Seeking to curb excess costs for its upcoming special elections, the city will lobby the state for permission to reschedule a city election now slated March 5 to coincide with the March 19 state primary.
The city election, which will decide four measures, was brought about by a citizens' initiative and, by law, must be held March 5. But with the state primary to fill vacancies in three legislative districts scheduled for March 19, city officials said they will request that the state pass special legislation to allow the change.
In a memo, Anaheim City Atty. Jack L. White cites the confusion two back-to-back elections may cause Anaheim voters and the costs of the elections to the city.
Gov. Pete Wilson last week set the state primary for March 19 to fill vacancies in three legislative districts, including the Anaheim district state Senate seat left empty by the appointment of John Seymour to the U.S. Senate.