Anaheim Committee Deadlocks on Plan for Council Districts

From The Voice of OC:

The Anaheim committee charged with studying whether to change the City Council electoral system from an at-large format to council districts could not reach consensus on that issue Thursday and indicated it will recommend the question go before voters.

Committee members did, however, agree on increasing the size of the City Council. They recommend changing the five-member council to either seven seats or nine seats. Under both recommendations, one seat would be reserved for the mayor.

Curt Pringle - speaking to his faithful followers

Curt Pringle - speaking to his faithful followers

The 10 voting members of the Citizens Advisory Committee are scheduled to consider final approval of the recommendations at its May 9 meeting. It is then up to the City Council to decide on whether to implement the committee's proposals.

The proposal to put the question of at-large or district elections to a citywide vote wasfirst offered by Mayor Tom Tait last August before the committee was formed. The council majority at the time, however, voted against Tait's proposal, arguing that the city's electoral system needed to be studied by an advisory committee in order to make an informed decision.

Now in many respects, the City Council is back to where it started on the issue.

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http://www.voiceofoc.org/oc_north/article_7e51c6a2-a952-11e2-90f1-0019bb2963f4.html