Arcadia voting plan at risk after Council rolls back compromise
The battle to replace at-large voting in Arcadia City Council elections with district voting that would be more fair to the majority of Arcadia residents nearly reached a conclusion that had all the appearance of compromise – then the agreement seemed to fall apart.
What happens next could be determined in a special City Council meeting on Oct. 11. That’s when the City Council will decide if it really wants to go ahead with a district plan or fight a voting rights lawsuit brought by Asian-American civil rights organization HQH. Regardless, the process needs to be complete by Oct. 17
“Nobody on the council was excited about going through this,” City Manager Dominick Lazzaretto said. “However, districts have been imposed on us, in effect, by the state of California, in an interest to help ensure that elections are open and available to the most people.”
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