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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:23
Los Angeles, CA (December 2, 2013) – Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney issued a tentative ruling that orders the City of Palmdale to end at-large elections in favor of four districts and a citywide mayoral position and orders that no member of Palmdale's City Council can hold office after July 9, 2014.
"We are not surprised by the well thought out ruling by Judge Mooney", said attorney R. Rex Parris who represented the plaintiff is also the Mayor for the neighboring City of Lancaster. "The effects of the City of Palmdale's at- large method of election were apparent and compelling to the court."
The plaintiff in the case, Juan Jauregui, alleged that the imposition of the City of Palmdale's at- large method of election has resulted in vote dilution for Latino and African American residents, and has denied them effective political participation in elections to the Palmdale City Council. The tentative ruling from the court was issued on November 27, 2013.
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