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Anaheim City Council Approves Two Charter Amendments for the Nov. 2 General Municipal Election
ANAHEIM, CA - (June 11, 2010) - The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday approved and adopted two charter amendments for the November 2 general municipal election, giving residents the opportunity to vote on the future of red light cameras and design-build decisions in the City.

"In November, Anaheim voters will have an opportunity to vote on two important ballot measures:  a ban on red-light cameras and an improvement in the process of constructing public work projects," said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  "I expect both of these common-sense measures to easily win public approval."

Red Light Cameras

The City Council approved and adopted a resolution ordering the submission of a proposed amendment to prohibit all automated traffic enforcement systems, commonly known as red light cameras, within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Anaheim until such time as the voters of Anaheim, by way of another Charter amendment, determine to allow the systems in the City.

California Vehicle Code Section 21455.5 authorizes the installation of automated traffic enforcement systems, commonly known as red light cameras, at intersections or other places where vehicles are required to stop, such as crosswalks, provided that certain conditions are met by the governmental agency desiring to install such devices.

Design-Build

The City Council approved and adopted a resolution ordering the submission of a proposed amendment to the city charter, to authorize the use of design-build procurement by competitive negotiation in public works contracts.  If the charter amendment is approved, the City could potentially achieve significant cost savings in the construction of future public improvements.

Currently, Section 1211 of the Anaheim City Charter requires that public works contracts in excess of $5,000 must be let to the lowest responsible bidder. This charter limitation requires the City to design the project, solicit bids for the construction of the project and then award the construction to the lowest responsible bidder.

The proposed charter amendment also requires the City to establish regulations for the award, use and evaluation of such design-build contracts. The design-build method of project delivery will make it possible for the City to construct certain large-scale public improvements in a faster, more cost-effective way than the existing design-bid-build approach.


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