Santa Ana, California

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Santa Ana, California
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General information
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Mayor:Miguel Pulido
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2014
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:2014
City council seats:7
2014-2015 FY Budget:$430 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:334,227
Gender:50.3% Female
Race:White 45.9%
Hispanic or Latino 78.2
African American 1.5%
Asian 10.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.0%
Two or More 3.6%
Unemployment:6.5%
Median household income:$59,627
High school graduation rate:73.8%
College graduation rate:23.8%
Related Santa Ana offices
California Congressional Delegation
California State Legislature
California state executive offices
Santa Ana is a city in California, and is the county seat of Orange County. As of 2013, its population was 334,227.[1]

City government

The city of Santa Ana 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.[2]

City manager

The city manager is Santa Ana's chief executive. Appointed by city council, city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[3]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies.[4] Miguel Pulido is the current Mayor of Santa Ana.[5]

City council

The Santa Ana 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.[4]

Council membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. While all members are elected at-large, the six regular members are first appointed by one of the city's six wards. A map of Santa'a Ana's six wards can be seen below.[6]

For a full list of current council members, see here

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Elections

2014

See also: Santa Ana, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Santa Ana, California will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 8, 2014.[7]

Budget

Santa Ana's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $430 million.[8]

Contact information

City Council
20 Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 1988, M31
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-647-6900
Fax: 714-647-6954
E-mail: council@santa-ana.org

Lobbying

Main article: California government sector lobbying

In 2012, Santa Ana spent a total of $40,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed three reports each for the following issues: Federal Budget and Appropriations, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.[9] No information is available for 2013.

Ballot measures

See also: Orange County, California ballot measures

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

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 334,227.[1] Santa Ana is a charter city.

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

The Santa Ana City Charter and Municipal Code

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    • Meeting agendas, minutes, and videos are available.[11]
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    • Elected officials are listed with email addresses.[12]
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    • Administrative officials are listed on department pages.
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    • Lobbying and ethics information is available.[17]
  • Public Records
    • Public records request form is available.[18]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax revenue and information regarding fees is available in budget documents.[19]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Individual phone numbers are not provided.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is not provided for many administrative officials.
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    • Current and past contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • No information on government sector lobbying.
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