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Santa Clara Nixes Plan Aimed at Increasing City Council Diversity

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The Santa Clara City Council has turned down a proposal for a ballot initative giving voters a chance to revamp the election system. The Council is all white, even though the 2010 census found more than a third of Santa Clarans are Asian, and almost 20 percent Latino.

Community and civil rights groups want the city to switch to a system that allows minority candidates a better shot at winning a seat. Now, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights has threatened a lawsuit against Santa Clara over the issue.

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