vote requirement -- is what increasingly has led to legislative gridlock. This isn't news to a lot of folks, although not everyone agrees with all of it, especially the two-thirds vote absurdity.
October 24, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Former President Clinton used a Tuesday night appearance in Irvine to rip Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP congressional leaders for putting America's middle class, women's rights and the country's environmental health at risk, and urged Californians to send Democrats to Washington in next month's election. Clinton fired up the young, friendly crowd at UC Irvine during a campus rally for five Democrats locked in tight congressional races in Southern California.
July 5, 2000
In your June 27 editorial you "mourned" the end of California's blanket primary by a Supreme Court decision. You hinted that California may even find that the real need is for an effective state campaign reform system. Let's take a look at Maine. That state has enacted full public financing for qualified candidates who are running for state offices. One-third of Maine's candidates are now receiving such public funding. These candidates are enthusiastic about Maine's election system, which frees them from ties to moneyed special-interest groups.
September 13, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
If the spectacle of two career Democrats going at it over bragging rights to Republican support seems odd, blame it on California's new election system. The June primary sent the top two vote-getters to the November election, producing several same-party contests in which candidates are vying for voters outside their own party. The competition for that unusual support has reached ferocious proportions in the high-profile clash between seasoned Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman.
January 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The city of Anaheim will ask voters to decide in November whether to create electoral districts in order to settle a voting rights lawsuit that claimed Latinos were politically disadvantaged in the city's at-large elections. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2012 on behalf of three residents who accused the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act. It came at a time when turbulent protests over the police shootings of two Latino men had roiled the city and exposed deep divisions between the city's affluent communities and its less-prosperous Latino neighborhoods.
July 25, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Joseph Serna
In a new critique of how minorities are treated in the Antelope Valley, a judge has ruled that Palmdale violated state voting laws by maintaining an election system that stymied Latinos and blacks from winning office. The judge's findings come a month after the U.S. Justice Department accused Palmdale, Lancaster and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of a systematic effort to discriminate against minorities who received low-income subsidized housing. Federal officials said deputies conducted widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and used unreasonable force that specifically targeted blacks and Latinos.
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