Council Districts CVRA Litigation

Updated  12/15/2016  5:00:36 PM

On November 8th, 2016, the residents of City of Rancho Cucamonga voted to approve Measure Q, which was then carried, adopted, and ratified by the City Council on December 7th, 2016.

Districts 2 & 3 will hold elections in the November 2018 General Election. Districts 1 & 4 will hold elections in the November 2020 General Election.

Click the map below to view the district map and inquire which district you are in.

 

March 17, 2016:   Based on this issue being active litigation - residents are encouraged to go to: www.MyRC.life

BACKGROUND

On December 23, 2015, the City of Rancho Cucamonga received a letter from the Law Offices of Shenkman and Hughes warning of a potential lawsuit; claiming the existing At-Large electoral voting process for City Council members dilutes the opportunities for Hispanic minorities to secure an elected City Council seat.  

At the February 17, 2016 City Council meeting, the City Attorney shared with the community the receipt of the letter; and the Council’s direction to place this matter in front of the public for further discussion.  The City Council advised staff to bring this item back at the March 16, 2016 Council Meeting for a presentation and options for the City Council to consider.

At the March 16th City Council Meeting, the City Attorney shared the city, on March 14th, was served with a lawsuit.  Demographics consultant NDC provided a presentation regarding the issue and has launched a website www.MyRC.life with information on the schedule of upcoming Public Hearings and how residents can participate in the District Map process.

The city has issued a News Release dated March 17, 2016 to inform the public regarding this active litigation. All inquiries are to be forewarded to the City Attorney at CouncilDistrictsInfo@CityofRC.us .

CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS LAWSUITS ACROSS THE STATE

Over the last several years, cities across the state have been sent similar warning letters and have been followed up with legal action.  To date, NO City has successfully defended the right to maintain At-Large electoral voting.  Several cities have spent millions of dollars in attorney’s fees; only to lose the case and be made to pay the Plaintiffs Legal Fees as well.  A few of the more significant cases include:

  • December, 2015 – Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) sends similar demand letter to City of Placentia.
  • December., 2015 –City of Anaheim receives similar letter from MALDEF
  • May, 2015 - the City of Palmdale ordered to pay $4.5 million, plus interest for attorney’s fees to three groups after settling a multi-year litigation. Some reports have indicated this full cost to be upwards of $7 million to the city.
  • July, 2015 – the City of Fullerton settled pending litigation with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Law Office of Robert Rubin and Sidley Austin LLP. Fullerton will begin the process of the formation of electoral Districts with the November 2016 election.
  • Sept., 2014 – the lawsuit against the City of Whittier, filed in 2013 is dismissed due to April 2014 elections in which residents Voted in favor of electoral Districts. However, plaintiff attorneys have indicated they plan to appeal or continue suit in order for City to move elections to November.
  • July, 2014 – a lawsuit was filed by three law firms, R. Rex Parris, Shenkman & Hughes and Law Office of Milton C. Grimes against the City of Highland.  Residents rejected the ballot measure for District representation; voting No to this Measure, in January, 2016 a judge denied the City of Highland’s request to increase to a seven-seat Council, or switch to cumulative voting as a viable option to avoid lawsuit. The City must move to Council Districts.
  • March., 2014 – the City of Santa Clarita settled pending litigation by moving city elections to November of even years and employing cumulative voting process.
  • The Antelope Valley News published this chart of Voting Rights Cases in California and Settlement Costs, last updated in May 2015 - Chart Link

IMPORTANT LINKS


 
 

 
 

Updated November 9th, 2016: 


On November 8th, the residents of City of Rancho Cucamonga voted to approve Measure Q. 


As of 9:20am on November 20th, with 83 out of 83 precincts counted (but with some provisional and by-mail ballots left to count), the results are as follows:

Shall four members of the City Council of the City of Rancho Cucamonga be elected by geographic districts with the Mayor elected at large as described in Ordinance No. 887?
Yes 25,515
63.15%
No 14,887 36.85%







Please check www.MyRC.life periodically for further updates.

 

October 20, 2016 update:

 



 

May 5, 2016, update: On May 4th the City Council adopted Map "B2" as its proposed map of Council election districts. If on November 8th the voters approve the change to by-district elections, Map "B2" will be used for the Council elections in 2018 and 2020.

 

Details of Map B2 (shown below) are available on the "District Maps" page (formerly "Draft Maps").

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Districts 2 and 3 (Blue and Green) will hold elections in 2018. Districts 1 and 4 (Red and Purple) will hold elections in 2020.

Updated November 9th, 2016: 


On November 8th, the residents of City of Rancho Cucamonga voted to approve Measure Q. 


As of 9:20am on November 20th, with 83 out of 83 precincts counted (but with some provisional and by-mail ballots left to count), the results are as follows:

Shall four members of the City Council of the City of Rancho Cucamonga be elected by geographic districts with the Mayor elected at large as described in Ordinance No. 887?
Yes 25,515
63.15%
No 14,887 36.85%







Please check www.MyRC.life periodically for further updates.

 

October 20, 2016 update:

 



 

May 5, 2016, update: On May 4th the City Council adopted Map "B2" as its proposed map of Council election districts. If on November 8th the voters approve the change to by-district elections, Map "B2" will be used for the Council elections in 2018 and 2020.

 

Details of Map B2 (shown below) are available on the "District Maps" page (formerly "Draft Maps").

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Districts 2 and 3 (Blue and Green) will hold elections in 2018. Districts 1 and 4 (Red and Purple) will hold elections in 2020.