Those in favor of the initiative say the city is trying to obstruct democratic process, while opponents blast Grassroots Alhambra for legal action.
Alhambra's at-large voting system violates state law by diluting the votes of a protected class of citizens, an attorney representing Grassroots Alhambra and another client states in a letter to the city. A second attorney, representing a separate group, also urges the city to voluntarily change voting practices.
The charter reform initiative on November ballot urges a $250 cap on campaign contributions and new by-district voting but the Alhambra council suggests an alternate measure embracing spending limits but retaining at-large elections.
City Council offers guidance of CDBG-CV funding use but decides to keep Alhambra ordinance stipulating 6-month timeframe to repay overdue rent.
The Community Development Block Grant funding may be used to initiate a COVID-19 testing site in the city. Like many cities in the SGV, Alhambra's financial picture looks challenging.
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Among many items discussed was Farmer's Market, which will remain open but new social distancing measures will be put into effect starting Sunday.
Friday's City Council vote became necessary after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order covering evictions but only covering residential tenants.
The eviction ordinance covers both residential and commercial rentals. The City Council vote came in a "special" council meeting that was done by teleconference to reflect the "Safer at Home" guidelines.
Alhambra's action came shortly after L.A. City and County officials ordered nonessential businesses to close and urged new limits on sizes of gatherings. In Alhambra, emergency Police and Fire services will continue to operate as well as ACT Bus and Senior Ride service, trash, water and public works.