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election

    Court OKs Cumulative Voting For Santa Clarita Elections

    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge upheld cumulative voting as a remedy for a lawsuit against Santa Clarita claiming the city violated the California Voting Rights Act, officials said Monday. The suit claimed the city was in violation of the CVRA with its at-large elections that disenfranchised minority voters. After a settlement conference, the city and Shenkman & Hughes, the firm representing the plaintiffs, eventually came to terms.

    Castaic Lake Water Agency Announces Candidates For Governing Board

    Steven Brooks, Stephen Daniels and Stacy Fortner have officially filed for candidacy for the Castaic Lake Water Agency’s upcoming November governing board election, according to CLWA officials. Brooks is scheduled to run against incumbent Ed Colley to represent division one, Daniels will challenge incumbent Robert DiPrimio to represent division two and Fortner is expected to run against incumbents Gary Martin and Tom Campbell for a seat as a member at large, according to the county officials. During the 2012 election, no incumbents were challenged, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office. The deadline to file was Aug. 8.

    Saugus Union School District Releases Candidate List For Empty Seat

    Saugus Union School District officials have a list of 16 candidates for a vacancy on their governing board, officials said Wednesday. Saugus Union School District officials will be making their decision Friday after interviewing all the candidates who submitted valid applications. “The board is looking forward to welcoming a new board member who will provide community leadership and advocacy on behalf of our 10,000 students in our 15 award-winning schools,” stated Paul De la Cerda, SUSD board president, in a news release.

    Newhall School District Looking At Moving Elections, Cumulative Voting

    Newhall School District governing board members directed Superintendent Marc Winger to “investigate the process of initiating a change to cumulative voting and even-year elections in order to address potential concerns under the California Voting Rights Act,” an official said Tuesday. The election change was approved at the governing board’s meeting in response to the district’s monitoring of recent CVRA lawsuits in the area, according to district officials. The Newhall School District will change its elections “assuming recent settlement agreements initiating the transition to cumulative voting and even year elections are held to be legally valid,” according to officials.

    Castaic School District To Look At Elections, Lawsuit, Budget Tonight

    The Castaic Union School District is looking at a pair of separate legal actions at a special board meeting Monday night, district officials said. A lawsuit against another school district and the potential for changing the election of the governing board are two items of discussion on the agenda. The meeting was called to formally approve the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan, a state-mandated spending plan the school district reviewed at a public hearing on Thursday. The district will also be adopting a general fund budget of $21.5 million.

    Hart District Announces Intent To Look At District-Based Elections

    Hart district officials announced their intent to look at district-based elections for the junior high and high school district's governing board Wednesday.


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    SCV Voters Peg 2 Republicans For November's Congressional Race

    Santa Clarita Valley voters helped choose two Republicans to replace Congressman Buck McKeon, and Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, took a big win in a predominately Republican district

    Saugus Tax Adviser Joins Race For McKeon's 25th Congressional Seat

    A Santa Clarita tax adviser is throwing his hat in the ring for the 25th Congressional District, seeking the seat held by Congressman Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for more than 20 years. Troy Castagna, 37, of Saugus, who runs his business TC Financial, out of a Santa Clarita Valley office. Castagna acknowledged he was a relatively late-comer to the race, but also said he was spurred to run after finding out about who the presumptive front-runners were for the Republican Party.

    Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Dante Acosta Takes Third

    The votes for the Santa Clarita City Council race have been tallied and Dante Acosta claimed the third seat Tuesday.


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    He joins Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean on the dais to cap only his second try in the political arena.

    Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Candidates Discuss Strategy, Final Hours

    Santa Clarita City Council candidates Alan Ferdman and Dante Acosta might be able to relate to the famous Yogi Berra saying “deja vu all over again” more than most. After tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures, months of campaigning and a very long election night, they’re still in the same spot they were in Tuesday. “It’s like waiting for the election date again,” Ferdman said, in an interview at the KHTS AM-1220 newsroom Friday. “I have to stay positive, and this time I have a little bit of a hurdle to get over.”