November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election
Notice of Election (Spanish/Vietnamese/Korean/Chinese)
The City's General Municipal Election will be held on November 4, 2014. The election is currently for the Mayor Seat, two (2) Council Member seats & three (3) measures.
Frequently Asked Questions - Ballot Measures
- What is the City's current electoral process?
Currently, the City Charter states that City Council members (including the Mayor) are elected "at large". This means that all members of the City Council can live anywhere in the City and are voted on by all Anaheim voters.
- What will a yes vote on Measure L mean?
A “yes” vote is in favor of changing the method of electing Council Members (but not the Mayor) from "at large" to "by districts". “By districts” means Council Members would have to live in the geographic district they represent and be elected only by voters living in that district. Measure L states that the Mayor would continue to be elected at large by all voters.
- What will a no vote on Measure L mean?
A “no” vote is a vote against adopting the measure. If a majority of voters do not vote “yes” then, the current "at large" system as outlined in the existing City Charter provisions will remain in effect.
- If Measure L is approved, in what election would the Charter Amendment begin to take effect?
- If Measure L is approved, how will the Charter Amendment be implemented with respects to Council Member seats?
Measure L states that in November 2016, (at least) two Council Member seats would be up for election and shall be elected "by district." In November 2018, the remaining Council Member seats (at least two) would be elected "by districts." Only voters living in the respective district where a Council Member election is being held could vote for that Council Member seat. The election of the Mayor will remain at large. No Council Members elected to an at-large seat will have their term shortened or residency required prior to the November 2016 election.
- If Measure L is approved, when and how will the districts be determined?
The City Council will create districts no later than July 8, 2016, in compliance with State and Federal laws, including that districts be of approximately equal population. And, although not part of Measure L, an Advisory Committee made up of Anaheim voters will make recommendations regarding district maps to the City Council.
- How does Measure L relate to other city measures on the November 4, 2014 ballot that affect the City’s electoral system?
Measure L states that it is complementary to Measure M (Increase City Council Members to Six).
- How many people presently make up the City Council?
Currently, the City Charter provides that the City Council shall consist of an elected Mayor and four elected City Council Members. Therefore, a total of five members serve as the City Council.
- What will a yes vote on Measure M mean?
A “yes” vote is in favor of increasing the number of City Council members from four to six, while maintaining the Mayor seat. If approved, the City Council would increase from a total of five to seven elected members serving as the City Council.
- What will a no vote on Measure M mean?
A “no” vote is a vote against increasing the number of Council Members from four to six. If a majority of the voters vote “no” then, the existing City Charter will remain in effect with an elected Mayor and four elected Council Members.
- If Measure M is approved, in what election would the Charter Amendment begin to take effect?
- If Measure M is approved, what is the process to transition the elections for the two “newly-created” City Council Member seats into the existing City Council election cycles?
Measure M states that in November 2016, four Council Member seats would be up for election (two “existing” Council Member seats and the two “new” Council Members seats created by this measure). Following the November 2016 election, one Council Member elected from the November 2016 election would be selected to serve a two-year term, by a casting of lots. The remaining three Council Members elected in November 2016 would serve four-year terms.
- Does Measure M change term limits?
No. Measure M only addresses the size of the City Council. The Mayor and Council Members would continue to be limited to serving no more than eight consecutive years.
- How does Measure M relate to other city measures on the November 4, 2014 ballot that affect the City’s elected system?
Measure M states that it is complementary to Measure L (Require City Council Members be residents of and elected by districts).
- What is Measure N?
On July 21, 2014, the Anaheim City Council placed Measure N, the Anaheim Local Services Measure, on the November 4, 2014 ballot for voters’ consideration. City of Anaheim voters have voted twice since 1976 to allow the City-owned, not-for-profit utility – Anaheim Public Utilities – to transfer utility revenues to the City’s General Fund. The transfer is up to 4% annually. The City’s General Fund pays for a variety of city services, such as police and fire protection, street and road repairs, park maintenance, and other city services. Measure N reaffirms the voter-approved annual transfer.
- What types of city services does the City’s General Fund pay for?
If approved, Measure N, the Anaheim Local Services Measure, would reaffirm the annual revenue transfer from the City-owned, not-for-profit public utility to the City’s General Fund, which pays for a variety of city services such as:
911 emergency response
Police and fire protection
Neighborhood street and road repair
Parks and recreation programs
After-school programs and senior services
- How much of the City’s General fund goes toward public safety services?
Police and fire services, including firefighter staffing levels, neighborhood police patrols, and 911 emergency and medical response, account for more than 50% of the City’s annual General Fund budget.
- Does Measure N change utility rates?
No. Measure N does not change utility rates. Anaheim Public Utilities, the City-owned, not-for-profit utility, currently provides water and electricity service in the City of Anaheim. Anaheim residents currently pay about 30% less for water than the average of other Orange County water-utilities and 17% less for electricity.
- How are funds from the annual utility transfer accounted for?
Measure N funds, as are other revenues in the City's general fund, are subject to annual independent financial audits and are available for public review as part of the City’s budget process.
- What other changes does Measure N make?
Measure N makes other changes to the City Charter, which include, providing programs and incentives that will assist residential and non-residential customers.
Quick Links: Campaign Reform Campaign Statements (View + E-File) "Anaheim Votes" Brochure (Spanish Version)