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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Fullerton
Measure II Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

23,725 votos si (54.1%)

20,110 votos no (45.9%)

100% de distritos activos (79/79).

Shall members of the legislative body of the City of Fullerton be elected by districts described in Ordinance No. 3230?

¿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. 3230, which changes the current city-wide at-large election system to a district election system, allowing the creation of five districts, from which one council member would be elected by voters of each district, 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 five 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 submitted.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Fullerton City Attorney

This measure seeks voter approval of Ordinance 3230, which would amend the City’s method and manner of election of members to the Fullerton City Council commencing with the election in November 2018 election.
The City of Fullerton, as a general law city, currently has five City Council members elected by all City voters (at large) to terms of four years each, staggered so that three are elected in one election year and two are elected in the next. The Mayor is selected annually 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 Fullerton’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 districts. A candidate must reside within an election district and is elected only by voters residing within that district.

Under the proposed ordinance, the City would be divided into five geographic districts, as shown on the attached map, equal in population according to the latest federal decennial census. All Council Members would be chosen by this district method for four-year terms. The Mayor would continue to be selected by the City Council as is done now.

Elections would continue to be staggered so that every two years, there would be a Council Member election, with two Council Member 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. The measure includes a map of the initial district boundaries selected after an extensive public process. 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. 3230, which changes the current city-wide at-large election system to a district election system, allowing the creation of five districts, from which one council member would be elected by voters of each district, commencing with the November 2018 election.

A “no” vote on this measure would leave in place the current at large system for electing all five 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 II. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE MEASURE OR OF ORDINANCE 3230, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (714) 738-6355, AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU.

Dated: July 5, 2016

s/ Richard D. Jones
City Attorney

Efectos fiscales

No document filed.

Tax rate

No document was filed.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Fullerton is a great city with a small town feel and no matter what laws change in our community, we must work together to ensure that Fullerton always remains a special place. Recent changes in California state law dictate that the city of Fullerton will no longer be able to elect its city council members by a city-wide vote. Instead, starting in 2018, voters will only be able to vote for one council member who lives in their respective voting district. Fullerton will be divided into five voting districts and the map of those recommended districts is attached.
The City Council felt that changing our election system required a strong community process. The recommended map contained in this measure came about after extensive public education and involvement of community members across the spectrum of our city at community meetings, through on-line engagement and at public hearings. In June of this year, the recommended map was unanimously approved by the Fullerton City Council.

Fullerton is a City with amazing history and a big heart. The proposed map respects our communities of interest and gives all Fullerton citizens a common voice in representation of our unique historic downtown, the heart of our community. Our downtown is our natural meeting place. Whether it is First Night, the Thursday Night Market or the Veterans Day Parade, downtown is at the center of it all.

We recognize not everyone is happy with having council districts or with this specific map. But after much community engagement, a unified city council joined together in support of this plan.

Please join us in moving forward with community pride for an even better Fullerton.

We urge you to vote “Yes” on Measure II.

s/ Jennifer Fitzgerald
Mayor, City of Fullerton

s/ Jeremy Popoff Fullerton
Resident and Business Owner

s/ Sam Han Fullerton
Resident

s/ Joe Lins
President, Fullerton Century 21 Discovery and Fullerton Resident

s/ Mike Mendoza
Fullerton Resident and Business Owner

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

Voters should vote No on Measure II because the five districts included in the ballot measure will fracture and divide our city. The measure’s district boundaries cut up our community to prevent neighbors from electing a representative of their choosing while protecting the council members elected under the current system. It’s gerrymandering at its worst.
Measure II divides our downtown community into five separate districts, making it impossible for roughly 26,000 Fullerton residents to elect a city council member to represent the unique and challenging problems affecting their homes. Not allowing downtown residents a voice to speak out against the increasing negative impacts on their neighborhoods from downtown bars and overdevelopment is a mistake Fullerton can’t afford.

