Santa Clara’s All White City Council Draws Fire

SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – A lawsuit may soon be filed challenging Santa Clara’s all white City Council. In response, the city is forming a committee to see if changes need to be made to its city charter.

The lawyers committee for civil rights is threatening to sue the city, claiming its election process might violate state law.

Mayor Jamie Matthews said that even though 37 percent of the city’s residents are Asian and 19 percent are Latino, not many minorities have sought council seats.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”There haven’t been as many people applying for the council as representative in our city, so I’m anxious and excited about the opportunity to bring more people, and more voices to the council because it only makes us stronger,” said Matthews.

A minority candidate came close to winning in the last election, but fell just short with 47 percent of the vote.

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  • Zack Debarco

    Sounds like a Communist Conspiracy to subvert the democratic process.
    I sense that these folks want to allow illegal aliens to run for office even though
    technically they can’t vote in our elections. Sad day!!!

  • mechanic

    Another sad example of this state’s declining moral character.

  • Bay Area Guy

    HEY CBS those FACE book PLUG Ins Slow down your web page

    Face book is huge WASTE- NOT NEEDED

  • Bay Area Guy

    So VOTE IN a non-white. Where is the problem????
    The city didn’t HIRE these people to council.

    SO Who is bringing the lawsuit? The non-white who lost the election?

  • Smketr

    I find it interesting that this issue comes up on the heels of the new stadium and hotel/entertainment complex project. The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights was formed in 1963 at the request of President John Kennedy to involve the private bar in transitioning the Civil Rights Movement of the early 60’s from the streets to the courtroom. Their major objective is to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. “Given our nations history of racial discrimination…The Lawyer’s Committee’s primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans…”
    Now, while they claim to secure racial justice for other racial and ethnic minorities, those groups are low man on the totem pole within this organizations priorities by their own admission. The major accomplishments of this organization from time of inception to present seems to be mostly involved in voting issues of various concerns.
    Since The Lawyer’s Committee works many cases on Pro Bono, I, like Bay Area Guy, wonder who is bringing this lawsuit. I would suggest that either someone(s) are very interested in gaining representation on the City Council for the lucrative contracts sure to come with the stadium project. As a result, I believe this is a preemptive attempt to sway the vote by bringing the “race card” into into the mix and disrupt the voting process approved by the citizens of Santa Clara.

  • MK

    All-white. Hmmm, that sounds downright evil! We must immediately appoint a diverse group of individuals who have no clue how to run a city! It will be dumb, but politically correct.

    I think I will stop listening to KCBS. This ultra liberal slant no longer resonates with me. I need substance and real information not this PC noise and nearly made up “news.”

    So long.

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