LatinaLista — The brakes have been applied to the mean-spirited city ordinance that would have banned the rental of apartments to undocumented immigrants.
The federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Lindsay, found the ordinance to be unconstitutional and has issued a permanent injunction blocking the city from implementing the measure.
This will not be good news for the new Mayor, Tim O’Hare, who as a Councilman, spearheaded the creation of the ordinance.
With this defeat, the Mayor may feel like he is now under siege. This morning in a Dallas courtroom began testimony by some Hispanic residents of Farmers Branch who are trying to force the city to elect City Council members by district rather that the current process of citywide.
The residents’ contention is that the current system makes it impossible for a Latino candidate to win a city election. If it were done on the basis of districts, the rationale is that a district created by a Latino voting majority would be able to elect a representative.
As it stands now, Farmers Branch has a population of 27,025 — 78.4% are white, 2.4% are black and 37.2% are Hispanic. Yet, a quick look at the Mayor and City Council page reveals a very white leadership.
It’s true that it’s time for change in Farmers Branch and the most basic place to start is to add some color to City Hall.