Pasadena: The city must revert to a system of eight single-member districts for the May election, ruled the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a lower court decision issued in January. In that decision, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal said Pasadena’s current method of electing council members – six from single-member districts and two at large – deliberately discriminated against Hispanics/Latinos, a rapidly growing segment of the city’s populace. The Fifth Circuit’s ruling only impacts the city’s request that the May election be held using the current 6-2 plan. The merits of the city’s appeal will be taken up later.

At least 19 candidates have filed for mayor and council under the 6-2 plan. Mayoral candidates include former Reps. Gilbert Peña (R-Pasadena) and Robert Talton (R-Pasadena).

Local Elections: Filing continues for offices on the May 6 uniform election ballot, which primarily impacts municipal offices. Filing continues until February 17, although some cities have different deadlines.

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