Area School District Settles Lawsuit, Will Change Elections

Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2013

The ABC Unified School District in Cerritos has become the latest jurisdiction to switch election systems in the face of lawsuits alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act.

The district’s board voted Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought against it and to implement a new election system. The settlement was announced Wednesday in separate news releases by the district and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, which brought the suit on behalf of Latino residents.

Under the settlement, the district will stop electing its board members at large and create seven geographic voting areas. Voters in each area will elect a board member to represent them. Advocates of by-area elections say they will improve minorities’ opportunities to elect a candidate they believe can best represent them.


The board, which is paying $140,000 in plaintiffs’ attorney fees as part of the settlement, will work with community members to draw up new voting areas in time for the next election, scheduled for 2015.


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  • Alexandra1973

    What would happen if I were to sneak (or emigrate to) Mexico and demand to be represented by an Anglo? Or a Pole?

    • Sick of it

      You’d disappear into their prison system, most likely to never be seen again.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        That or your bullet-riddled body would be tossed into an alley, strung up from a freeway overpass, your head rolled onto the floor of a disco or your body chopped up and tossed into a vat of acid.

    • kjh64

      If you made any demands, whether you snuck in or not, you’d be deported pronto.

  • Spartacus

    But I thought we were all the same ?

    • dukem1

      You were mistaken. Mexican people are different.

  • bigone4u

    When Mexicans gain control of an organization there is a great deal of cronyism and deadwood created. At the Mexican-run university where I used to work, I tried for two weeks to contact a highly paid Mexican administrator or his secretary–leaving voicemails on a daily basis. No one ever called back. Later, I heard one of the Mexican secretaries say her boss only came to the office every couple of months. Dutifulness is not a characteristic of Mexicans.

    • MBlanc46

      Mexico is a hellhole. The reason it’s a hellhole is that it’s full of Mexicans. Wherever Mexicans go, they create hellholes.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Same story for Blacks. Utter destruction.

        Wherever Whites go they improve the community.

        • MBlanc46

          We whites aren’t perfect, but we’re streets ahead of the blacks and the Mexicans.

  • Sick of it

    Hispanics – Filing the lawsuits that Americans won’t.

  • sbuffalonative

    Change the system so they can win. Pure madness.
    This precedent will be used in the future to overturn future elections. By losing, they will win.
    We’re doomed.

    • SFLBIB

      Maybe not. There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems. In an at-large system, you can petition all the representatives, and they will all listen; in a district system, you can petition them all, but the only one who will listen is your own particular rep.

    • SFLBIB

      “There are no solutions, only trade-offs.” — Dr. Thomas Sowell

      I am reminded of the time that blacks in Georgia wanted their own representative in Congress, so the powers that be gerrymandered a new district that guaranteed the election of a black congressman. What was the result? A black congressman for that district … but, enough Democrat votes got moved to the new district that Newt Gingrich, a Republican, got elected in a nearby district.

  • WR_the_realist

    If Hispanics want to be ruled by Hispanics then why did they leave Mexico and Guatemala?

    • dukem1

      Because they want to be represented by Mexicans in the USA.

  • MBlanc46

    I’m “represented” in the US House of Representatives by a Hispanic. To whom do I complain?

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      Try El Presidente in Mexico. Or El Presidente in Washington DC.

  • Jeroniomus

    Turning the USA into a corrupt Third World hell hole ultimately will not benefit the disingenuous whtie liberals that are creating it. Power will go to non-white gangsters, of course, but also to white and white minded gangsters.

    Things balance out in the end, folks. It’s going to be very bad for the DWL’s, in the hell they are creating.