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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:42 pm 
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Plaintiffs Win Voting Rights Suit Against the City of Santa Monica

November 13, 2018 -- In a historic decision that could radically change the makeup of the City Council, a Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Latino plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit against the City.

In her tentative decision -- sent by mail on Friday and received by plaintiffs and the defense on Tuesday -- Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos found the City had violated the plaintiffs' rights under the California Voting Rights Act.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Santa Monica (with its hundreds of thousands working in "Silicon Beach") is indeed the model of the old white suburb. It gets richer as you go north and poorer as you go south. The rich types run everything and the poor types mow the rich types' lawns or clean up their offices.

The workers in "Silicon Beach" for the most part can't afford the north and don't want to live in the south. The result is a reversal of L.A.'s traditional freeway jams. Used to be the traffic was going east (toward jobs downtown) in the morning, and west at night. Now the jobs are in Santa Monica and the people are downtown where they can afford it.

"The Tracks" economically and sometimes ethnically tend to be around Olympic and Pico Blvds, and sure enough there's a railroad there. (It's now a rapid transit, though, and the whole thing is going to be high rise condos for rich people before long. This is called gentrification. It also used to be called people of color removal in a more honest era.)

I hope this does cause a more representative council.

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