By Palmdale resident Richard Loa
Palmdale City Council candidate Richard Loa has filed a separate legal motion to join with the City of Palmdale in asking the California Appellate Court (Division 5) to reinstate the November 5th city elections that were cancelled by a County Judge.
“I have retained the highly respected law firm of Strumwasser and Woocher to fight for the people of Palmdale,” Loa stated in a news release. “My legal Counsel, Fred Woocher, has built a reputation as one of the most successful and pre-eminent election law attorneys in California if not the entire nation.”
“The residents of Palmdale are being cheated of our Constitutional right to elect city leaders because of a Judge’s misguided interpretation of California voting laws as applied to Palmdale,” continued Loa. “Cancelling the election is an inappropriate action that would disenfranchise every voter in our City.”
“State law gives charter cities like Palmdale much greater latitude in determining the manner of local elections,” said Loa. “Judicial rulings in legal cases throughout recent history have favored charter cities when a conflict exists between state election law and city election law.
“I am asking the Appellate Court to step in and restore common sense by allowing the November 5th Palmdale city elections to proceed. There is simply no legal or moral justification for stopping an election when residents have already received their ballots and are casting their votes,” concluded Loa.
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