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Charter Review Committee – Implementation of Measure N

At the May 7, 2019 meeting, the City Council approved the creation of a Charter Review Committee to implement voter-approved Measure N. Per the Council’s direction, the focus of the Charter Review Committee is limited to conducting the public process to draft language for amending the City Charter with respect to council district elections. One of the committee’s first steps will be 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. Santa Clara voters will continue to elect the mayor at-large.

Background

In November 2018, the City of Santa Clara (City) held its first district-based elections as required by a ruling of the Santa Clara Superior Court (Court). The Court ruling implemented district-based elections with six Council districts, but did not amend the City Charter. Under the state constitution, the City Charter can only be amended by a vote of the City electorate. Currently, the City Charter still states that City Councilmembers are to be elected “at-large.” 

The City Council placed an advisory measure on the November 2018 ballot to determine if the voters wanted to engage in a public process to draft charter amendment language. The advisory ballot measure (known as “Measure N”) read as follows:

“Shall the City of Santa Clara engage the voters in a public process to draft a Charter Amendment ballot measure to elect its Council Members, other than the Mayor, by district?”

Santa Clara voters approved Measure N, with more than 70% of the vote, on Nov. 6, 2018.  

View more information about past Charter Review Committees.

Opportunity to Serve on the Charter Review Committee

Santa Clara residents are encouraged to apply to serve on the Charter Review Committee.
 View application.

Recruitment closes at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019

The Charter Review Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters pertaining specifically to soliciting public input on draft language to amend the City of Santa Clara Charter with respect to council district elections.

The Charter Review Committee will consist of seven members. The City Council would ideally like to select one committee member to represent each of the six Council districts and one serving at-large. The committee members are volunteers and are appointed by the City Council.  A tentative work plan is outlined below.

Currently recruiting for seven (7) full-term positions

Charter Review Committee details:

  • Full term position ending on or about Nov. 3, 2020.
  • It is anticipated that the committee may meet and conduct public input sessions once per month beginning August 2019 – May 2020. This schedule is subject to change.
  • Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. July 12, 2019.
  • Applications must be submitted in person at the City Clerk’s Office, located at 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, during regular business hours. 
  • To be eligible, you must be an eligible voter and resident of the City of Santa Clara, and must provide two forms of proof of residency (e.g. driver’s license, utility bill, etc.), which must be turned in to the City Clerk’s Office, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050   
  • Once an interview date is set, applicants will receive an email notification.  

For more information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email clerk@santaclaraca.gov or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 408-615-2220.

Tentative Work Plan

 Charter Review Tentative Work Plan

 


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