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2017 Charter Review Committee & District Elections

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Charter Review Committee & District Elections

At the City Council Meeting of April 11, 2017, City Council directed the creation of a Charter Review Committee. The direction from the Council included review of the City’s election method with a focus on district and other methods of electing members to the City Council in time for the June 2018 primary election.

The Committee presented its recommendation to implement by-district elections to Council on July 18, 2017.  The ballot language was approved by the Committee and presented to Council on December 5, 2017The Council approved moving forward with  the proposed charter amendment and directed the City Manager and City Attorney to initiate the process of drawing districts with public outreach.   If approved by voters, Council Members would be elected by two districts with three Council Members representing each district using Ranked Choice Voting.

 The Proposed District Election & Charter Amendment includes the following:

  • Elect City Council Members by two districts with three members representing each district (e.g. District 1 and District 2).
  • Elect the three members at the same time alternating district elections between gubernatorial and presidential election years.
  • Transition to include:
    • In 2018, elect two members to four-year terms in District 1
    • In 2020, elect one member to a two-year term in District 1 and three members to four-year terms in District 2.
  • Utilize Single Transferrable Vote form of Ranked Choice Voting for election of Council Members when Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters can support it in 2020. 
  • Change the voting method for Mayor, City Clerk, and Chief of Police to match the voting method of Council Members beginning in 2020 with the election of City Clerk and Chief of Police, and then with subsequent elections thereafter.

The Charter Review Committee met 10 time and has completed its assignment from the City Council.  All meetings were live-streamed on the City’s Facebook and Youtube channels.

Relevant Documents:

December 5, 2017 Staff Agenda Report
December 5, 2017 Staff Presentation to Council
July 18, 2017 Staff Agenda Report
July 18, 2017 Charter Review Committee Presentation to Council

Handbook Documents, Agenda Packets, Minutes, and Videos of all meetings are available for download below.  To view Agenda Packets and Videos, click on the link “All” and then the link “Charter Review Committee Meeting” corresponding to the date of interest. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210.

Charter Review Committee Members
Tino Silva, Chair Hosam Haggag
Keith Stattenfield, Vice Chair  Chris Horton
Hazel Alabado  Steve Lodge
Markus Bracamonte Jodi Muirhead
Saskia Feain Beverly Silva
Mary Hanna-Weir Teresa Sulcer

Charter Review Committee Handbook Documents

Section 1 - Committee Members: *See Committee Members table above  

Section 2 - Schedule of Meetings: *See Schedule of Meetings below

Section 3 - Agendas:

Section 4 - Minutes: **To be added once Approved by Council.

Section 5 - City Code of Ethics & Values:   Code of Ethics and Values

Section 6 - A Guide to the Ralph M. Brown Act:   Guide to Brown Act

Section 7 - Robert's Rules of Order Summary:  Robert's Rules of Order_Parliamentary Procedures

Section 8 - Workplan:  Draft CRC Workplan 2017

Section 9 - City of Santa Clara Charter:  City of Santa Clara Charter

Section 10 - Reports for Committee:

Section 11 - Correspondence:

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