The legal battle began in December when San Luis Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla filed a special action in Superior Court seeking a determination whether Cabrera possessed the level of proficiency required by state law to serve on the council.

Conducting language testing ordered by Superior Court, sociolinguistics expert William Eddington found that Cabrera, a Kofa High graduate who spend much of her youth in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., possessed sufficient knowledge of English to survive but not to fulfill the responsibilities of a council member.

Nelson said his decision also was based on Cabrera’s failure to respond correctly to questions posed to her in English in Superior Court.