Latino’s are not playing. They want better representation in government and as their population, in some cities exceed 50%, they continue to file lawsuits to push the envelope in their favor. The City of Compton settled with residents, who filed a lawsuit to change voting for council members from at-large, to by district, and ultimately saw Isaac Galvan elected the cities first Latino council member. The mayor, city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer continue to be voted at-large.
Latino’s in nearby Whittier are also interested in suing the city to make elections by district, not at-large. Now their sites are set on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Nowhere is there more power and money at stake than in Los Angeles, where each of the five supervisors represents nearly 2 million people and the county’s annual budget tops $26 billion. Both Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas support the change, but of course the “other” three supes are dead set against it. Los blancos no quieren apaciguar a los negros, latinos dejó solos.
Read the full article in the Sacramento Bee by clicking here. Apparently the Obama Administration does not see the Latino’s voting rights as imperative as suing the State of Louisiana over their school voucher program to get kids out of the FAILING public school system. Nice to know our administration has their priorities straight.