Citizens Advisory Committee

Pro- And Con Arguments Against Single-Member Districts Initiative Filed

This November, Anaheim voters will decide on two initiatives: whether to replace the current at-large council election system with the single-member district (or “by-district”)system being pushed by a left-wing coalition; and whether to expand the city council from four to six members. Ballot arguments for and against the by-district initiative were filed on Monday. The pro argument is signed by ...

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City To Pay $1.22 Million for ACLU/Moreno Plaintiffs Legal Tab As Part of Council Districts Settlement

Part of the settlement reached in January between the City of Anaheim and the ACLU (representing ACSD Trustee Jose Moreno and two other plaintiffs), the city agreed to pay ACLU’s legal fees in an amount negotiated between the two parties. Tuesday night, the Anaheim City Council approved paying the negotiated amount $1.22 million. You can read the staff report here; ...

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OCCORD/UNITE-HERE/Tait/ACLU Plaintiffs Holding Press Conference This Morning

The Coalition of the Left that has been driving the single-member council districts train is holding a press conference this morning about the city’s settlement with ACLU of the Moreno v. Anaheim lawsuit, per this UNITE-HERE news release on the website its community organizing off-shoot, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD):   A refresher for readers: OCCORD is ...

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Anaheim Council Expected To Settling ACLU’s Single-Member Council Districts Lawsuit

What’s been buzzing around Anaheim for a few weeks is bleeding into the media (OC Register and VOC): during tonight’s closed session, the Anaheim City Council is expected to settle the ACLU’s lawsuit (for which the lead plaintiff is Anaheim City School District Trustee Jose F. Moreno) to replace the city’s at-large council elections with a system of single-member council ...

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Why Hasn’t Robert Rubin Sued the Anaheim City School District?

From the Los Angeles Times: Opening a new front on efforts to improve minority representation on local elected boards,  attorneys  representing several Latino citizens have accused the Coachella Valley Water District of violating the California Voting Rights Act. In a letter delivered Monday to John Powell, the district’s board president, lawyers Robert Rubin and Megan Beaman said the district’s  at-large ...

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City Council District Mapping Outreach Commences October 16

The city is beginning the process of drawing council district maps, part of implementing the City Council’s vote in June to change from a purely at-large election system to from-district system (councilmembers must reside in districts, but are elected at-large). Staff, with the assistance of demographers and outside counsel, will draw up maps for both a four and six member ...

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Tonight: Moreno Has Another Chance To Move ACSD Board of Ed To Single-Member Districts

Anaheim City School District Trustee Dr. Jose Moreno wants the Anaheim City Council elected from single-member council districts. Not ten years from now, or in the near future – but right now. He’s even the lead plaintiff of an ACLU  lawsuit seeking to force the city to switch from at-large election to single-member council districts. Moreno alleges the city is violating ...

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Money Isn’t Everything In Anaheim Council Campaigns

One of the arguments made by single-member council district proponents is that Anaheim is so big that the cost of communicating with so many voters prices potential candidates out of the running – especially Latinos – and allows special interests to dominate the elections. Carving the city into single-member council districts, the argument goes, diminishes the significance of campaign warchests ...

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The Myth of Anaheim Flatlands Being “Short-Changed”

A significant but overlooked on last week’s Anaheim City Council agenda was a report on the distribution of core city services throughout Anaheim. I say significant because a core contention of the left-wing coalition pushing for single-member council districts is that East Anaheim receives a disproportionate share of city services and amenities, and that the Flatlands — especially Latino areas ...

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