Planned Anti-Circumcision-of-Boys Initiative in Santa Monica

The proposed anti-circumcision initiative follows the text of the San Francisco initiative. According to the Jewish Journal, “To qualify the initiative for inclusion on the ballot in Santa Monica’s next election in November 2012, its proponents will need to collect signatures from 10 percent of the city’s approximately 61,000 registered voters in the next six months. If they obtain signatures from 15 percent of Santa Monica’s voters, the initiative could be put to a vote in a special election.”

Santa Monica is a relatively wealthy enclave of the greater Los Angeles area — not really a suburb, but part of the West Los Angeles core. It is also heavily Democratic (69% D, 29% R), and supposedly almost 5% Jewish. San Francisco is likewise supposedly about 5% Jewish; America as a whole is 2% Jewish, though I’m not sure how the site that I’m citing is gathering its city-level religion statistics. Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.

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