After a long and tumultuous meeting last night (and there’s much more to share from the night’s events in other posts), the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 (Mayor Tom Tait dissenting) to approve Councilwoman Kris Murray’s motion to move immediately to residency-based districts while retaining the at-large voting system, and in favor of asking the voters to weigh in on expanding the council to six members.
Murray’s adopted motion directs staff to bring back an ordinance creating residency-based districts for a vote at the July 2 council meeting. This effectively creates a system like that used by Newport beach, Santa Ana and the Orange Unified School District (the last of which includes Anaheim Hills)
Staff was also directed to bring back for a vote two charter amendments to be placed on the June 2014 ballot:
– One asking the voters to approve or reject the system of at-large election of councilmembers from residency-based districts.
– A second charter amendment asking voters to approve or reject expanding the council to 6 members.
Prior to that vote, the City Council voted 3-2 (Tait and Councilmember Jordan Brandman in the minority) to reject placing on the ballot proposed charter amendments asking voters if they want single-member council districts, and 6 or 8 councilmembers (plus a consolidated version proposed by Mayor Tait that included establishing a districting commission).
More to come on all this.