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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Placentia
Measure NN Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

11,135 votos si (59.6%)

7,536 votos no (40.4%)

100% de distritos activos (25/25).

Shall Ordinance No. O-2016-05 be approved to amend the City Charter to require the City Council to establish five equal, geographically based districts from which council members will be elected by residents of those districts to serve four year 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. O-2016-05, 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, with the Mayor to continue to be selected by the Council from among its members.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote on this measure would leave in place the current charter provision which provides for 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 filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Placentia City Attorney

This measure seeks voter approval of Ordinance No. O-2016-05, which would amend the City Charter concerning the method and manner of election of members to the Placentia City Council.
The City Charter, last amended in 2002, currently calls for elections of five City Council members 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 proposed measure, placed on the ballot by the City Council, 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 equal in population according to the latest federal decennial census. Factors which may be considered in creating the districts are: (1) topography, (2) geography, (3) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (4) community of interest of the districts. Cal. Elec. Code § 21620. Communities of interest may include racial, ethnic, and language minorities, but under federal law, race cannot be the predominate factor.

Elections would continue to be staggered as they currently are. The measure does not specify the exact manner of drawing districts, which would be done in accordance with State law. 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. If this measure is approved, by-district elections would commence in the November 2018 election.

A “yes” vote on this measure would approve Ordinance No. O-2016-05, 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, with the Mayor to continue to be selected by the Council from among its members.

A “no” vote on this measure would leave in place the current charter provision which provides for 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 NN. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE MEASURE OR OF ORDINANCE NO. O-2016-05, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (714) 993-8217 AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED TO YOU AT NO COST.

Dated: August 8, 2016

s/ Christian L. Bettenhausen
City Attorney

Efectos fiscales

No document filed.

Tax rate

No document filed.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

This ballot measure is to revise the City Charter to change from an “at-large”  voting system for the election of Councilmembers to five districts with a single Councilmember elected from each district. Each district would have equal population under this measure.
District elections would significantly reduce the cost for a candidate to run for a Council seat since he or she only has to campaign in a single district of 10,100 people instead of the entire city of over 50,500. This ballot measure will help ensure that you elect someone who represents you and your neighborhood. A district election system will create a more diverse and representative Council. The district system would also create a closer relationship between the neighborhood and their Councilmember, and help make your voice better heard at City Hall because you know exactly who represents you.

The current at-large Council election system dates to Placentia’s incorporation in 1926 when it was a small town and 500 people voted to establish the City. Today, the Council’s decision to take the steps necessary to change to district voting was done to ensure compliance with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001.

I urge voters to vote “yes” to change the City Charter and create district elections for the 2018 election.

s/ Joseph V. Aguirre
Former Placentia Mayor and Councilmember

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

No Con Argument filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument could be filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

No Rebuttal to Con Argument could be filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

The People of the City of Placentia do ordain as follows:
Placentia Charter sections 600 and 601 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. The term of office shall be four years and council members will continue to be elected on a staggered basis. There shall be five districts, to be determined by the City Council in any manner provided by law. 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. 0-2016-05 PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (714) 993-8217, AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU.

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