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CITY CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING
ANAHEIM, CA – (July 19, 2013) The City of Anaheim Charter Review Committee, held their first meeting last night at Anaheim City Hall to begin the process of conducting a comprehensive review of the City’s Charter. The Charter Review Committee will participate in a minimum of bi-monthly meetings for which the public is invited to attend and contribute their input.
At last night’s meeting, the final two representatives of the seven member panel were appointed. Gloria Ma’ae and Todd Ament join Tom Dunn, Amanda Edinger, Craig Farrow, Keith Olsen and Ernesto Medrano. The City’s Charter serves as the City’s fundamental governing document and outlines certain authority and restrictions the City has over municipal affairs. The Anaheim City Council approved the creation of a seven-member Charter Review Committee on May 28 to serve as an advisory body to the Council.
Upon conclusion of the review, the Charter Review Committee will present the City Council with recommendations, which could be placed on the ballot for voter approval during the next statewide election. Any recommendations for change to the City’s Charter can be made only by a vote of Anaheim’s residents.
Participation from the community is welcomed at these Committee meetings. If members of the community are unable to attend, comments can be provided online from the City Charter Review web page, or submitted in writing to the City Clerk’s office.
The Anaheim City Charter was adopted in 1964 and approved in 1965, thereby establishing Anaheim as a Charter City in the State of California. Since adoption of the charter, the City of Anaheim has conducted four charter reviews, or approximately every 10 years, and during that time 27 amendments have been adopted. The most recent charter review took place in 1999. Each charter review has included a review committee made up of Anaheim residents.
For more information on the Charter Review Committee, to review the video from last night’s meeting, or to submit your feedback, please visit www.anaheim.net/charter.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.