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March 1, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Sam Allen and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Responding to long-standing complaints that Latinos are grossly underrepresented in local government, the city of Compton has agreed to settle a voting rights lawsuit with a plan that could change how officials are elected. The suit was aimed at making it easier for Latinos, who now account for nearly two-thirds of the city's 96,000 residents, to gain greater clout at City Hall, where all council members and most of the top city leaders are black. This imbalance has been the subject of much debate over the years as Compton's Latino population has grown and its black population has declined, part of a larger trend that has been reducing African American political clout across L.A. County.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The ABC Unified School District in Cerritos has become the latest jurisdiction to switch election systems in the face of lawsuits alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act. The district's board voted Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought against it and to implement a new election system. The settlement was announced Wednesday in separate news releases by the district and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, which brought the suit on behalf of Latino residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1989
Recent action by five members of the San Diego City Council to deny federal funds to Councilman Bob Filner's district have been characterized by some members of the media as confirming their worst fears about the effect of district-only elections on council decisions. Longtime opponents of district elections are claiming that the five council members who took San Ysidro's share of the Community Development Block Grant funds were mindful of never again having to worry about getting votes in San Ysidro.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Abby Sewell 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 hampered the ability of Latinos and blacks to win office. The judge's findings come a month after the U.S. Justice Department accused Palmdale, Lancaster and the Los Angeles 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, performed improper detentions and used unreasonable force that specifically targeted blacks and Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A judge's halting of Palmdale's November election could have implications for other cities facing lawsuits under the California Voting Rights Act. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney on Monday canceled the election after earlier finding that Palmdale's at-large method of choosing council members deprived minority voters of the opportunity to elect a representative of their choice. Officials plan to appeal, with City Atty. Matthew Ditzhazy calling the ruling "wildly unprecedented and radical.
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