MALDEF demands City Council election overhaul
Yesterday, the City Council received a letter from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). MALDEF’s letter requests that the City of Monrovia change its current at-large based system for electing City Council members to a district-based electoral system. MALDEF has also made it clear that they will resort to litigation if the City Council does not respond by by August 24.
“We are taking the issues raised by MALDEF seriously,” City Manager Oliver Chi said. “Especially in light of the fact that Monrovia has such a rich history of electing individuals that represent a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives to serve on the City Council.”
MALDEF cited both the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 and a lack of Latino representation on the City Council as the basis for their demand. Many cities around the Los Angeles County have faced similar circumstances, such as Whittier in 2014. Chi said that a special meeting of the City Council is being coordinated for the next week to address the issue.