Anaheim Makes Moves Toward District Elections

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Anaheim city council members Tuesday will repeal a 2013 ordinance as part of the city’s first steps toward electing council members by district.

Members of Anaheim City Council at a recent public meeting. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

Members of Anaheim City Council at a recent public meeting. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

After voters passed Measure L in Nov. 2014, a ballot measure replacing the city’s at-large voting system with one in which council members are elected by district, the city must now meet a July 2016 deadline for submitting new district maps to the county Registrar of Voters.

Before the passage of Measure L, council members rejected an advisory committee’s recommendation for a ballot measure, instead passing the 2013 ordinance, which requires council members to live in the neighborhoods they represent but  maintains the at-large voting system.

Read the staff report here and the full agenda here. 

Council members will also approve a $167,000, 1-year agreement with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to sponsor several business events, including an economic development conference, business awards luncheon and job fair.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm.

  • Zenger, It is this kind of moronic logic of yours which got you fired from the County’s Gopher Job.
    I understand that you have retained a lawyer.

    Did you pay him a retainer?

    So did you pay him upfront for services NOT YET rendered.

    FYI, Mr. incompetent, virtually every business transaction requires upfront deposit.

    I suggest that you make your comments at Orange Juice Blog where Vern Nelson and Esq. Greg Diamond will tolerate any of your crapola and conciser it newsworthy.

    • David Zenger

      I do not hold the conversation with the crazy man.

      • So why are you keeping conversing?

        Yesterday VOC moderator advised you not to do that!

        Reiterating: I suggest that you make your comments at Orange Juice Blog where Vern Nelson and Esq. Greg Diamond will tolerate any of your crapola and consider it newsworthy.

  • David Zenger

    I doubt if any of the Council has read the proposed contract or care anyhow, but here’s Article 4.2:

    “Advance Deposit for Event Sponsorships. TheCity agrees to pay Chamber an advance payment no later than the last business day of February following the execution of this Agreement by the City. Such advance payment shall be equal to fifty percent (50%) of the total compensation for event sponsorships identified in Exhibit A.”

    This means that the Chamber gets $85,000 cash, upfront for services NOT YET rendered.

    Only in Anaheim.

  • RyanCantor

    The City of Anaheim should not fund political organizations. There’s no difference between cutting a six figure check to the Republican Party, the Democratic Party of Orange County, or the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

    Last year the Chamber spent well over the six figure mark in self serving political ads. Seeing how that money could have gone to host these events . . . it sure is shocking that three council members would vote to support this subsidy.

    Oh. Wait. Three council members received tens of thousands of dollars in independent contributions supporting their campaigns! I mean jeez, if they said no to getting their buddies a kick back . . . think of the consequences!

  • David Zenger

    I am not at all clear on why the City pays the Chamber to do things the Chamber, as a Chamber, should be doing anyway.

    It looks a lot like a crony subsidy to me and we already know the current City regime is just not interested in holding the Chamber accountable for its subsidized activities. I think it’s high time to pull the plug on this relationship.