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Orange County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Measure DD
Various Amendments to City Charter
City of Santa Ana

17551 / 58.4% Yes votes ...... 12486 / 41.6% No votes

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Results as of Jan 4 9:36am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (126/126)
50.5% Voter Turnout (756348/1497397)
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Section 901.1 of the charter prohibits board and commission members from serving as local campaign treasurers. This amendment will also prohibit the appointment to boards and commissions of a person who, at the time of appointment, is serving as the treasurer of a local campaign committee.

Section 910 of the charter creates the planning commission and confers upon it the responsibility to prepare a comprehensive master plan for the city and a 10 year capital improvement plan. State law has replaced the term "master plan" with "general plan" and the role of writing the capital improvement plan has been assumed by professional staff. The proposed amendments mirror the planning commission's role as set forth in state law for overseeing updates to the city's general plan and will still require the commission to annually review the city's capital improvement plan for consistency with the general plan. Sections 911 and 912 of the charter address the city's personnel board.

Section 911 addresses the qualifications for membership on the board and section 912 describes board's powers, which include hearing appeals of suspensions, demotions and dismissals of city employees.

Under section 911, a public employee cannot serve on the board. This amendment will alter that restriction to only prohibit City of Santa Ana employees from serving. This is consistent with the limits on all other boards and commissions. This proposal also amends section 912 to clarify that the board's jurisdiction to review dismissal of city employees is limited to disciplinary dismissals. There are situations such as medical disabilities and lay-offs where an employee is terminated for non-disciplinary reasons, which have been long considered beyond the powers of the board.

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