But you can’t always get what you want

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In the Pomona City Council race for the District 6 seat, Debra Martin has a slogan I don’t think I’ve seen before. I don’t know if Pomona needs her or not — that’s for District 6 voters to decide — but a prankster could certainly have fun appending to the bottom of the sign the phrase “like a hole in the head.”

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  • cathy williams

    Sounds like you’re wanting to start some trouble…

    [Not really. -- DA, meekly]

  • StupidHappyIdiot

    How to EFFECTIVELY vandalize campaign signs in Pomona:

    1) Run for council
    2) Steal opponent’s signs
    3) Get caught
    4) Win council seat

  • Bob Terry

    Is Pomona the only city locally that has “districts”? I think it divides the elected officials rather than bring them together for the sake of the city…not just their own precious neighborhoods.

    [That's one argument. Most larger cities have them. Semi-locally, San Bernardino is the only other city here with districts. -- DA]

  • T L M

    The ‘prankster’ is correct in their sentiments, that is for certain.

    Measure ‘T’ will help solve Pomona’s district issues.

    [Measure T will require candidates to be elected at large (i.e., by voters throughout Pomona) while still representing their particular district. -- DA]

  • John Clifford

    Gee maybe Bob’s right. Maybe we should elect state reps (assembly, senate) statewide. Or better yet, perhaps we should elect congress (house and senate) nationally. Perhaps then all congress would be from Texas or Florida.

    In Pomona, we have districts so that not all representation comes from one area of the city and each geographic area has someone who represents them. While it’s often not pretty, representative democracy works best when the people are actually represented by someone who is like them, and has their same concerns.

  • Bob Terry

    So 98% of all other local cities are doing it wrong John? Didn’t know that Pomona was such an innovative and progressive example and model city. I ask Scoop an honest question and you mock it!

  • Allan

    In 1990, the Pomona council changed from 4 districts elected city-wide to 6 seats elected by individual districts. This was due to the passage of Measure M, regarding districting. It passed with 55.9% of the vote. (Jun. 7, 1990 B1 Daily Bulletin)

    Prior, there was an LAT article from 6/27/85 with headline “Minorities Attack Pomona’s At-Large Voting” which led to litigation.

    Whether 98% of all other local cities are doing it right or wrong is irrelevant. It came up for a vote and the residents of Pomona passed it.

    [Allan, that was invaluable, and your final point is well-taken. The measure on the November ballot would essentially return things to their pre-1990 state. I hadn't been aware of the at-large district system until a Pomona friend mentioned it to me on the phone Friday, and a day later, here's an explanation from someone else. Did the 1990 story indicate when the at-large districts system had begun? I'm told it was in existence in the '60s. -- DA]

  • Allan

    An article from Sept. 22 1988 starts with “Pomona – Voters will decide in March whether to scrap the city’s century-old system of electing City Council members at-large in favor of district elections, which some say would give more equitable representation to ethnic minorities.”

    I think I did read from Col. Firey’s copy of the 1911 charter a while back about 4 wards with reps voted on at-large so yeah, this seems like something that had gone on forever.

    [A list of historic election results from the city clerk's office seems to indicate that "districts" (wards, quadrants, whatever) began in 1967, but we'll look into that. -- DA]

  • Bob Terry

    Thanks Allan, I was almost ashamed to ask DA the question since I was a long time resident of Pomona but only can remember voting in 1972 and left town (on a rail) in 1978. I just remember being shocked when my old classmate, Donna Fuqua, was elected mayor.