Three Proposed District Maps Are Focus of Anaheim’s Historic Election Update Process
Advisory Committee Urges Participation in Final Two Meetings
ANAHEIM, Calif. — (Sept. 4, 2015) The focus on maps representing proposed Anaheim City Council voting districts has narrowed from 30 to three — with the possibility of additional revisions during two final community meetings in September.
All proposed election district maps remain under consideration and will continue to be discussed, reviewed and refined at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Loara High School auditorium.
This upcoming meeting will be followed by a final Advisory Committee meeting on Sept. 16. At the final meeting, the Advisory Committee is expected to recommend a map or set of maps for consideration by the Anaheim City Council.
The three maps in focus vary from maintaining two city landmarks — the Anaheim Resort and Platinum Triangle — within one district, or splitting them into two districts.
The maps also vary by having either two Latino-majority districts or one Latino-majority and two Latino-plurality districts.
The Advisory Committee meetings are laying the groundwork for a historic change in the way Anaheim’s City Council is elected. Starting in November 2016, City Council members will be elected by districts instead of at-large as they are today. Anaheim’s mayor will continue to be elected at-large.
For the past four months, the Advisory Committee — made up of five retired Orange County Superior Court judges — has taken input from and worked with the community to refine dozens of proposed districts maps.
By Oct. 6, the Advisory Committee will submit a final report to the City Council, which will hold three public hearings before making a final decision by the end of 2015 on Anaheim’s future voting districts.
There is still time for residents to provide their vision and insight during the Advisory Committee’s final meetings. Residents from across Anaheim are encouraging their neighbors to take part in this important process.
For additional information and resources, please visit www.anaheim.net/districts.
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