Council moves to begin districting process

Council moves to begin districting process

Encinitas residents have one word for an out-of-the-area lawyer trying to force the city into district elections: no.

But the city council, seemingly stuck between a rock and a hard place, was swayed by too many risks, including the loss of as much as six figures or more from the general fund. It voted unanimously at its Aug. 30 meeting to begin the motions to comply with the demands of Santa Monica-based attorney Kevin Shenkman.

Shenkman — who successfully targeted Carlsbad, Oceanside, Poway and Vista to implement district elections — accused Encinitas of being discriminatory against Latinos and threatened the city with a lawsuit if it did not move to district...