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Panel Discussions Session I: The Historical Exclusion of Minority Elected Officials from the LA County Board of Supervisors & The Fight for Three Majority-Minority Supervisorial Districts

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Warren Room

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4-3-2013 9:45 AM

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4-3-2013 11:00 AM

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The Historical Exclusion of Minority Elected Officials from the LA County Board of Supervisors & The Fight for Three Majority-Minority Supervisorial Districts

This panel explored key components of Section 2 of the VRA through a case study on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors-the second largest municipality in the U.S. Panelists described the historical exclusion of Black, Latino, Asian American, and women elected officials on the Board of Supervisors for over a century. It also touched on how the adoption and implementation of discriminatory redistricting plans that sought to exclude non-white male supervisorial candidates and protect incumbents during redistricting implicate communities of color. This panel described the landmark Garza v. Los Angeles County, 918 F.2d (9th Cir. 1990), litigation strategy that created the first Latino-majority district in the county because of a finding of discriminatory purpose. It then discussed the 2011 redistricting plans that sought to create a second Latino-majority district, and the current legal battle under Section 2 to mandate a second Latino supervisorial district while maintaining the single Black supervisorial district.

Moderator: Sonja Francine Marie Diaz, Symposium Editor & JD Candidate, UC Berkeley School of Law

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Mar 4th, 9:45 AM Mar 4th, 11:00 AM

Panel Discussions Session I: The Historical Exclusion of Minority Elected Officials from the LA County Board of Supervisors & The Fight for Three Majority-Minority Supervisorial Districts

Warren Room

The Historical Exclusion of Minority Elected Officials from the LA County Board of Supervisors & The Fight for Three Majority-Minority Supervisorial Districts

This panel explored key components of Section 2 of the VRA through a case study on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors-the second largest municipality in the U.S. Panelists described the historical exclusion of Black, Latino, Asian American, and women elected officials on the Board of Supervisors for over a century. It also touched on how the adoption and implementation of discriminatory redistricting plans that sought to exclude non-white male supervisorial candidates and protect incumbents during redistricting implicate communities of color. This panel described the landmark Garza v. Los Angeles County, 918 F.2d (9th Cir. 1990), litigation strategy that created the first Latino-majority district in the county because of a finding of discriminatory purpose. It then discussed the 2011 redistricting plans that sought to create a second Latino-majority district, and the current legal battle under Section 2 to mandate a second Latino supervisorial district while maintaining the single Black supervisorial district.

Moderator: Sonja Francine Marie Diaz, Symposium Editor & JD Candidate, UC Berkeley School of Law