Court rules PLF may continue to challenge discriminatory commissioner selection scheme

September 05, 2014 | By RALPH KASARDA

We received good news this week from the California Court of Appeal.  The court reversed a decision by the lower court, and allows us to continue our legal challenge against the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.  The court’s favorable decision is here.  As we posted earlier, a California statute requires that members of the Commission be chosen partly on their race and ethnicity.  But the U.S. Supreme Court holds that race may never be a qualification for public office.  More about the favorable decision by the Court of Appeal can be found here.  Attorneys for PLF are representing Ward Connerly and the American Civil Rights Foundation.  The case is Connerly v. State of California.