By Robert Haugh
Yesterday evening the League of Women Voters of San Jose / Santa Clara hosted two debates of candidates for city council.
An interesting exchange took place when the advisor Kathy watanabe and his challenger Harbir Bhatia discussed from California Voters Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit against Santa Clara.
Bhatia said the city was wrong to oppose the lawsuit that forced the creation of six single-member districts in Santa Clara.
Bhatia argues that six districts with a single member will help elect minority representatives to city council. This is something that the supporters of the ACVR support.
Two years ago, Bhatia supported the creation of two multi-member districts in Santa Clara. This is something that the supporters of the ACVC have opposed.
We agreed with her in 2018. It was the idea of a citizens’ charter review committee.
But Bhatia has turned around now that she is running for office.
We do not have. We still think multi-member districts are the best thing for Santa Clara.
We thought the arguments to vote for Measure A in 2018 were pretty good.
In fact, Bhatia signed it. Watanabe held it back during the debate. You can read it for yourself: