What started out as a small, neighborhood election on changing some zoning requirements has morphed into a constitutional showdown in federal court this afternoon.
Residents of Hollywood-Rose Hill, a neighborhood between Rosewood Drive and Blossom Street, are scheduled to vote in a special election Monday on whether to adopt a more strict set of zoning standards. The election is not binding. City Council would make the final decision on the zoning standards and would consider the neighborhood's election results in their decision.
But at 3 p.m. today, Patricia Evans, who lives in Hollywood-Rose Hill, will ask a federal judge to stop the election for two reasons:
City officials, who are running the election, did not get approval from the U.S. Justice Department, as they are required to do under the federal Civil Rights Act.
The election violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because it only allows property owners to vote.