Skip to comments.In Anaheim, voting by district could alter the power dynamic
Posted on 08/04/2012 6:41:21 AM PDT by Pelham
Two decades ago, Santa Ana was at a crossroads.
The Orange County seat was two-thirds Latino, but in citywide elections white Republicans candidates dominated. After a long battle, the city was eventually broken into six council wards, and today all are represented by Latinos.
Anaheim faces a similar demographic shift now, and many see it at the root of recent angry protests over the fatal police shootings of two Latino men. According to the latest U.S. census, Anaheim is now majority minority. About 52% of the city's 336,000 residents are Latino, but only a handful of Latinos have ever won council seats.
Anaheim is also the largest city in California that still elects council members at large, meaning council members are elected on a citywide basis. Like Santa Ana in the 1990s, Anaheim is now under growing pressure to switch to district voting, which usually makes it easier for minority groups to win council seats because voting is broken up into smaller geographic segments. The City Council could decide next week to put the question on the November ballot.
Anaheim is just the latest California city to reach this threshold, where traditional minority groups attain majority status in population but still struggle to get more political power.
This gap is especially pronounced in cities with large immigrant communities, where many residents cannot vote. Only half of the voting-age Latinos in Anaheim are citizens, according to census data.
Compton recently agreed to switch to district voting, a response to a voting rights lawsuit. The city is two-thirds Latino, but the council is traditionally made up of blacks. Civil rights activists have sought the same shift in a number of other California cities in recent years, including West Covina, Tulare and Visalia.
District elections in Anaheim could dramatically change the political dynamic...
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Anaheim has been transformed into a decaying gang-infested graffiti-scarred city occupied by Mexican nationals. And the rest of north Orange County is headed for the same fate as Americans who would otherwise live there head for someplace else that still looks like America and looks safer.
This is the cost of the massive illegal immigration promoted by both of our political parties. It is the price of the refusal to deport Mexican nationals back to their own country. It is the reason why Orange County is no longer a reliable bastion of conservative voters.
Keep that in mind the next time a Marco Rubio or some other member of the latino-pandering wing of the GOP starts blathering about how glorious this is and how the GOP needs to put latino interests first. All that that means is more of what happened to Anaheim.
I wonder what percent can legally vote?
And before that happened, Los Angeles was one of the best run cities in America. Now it is a bankrupted third world hell hole.
Do you have to be a citizen to hold a council seat?
“I wonder what percent can legally vote?”
‘Legally’ has nothing to do with it. No one is preventing illegals from voting. They can and do vote at will.
Just ask Bob Dornan. Loretta Sanchez defeated with Dornan with illegal alien votes and everyone here knew it. A la raza outfit called Hermandad Mexicana Nacional was in the middle of the vote fraud.
But spineless latino-pandering was already in fashion among the GOP leadership and they refused to contest it. Here’s a write up on the Dornan-Sanchez race describing it as “one the best examples of distributed vote fraud” to be found:
Contrast the situation here in the USA with that with of Mexico, which has one of the most secure election systems in the world. Mexico’s system was designed by IBM and voting in Mexico requires a secure photo ID voter card.
Mexican nationals figure that if you are too stupid to protect your elections they will take advantage of it. If you are too stupid to protect your welfare system they will take advantage of it. If you are too stupid to protect your towns and cities from a silent invasion they will take them from you.
And this is aided and abetted by the Open Borders wing of the GOP and of course the Democrats. At least the Democrats know that latinos will vote for the party offering the most free stuff. The GOP is just plain stupid, although stupid doesn’t excuse their treason.
Democrats have done this. Cynically encouraging illegal immigration to get votes. And it worked. California is now a one party state, bankrupt, and ruined. Track hispanic leadership with decline.
"Only half of the voting-age Latinos in Anaheim are citizens, according to census data."
Disclaimer: Hispanics are not inferior human beings in any way. This is not a racial issue. It is a cultural and national issue.
“Only half of the voting-age Latinos in Anaheim are citizens, according to census data.”
And in recent years this has become more than a Mexican-National issue.
We have had a huge influx of immigrants from all over the world into Orange County. Legal citizens. But many of them bring over family members and friends who never return when their visas expire. They find them apartments and help them get government aid. And they vote too.
The jet airplane and cheap international travel is right behind the open border to the south as a source of transforming the USA into something else.
Mexico NOrte! Back in the 80’s I vacationed in Mexico, and thanked GOD my kids didn’t have to grow up in that hell hole......Guess he wasn’t listening ‘cause Mexico is here!
“The thing people don’t understand is that Mexican and SA illegals aren’t interested in the slightest in becoming Americans. They are Mexicans, love Mexico, and couldn’t care less about this country.”
Lookout now, some dogooder gop liberal will jump in here to take your head off for ‘painting with a broad brush’...I got booted out of FR for saying less than you did. I guess the truth hurts, because you are right. THE great Majority of them are just as you stated.
“I wonder what percent can legally vote?”
Within 18 years, 100%.
It simply doesn’t matter that illegals can’t vote. Nor does it matter if they will -ever- vote, or if they ever are “amnestied”.
What matters most is that they have a high rate of reproduction, and each and every one of their babies — 100% of them — is an American citizen. No, the babies can’t vote — YET. But, just wait twenty years, and things are going to change.
It’s like the old tale of Johnny Appleseed, tossing his seeds around. You don’t see much today. But wait until the trees sprout up.
Whether they are legalized or not, the hordes of Hispanic illegals are “sowing their seeds”.
The “harvest” is inevitable.
The more and more American cities and towns are Hispanified....esp with illegal aliens...the living standard drops. I see that here in Florida...and out Hispanic demographic is a little different
Unfortunately, too many in the GOP pander to the Hispano-Racism from the likes of Marco Rubio and others. It is political suicide for the GOP to try to cater to a voting bloc that does not vote GOP....does not vote in high percentages...and has large numbers that cannot vote
Marc Rubio is Cuban. Cubans are not the same kind of Latino as Mexicans who are the majority of Latinos in California.
In OC there are plenty of Vietnamese who tend to be strong Republicans. That has no effect on all of the Chinese and other Asians who tend to vote Democrat.
So even if Marc Rubio is the VP candidate, and even if he tries to "pander" to the Latinos, why would a Mexican American give a rat's patutie about what some damned "rightwing" Cuban has to say?
“So even if Marc Rubio is the VP candidate, and even if he tries to “pander” to the Latinos, why would a Mexican American give a rat’s patutie about what some damned “rightwing” Cuban has to say? “
They won’t. They’ll vote for the party that promises them the most free stuff.
But Rubio has already revealed himself as putting latino interests first and I do care about that. It’s no better when some GOP traitor does it than when Democrats do it.
I wonder when California will finally tip into the majority Latino column ... along with Texas, Colorado, Nevada .... IOW, how long do we have before Aztlán confederates with México?