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Santa Clara’s All White City Council Draws Fire

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Santa Clara City Council (santaclaraca.gov)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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