Anaheim City Council rejects voting districts proposal
The Anaheim City Council on Wednesday night voted down a historic ballot proposal that would have created voting districts to help increase Latino representation in a community that has been riven by two recent fatal police shootings.
The proposal, supported by Disneyland Resort and many of the hundreds of people who packed the special council meeting, was killed on a 3-2 vote following several hours of emotional testimony.
Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lorri Galloway supported the measure. “There is no reason to waste time,” Galloway said. “Let the people vote.”
Council members Kris Murray, Gail Eastman and Harry Sidhu cast the dissenting votes for the majority. “I strongly believe we should take the time and do it right,” Murray said to boos from the audience.
Council members opted instead to establish a citizens advisory committee on elections and community involvement. The move angered dozens in the audience, who began chanting, “We’ll be back. We’ll be back,” as they left the auditorium at Anaheim High School.
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