In-person voting has been cancelled for a special recall election in Westminster. It’s still up in the air whether Santa Ana’s special recall election will follow suit. Meanwhile, county elections officials will proceed to review a referendum movement against a controversial Santa Ana apartments project and a ballot initiative to relocate a planned Veteran’s Cemetery in Irvine.
The City of Westminster faces a political “perfect storm” this year, with upcoming recalls for elected officials and lawsuits involving the police department — not to mention tough choices between higher sales taxes or cuts to public services, and finding a new city manager.
Irvine resident Susan Sayre writes that citizen oversight is key to any representative democracy, urging Irvine residents to show up to any of the myriad of public agency meetings, most notably the city council meeting, occurring throughout the month.
When county supervisors adopted district lines in 2011, they pitted two underserved communities against each other for the First District supervisorial seat. Experts and activists say the district’s lines could violate the Voting Rights Act.
While name recognition, campaign cash, endorsements and support from both business and union interests seem to fall in favor of former State Senator Lou Correa for First District Supervisor, it will likely be voter turnout — specifically, Vietnamese turnout — that will determine who wins the seat in Tuesday’s special election.