The battle over Santa Ana district elections could be headed to court, with another attempt at an emergency city council meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today about getting the measure on the June ballot. The measure was rejected by the county’s Registrar of Voters after Mayor Miguel Pulido refused to sign the paperwork by last Friday’s deadline.
Shakeel Syed, executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, writes that while we all should condemn the mayhem and the loss of life this weekend in Virginia, we also need to open our eyes to the racism in America that fuels this kind of hate.
Hopes that Santa Ana would give voters a chance to transform the city’s electoral systems were dealt a blow this week when the City Council voted down a proposal. But activists signaled that they would take up the cause.
After victories in the Anaheim council districts battle, and with restorative justice in the schools and immigration at the county, grassroots groups are projecting power in conservative Orange County in ways they haven’t before.
Threats of a protest outside a major convention in Anaheim this year likely made the difference in getting members of the city’s council majority to change their minds regarding the new council districts map.
Despite an eleventh-hour revelation that the council districts map no longer has a Latino majority district, council members stood by their decision to adopt the map and put the most Latino district up for election this year.
Protesters say over 300 people will show up at Anaheim City Hall Tuesday night to oppose last week’s City Council decision to push back the city’s transition to district elections and scrap a districts map that had broad support.
While the county will see many jobs created over the next decade, wages won’t grow fast enough to keep up with the cost of housing and rising income inequality, according to the report by UC Irvine and the community-organizing group OCCORD.