Murray’s majority says NO to Real District-Level Elections in Anaheim

Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

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.

White-Robes-HoodWe 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.

  8 comments for “Murray’s majority says NO to Real District-Level Elections in Anaheim

  1. Omar Avalos Gallegos
    July 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I guess you missed the news, no probably not. But here’s a reminder: Latinos are not a minority in Anaheim.

    Referring to those who are now a majority in Anaheim as “minorities” pretty much sums you up, and no you’re not kidding anyone. You equate “ethnic” with minority.

    Where’d you get that robe, your closet?

  2. Editorial Staff
    July 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Omar,

    While you are correct that the Latino residents of Anaheim make up a majority of the population of the city, they are an underrepresented population on the Council and therefore a minority. Does that clarify it for you?

    As far as the voting rights act is concerned, the Latino population is a historically underrepresented minority in California, and for the purposes of that act and it’s implementation, they are the minority until they are represented.

    Finally, no, we did not find the robe in our closet. We found it in yours.

  3. cook
    July 5, 2013 at 1:55 am

    The ACLU supports forced segregation in the form of district by race or color or whatever? What is next, forced repatriation to the district assigned to your skin color?

    Santa Ana is proof that limited voting by district is not needed, as the city council is 100% Latino.

    The assembly district 69 is a super majority of Latino’s, but Daley is not a Latino.

    Seems to me that this question is more about trying to stack the deck for political gain and more dollars from the taxpayers to the ACLU who gets paid for BS lawsuits, win or lose they get paid.

  4. Heather
    July 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    It’s important to remember that the term “minority” does not equate to numbers – it equates to power. Whether we are talking about Anaheim or any other issue, the “minority” is compromised of those who do not have power or fair and adequate representation.

  5. Henry Gattis
    July 7, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Omar Avalos is such a pendejo and loser. His lady is only marrying him for the papers. No woman in their right mind would marry a guy who is 34 and lives at home with mommy and daddy. You don’t need to marry him, immigration reform will pass!

  6. cook
    July 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    What should be done about equalizing power?

    (Short of equal but separate segregation)

    • July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Latino candidates need to run. Latino voters need to vote

  7. Sarah
    July 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    latinas need to vote more. latina

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