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Anaheim ‘Citizen’s Committee’ To Study City’s Election Process

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ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — A new citizen’s committee will study Anaheim’s election process due to complaints about a lack of Latino representation on the city council, officials announced Friday.

The Citizen Advisory Committee will make suggestions on how council members are elected. One proposal would get rid of citywide voting in favor of district-by-district elections.

The idea to change the election process came amid a number of officer-involved shootings in July, which resulted in violent protests and confrontations between residents and police.

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit that challenged Anaheim to stop its citywide elections.

On Tuesday, Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis urged the council to consider district voting.

He wrote, “We believe that city leadership should reflect the diversity of its entire population. We support a City Council elected from districts and encourage the city of Anaheim to move from at-large elections to district voting.”

The city will start taking applications for the committee Aug. 14 at City Hall or online at Anaheim.net.

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