Well, we were wrong yesterday in our reading of the stars over Fantasyland. Disney Princess Kris Murray got her way, and along with her colleagues Councilwoman Gail Eastman, and Lucille Kring has placed only a fraudulent council district package on the June 2014 ballot. The plan is to ask the voters first if the city should increase the size of the council from four two six members excluding the mayor. The second measure asks whether the representatives in the members of the council should be elected based upon residency in a specific district by the voters at-large.The proposed at-large voting system is the same as is offered in Santa Ana and Newport Beach. Such a system will allow the more affluent, and higher propensity, voters in Anaheim to decide what “district” resident represents the district on the city council.
This is a brazen move on the part of the council majority. The city is currently being sued for having a voting system that unlawfully discriminates against minority voters, preventing them from having ethnic representation on the council. The city was given additional time to allow their citizens advisory committee to come up with a plan to deal with the alleged California Voting Rights law violations by Judge Franz Miller. A hearing before Judge Miller is scheduled for Tuesday July 9th.
Rather than follow the recommendation of their own committee to establish council districts where the representatives must live in the district and be elected by only the voters of those individual districts, the Council by a 3-2 vote has stuck with a plan the preserves the ability of the primarily Caucasian, and more affluent, high propensity voters to choose who governs the city.
Their decision demonstrates the plaintiffs argument for them, and should help Judge Miller decide easily that this matter must go to trial quickly, in order to correct the injustice of the council majority’s arrogance.
We applaud Mayor Tom Tait and Council member Jordan Brandman for their effort to get the question of true district-level council elections before the voters of Anaheim. It is unfortunate that Kris Murray and her colleagues feel it necessary to cling to their desire for power over the minority residents of Anaheim. The only things missing in this picture are white robes and pointed hoods as required council attire.
The following video demonstrates the frustration felt by the unrepresented minority voters in Anaheim, far better than the words we write on this site.