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San Ramon council seems resigned to switching to district-based elections

Original post made on Nov 29, 2018

San Ramon City Council members remain undecided on how to best proceed over the issue of transitioning to district voting for council elections, saying at their regular meeting Tuesday evening that more information and discussion was needed before a final decision is made but also acknowledging that they don't seem to have much choice in the matter.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 29, 2018 at 8:55 am

I thought we were supposed to judge a person by the content of their character, not by their skin color/race, as the former Dr. Martin Luther King once said. What happened to THAT????


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Posted by Gary
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

This entire article seems vague and sketchy. I do not see any mention of who the attorney, Scott Rafferty,represents. Where did the petition come from. The explanation of what the difference is between District Elections and At Large Elections doesn't really seem to give much information. Why is it so hard for cities to win in litigation? Apparently this is an attempt to force our communities to comply without much time to consider it, even with the extension. This does not appear to fit in with how things should be conducted in a democratic society. Where can more information be found?


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Posted by Scott
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2018 at 7:03 am

Gary,
The California Voter Rights Act is not city or district friendly. The attorney doesn’t have to disclose the name of who he represents. At-large elections is what we do now, each candidate runs city wide. In District elections, candidates run in only their district, like in the State Assembly or State Senate. The law was written in a way that makes it very difficult, maybe impossible, to avoid going to district elections once the city/district has received the letter citing the CVRA. The time line is very short and that is the way the law was written.

Problems with the law should be addressed with your State representatives.


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