Anaheim Council Again Rejects Council Districts

From The Voice of OC: 

The Anaheim City Council Tuesday night rejected an advisory committee's recommendation to have voters decide whether to change the city's electoral system so council members are elected by districts.

The council instead proposed a city charter amendment requiring council members to live in the neighborhoods they represent.

Mayor Tom Tait had proposed placing council districts, whereby residents could vote only for the council candidates in their districts, on the ballot and increasing the size of the five-member council to either six council or eight council members and a mayor.

Gail Eastman, Kris Murray, and Supervisor Shawn Nelson.

Gail Eastman, Kris Murray, and Supervisor Shawn Nelson.

Tait's proposal was rejected in a 3-2 vote, with Councilwomen Kris Murray, Gail Eastman and Lucille Kring voting no. Councilman Jordan Brandman joined Tait in voting for the option.

Instead, the council majority by a 4-1 vote with Tait dissenting signed off on Murray's proposal to draft a charter amendment for the June 2014 election that would keep the city's at large council election system but require candidates to live in districts. The charter amendment, which is to go to a council vote at a future meeting, would also increase the council size to six members with a mayor elected at large.

The decision to reject council districts infuriated a group of activists at the council meeting who have been pushing for the change over the past year. They marched out of the council chambers chanting “no fake districts, no more delays” and shouted “We'll be back” outside City Hall.

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