By Robert Haugh
Last night, the League of Women Voters San Jose/Santa Clara hosted two City Council Candidate debates.
An interesting exchange happened when Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe and her challenger Harbir Bhatia discussed the California Voters Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit against Santa Clara.
Bhatia said the City is wrong to oppose the lawsuit that forced the creation of six single-member districts in Santa Clara.
Bhatia argues that six districts with a single member will help elect minority representatives to the City Council. That’s something the CVRA proponents support.
Two years ago, Bhatia supported creating two multi-member districts in Santa Clara. That’s something the CVRA proponents opposed.
We agreed with her back in 2018. It was the idea of a citizen’s charter review committee.
But Bhatia has flip flopped now that she’s running for office.
We haven’t. We still think multi-member districts are the best thing for Santa Clara.
We thought the ballot arguments for Measure A in 2018 were pretty good.
In fact, Bhatia signed it. Watanabe held it up during the debate. You can read it for yourself: