Citizens Committee to Study Council Change

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The Citizens Committee to Study Council Change (CCSCC) was a committee appointed by City Council in the summer of 1980 to study whether the city should change the method by which Councilors were elected[1].

Purpose

The Committee was given the following charge from City Council[2]:

“To investigate and report, with recommendations, the means by which Council may be made more democratic or representative by revising the composition and/or election process by which Council members are selected. The Committee is to consider the advisability as well as the feasibility of making such changes. Specific methods for consideration include: 1) use of a ward or mixed ward / at large system; 2) enlarging Council from its present five members: 3) direct election of the mayor; 4) any other suggestions relevant to the above inquiry.”

Report

The CCSCC issued its report in November 1980 which had six basic recommendations[3]:

  1. A ward-only system should not be considered
  2. The mayor should continue to be a member of Council, and not directly elected
  3. Council should transition to a system where some Councilors are elected by ward and others are elected at large
  4. The make-up should be 3 elected at-large and four elected by ward
  5. Any changes should be approved by voters in a referendum
  6. Transition should occur during the Council's regular election cycle

Members[1]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 4 Aug. 1980..
  2. Schilling, Rob. "Charlottesville Elections: Exposing Central Party Democrat Fraud, Corruption, Racial Manipulation and Hypocrisy." Weblog post. The Schilling Show Blog. 5 Mar. 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://blog.schillingshow.com/2009/03/05/charlottesville-elections-exposing-central-party-democrat-fraud-corruption-racial-manipulation-and-hypocrisy/>.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 3 Nov. 1980.