Cowardly City Council | Ventura City Council Says “Uncle!”

By Deborah Baber Savalla | The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily of Citizens Journal


Ventura City Voters, please repeat after me (and your City Council): “Uncle! I give up!”

On September 6, 2017 the Ventura City Council received a letter from the law office of Robert Rubin. Mr. Rubin announced to the Council, and by extension to Ventura city voters, that the Council and the voters were in “Violation of California Voting Act”.

Mr. Rubin takes up this voter cudgel, “On behalf of Latino, Asian, and African American voters in the City of Ventura…”. Further, Mr. Rubin does so because, “…with the way the election turned out (Hillary Clinton lost) and the way this president (President Donald Trump won) has seen fit to trample on civil rights and civil liberties, it just seems like I couldn’t abandon my colleagues.”

President Trump on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017

This San Francisco-based lawyer is forcing Ventura City citizens to comply with a re-districting scheme because, “…the at-large system must be abandoned…” because it is unlawful. This is what Rubin asserts and with the stroke of his signature, he forces district elections in cities.

No one elected Robert Rubin to office but he has elected to GOVERN voters’ behavior by threatening those whom we voted for with a lawsuit. Venturains, your City Council has said “uncle”. On January 8, 2018, just in time for mid-term elections, if unelected San Francisco lawyer Robert Rubin has his way, where your vote and who you can vote for WILL change.

So, who is Robert Rubin? Ventura Voters, behold the man who is the tail wagging your City Council dogs!

  • “…all arrows were pointing in one direction: using law as a vehicle for social change.” (Drawing his inspiration from the ACLU Legal Director Bruce Innis and the upstate New York Willowbrook case.)
  • “You’ve got a white community in California that is still holding onto power—but they know it’s tenuous,” he says. “The quiet revolution that’s taking place in terms of Latinos assuming power in the school districts and city councils, where we have sued to get district elections, is, on a day-to-day basis, changing the face of California. And it’s scary to white folks. Because they figure, ‘Hell, if they treat us half as bad as we treated them, we’re in big trouble.’” (About his work against Voter ID laws and in support of district elections.)
  • Barely 24 hours after the horrific events of 9/11, he announces, “…that the Lawyers’ Committee was prepared to represent the victims of the inevitable backlash against Muslims.”
  • “Well, I get maybe halfway through this story (about the St. Louis in 1939) and I completely lose it. All lawyerly detachment and emotional objectivity is lost….I talk about it, and we’re sobbing. It was a very emotional moment.”
  • “I often bemoan the fact that I was born 10 years too late to really be involved in that.” (The Civil Rights Movement.)
  • Rubin proudly tells the story of his northern New Jersey-East Coast upbringing when at 5 year olds, “he ran away from a Chinese restaurant because his parents refused to let him order the shrimp with lobster sauce.” (They are Jewish.)
  • “I was particularly pleased that they pursued the second issue because the first case was decided on a 9-zip vote. And I didn’t feel it would be a true civil rights victory if Clarence Thomas was on the same side as me. We went up a second time, and, sure enough, it was an 8-1, with Thomas in the dissent. That felt much better.”

Lastly, it’s worth noting that Robert Rubin helped write San Francisco’s sanctuary law in 1989. Need I say more?

Deborah Baber Savalla is a former book publishing executive in New York City. She believes in moral clarity which leads to personal responsibility that results in small government. 

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William Hicks

Obviously, Rubin is not satisfied with the last census that gerrymandered California so that democrat politicians are in a strong majority.

Jack Remington

This Rubin character is obviously anti-American.

Deborah Baber Savalla

And I included only a few examples from this anti-American social justice warrior’s quiver!