Measure II also splits the Rolling Hills neighborhood into two while it combines other neighborhoods that are not the least bit similar. Historic downtown houses on Whiting are crammed into a district with the Amerige Heights community. Renters in the high rise apartments on Santa Fe are jammed into a district with residents west of Buena Park High School. People who live east of Craig Park are lumped into a district with renters at Commonwealth and Lemon. These grotesque distortions of geography are disrespectful of the communities and neighborhoods of Fullerton.

By-District Elections could have been used to improve representation for all residents of Fullerton. But instead of creating an opportunity for a greater range of Fullerton voices to be heard, the boundaries devised by a downtown bar owner will serve only a limited set of political interests that are very different from yours.

Vote no on Measure II. Don’t let special interests determine Fullerton’s future.

s/ Jane Rands
Author Map 10 A

s/ Ryan Cantor
Map 7 Author

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

The district map in this ballot measure was devised by a bar owner who didn’t attend any of the eight community meetings on the voting districts. And why should he? He and other bar owners just wanted to use the district elections as a tool to maintain their power over, and prevent downtown area residents from having a voice on City Council.
On Weekend nights our historic downtown becomes a drunkard’s playground. Our police make a record number of DUI arrests downtown, while bar owners host lavish fundraisers for council candidates each election. No wonder we can’t clean up downtown!

Everyone in the city deserves a neighborhood voice on the council. That is what district elections should do. But to create this gerrymandered confluence of district boundaries in downtown, neighborhoods were split apart all over the city.

Look at district 3. It extends from downtown, through Cal State Fullerton, and into Rolling Hills. It then conveniently winds its way along a residential street to create districts that protect the current city council members from having to run against each other for reelection in 2018.

This map is the product of a completely failed process not a “strong community process.” The city council rode roughshod over months of input to select the one map that most disrespects communities of interest. None of the five districts have a connection to the neighborhoods they’re supposed to represent.

For the good of your family and your neighbors, reject Measure II. Vote No on II.

s/ Daniel R. Torres
Fullerton Citizen

s/ Mark H. Shapiro
Fullerton Resident

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Let us be clear, Fullerton must move from at-large, citywide elections to by-district voting for its city council. If this measure fails, our settlement agreement dictates that a court of law will draw our districts, leaving our community NO say in how those districts look.
The map included in this measure was unanimously selected by our City Council after months of community meetings and on-line citizen engagement. In the end, many across this community said this was the best map because it was respectful of the unique character of our neighborhoods like West Fullerton, Fullerton Hills, South Fullerton and our education district and it complied with the law in respect to “communities of interest.”

And while this map respects the unique character of our neighborhoods, it also brings our community together in our own historic Downtown. Why Downtown? Much like Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, our historic downtown is our center for culture, commerce, transportation and government. Fullerton residents are proud of our history and identify with our Downtown as something uniquely “Fullerton.” This map is able to provide the crucial benefit of unification, that we all benefited from under the previous at-large election system, by ensuring that every resident of Fullerton has a voice in our historic core. Empowering our residents with a voice in Downtown, while still improving representation of our “communities of interest” is what defines Measure II.

Vote “Yes” on Measure II to improve representation for your neighborhood and preserve local control for Fullerton’s future.

s/ Jennifer Fitzgerald
Mayor, City of Fullerton

s/ Jeremy Popoff
Fullerton Resident and Business Owner

s/ Sam Han
Fullerton Resident

s/ Joe Lins President, Fullerton Century 21 Discovery, Fullerton Resident and Business Owner

s/ Mike Mendoza
Fullerton Resident and Business Owner

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

The People of the City of Fullerton do ordain as follows:
Chapter 2.04 of the Fullerton Municipal Code shall be amended to provide that commencing in 2018, City Council Members shall be elected by-district, with voters in each district only being permitted to vote for a council member residing in that district to the City Council. Current Council Member terms of office will not be affected. There shall be five districts, and the initial district boundaries shall be as set forth on the map attached hereto as Exhibit A. Revisions to boundaries may be made by ordinance periodically to adjust for a change in the City boundaries and following issuance of United States census data every 10 years to maintain districts with approximately equal population. The number of districts may not be changed without a vote of the people.

IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE DISTRICT ELECTIONS ORDINANCE NO. 3230, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (714)738-6350, AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU.

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