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City Council Appoints Charter Review Committee Members

Public’s invited to get involved in upcoming committee meetings about voting by district

Post Date:07/11/2019 3:35 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 11, 2019

CONTACT: Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, 408-615-5515 or lwright@santaclaraca.gov

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – During the Wednesday, July 10, 2019 special meeting, the City Council appointed seven residents to the 2019 Charter Review Committee. The committee is made up of six Council district representatives and one at-large member.

The committee members are:

District 1 - Benjamin Cooley

District 2 - Steven Silva

District 3 - Christine Koltermann

District 4 - Katherine Almazol

District 5 - Sudhanshu Jain

District 6 - Stephen Ricossa

At-Large - Richard Bonito

One of the committee’s first steps is to receive public input on whether the City Charter amendment language should be changed to adopt a six Council district plan and sequencing currently in place for electing councilmembers by district or to examine if there is community support for some other configuration for electing councilmembers by district.

The committee is expected to recommend amended Charter language to the Council by November. At that time, the Council will consider the committee’s recommendation in order to place a measure on the March 2020 ballot to allow district elections through the Charter.

The committee’s first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in Council Chambers at Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave. Santa Clarans are invited to attend this and future meetings to be scheduled at a later date. Next week’s meeting will be livestreamed on the Facebook page, YouTube channel and Santa Clara City Television on Comcast channel 15.

Background

In May, the Council approved the creation of a Charter Review Committee to implement voter-approved Measure N. The committee’s focus is limited to conducting the public process to draft language for amending the City Charter with respect to council district elections. 

In the November 2018 election, Santa Clara voters approved Measure N which was an advisory measure to determine if voters wanted to engage in a public process to draft City Charter amendment language to elect its councilmembers, other than the mayor, by district. The measure passed with more than 70% of the vote.

Due to a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge’s ruling in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the City, Santa Clara held its first district elections in the November 2018 election for Districts 2 and 3. The City is appealing the ruling.

For more information about the Charter Review Committee and implementation of Measure N, visit the City’s website.

About the City of Santa Clara

Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.

 

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