The League of California Cities Board of Directors Refused to Vote to support Yes on 16 Campaign


OCTOBER 8, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 8, 2020 – Californians for Equal Rights/ No on 16 (CFER), successfully prevented Yes on 16 proponents from attempting to deceive the League of California Cities to support Proposition 16. On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the League of California Cities Board of Directors, despite many beguiling and manipulative tactics by the Yes on 16, refused to support Proposition 16.

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the League of California Cities board directors cast votes and refused to endorse Proposition 16, the preferential treatment ballot initiative. It was projected that The League of California Cities was to support Proposition 16. But after a public vote, the elected officials did the right thing and stopped the Yes on 16’s momentum by denying an endorsement on the discriminatory Proposition 16.

CFER’s liaison and Yorba Linda Council Member Peggy Huang advocated for the opposition to Proposition 16 Tuesday morning. Huang stressed that preferential treatment would divide us. She called upon the Board to view the data and see that Proposition 16 will divide us and implored the Board to not divide us and to vote no on Proposition 16.

The Board of Directors deliberated for over an hour: the proponents argued against the results and demanded a re-vote, against Roberts Rules of Orders and the governing rules for the Board of Directors League of Cities.

“I don’t think this is about Robert’s Rules this is about fairness,” Director Amy Albano from the city of Burbank and proponent of Yes on 16 commented.

When Robert’s Rule of Order was challenged, Alan Wapner from the city of Ontario stated, “What people think is irrelevant, Roberts Rules of Order is very clear.”

Former Mayor of Eastvale, Clint Lorimore and Riverside Regional Director for Californian League of Cities, was part of the prevailing side and voted against endorsing proposition 16. Lorimore stated to CFER after final vote, “I am disappointed in the nature of calling a second vote for the purpose of changing the result. This is against Robert’s Rules of Order and was shameful that a second vote occurred. However, I am very happy to see that we chose not to endorse Prop 16.”

After unreasonable complaining a second vote to support Prop 16 was taken and still, after many threats and lies from the Yes on 16 proponents, Prop 16 was still voted down.

Damian Fussel
State Director, Californians for Equal Rights, No on 16
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(530) 329-3518