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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Costa Mesa
Measure EE Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

23,295 votos si (65.1%)

12,495 votos no (34.9%)

100% de distritos activos (66/66).

Shall members of the legislative body of the City of Costa Mesa be elected by district as described in Ordinance No. 16-05,  establishing  six  equal,  geographically based districts, and the Mayor of the City of Costa Mesa elected on a citywide basis for a term of two years by the voters of the entire city, for a maximum of two terms?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote on this measure would approve Ordinance No. 16-05, which changes the current city-wide at-large election system to a district election system, allowing the creation of 6 districts, from which one council member would be elected by voters of each district and a Mayor elected citywide, commencing with the November 2018 election.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote on this measure would leave in place the current at-large system for electing all 5 Council Members, elected by all voters city-wide, for staggered terms of four years each, with the Mayor selected by the council.

Antecedentes

No document was filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Costa Mesa City Attorney

This measure seeks voter approval of Ordinance 16-05, which would amend the City’s method and manner of electing members to the Costa Mesa City Council commencing in November 2018.

The City of Costa Mesa, as a general law city, currently has 5 City Council members elected by all City voters to terms of four years each, staggered so that 3 are elected one election year and 2 are elected in the next. The Mayor is selected every two years by members of the City Council.

The proposed measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council as part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs who asserted that Costa Mesa’s current at-large system violated the California Voting Rights Act. The measure would change this system to “district-based elections,” a method of electing members to the City Council by voters residing within that district and the Mayor elected by voters citywide. Under the proposed ordinance, the City would be divided into 6 geographic districts, as shown on the attached map, equal in population according to the latest federal decennial census. All Council Members elected by-district would serve a four-year term for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Mayor elected by voters citywide (as opposed to the current system, where the Mayor is selected by members of the City Council) would serve a two-year term for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Elections would continue to be staggered so that every 2 years, there would be a Council Member election with 3 Council Member and the Mayor seats up for election at one election (commencing in November 2018) and three Council Member seats up for election at the next election (commencing in November 2020). Current council members would continue to serve until they are replaced at the end of their current terms of office. After the initial establishment of the districts, the district boundaries would be modified, if necessary, every ten years so that each district continues to be as nearly equal in population as may be according to the latest federal decennial census. A “yes” vote on this measure would approve Ordinance No. 16-05, which changes the current city-wide at-large election system to a district election system, allowing the creation of 6 districts, from which one council member would be elected by voters of each district and a Mayor elected citywide, commencing with the November 2018 election. A “no” vote on this measure would leave in place the current at-large system for electing all 5 Council Members, elected by all voters city-wide, for staggered terms of four years each, with the Mayor selected by the council. THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE EE. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE MEASURE OR OF ORDINANCE 16-05, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (714) 754-5225, AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU.

Efectos fiscales

No document was submitted.

Tax rate

No document was filed.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure EE presents voters with a fair plan for city council districts. It gives communities of interest, ethnicity, and socio-economic status a chance to elect city councilmembers reflecting their neighborhoods.

Measure EE creates six city council districts and a directly elected Mayor. The Mayor is elected citywide and has the same power as a city councilmember.

Each district contains approximately 18,500 residents, or about 9,000 voters.

This eliminates any real or perceived barriers for anyone interested in seeking a city council office.

The city has already paid $55,000 to the attorneys firm that brought a lawsuit forcing us to change from citywide voting to electing councilmembers by district.

Part of our settlement is changing to district elections.

This is a summary of the proposed 6 districts city council districts:

District 1: Mesa Verde, Upper and Lower Birds, the State Streets, Wimbledon Village and the SoCo area. Includes the Fairview Developmental Center.

District 2: Halecrest, Mesa North, South Coast Metro and the Sobeca District

District 3: College Park, Mesa Del Mar and a small slice of the Eastside just east of the 55 Freeway. Includes Orange Coast College, Vanguard University and the OC Fair & Event Center.

District 4: Dense Westside pocket south of the Fairview Developmental Center, ranging from Harbor Boulevard west to Monrovia Avenue and south to West 17th Street

District 5: Wraps around District 4, taking in downtown and about half the Westside. Includes Fairview Park and Talbert Regional Park.

District 6: Covers virtually all of the Eastside, except the portion in District 3.

Measure EE will reduce the cost of campaigning because candidates can now easily walk their districts. They won’t have to rely upon expensive mailers to communicate with voters.

Measure EE is the best plan for fair representation in Costa Mesa. Vote Yes.

s/ James Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Steve Mensinger Mayor, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Gary Monahan Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Janet Krochman Certified Public Accountant/Commissioner, Costa Mesa Senior Commission

s/ Gordon Bowley President, Costa Mesa United

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument could be submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

No Rebuttal to Con Argument could be submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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