2019 Charter Review Committee

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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.


Community Input - Get Involved

The City of Santa Clara encourages your participation in this process to provide input on whether the City Charter should be changed to adopt the six Council district plan and sequencing currently in place for electing City 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.

We urge you to attend the upcoming public input sessions and to stay informed and by checking this webpage for updates. 

About the Charter Review Committee

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 committee members are volunteers and are appointed by the City Council. The City Council appointed Charter Review Committee members at a special meeting on July 10, 2019. 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

Public Input Session Information

  • Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara.
    The July 18 meeting will be livestreamed on the City Facebook page, YouTube channel and Santa Clara City Television on Comcast channel 15.

 Tentative Work Plan

 

ACTION

TIMING

Charter Review Committee application submission deadline

June 28, 2019

City Council interviews committee applicants and appoints

July 10, 2019, 6 p.m.
City Council Chambers

Public Meeting No. 1 - Charter Review Committee holds public meeting to discuss workplan, set remaining input session dates and receive public input* *If Committee recommends anything other than a 2, 3, or 6 district configuration, additional time may be needed here

July 18, 2019, 6 p.m.
City Council Chambers

Public Input Session Meeting No. 2

TBD

Public Input Session Meeting No. 3

TBD

Public Input Session Meeting No. 4 – Charter Review Committee to approve final Charter Amendment language to present to City Council

TBD

City Council approves Charter Review Committee Charter Amendment Language, adopts resolution to call election, consolidate with County and provide election services to place measure on ballot and set date for arguments, impartial analysis and rebuttals

November 2019

Resolution due to Registrar of Voters

December 6, 2019

Election Day

March 3, 2020

 

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.

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