Retired judges to help draw voting-district maps

Five retired Superior Court judges have been selected for a committee that will draw Anaheim’s proposed voting district maps by Oct. 6.

The formation of the Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts comes after Anaheim voters approved a pair of ballot measures last November that call for moving toward district elections and adding two members to the City Council by 2016.

Those measures stemmed from a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Dr. Jose F. Moreno

Dr. Jose F. Moreno

One stipulation is that the maps would be drawn by a panel of retired Superior Court judges who live in Anaheim, but there was a glitch: Only one such judge lives in the city. As a result, city officials and the ACLU agreed to revise the settlement to permit retired judges from across the county.

Edward Wallin of Anaheim was automatically selected to serve on the committee. The remaining members were randomly selected in a lottery among 14 applicants. They are: Steven Sundvold of Placentia, Thomas Thrasher of Villa Park, James Jackman of Orange and Nancy Wieben Stock of Fullerton.