Larger Counties Would See Change in Wake of Upcoming Senate Constitutional Amendment

The recently introduced SCA 8 seeks to establish more representative democracy.

Straight and to-the-point, it would allow California voters to consider raising the number of elected county supervisors in the 2016 state election. It is limited to larger counties with populations of over two-million people and would raise the current total from five to seven.

Senator Tony Mendoza representing Artesia brought it to the floor back in May. The bills authors argue that counties with high population totals face ongoing issues of adequate representation of minorities. 

San Diego County is one example, with San Diego’s Union Tribune writing that “performance aside, it’s hard to argue that the five supervisors – one woman, four men, no Latinos or other minorities – are representative of the diverse San Diego County population.”

The SCA would need two-thirds majority from both houses by June 30, 2016 in order to appear on the ballot come November. 



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