By The Capistrano Dispatch
The San Juan Capistrano City Council will recognize the 163rd anniversary of California’s first constitution on Tuesday night at City Hall.
The original constitution was ratified November 13, 1849—nearly a year before the state became a part of the union. The constitution was eventually superseded by the state’s current constitution in 1879.
Archive documents show that 22 San Juan Capistrano residents were part of the vote to approve, including notable names such as Forster, Rios, Verdugo and Alipaz.
The presentation will be led by the city’s Youth Advisory Board and will include a reenactment of the vote by fourth-graders from San Juan Elementary School. The students will also present state birthday cards that will go on display at the San Juan Capistrano Library.