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Santa Clarita’s at-large voting system has worked just fine

Posted: July 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Our neighbor R. Rex Parris, attorney and Lancaster mayor, coupled with a Malibu law firm, have chosen to sue the city of Santa Clarita and two school districts (so far) alleging that Latino voting voices are being silenced because of our area’s at-large voting system versus specified district voting.

The two plaintiffs are Jim Soliz and Rosemarie Sanchez-Fraser.

I truly hope the city of Santa Clarita and the school districts fight these lawsuits with unbridled gusto.

After vetting the validity of the plaintiffs, the first and utmost demand should be for these two to provide a detailed list of exactly what they have been deprived of that the city or the schools have not provided.

Quite visibly, this city and the school districts have provided services and opportunities for the benefit of all. Inclusion — you bet!

How many Latino surnames are there among city and school district employees and board members?

How many Latinos have been forbidden to run for any position at any level?

Under the city’s current voting system, each of us voters over a four-year period can exercise our constitutional right to go to the polls and vote for all five City Council positions; two in one election and three in the next. That "at-large" system gives each voter a 100 percent voting power.

If we are force-fed specified district voting, we will be limited to ONE vote, ONE council member for our designated district. In short, that cuts our voices to 20 of our current voting power. We lose 80 percent of our voting power.

The city of Santa Clarita openly pronounces and acts on the theme of "community." District voting destroys community while promoting separation and segregation. To the best of my knowledge, mayor-attorney Parris’ Lancaster has an at-large voting system.

Now are you disgusted?

Editor’s note: A phone call to the Lancaster City Clerk’s office Friday confirmed that Lancaster’s voting is at large, not by district.


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