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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City leaders have adopted the process by which it will use to abandon at-large voting and instead divide the city into voting districts.

The plan, which is part of a settlement agreement to a legal challenge, was unanimously approved late Monday night. The council must approve and adopt a final district map plan by Aug. 1 so that it can be placed on the November ballot.

Before it does, the council will hold a serious of meetings and public hearings to get input on possible district boundaries.

“The goal is to get into the community and make sure everyone is being heard,” said David Ely, a consultant with Compass Demographics.

In an agreement Upland recently reached with the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project and protects the city from a current lawsuit which claims that the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act.

Upland received correspondence in December from attorney Kevin Shenkman on behalf of the project, alleging Upland’s current practice of at-large voting was in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, said City Attorney Richard Adams.

In Upland, 38 percent of the population is Latino, but a Latino has never served on the council. The suit claims that is a result of polarized voting.

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