History - Districting Process
For the first time in its 150-year history, Anaheim’s “At-Large” system for electing City Council Members will change to a “By-District” system.
On November 4, 2014 Anaheim voters approved Measure L and Measure M. As such, at the Council meeting on April 7, 2015, the City Council appointed an Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts (“Committee”) to obtain input from Anaheim residents on the shape of the six City Council voting districts and to recommend a path forward. The Committee was selected by random draw from a panel of retired judges with a preference given to judges who reside within the City of Anaheim. The judges had served on the Orange County Superior Court and are residents of Orange County. The five selected judges served as volunteers.
Following Committee appointment, the Committee immediately held 10 public meetings across Anaheim to ensure all residents were educated about the districting process and to promote participation and equal access to all meetings.
The city's demographer, Justin Levitt, was present during each meeting to answer questions of the Committee and the public relating to his analysis of Anaheim's community based on current census data (2010). Among many things, he also provided hands-on assistance to members of the public who were interested in developing district boundary maps and submitting them to the Committee.
After months of conducting public meetings, reviewing 39 maps, hearing public testimony from over 700 residents, and consulting with the City’s demographer, the Committee recommended one map to the Anaheim City Council.
On October 6, 2015, the Committee submitted its Final Report and Recommended Plan to the City Council. The Recommended Plan places two city landmarks – the Anaheim Resort and Platinum Triangle – into two districts. It also has one Latino-majority CVAP and two Latino-plurality CVAP, as well as keeps communities of interests together.
The Final Report was based on public testimony, federal and state laws and criteria set by the City Council. The U.S. Constitution requires districts contain roughly equal population and the Federal Voting Rights Act prohibit racial gerrymandering. In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the Committee and the City Council considered at least the following factors:
• The U.S. Constitution
• The Voting Rights Act of 1965
• California Elections Code
• District population equality
• Topography and geography
• Cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of territory
• Communities of interest
• Future population growth
After receiving the Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts, the City Council held a series of public hearings to determine district boundaries for Anaheim’s six City Council voting districts, as well as which four City Council districts would hold elections in 2016 and which two would hold elections in 2018. All related agenda items from the City Council and Committee are posted for your convenience here.
On February 9, 2016, the City Council unanimously adopted the Recommended Plan (Map 3) to serve as the city’s first district boundary map. The City Council also set Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 for the November 8, 2016 ballot. The remaining two districts (2 & 6) will hold elections in 2018.
The Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts is comprised of five (5) retired Orange County Superior Court judges, appointed by the City Council.
Hon. Edward Wallin, Ret., Chairman
Judge Wallin has extensive experience resolving large, complex cases and specializes in commercial, construction, real estate, employment, insurance, and intellectual property disputes. Justice Wallin is well known for his fair-minded and pragmatic approach to resolving the toughest cases. During his 20 years on the bench, Justice Wallin heard over 1,000 settlement conferences. He has earned a reputation as being even-tempered, fair-minded, and respectful of lawyers and their clients. He includes the parties in the mediation process and works patiently to bring them together.
Hon. Stephen Sundvold, Ret., Vice Chairman
Judge Sundvold has served on a wide variety of case assignments during his distinguished 20-year tenure on the Orange County Superior Court, including on the Court's High Impact Trial team and over eight years on the Court's Complex Civil Panel where he handled hundreds of complex matters involving construction defect, class action, eminent domain, and complex business litigation matters. While on the Superior Court, Judge Sundvold served as a mediator or participated in settlement conferences almost every day. He has earned a reputation for being a fair, hardworking, tireless judge, skilled at managing a heavy caseload of complex matters.
Hon. James Jackman, Ret.
After 20 years of presiding over a diverse array of cases, Judge Jackman retired from Orange County Superior Court in July of 2000. Since then, he has received accolades for his ability to effectively resolve disputes as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge. Attorneys and parties have enjoyed Judge Jackman's friendly, down-to-earth, patient, kind and caring approach to mediation and arbitration. In mediation, he works incredibly hard and perseveres to assist every party with whom he works by guiding them to reach an expeditious and equitable resolution by means of creative and innovative solutions to the obstacles of settlement. In arbitration, his thorough review of submitted materials, sharp, insightful comprehension of the issues, thoughtfulness and ability to keep things moving while allowing attorneys to present their cases has resulted in his reputation for consistently rendering fair, well-reasoned opinions, pleasing plaintiffs and defendants alike.
Hon. Nancy Wieben Stock, Ret.
Judge Stock served 24 years on the Orange County Superior Court bench, most recently on the Complex Civil Panel. Her time with the Court also included serving as Presiding Judge, Supervising Judge of Family Law, and Presiding Judge of the Superior Court Appellate Division. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Stock worked as a federal prosecutor and in a business litigation firm. Judge Stock is highly regarded among counsel for her skill in handling complex matters, including cases involving multiple parties and requiring coordination between multiple jurisdictions. She has served on the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee for Financial Accountability and Efficiency in the Judicial Branch and the Elkins Family Law Task Force, as well as having served as a Member of the Integrated Law and Justice Joint Powers Authority for the data sharing among courts and local law enforcement agencies in Orange County. She currently serves as a professional mediator and volunteers with non-profit organizations in North Orange County.
Hon. Thomas Thrasher, Ret.
Judge Thrasher, the recently retired Orange County Superior Court sole designated mediation jurist, combines four decades of judicial and legal experience with his unique ability to bring about the successful resolution of complex, multi-party matters. Judge Thrasher has tried numerous civil cases and in the past three years as mediator for the court, has mediated and settled hundreds more. He has earned a reputation for bringing parties together in extremely difficult situations and getting them to reach consensus.
The City conducted an extensive community outreach program to encourage participation in drawing the boundary maps. Among many other efforts, meeting announcements in both English and Spanish were emailed to various interest groups, requesting the message be forwarded to group constituencies. Press releases and articles were written for City and community publications explaining the process and inviting participation. Flyers were distributed by interested community members and were available in libraries and other locations throughout Anaheim. Information was included in utility bill inserts and presentations were made at all four Neighborhood Council Meetings. Once the Committee began narrowing the number of maps to be reviewed, those draft maps were made available in all city libraries.
Districting Committee & Election Timeline
Public Service Announcements
Several community members volunteered to create brief videos, asking residents to participate in the meetings to Shape Anaheim’s Future. Videos were aired on ACTV3, Time Warner, YouTube and the city’s districting webpage. View the videos encouraging residents to Shape Anaheim’s Future:
• Public Service Announcement
• Linda Andal, City Clerk
• Justice Edward Wallin (Ret.), Committee Chair
• Art Beas - Spanish
• Annie Desouza
• Arturo Ferreras - Spanish
• Tiffany Johnson
• David Wain
|February 12, 2016|
|September 15, 2015|
|September 4, 2015|
|August 24, 2015|
|July 6, 2015|
|June 30, 2015|
|June 5, 2015|
|June 5, 2015 - Spanish|
|May 28, 2015|
|May 20, 2015|
|May 5, 2015|
|January 7, 2014|