In case you missed today’s Desert Sun report, a group of east valley Latinos wants to diversify the Coachella Valley Water District’s board by changing the way the members are elected.
The group, in a letter to the board president, argues the at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 and “dilutes the ability of Latino constituents to elect candidates of their choice.”
Their complaints were expected to be discussed at this morning’s water board meeting.
But similar concerns have been raised with other Coachella Valley groups and in communities nationwide.
Just this morning, the Pew Research Center released a survey that shows three-quarters of Latinos in the country believe their community needs a national leader.
About the same percentage “cannot name one or don’t believe one exists,” according to the survey.
“The survey was conducted at a time when Latino political leaders and civic organizations have been pressing hard for legislation in Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11.7 million immigrants, the vast majority of them Latino, who are living in this country illegally,” the survey notes.
The phone survey was done in both English and Spanish between May 24 and July 28. More than 5,100 Latino adults were surveyed.