Charter, districts on agenda

THE STANTON CIVIC CENTER complex (OC Tribune photo).

Should Stanton become a charter city? Should voters be consulted on whether to go back to at-large council elections? How about requiring vaccination rules for city staff?

Those topics are on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council when it convenes at 6:30 p.m. in person at the council chambers, 7800 Katella Ave.

Mayor Dave Shawver is asking city staff to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a charter city. Stanton, like most municipalities in California and Orange County, is a general law city. Such a city may act locally, but its actions must be consistent with the state constitution, state laws and administrative regulations. A charter gives a city more control over its own affairs, consistent with the state constitution and state laws.

Legal opinion is divided over just how much more control a charter city may claim.

Shawver also wants the council to consider placing an advisory measure on the ballot to “obtain voter input” on the idea of moving from the present by-district elections to at-large voting for city council members.

Many Orange County cities and school districts have moved from at-large to by-district to avoid running afoul of litigation alleging that such a system dilutes the influence of  “communities of interest,” such as ethnic minorities or demographics.

Currently, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster have – or are transitioning to – a by-district model – and Huntington Beach does not.

Mayor Pro Tem Gary Taylor is asking for discussion of implementation of coronavirus vaccination rules and requirements for city employees.

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