Anaheim, California

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Anaheim, California
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General information
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Mayor:Tom Tait
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2010
Next mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:November 4, 2014
City council seats:5
2014-2015 FY Budget:$1.6 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:345,012
Gender:50.3% Female
Race:White 52.7%
Hispanic or Latino 52.8
African American 2.8%
Asian 14.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 4.4%
Unemployment:6.5%
Median household income:$59,627
High school graduation rate:73.8%
College graduation rate:23.8%
Related Anaheim offices
California Congressional Delegation
California State Legislature
California state executive offices
Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. As of 2013, its population was 345,012.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Anaheim utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2][3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Tom Tait is the current Mayor of Anaheim.[4]

City council

The Anaheim City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

The Anaheim City Council consists of five members, including the mayor. All of its members are elected at-large and serve four-year, staggered terms.[5]

Below is a list of council members that is current as of August 29, 2014:

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Anaheim City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[6]

For a full list of Anaheim city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

see also Anaheim, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Anaheim, California held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was August 8, 2014.[7] Two of the four at-large city council seats were up for election.

Budget

Anaheim's budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 totals $1.6 billion.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
Mayor Tom Tait
City Hall, 7th Floor
200 S. Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: 714-765-5247
Email: ttait@anaheim.net

City Council
City Hall 7th Floor
200 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 765-5247

Lobbying

In 2013, Anaheims's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $120,000.[9] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Anaheim filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Homeland Security
4 Housing
4 Taxes
4 Transportation

Ballot measures

See also: Orange County, California ballot measures

The city of Anaheim is in Orange County. A list of ballot measures in Orange County is available here.

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 345,012.[1] Anaheim is a charter city.

Anaheim's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in California for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

The Anaheim City Charter

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of California city websites

This website was most recently evaluated Aug. 31, 2012.

The Good

  • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[12]
  • Council members and city mayor are listed.[13]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[14]
    • You must enter data into fields to retrieve desired minutes.
    • Can also search minutes by key words.
  • Audits and budgets are posted.[15]
  • Current bid opportunities and awarded contracts are posted.[16]
    • Bids and opportunities broken down between operating services, professional services and construction.
  • Information on how to file a public records request is posted.[17]
  • Zoning information and building permits are posted.[18]
    • Awarded permits are also posted.[19]

The Bad

  • Individual contact information for elected officials is not provided.[20]
  • Information on public financed lobbying is not posted.
  • Information on local taxes is not posted.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 30, 2014
  2. Charter of the City of Anaheim, Sections 505, 600 and 604, accessed on October 30, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 City of Anaheim, "City Administration," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. City of Anaheim, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 6, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Anaheim, "City Council," accessed on August 6, 2014
  6. City of Anaheim, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 30, 2014
  7. City of Anaheim, "Nov. 4, 2014 Election," accessed March 10, 2014
  8. City of Anaheim, "Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Program FY 2014/15," accessed on August 6, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Anaheim," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of Anaheim, "Administration," accessed on August 29, 2014
  13. City of Anaheim, "Elected Officials," accessed on August 29, 2014
  14. City of Anaheim, "Meetings," accessed on August 29, 2014
  15. City of Anaheim, "Financial Documents," accessed on August 29, 2014
  16. http://www.anaheim.net/title/Finance/Bids+and+Requests+for+Proposals/ City of Anaheim, "Bids," accessed on August 29, 2014]
  17. City of Anaheim, "Public Records," accessed on August 29, 2014
  18. City of Anaheim, "Permits," accessed on August 29, 2014
  19. City of Anaheim, "Awarded Permits," accessed on August 29, 2014
  20. City of Anaheim, "Elected Officials," accessed on August 29, 2014