2019 Charter Review Committee

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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.  

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View more information about past Charter Review Committees

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. 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

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions, please download the FAQ

Public Input Process

The recommendations from the Charter Review Committee (Committee) are being presented to City Council on November 5, 2019.  Over four months the Committee held five public input sessions throughout the city and five informal public listening sessions.  A total of 242 online survey responses and 17 paper survey responses were received.

Charter Review Committee Public Input Session Materials

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 7 p.m., Northside Branch Library 

Agenda Packet

Draft Minutes - In process


Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 7 p.m., Mission Branch Library

Agenda Packet

Minutes

Post Meeting Material: Presentation

Post Meeting Material: 19-1233

Post Meeting Material: 19-1102

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 1 p.m., Northisde Branch Library 

Agenda Packet

Minutes

Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m., Central Park Library, Redwood Room, 2635 Homestead Road. Santa Clara.

Agenda Packet

Minutes

Post Meeting Material

 

Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara.

Agenda Packet

Minutes

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

Aug. 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Central Park Library, Redwood Room

Public Input Session Meeting No. 3

Sept. 21, 2019, 12 p.m.
Northside Branch Library Community Room

Public Input Session Meeting No. 4

Sept. 26, 2019, 7 p.m.
Mission Branch Library
Community Room

Public Input Session Meeting No. 5 -– Charter Review Committee to approve final Charter Amendment language to present to City Council Oct. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Northside Branch Library
Community Room

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 input, questions or concerns, please email districts@santaclaraca.gov or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 408-615-2220.

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