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Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement Recommendation to the Anaheim City Council

Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement Recommendation to the Anaheim City Council

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-DRAFT REPORT-Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement Recommendation to the Anaheim City CouncilMay 9, 2013
Committee Members Anthony Armas John Woodhead, Ex Officio MemberBill Dalati, Vice Chair Amanda EdingerSandy DayLarry LarsenMartin Lopez
Gloria Ma’ae
 Keith OlesenVivian Pham, ChairVic Real
 
-DRAFT REPORT-
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Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement Recommendation to the Anaheim City Council
Executive Summary
Anaheim City Council Resolution 2013-038 (See Appendix A) established theCitizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement (noted as CAChereafter)on August 8, 2012 . The CAC held meetings at least monthly between October 18,2012 and May 9, 2013, for a total of 12 meetings. During each of these meetings the CACheard citizen and expert testimony on the issues under their charge as outlined inResolution 2013-038 . In fulfillment of their charge, the Citizens Advisory Committee onElections and Community Involvement respectfully recommends to the Anaheim CityCouncil that the City of Anaheim:-
 
Place the question of a potential change in the city election system, particularly thequestion of districts or at-large council member elections to a vote of the citizens of Anaheim.
 
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Expand the size of city council to either six (6) or eight (8) council members, with themayor serving as one additional member.-
 
Continue to have the mayor be elected at-large.-
 
Continue to actively remove barriers to voter registration through the activities of citystaff and create a community outreach committee to encourage voter registration.
 
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Have a city voting official (city clerk) lead the following: working with local communityleaders to promote voter registration and turnout (e. g. church leadership, PTA),partnering with schools, partnering with community groups (that are non-partisan,non-profit or civic organizations) to assist with identifying local leaders.
 
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Continue partnering with the Orange County Registrar of Voters to provide electionmaterials in multiple languages (as required by law), translate election materials orother items into multiple languages, translate all city community meetings (includingcandidate forums), translate all city council meetings, and explore Spanish languagesubtitles on ACTV to encourage resident participation in elections and in localgovernment decision making.
 
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Change the city council meeting time to 6:30pm to facilitate and promote participationin the electoral process.-
 
Increase the number of neighborhood council meetings in the range of six (6) to twelve(12) meetings annually to promote participation in the electoral process.-
 
Establish protocols to collaborate with civics organizations (such as the League toWomen Voters) to inform voters about voter information, and when appropriate,conduct candidate forums to promote participation in the electoral process.This report and set of recommendations was approved by the Citizens Advisory Committeeon Elections and Community Involvement on (INSERT DATE) by a vote of (INSERT VOTE)
 
-DRAFT REPORT-
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Overview
 The Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement met atotal of 12 times, the first meeting was held on October 18, 2012 and the final meeting was
held on May 9, 2013. The City Manager’s Office provided sta
ff support to the committee.Representatives of the offices of the City Manager and City Attorney were in attendance at the meetings.
Resolution
The Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement (CAC)was established by City Council resolution 2013-038
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The resolution charged the CAC with
providing “advice to the City C
ouncil on promoting the full participation of all ethnic and
racial groups in local elections, including recommendations on the following:”
 1.
 
Potential changes in the City
’s election systems, including election by district,
residency-required districts, continuing with an at-large elected mayor or resuming
Anaheim’s historic system of having the mayor appointed by the council, the
number of districts, if any; cumulative voting; traditional voting; and the date of elections;2.
 
How to encourage voter registration;3.
 
How to identify and engage community groups that can assist the City withencouraging resident participation in elections and in local government decision-making;4.
 
What language assistance programs would be cost effective to encourage resident participation in city elections and local government decision making; and5.
 
Other techniques, approaches, methods, or alternatives that, in the estimation of theCommittee, should be considered by the City Council or recommended to groups oragencies with the ability to act to promote the participation of racial and ethnicminorities in the electoral process.
 Appointments to the Committee
CAC members were appointed to the committee based on the procedure establishedby City Council resolution 2013-038. Three members
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of the CAC resigned prior to thecompletion of this recommendation, and were replaced as prescribed in city councilresolution 2013-038. Vivian Pham was elected from the membership of the CAC to Chairthe committee. The CAC membership upon completion of this recommendation was asfollows
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:Appointee Appointed by:Amanda Edinger Council Members Kring and BrandmanAnthony Armas Council Member EastmanBill Dalati Mayor Tait Sandy Day Council Member MurrayKeith Olesen Council Member Murray
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the full text the resolution appears in the appendix
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Peter Agarwal, David Dias, and Joseph Karaki
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listed in alphabetical order by surname

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