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Let’s sue ‘em right back

Posted: June 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Our city and local school districts should sue Shenkman & Hughes to force the Malibu-based law firm to stop its suits alleging bias in our election process unless they can prove discrimination against minorities.

We seem to forget that Lewis Brathwaite, an African-American, was elected to the William S. Hart Union High School

District board and served as president when our valley’s black population was about 1 percent. He also was appointed to our city’s Planning Commission.

I guess Gloria Mercado-Fortine, who served on the Castaic Union School District board and now on the Hart district board, doesn’t count, either.

Does anyone remember the names Texeira or Diaz, or see the irony in the Saugus Union School District board being threatened with a lawsuit when its board president is named De La Cerda?

Or the city settling the suit filed by Shenkman & Hughes right before the people elected Dante Acosta to the council?

For that matter, our council has appointed a number of minorities to city commissions, a place where people can serve and gain the experience helpful to becoming viable council candidates.

If I may steal a line from one of our recent Latino candidates for the council: “Let’s not marginalize Latinos by denying them the right to be citizens like everyone else.”

I believe the people behind these suits are in it only for the money, and they should be stopped.

Let us face it: If the Latino community wanted to elect a Latino to every elected office in our valley, all they would have to do is get to the polls and vote!



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