SVREP's CVRA Organizing Program Changes 100 Cities and School Board Systems to District Elections!

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  1. Do Latinos comprise a large part of your local (city, school, community college, or special district) population?
  2. Are your local governmental officials elected "at-large"?
  3. Have Latinos/as regularly run for your local city council, school board elections, and special districts and lost
  4. Do you currently have one or fewer Latin@ elected official on your city council or school board?

If you answered yes to these four (4) questions, then SVREP wants to talk to you about using the California Voting Rights Act to enable Latino voters to elect "candidates of choice."

Please use the form below to submit your contact information and SVREP will follow up with you.

Introduction: CVRA and SVREP

In October-November of 2015 the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI), conducted demographic and voter file research and identified hundreds of CA municipalities and school districts that were in apparent violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CRVA).

For more information about CRVA, click here.

Following WCVI's research, the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes sent demand letters on behalf of plaintiff Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) to nine municipalities in December of 2015 (see below detailed results). The initial positive results of these actions convinced SVREP and Shenkman Hughes to accelerate its program with a goal of 100 CVRA actions by the end of 2017.

SVREP CVRA Progress Report-2017/18

We are proud to report that our goal of 100 CVRA actions was reached by Dec 2017. Below is a chart with the results. The bottom line is that the SVREP-Shenkman Hughes alliance has caused 73 jurisdictions to change their systems to Single-Member District Election systems, discarding their illegal and discriminatory At-Large Election systems. 28 processes to change jurisdictions to District elections are still pending. Only five jurisdictions out of 108 approached by our attorneys have refused to cooperate. Below is a list of the changed and pending jurisdictions.

During August 2017 to Feb 2018 SVREP provided candidate training to sixty precandidates. SVREP organizers are now setting up dozens of voter registration projects to prepare for Latino Empowerment Week: April 22-May 5. Currently SVREP canvassing projects will be active for the June Primary in 15-25 jurisdictions: Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Kern Co, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Fullerton and Buena Park and moreā€¦

SVREP will seek to double its organizing effort to 25-50 projects for the summer. In the Nov 2018 elections for the first time Latino/minority voters in these suburban and exurban jurisdictions are expected to elect candidates in the new Districts created thru action by the SVREP/Shenkman Hughes partnership.

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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