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Cancellation of Public Hearing to Consider Ward Re-Boundaries

by: Santa Ana PIO
Posted: May 21, 2018

SANTA ANA...The Santa Ana City Council has canceled the Public Hearings to consider modifying the Ward boundaries. The Hearings were originally scheduled for May 1, May 3, May 15, May 19 and June 5, 2018.  

The purpose of these Hearings was to allow interested persons to provide input on ward boundaries, community of interest and comment on proposed draft maps before the City Council for consideration. The City Council was unable to hold a formal public hearing on May 3, 2018 due to lack of quorum and at the May 15, 2018 City Council Meeting, the Clerk of the Council announced that the process was being suspended due to impending litigation.  

As background, the City of Santa Ana received a certified letter on March 14, 2018 from Asian Americans Advancing Justice threatening litigation under the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA) if the City did not change to By-Ward Elections. The letter claimed that the City's current practice of nominating by Ward and electing at-large diluted the ability of Asians (a protected class) to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of Santa Ana's council elections. 

On April 30, 2018, the City of Santa Ana was officially served with a lawsuit asserting that the City failed to transition to ward-based elections within the time limits specified in California Elections Code §10010. Plaintiffs are seeking: (1) a declaration from the Court that the City's at-large method of election to elect its City Council violates the California Voting Rights Act; (2) a preliminary and/or permanent injunction to prevent City from imposing or applying its current at-large method of election to elect a future City Council, and (3) requiring the City to implement a district-based election system. The City's response to the summons is due by May 30, 2 018. The Court set a Case Management Conference on July 30, 2018.

Questions concerning this cancelation may be addressed to the Clerk of the Council Office at (714) 647-6520 during regular business hours or by email mhuizar@santa-ana.org.


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