City hires legal counsel for anticipated litigation in district elections

Santa Clarita city officials confirmed Tuesday that they have hired a law firm to represent the city in anticipated litigation over “big” city council elections.

Carrie Lujan, a city spokeswoman, confirmed that the city has hired the law firm Gibson Dunn, an international law firm that will target the city of Santa Monica in its own case at the state Supreme Court regarding large-scale voting and California’s proxy law .

Scott Rafferty, the Walnut Creek attorney who represents a group of clients – whom he has previously refused to identify – advocating moving to district elections, has not yet filed a lawsuit.

Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya v. City of Santa Monica on the matter of the California Voting Rights Act are in the California Supreme Court but pending.

Although he didn’t set a specific time to file his lawsuit, Rafferty said he won’t wait for the Santa Monica case to be ruled out. He added that he would not accept an agreement on the case.

Lujan declined to comment on the city’s decision to hire Gibson Dunn, citing ongoing litigation. Gibson Dunn was not available for comment at the time this story was published.

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