LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Santa Ana City Council, election system, proposed change -- "from-district" system to "by-district" system?: "Santa Ana council won't consider change to election system, at least for now" ....
* Orange County Register: "Santa Ana council won't consider change to election system, at least for now" - From the Register:
SANTA ANA – A proposal to evaluate options to shift Santa Ana to by-district elections has been stopped in its tracks by the new Council majority.
Councilman Sal Tinajero led the charge to change the system in the days following the Nov. 8 election, when Jose Solorio, who moved from Ward 1 to Ward 3 to run for that seat without an incumbent, ended up being elected. Tinajero called for Santa Ana to replace its “from-district” system – in which candidates must reside in the ward they want to represent but are elected by voters across the city – to a “by-district” system – in which candidates must live in the ward and can only be elected by residents within it. “We had special interests weigh in very heavily in this last election and if you look at one of our Council members, they won their own ward but they didn’t win at-large,” he said, referring to Roman Reyna.
Reyna was the first incumbent ousted in decades, losing to Juan Villegas, one of three candidates endorsed by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on its slate. “Money in politics has a huge, huge effect on the outcome because it’s very difficult for a good person who is trying to do good things to walk to every single neighborhood in the city,” Tinajero said.
The by-district proposal hit a wall, at least for now, when the City Council on Tuesday opposed exploring the idea further in a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Miguel Pulido, Solorio, Villegas and Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez dissenting.
Solorio said he was open to cleaning up Santa Ana’s charter, but that . . . . He also defended his relocation leading up to the November election, saying . . . . . . .
Tinajero’s additional proposals – to make the residency requirement one year, and to spell out what constitutes living at a location – also failed with the Council vote on Tuesday ............