In my latest contribution to National Review Online, I discuss the political turmoil in Anaheim, Calif., home of Disneyland. Recent police shootings have served to highlight what some believe are inequities in the city's political structure, in which city council members are chosen in at-large elections rather than by individual districts, thus denying Latinos a voice in city government.
Yesterday, the city council rejected a proposal to alter that system, this despite a recommendation by Disneyland, the city's largest employer, that it do so. Disneyland resort President George Kalogridis had written to the council, instructing them on -- what else? -- the glories of "diversity." “We believe that city leadership should reflect the diversity of its entire population,” he wrote. “We support a City Council elected from districts and encourage the city of Anaheim to move from at-large elections to district voting. This shift will allow each valued neighborhood to be represented by a local council member of their choosing.”
Phooey, said the council in a 3-2 vote against the proposal. The status quo is preserved, if only for now.