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ANAHEIM CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO MEET ON THURSDAY, APRIL 18
Meeting to be held at Anaheim City Hall Council Chambers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 16, 2013) Anaheim’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement (CAC) meeting on Thursday, April 18 will continue the discussion and development of recommendations to the City’s election system. The public is invited to attend the meeting to be held at the Anaheim City Hall Council Chambers (200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
On April 11, the Committee began discussions on their recommendations on items 2-5 contained within Resolution 2013-038 – encouraging voter registration, identifying community groups and leaders to encourage resident participation in local government decision making, language assistance programs and other techniques and approaches to promote the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the electoral process.
Steven Lynn, former chair for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), will lead the members in discussing the recommendations and begin drafting a report to the City Council.
Lynn was the presiding officer for the IRC and conducted more than 100 meetings and hearings. In addition, he has worked with community processes, including as an administrator and consultant to more than 50 municipalities in Arizona, Nevada, California and Puerto Rico.
The 11-member CAC, formed on Aug. 10, 2012, will report its findings and recommendations directly to the City Council by May 31, 2013, including recommendations on: Potential changes in the City’s election systems; How to encourage voter registration; How to identify and engage community groups in elections and in local government decision making; Language assistance programs; and other techniques to promote full participation in the electoral process.
The April 18 meeting will be held at the Anaheim City Hall Council Chambers, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The last scheduled meeting for the Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled for May 9 at which time the final report will be approved by Committee members. The May 9 meeting will also take place at the Anaheim City Hall Council Chambers.
Related items and the meeting agenda are posted online at www.anaheim.net/CACElections.
Spanish language translation services are available at all CAC meetings upon request. Alternate language translation services are available for CAC meetings by calling 714-765-5162 at least 48 hours in advance. CAC meetings, which include a time for public comments, are recorded and available for viewing online at www.anaheim.net/CACElections and on the City of Anaheim local access channel, ACTV Channel 3. Future meeting information will be posted online at www.anaheim.net/CACElections.
The City also has an email subscription system by which any resident can receive updates to the CAC, including future meeting agendas, or any other city-related topics. Please click here to customize your free email subscription to any of a number of city news and information subjects.
For more information please visit the CAC webpage at www.anaheim.net/CACElections.
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