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ANAHEIM TO PLACE AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY’S CHARTER ON UPCOMING JUNE ELECTION
ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 21, 2014) At the February 18 Council meeting the City Council moved to place three measures on the ballot for the upcoming special municipal election, to be held on June 3, 2014.
A total of 22 proposed amendments were presented to the City Council by the seven-member Charter Review Committee, which spent seven months reviewing each article and section of the City’s Charter in a series of public meetings. There are 18 proposed Charter amendments relating to modernizing and updating the Charter to align with current policies and processes, and these proposed amendments will be grouped as one ballot measure, which include: distribution of financial documents in electronic format, allowing the City Manager’s compensation to be set by agreement, and for the City Council to authorize the Finance Director and City Treasurer position to be held by the same person. The amendments relating to changing the Mayor’s term from four years to two years will be placed as a separate measure for voter consideration.
Ultimately, no changes to amend, add, or delete the City’s 50 year-old Charter can be made without the vote of the people. The Charter historically has been reviewed every ten years, with the last review taking place more than thirteen years ago – in 1999. Although not presented as an amendment to the Charter, the issue of legalizing the sale of safe and sane fireworks will also be placed on the ballot for the upcoming June election.
To review the complete list of proposed amendments to the City’s Charter, 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 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 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, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. 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.