Is There A Strong Legal Case For A Second Latino District In L.A. County?

on Wednesday, Sep. 28th

Last night, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted down redistricting plans 4-1 that would have created a second Latino-majority supervisorial district, a plan supported by Latino civil rights advocates and Gloria Molina, the county’s sole Latina supervisor on a board of five.

The main argument for this plan has been that the county’s population is now close to 50 percent Latino, translating into a glaring lack of representation under the current arrangement. The redistricting backed by Molina, whose district is majority Latino, would have redrawn the lines to create another district with a majority of Latino voters. The board instead approved a plan that more or less maintains the status quo.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has promised to sue under the federal Voting Rights Act, alleging the current boundaries violate its provisions. In order to win, a federal judge would have to decide that there is “racially polarized” voting taking place in the county and that the current boundaries illegally weaken the power of Latino voters.

It would not be the first time a federal judge has ruled this way regarding L.A. County’s supervisorial district boundaries.

For some background, visit KPCC’s Multi-American.

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

These Game Controllers Will (One Day) Read Your Mind

A version of this story airs on NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now.

Sponsors

oculus-crescent-bay-prototype2

Virtual Reality’s Future Hinges on Presence and Patience

There are two reoccurring themes in the reports out of this past weekend’s Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood.

ewok_full

The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

WARNING: Contains Opinions.

ifthey

The Good And Bad Memes In #Ferguson Race Conversations

A friend of mine launched a depressing conversation recently, and asked me how much I think he is worth.

amazon-local-register

Amazon Joins Mobile Payment Game, But Have They Lost The Magic Touch?

Once upon a time it seemed that Amazon could have been destined to be that rare company that could do no wrong.

placeholder