Hispanics Now Have A Shot At Getting Elected in Farmers Branch

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Steve Satterwhite
Former Farmers Branch council candidate Elizabeth Villafranca and her daughter.
Farmers Branch Latinos have a better chance today at seeing a little color introduced into the all-white tableau of elected city government. Under orders from a federal judge, who determined that the town's at-large-style districts robbed Latinos of representation, the city council approved single-member voting districts at its meeting Tuesday night.

The Farmers Branch electoral map is now composed of five districts, each electing one member of the council. One of the districts, to the very west of town, straddling Interstate 35, is 79-percent Latino. Though the percentage of eligible voters is less than that, they are still a majority.

Before, it was possible to have an entire council living on the same street. And indeed, a majority lived in two of the more affluent neighborhoods on the east side of town. The old at-large system created a situation where a motivated, white voting bloc did all the electing. Farmers Branch has never had an Hispanic on the council, though a handful have tried.

"I really think that it would be in best interest of the city for the council to represent the entire city," said former council aspirant Elizabeth Villafranca, owner of Four Corners Cafe and Cuquita's in Farmers Branch. "Absolutely, in the future I have interest in running, as well as some other friends who've run before."

A federal judge still has to review the new districts and forward them to the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the last six years, the town has been roiled by racial politics, starting with a proposed ordinance that would ban undocumented immigrants from renting housing. The rule has been struck down repeatedly by federal district judges and a panel of appeals judges as unconstitutional, but the U.S, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit agreed to hear the challenge en banc.

The town has spent some $5 million defending its ordinances in court.

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holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Cities and towns pass ordinances banning smoking because the federal government (the Food and Drug Administration) will not ban nicotine from products Americans consume as a matter of Public Safety.  It is their primary mission, like lead-based paint in toys.  The citizen reacts at the local level because he cannot obtain relief at the federal level.

 

The Justice Department, ICE and the President refuse to enforce existing immigration laws despite the heavy burden inflicted upon the citizen, particularly in the border states, so some towns and states act on their own.  And Arizona gets sued by the Justice Department.

 

The Press drops the racism bomb.  

 

Parkland Hospital births 11,800 anchor babies a year at $4,500 a pop for an annual cost to the taxpayer of $53 MILLION and has for many, many years.  At year 5 they are dumped into the Dallas Independent School System, a district that now has 188,000 kids.  That also comes out of property taxes.  In fact, the DISD is by far the biggest chunk.  And today, the DISD is 97% minority and Hispanics are the biggest chunk.  It used to not be that way, but blacks are fleeing to the suburbs for better schools, according to the last census.

 

And this is just at the city and county level. 

 

Last year I paid $21,000 in property taxes and I had to work two jobs to do it.  That is what taxes are – man hours – Labor every day.  It’s a couple of hours each day I work that goes just to this particular tax.  Forget the federal debt tsunami rolling toward us all.  Something’s gotta give.

 

But if you say anything why, you’re racist.

 

I don’t fault a guy coming to the country to feed his family or escape true poverty, not the phonied up definition we use on this side of the border but real poverty however, don’t tell me I don’t do my part then call me names.

 

Press, do your damn job.  You are so far in the tank for stupid philosophical ideals that are crushing the life out of this country that you have dropped even the masquerade of objectivity.  You sound like a bunch of idiots.

 

The taxpayers of this town, this state and this country are being hit like a piñata and I’m serious, we are running out of gas.

 

KatePHudson
KatePHudson

@JaimesonPaul anyone who contributes to "news" comment section is probably insane or mentally retarded.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Lawdy Lawdy....there are some White people in Farmers Branch freakin' out.

blastidge69
blastidge69

Only whites are required to act always as individuals, and never as a group with legitimate group interests, in contrast to the way that liberals encourage praise and even reward non-white ethnic groups for acting in their ethnonationalistic group interests. For whites to do the same is considered to totally racist by liberals, especially by white liberal do-gooders, like it is almost on par with Hitler killing millions of Jews.

blastidge69
blastidge69

So what you are essentially saying is that Hispanics want to vote for other Hispanics. That's fine, but liberals like the "journalists" [propagandists] at the Observer consider it to be TOTALLY RACIST if whites want to vote for whites. According to liberals, whites are supposed to be above the kind of petty ethnonationalist squabbles engaged in by all other groups.

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

""I really think that it would be in best interest of the city for the council to represent the entire city,""

 

Sounds like she intends to do the opposite and only represent a portion of the city based on bigotry.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

This piece sounds like our President - an angry race-baiter.

 

http://tinyurl.com/8h6kbhm

 

I didn't realize Hawaiians had a southern black dialect.

 

What is the promotion of class envy, identity politics, and pitting one American against another to gain political power?  The movement that dare not speak its name - Marxism

 

You really don't get what you are doing, I suppose.

Emancipation
Emancipation

 @holmantx The entitlement based national debt  will transform the future generations into slaves as their payment for labor will be taken as already spent. 

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@KatePHudson I'm gonna move there and run, I can get half of each vote!

blastidge69
blastidge69

@GuitarPlayer In which of Dallas' white hipster enclave neighborhoods do you live? Lower Greenville/Lakewood? Uptown? Little Forest Hills? Or Bishop Arts/ North Oak Cliff?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @blastidge69  HA!!! I wish. White folks will be leaving Farmers Branch like roaches when the lights are turned on. 

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