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After cities 23 through 26 folded (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Murrieta, and Temecula), Huntington Beach decided it is time to take a stand.
It is about time.
The assault against cities is being perpetrated by Kevin Shenkman, a Malibu-area lawyer who found a way to suck dollars out of cities, while also forwarding the leftist agenda to silence anyone who dares to oppose the liberal left progressive Democrat Marxists.
Shenkman sends a letter to his target city alleging that the city’s at-large mode of voting for members of their city council violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) of 2001.
City after city in the more conservative corners of California, and a few liberal ones, have received Shenkman's letter, and have given in. And after the districting, where the voters vote only for a candidate to represent their district, and not for all of the city council members who will represent them, calamity sets in because it becomes easier for corruption to creep in, and for the insertion of leftist politics the majority of citizens had been refusing to vote into office before. It's a way to divide California's cities into buroughs. Identity politics. Group the minorities into a district so that they will vote a leftist onto the city council - because the Democrats know they have fooled minorities into believing their bullcrap, and the tools will vote for leftists every time.
What Shenkman is doing is he is creating racial division where it does not exist, and he's making a ton of money in the process.
Shenkman claims that at large systems prevent minority groups from winning elections. If not moved to a district system, in his letters he threatens to sue the cities who refuse to comply.
Shenkman has admitted that what he is doing is “extorting” local governments, in an interview with Voice of OC. “That’s all true … taking advantage of easy targets — yeah. There are a lot of easy targets, but they should change. If they change their election system, I wouldn’t need or have the opportunity to sue them.”
Shenkman has overturned at large election systems throughout Southern California, most of which had been in place for many decades, without complaint.
Huntington Beach refuses to play ball, and the courts are in their favor. The Supreme Court tossed part of the federal Voting Rights Act in 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder. In doing so, the Court emphasized the importance of evidence in determining whether there is racial discrimination in any particular jurisdiction that Shenkman is just not capable of presenting. California's Voting Rights Act could very well be tossed out by the courts for its vagueness, since its evidentiary standards are so low that it allows virtually any candidate to challenge an election loss as being a case of racism.
“We are prepared to vigorously defend any lawsuit,” Huntington Beach's City Attorney Michael Gates wrote in a May 18 response to the letter’s claim the city’s elections were “racially polarizing, resulting in minority vote dilution.”
In 2015, the city of Palmdale paid the Shenkman firm $4.5 million in fees and interest to settle a suit before agreeing to district elections. But, with the Shelby County v. Holder case giving precedent at the federal level, Shenkman can be beaten.
“We’re going to push back. And we’re going to push back hard.”
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