CA Latin@ Empowerment Week

From Earth Day (​April 22​) to Cinco de Mayo (May 5​)​

What is Latin@ Empowerment Week?

CA Latin@ Empowerment Week is a new initiative of the Southwest Voter Registration Project (SVREP)/Latino Vote 2018 designed to promote the Latino vote in seventy-three (73) suburban and exurban jurisdictions that are transitioning to district elections in the 2016-18 period.



Book ended by Earth Day on April 22 and Cinco de Mayo on May 5, Latino Empowerment Week consists of SVREP sponsored "flash-canvassing" projects in the new districts drawn to include Latino/minority communities with effective suffrage. SVREP leaders and volunteers go door to door registering new voters, educating all on the new election system, and reminding all to vote in the June 5, 2018 primary elections.

CA Latin@ Empowerment Week will register thousands of new voters thru 15-25 flash campaigns and be followed up by an even larger SVREP effort (25-50 campaigns) in summer fall on the eve of the November elections,

Currently the following areas are organizing for Latino@ Empowerment Week: Highland, Hesperia, Fontana, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, San Marcos, Kern County, Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad, Fullerton, and Buena Park.

SVREP Using CVRA to Create Opportunities for Communities 2015-18

Through an alliance with the law firm Shenkman-Hughes SVREP has used the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) to contact 106 cities, school districts and special districts to inform them they were out of compliance with the law and need to discard their current At-large election systems in favor of District election systems.



Since 2016 73 jurisdictions have changed to District systems and 28 are pending. As a result, more than 100 minority communities will have an opportunity in Nov 2018 to elect candidates of their choice to local office for the first time. The jurisdictions contacted by SVREP typically had a history of substantial under-representation of minorities on their elective bodies.

SVREP followed up these CVRA actions with candidate training during the August 2017-February 2018 period for sixty (60) pre-candidates.

Following is a list of the Communities.

County

City

Status

Alameda

Dublin Unified School District

changed to district elections

Alameda

Fremont

changed to district elections

Contra Costa

City of Martinez

changed to district elections

Contra Costa

Martinez Unified School District

changed to district elections

Kern

Tehachapi

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Arcadia

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Duarte

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Eastside Union SD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Glendale Comm Coll Dist

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Glendale USD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Glendora

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Hart USD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Lancaster SD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Lowell Joint School District

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Newhall SD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Palmdale

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Santa Clarita Comm. Coll. Dist.

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Saugus SD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

South Pasadena

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Sulphur Springs SD

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Torrance

changed to district elections

Los Angeles

Whittier City School District

changed to district elections

Merced

Atwater

changed to district elections

Orange

Buena Park

changed to district elections

Orange

Coast Community College District

changed to district elections

Orange

Costa Mesa

changed to district elections

Orange

Fullerton

changed to district elections

Orange

Fullerton Elementary School Dist

changed to district elections

Orange

Garden Grove

changed to district elections

Orange

Lake Forest

changed to district elections

Orange

Magnolia School District

changed to district elections

Orange

Newport Mesa USD

changed to district elections

Orange

Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District

changed to district elections

Orange

San Juan Capistrano

changed to district elections

Orange

Stanton

changed to district elections

Orange

Tustin Unified School District

changed to district elections

Orange

Westminster School District

changed to district elections

Riverside

Cathedral City

changed to district elections

Riverside

Hemet

changed to district elections

Riverside

Indio

changed to district elections

Riverside

Jurupa Valley

changed to district elections

Riverside

Lake Elsinore

changed to district elections

Riverside

Murrieta Valley USD

changed to district elections

Riverside

Murrieta

changed to district elections

Riverside

Temecula

changed to district elections

Riverside

Wildomar

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Barstow

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Big Bear Lake

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Chino

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Fontana

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Hesperia

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Highland

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Lake Arrowhead Community Services District

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Morongo USD

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Rancho Cucamonga

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Snowline Joint Unified School District

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Twenty Nine Palms

changed to district elections

San Bernardino

Upland

changed to district elections

San Diego

Carlsbad

changed to district elections

San Diego

Carlsbad Unified School District

changed to district elections

San Diego

Encinitas

changed to district elections

San Diego

Oceanside

changed to district elections

San Diego

Oceanside Unified School District

changed to district elections

San Diego

Poway

changed to district elections

San Diego

Poway Unified School District

changed to district elections

San Diego

San Marcos

changed to district elections

San Diego

San Marcos Unified School District

changed to district elections

San Diego

Tri-City Healthcare District

changed to district elections

San Diego

Vista

changed to district elections

San Mateo

Redwood City School District

changed to district elections

Sonoma

Santa Rosa USD

changed to district elections

Tulare

Exeter

changed to district elections

Contra Costa

Concord

pending

Contra Costa

San Rafael

pending

Fresno

Coalinga

pending

Fresno

Kerman

pending

Fresno

Kingsburg

pending

Kern

Taft

pending

Kings

Lemoore

pending

Orange

Irvine Ranch Water District

pending

Orange

Irvine USD

pending

Orange

Mission Viejo

pending

Riverside

Desert Healthcare District

pending

Riverside

Norco

pending

Riverside

Palm Desert

pending

Riverside

Palm Springs

pending

Sacramento

Elk Grove

pending

San Bernardino

Cucamonga Valley Water District

pending

San Bernardino

Phelan Pinon Hills Community Service District

pending

San Bernardino

Rim of the World Unified School District

pending

San Bernardino

Upland USD

pending

San Bernardino

Victorville

pending

San Bernardino

West Valley Water District

pending

San Bernardino

Yucca Valley

pending

San Diego

Santee

pending

San Diego

Solana Beach

pending

San Mateo

Half Moon Bay

pending

San Mateo

Menlo Park

pending

San Mateo

South San Francisco

pending

Sonoma

Santa Rosa

pending



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