| In the November 2013 constitutional amendment election, Burnt Orange Report unanimously and strongly endorses a vote AGAINST Pasadena Charter Amendment Proposition 1.
Proposition 1 is a blatant attempt to deny minority voters representation on the Pasadena City Council, and is the work of a Mayor committed to denying Hispanic voters the right to elect candidates of their choosing.
Should the full Voting Rights Act still be in effect, this measure would fail to obtain pre-clearance because it willfully denies minority representation.
The charter amendment reads as follows:
Shall the City Charter be amended to replace the current Council election system, which consists of a Mayor and eight Councilmembers elected from single-member Districts, with a Council with a Mayor, six Council members elected from single-member Districts, and two Councilmembers elected at large.
Deberá ser enmendada la Carta Orgánica para reemplazar el sistema actual de elección del Consejo, el cual consiste de un Alcalde y ocho Concejales elegidos de Distritos de miembro único, por un Consejo con un Alcalde, seis Concejales elegidos de Distritos de miembro único y dos Concej
This is a xenophobic, reactionary move by Mayor Johnny Isbell, who has been on the Pasadena City Council off and on since 1969. According to Census figures, Pasadena has seen a dramatic increase in Hispanic residents over the last decade. In 2000, Pasadena was 48.2% Hispanic. In 2010, Pasadena was 62.2% Hispanic.
This measure was recommended against by the Pasadena Charter Review Committee. It was placed on the ballot by a majority-Anglo council that just recently saw the addition of a second Hispanic member. The last election this past May saw a dramatic increase in Hispanic candidates for Pasadena municipal office. Isbell faced a Hispanic challenger himself and won handily, with 83%, in an election that saw 9.2% of all voters participate.
This amendment is a shameful effort to deny minority residents a voice on the City Council and the opportunity to elect representation of their choosing. It is intended to have a retrogressive effect and would not be permissible under the Voting Rights Act.
We unanimously endorse a vote AGAINST Pasadena Proposition 1 in the November 2013 constitutional amendment elections and implore all residents to vote against a measure designed to decrease minority representation. Pasadena should be no place for hate.
Early Voting: October 21-November 1, 2013 | Election Day: Tuesday November 5
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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.