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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/08/2017 08:33 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/08/2017 08:33 AM
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Rural Counties File Lawsuit Against State of California For Vote Dilution

Sacramento, CA...Citizens for Fair Representation (CFR) will file a lawsuit against the State of California for lack of representation and dilution of vote. CFR represents citizens from 21 rural counties in the northern area of the State. A long list of plaintiffs have joined CFR in the lawsuit, representing a diversity of cultures, ages, races and political philosophy.

Over the last 3 years, most of these plaintiffs have petitioned the California State Legislature and Secretary of State seeking equal/fair representation, Tens of thousands of letters, phone calls and emails have gone out to their elected representatives, requesting they introduce a Bill or Resolution, creating a more representative balance in both legislative chambers. The plaintiffs have personally visited individual legislative offices, but plaintiffs claim that all requests have gone ignored, leaving them no choice but to now enter the legal process.

Currently, California's population is just under 40 million, represented by 40 State Senators and 80 Assembly members. The same number of elected representatives that in 1862 represented 416,640 people.

Prior to 1964, just about every County was represented by one State Senator. Today a California State Senator represents an average of 1 million people, with each assembly member, representing 500,000. Currently, 11 northern rural counties have one Senator whose vote is diluted by 15 senators representing the single County of Los Angeles.

California's imbalance of representation ranks the worst on the list of 50 States. The small state of New Hampshire has 400 in their State House of Representatives, with one representative for less than 4,000 people. There are 24 State Senators, or 1 for every 55,000 citizens. New Hampshire's ratio of balance closely models the representation that CFR is seeking to accomplish for California. If CFR is successful, this would be history in the making, not only for their 21 counties, but all of California's 58 counties and those in other states.

Claimants state, “California's refusal to increase its levels of representation to reflect its exponential population growth is both arbitrary and unconstitutional. “

The case, Citizens for Fair Representation vs Secretary of State Alex Padilla, will be filed on May 8th, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division. Citizens for Fair Representation is a 501(C)(4), a non profit corporation.

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Posted on: 2017-05-08 09:16:04   By: Anonymous
Throw the rascals out!! Long live the State of Jefferson!!!

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    Posted on: 2017-05-08 10:37:38   By: Anonymous
    It is very sad that the Board of Supervisors for Calaveras are just ignoring this.

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      Posted on: 2017-05-08 12:08:44   By: Anonymous
      They aren't ignoring it. Dennis Mills is the one who told me about this.

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        Posted on: 2017-05-08 16:15:24   By: Anonymous
        So, I stand corrected, 20% of the Board of Supervisors know about this. Do they have a position on this or are they just going to ignore it or study it to death?

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        Posted on: 2017-05-08 20:01:21   By: Anonymous
        Dennis Mills? Why doesn't that surprise me. He wants to take the county back to the dark ages.

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    Posted on: 2017-05-08 13:27:17   By: Anonymous
    Should have split it in the 70's like people wanted to then because the votes were there. To late now like the lil boy with his finger in the dike holding back the flood.

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Equal representation
Posted on: 2017-05-08 18:08:52   By: Anonymous
Do I read this wrong? I am missing the problem. Each Senator represents 1 million people. Seems approximately equal to me. Senators represent people, not counties. What's the problem?

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    Re: Equal representation
    Posted on: 2017-05-08 19:59:20   By: Anonymous
    Let's see, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Reynolds v. Sims 377 US 533 (1964) that state legislatures MUST be apportioned by population. Representation by governmental districts (a county, for example) is not a lawful way to apportion representation in state legislatures. That is settled law that has been re-affirmed several times.

    If rural counties want to have more legislators, then do something to attract a couple of million people to move to northeastern California. Don't want a couple of million people? I didn't think so. You live in a democracy guided by the rule of law. Don't like it? Move to North Korea.

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      Re: Equal representation
      Posted on: 2017-05-08 21:50:21   By: Anonymous
      We already live in the Democrat version of North Korea.

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        Re: Equal representation
        Posted on: 2017-05-10 11:23:15   By: Anonymous
        Just returned from a week in the Burney/Fall River Mills of northern California and asked everyone I could what the State of Jefferson issue was all about. This is in Lassen County, very sparsely populated. Not one individual could explain it to me clearly. I am seeing the green flags on display by numerous local residents. I chuckle every time I see the "Great Seal" of the proposed state with the symbols XX on it. What is that supposed to mean?

        All country folks seem to despise city folks. That's always the way it has been. No one up north advocated more strip malls or box stores, but they all want their roads repaired and more police and medical facilities. They express the feeling that the rural counties have become the dumping grounds for the undesirables of the metropolis.

        The idea of the State of Jefferson has been around for a long time, but hasn't been defined yet as to a capital city, which counties of Oregon and California would become part of the new state, let alone some idea of a financial structure to support the state. It seems to be some sort of mythical place where you can exercise your freedoms fully. Nothing has yet been clarified as to how this "Camelot" state would relate to its' neighbors to the north and south.

        However, this is irrelevant to the recently filed litigation. The pending lawsuit seems to have nothing to do with creation of a new legal entity, so the reference to the State of Jefferson is misleading. The issue seems to be focused solely on reapportionment of the California legislature. It will be interesting to see how the courts deal with the issue, because it clearly will be relevant to Calaveras County, with regard to representation in government.

        With regard to whether the Calaveras supervisors should seek to join the litigation as plaintiff, I see no reason to do so. Any decision reached upon the issue by the courts would seem to be applicable to all counties in the State, rather that be applied selectively. So, I am waiting for someone to explain the nuts and bolts of the creation of the new State of Jefferson.

        Perhaps Donald Trump would resign the presidency to become the governor of such a great state?

        We can only hope.

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      Re: Equal representation
      Posted on: 2017-05-23 11:16:14   By: Anonymous
      With this thinking, it seems the rural counties, where all the water comes from, should start to distribute it using their own rules, and not those created by places like Los Angeles. With less water from the rural areas, how do you think Los Angeles would fair? In the Bay Area, where builders now put in stackables to support more people, what would they do if the Sierra Foothills started to pull back on providing them water, or simply charged them based on a ranked system . . . the more you use,, the more you pay.

      People who feel the population of Los Angeles has any right to set rules related to northern CA counties, need to move to North Korea. The more the big population areas grab from the rural low population areas, the greater will be the trend in the rural counties to start to push back due to frustration.

      Have a good day and enjoy the water you have now because we may simply turn off the tap or turn it way down.

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