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Latinos In Escondido Threaten Suit For Lack Of Representation On Council

Above: Escondido City Hall

Aired 12/13/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Jim Finberg is an attorney representing clients in Escondido threatening the lawsuit.

Cesar Diaz, the legislative director of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Deborah Seiler, San Diego County Registrar of Voters.


Transcript

The City of Escondido has been put on notice: Change the way City Council members are elected, or get sued.

Civil rights attorneys say the city may be in violation of California election law, because Latinos are not being adequately represented on the council.

Escondido's mayor disagrees, and has been quoted saying the threat is an effort to overturn the voters will.

“They elected me as mayor,” Abed said. “I am a minority, so what’s the problem? The problem is very simple: It’s political. They disagree with our policy on the checkpoints. We are not going to change that. We are supporting the traffic safety checkpoints because of public safety."

Comments

Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | December 13, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

As a Mexican-American I do not need Latino representation in government. I need the Latino community to start thinking of themselves as Americans and to understand why we came to America in the first place. We left Mexico in search of a better life. That says a lot about our Mexican culture. Benefiting from what America has to offer is more than changing our address. We need to understand being American is more than the color of our skin and pronunciation of a name. We accepted Spanish (Spain's native language) as our own. We now need to accept English. We need to treat neighbors, friends, coworkers differently. Respect laws and understand the benefits of change. This nonsense of Latino representation is only holding us back. Stop thinking Mexican. We're Americans now and for a reason. Let's accept our new family and move on with it.

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Avatar for user 'Roberto Rolando Salinas'

Roberto Rolando Salinas | December 16, 2011 at 7:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

I am very proud of Mexican-Americans demanding thier rights. As a Mexican-American that has spilled blood for this country, I demand political representation. People might wish to forget the history of the US, but it is part of the fabric of the country. A country founded by genocide, ethnic cleansing, and racisim. As a Mexican-American, I cherish my Mexican culture and history. The indian blood that runs thru my veins reminds me of the valuable contributions made by my ancestors, the indegenious people of the Americas, the First People. My family history in Tejas was borne a hundred years before it was stolen by the US. I was born on the Chamizal in El Paso, a small portion of land that was Mexico's before the Rio Grande changed course. It was returned to Mexico by Lyndon Banes Johnson. So I was born in Mexico, I'm am very proud to be a Mexican citizen and a US citizen. I vehemently disagree with those that disparge thier Mexican heritage. Either your proud to be Mexican or you are not, my cultural identity does not keep me from being a US citizen, or loving and critizing both countries when they work against the interest of thier people as they both do. You should be proud to be Mexican, I hope you still speak Spanish, and teach your children the language and the rich culture they have inherited being MEXICAN.

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