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    Hart Board Votes 4-1 To Change Election System For High School District

    Hart district officials changed their elections with a 4-1 vote Wednesday, following a discussion at the Santa Clarita Valley high school district’s governing board meeting. The change wasn’t a popular choice among board members, but it provided them with a “safe harbor” from a potential lawsuit, said Hart district governing board President Steve Sturgeon. “All five board members basically testified last night that we should be able to vote at large -- it gives an opportunity for the entire population to choose who their representatives are,” Sturgeon said. “So this becomes a little more exclusive to an area, which was the intent, and we’ll see how it works.”

    Santa Clarita Questions Legality Of Voting Rights Lawsuit Settlement

    Santa Clarita officials questioned the legality of their own settlement in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit in a briefing filed this week. The filing is a result of Santa Clarita officials’ uncertainty over whether their agreed-upon settlement is legal and feasible, said Joe Montes, Santa Clarita city attorney. “If cumulative voting is not permitted and we’re not allowed to change the election date, then the parties will have to confer again as to how the matter will proceed,” Montes said. “It could mean that the litigation resumes, it could mean settlement talks could have to resume -- that’s just too far off to speculate at this point.”

    4 Santa Clarita Valley School Districts Sent Letters On Voting Rights Act

    Four Santa Clarita Valley school districts, Newhall, Saugus Union, Castaic Union and Hart, were sent letters warning of California Voting Rights Act violation by a law firm Saturday. The letter was sent by the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, which represented two plaintiffs in three other similar Santa Clarita Valley lawsuits. The letters come days after the Santa Clarita Community College District disclosed the costliest Santa Clarita Valley settlement terms yet in three lawsuits over similar allegations.

    COC Governing Board Discloses Terms Of Voting Rights Act Settlement

    Elections for COC's governing board will move to cumulative voting and line up with the November ballots as settlement terms for a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit

    COC Board Agrees To Settlement In Voting Rights Act Lawsuit

    College of the Canyons governing board agreed Wednesday to terms for the settlement of a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, according to a report out of closed session. 


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    The terms of the deal were filed Tuesday confidentially at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, according to a court official.

    COC To Settle Voting Rights Act Suit, Palmdale To Keep Fighting

    College of the Canyons officials and plaintiffs in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit reached confidential settlement terms early Tuesday morning, according to an official. Palmdale officials recently decided to attempt to take their CVRA lawsuit fight to the state’s Supreme Court, sfter a recent appellate court loss and an award for more than $3.5 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys. The settlement by COC officials avoided a trial by the narrowest of margins, after an 11th hour meeting by the board authorized legal counsel to seek a settlement the day before trial was to begin last week.

    Judge Orders Palmdale To Pay $3.5M For Voting Rights Act Violation

    A judge ordered the city of Palmdale to pay a little more than $3.5 million to settle the costs of a California Votings Rights Act lawsuit. The city still has the option to seek a review of the appellate decision by the state's Supreme Court

    COC, Plaintiffs Close To Terms On Voting Rights Act Lawsuit

    A settlement is close to being agreed upon in a lawsuit between the College of the Canyons governing board and plaintiffs who alleged a California Voting Rights Act violation with respect to the district's at-large elections

    COC, Plaintiffs To Host Settlement Talks In Voting Rights Lawsuit

    Representatives for the Santa Clarita Community College District are expected to enter into settlement talks over a lawsuit alleging COC's governing board is holding elections in violation of the California Voting Rights Act

    Trial For COC's Governing Board In Voting Rights Act Lawsuit To Begin Wednesday

    A trial is set to begin Wednesday over a lawsuit alleging the Santa Clarita Community College District is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act with its at-large elections.


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