December 29, 2013 |
In the 11 years since the California Voting Rights Act was passed, no municipality whose at-large election system was challenged has ever won its case. Almost all have settled before going to trial, in most cases agreeing to switch to voting by geographic districts. It's not a perfect solution to the problems caused by at-large voting - critics complain that establishing legislative districts in city council races can Balkanize a city - but it is the best remedy available. The problem with at-large systems is that they often dilute the voting power of minority groups, whose preferred candidates might be able to win if they ran in their own neighborhoods but who find it impossible to win over an absolute majority of voters citywide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 |
Activists seeking a change in how Whittier voters select members of the City Council have asked the court to halt the city's April municipal election. Attorneys for three Latino Whittier residents are seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the election, which calls for voters across the city to choose among candidates for the City Council. Critics of the at-large method of selecting council members, including the Whittier residents who are suing the city under the California Voting Rights Act, want it to change to a system of electing officeholders by geographic district. At-large elections undercut minorities' opportunities to elect a candidate they feel can best represent them, activists contend in separate cases brought against cities, school districts and other local government bodies with substantial minority populations but few or no minority elected representatives.
December 5, 2013 |
A geodesic dome home, something of a rarity in the L.A. County housing market, has come on the market in Whittier at $499,000. Futurist-philosopher Buckminster Fuller is credited with popularizing the eight-sided circular design, which has only about one-third of the surface space of a box-shaped house of similar floor space. Less exposure made the dome houses cheaper to heat and cool and they caught on in the 1950s. They continued to have a following in the 1970s and '80s. Fuller also used the shape in university buildings and the Montreal Biosphere museum.
November 30, 2013 |
His name is Rashaad Penny , and lots of students at Norwalk High will remember him for years to come. "He's just a phenomenal athlete," Coach Jesse Ceniceros said. "He separates himself the moment he steps on the field. " Penny, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior running back, has rushed for 2,380 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading Norwalk to a 13-0 record and a spot in the Southern Section Southeast Division championship game against Whittier La Serna. In his latest performance, Penny rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns in Norwalk's 35-28 victory over Pasadena Muir on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 |
Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose a plan to drill for oil in publicly owned parkland in the Whittier hills, saying the proposal would undermine open space protection throughout the county. "Oil and open space don't mix," Supervisor Gloria Molina said after the vote, noting that the land was purchased with taxpayer money earmarked for conservation efforts. "We've purchased hundreds of acres of land across Los Angeles County using millions of Prop. A dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 |
An argument between two men in Whittier on Thursday night became deadly when one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other in the chest, police said. Officers responded to calls of shots fired just before 10 p.m. in the 6200 block of Pickering Avenue near the intersection with Broadway, said Whittier police Officer Brad White. Before officers arrived, the gunman fled, and a passerby brought the 19-year-old shooting victim to a hospital, White said. When police arrived, witnesses told them of the argument and shooting, White said. It was "undetermined" if the shooting was gang-related, White said.