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— Term Limits and Accountability for All Elected Officials InitiativeOrdinance —

Local
June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

City of National City
Measure B Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

3,023 votes yes (48.6%)

3,200 votes no (51.4%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (21/21).
  • 6,448 ballots counted.

TERM LIMITS AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS INITIATIVE

Shall an ordinance be adopted repealing the existing voter-approved limit of three consecutive four-year terms upon the office of the Mayor, and in its place, imposing a limit of two consecutive four-year terms upon the offices of the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Clerk, and City Treasurer?

Summary

In 2004, the voters of National City adopted Proposition "T", codified as National City Municipal Code Section 2.72.10, which imposed a limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor of National City.

If approved by a majority votes [sic], this measure would apply prospectively to new full terms beginning after the June 5, 2018 Statewide Special Election, would eliminate the existing limit of three consecutive four-year terms for the Office of the Mayor, and would instead impose a limit of two consecutive four-year terms upon all elected National City officials, namely, the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Clerk, and City Treasurer.

 

[Voter's Edge has quoted this text from attachments to the agenda of the March 6, 2018, meeting of the City Council of National City. Documents relevant to Measure B appear as "BALLOT MEASURE ALTERNATIVE 1 - Special Election" on Pages 130 through 136 of the 318-page PDF here.]

— City Attorney, National City
Impartial analysis / Proposal

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

In 2004, the voters of National City adopted Proposition "T" (National City Municipal Code Section 2.72.10) which imposed a limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor of National City. Currently, there are no term limits on the following elective offices in National City: the Offices of City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer.

The proposed measure would repeal the existing limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor, and would instead impose a limit of two consecutive four-year terms on that office. The proposed measure would also impose a new limit of two consecutive four-year terms on the Offices of City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer.

The proposed measure would apply prospectively to new full terms beginning after the June 5, 2018 Statewide Primary Election. Accordingly, the proposed measure would not apply to the past and present terms of those persons who currently hold, or previously held, the Offices of Mayor, City Councilmember, City Clerk, or City Treasurer.

The proposed measure allows a person to serve indefinitely in elective office as long as such person does not serve more than two consecutive terms in any one elective office after June 5, 2018.

The proposed measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the required number of voters.

ANGIL MORRIS-JONES

City Attorney

City of National City

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE/PROPOSITION B

 

MAYOR RON MORRISON
urges your support for
Measure B – REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS.

 

Measure B - REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS will strengthen National City' s Term Limits Law (Proposition T) that passed in 2004 with 70% of the vote. Measure B will:

  • Apply a strict 2-Term Limit to ALL elected officials in National City.
  • Close the "Loophole" in Proposition T that allows City Councilmembers to serve an unlimited number of terms.
  • Limit both the Mayor and the Council to the same number of terms.

Measure B - REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS will stop a Power Grab by City Councilmembers who want to force the Mayor out of office while they serve unlimited terms.

Measure B - REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS restricts both the Mayor and Council to the same number of terms, restoring the balance of power between Mayor and Council.

"It’s only fair. The Mayor and Council need to be on equal footing. Proposition T was a good idea, but it didn't go far enough. This reform is fair to every National City elected official. 2 terms for everyone. Period."
Victor Barajas,
Government Watchdog
Member, Police Oversight Board

Measure B - REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS is FAlR to every elected official in National City.
Measure B will require the Mayor, the City Treasurer, the City Clerk and every member of the City Council to give up their seats after 2 terms in office.

Measure B - REAL & FAIR TERM LIMITS is the only Term Limit proposal that imposes a strict 2-term limit on National City's elected officials.

If term limits are good enough for the President of the United State and the Governor of California, they are good enough for the Mayor and Council of National City.

YES on Measure B
2-Terms for Mayor and Council
Real & Fair Term Limits

 

SERGIO DE LA MORA
Senior Pastor Cornerstone

ALBERT MENDIVIL
Councilmember

SHERI HERNANDEZ
Resident

FLORFINA S. ARCE
Kimball Tower Resident

RON MORRISON
Mayor of National City

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE/PROPOSITION B

 

DON'T BE FOOLED BY DECEPTIVE PROPOSITION B...

NO ON B - STOP THE POLITICAL POWER GRAB - PROTECT TERM LIMITS

"Proposition B is the most deceptive ballot initiative in National City history. Don't let the politicians and special interests repeal term limits."
-Brian Krepps, President, National City Firefighters Association

NO on B - IT REPEALS TERM LIMITS

  • Read the fine print: the independent City Attorney says Proposition B will 'repeal the existing voter-approved limit of three consecutive four-year terms'.
  • Term limits prevent corruption, reduce taxpayer fraud and keep City Hall accountable. Vote NO.

NO on B - ALLOWS POLITICIANS TO STAY IN OFFICE FOR LIFE

  • Just two National City politicians have been in office for a combined 48 years. That must change, but under Proposition B politicians can continue to serve in office till they die, like Soviet dictators and Iran's Ayatollahs.
  • We need new leaders with fresh ideas representing all our diverse neighborhoods. Vote NO.

NO on B - CREATES A LOOPHOLE FOR ONE POWERFUL POLITICIAN

  • The Union-Tribune revealed Proposition B 'would actually buy more time for one key player' and 'erase mayoral term limits'.
  • All the politicians need to play by the same rules - no exceptions. Vote NO.

NO on B - WRITTEN AND FUNDED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • City contractors and downtown San Diego corporate interests have funneled over $70,000 into undoing term limits and grabbing power for themselves.
  • We can't let them repeal the term limits National City voters approved by 70%. Vote NO.

TAXPAYER ADVOCATES, COMMUNITY LEADERS, FIREFIGHTERS, TEACHERS OPPOSE PROPOSITION B

DON'T BE FOOLED BY DECEPTIVE PROPOSITION B...

NO ON B - STOP THE POLITICAL POWER GRAB - PROTECT TERM LIMITS

 

JEREMY DAY
Vice-President
National City Firefighters Association

CAROL KIM
Middle Class Taxpayers Association

ROBERTO GARCIA
Commissioner/Past Chair
National City Planning Commission

ROSALIE ALVARADO
Retired Trustee, National City Schools

CHRISTINA SOTELO BENSON
President
National City Teachers Association

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE/PROPOSITION B

ORDINANCE NO. ____
AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL CITY AMENDING SECTION 2.72.010 OF CHAPTER 2.72 OF THE NATIONAL CITY MUNICIPAL CODE TO ENACT TERM LIMITS FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE CITY

THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL CITY HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

WHEREAS, the elected officials of National City currently include the Mayor, members of the City Council, City Clerk, and City Treasurer; and,

WHEREAS, on November 2, 2004, the voters of National City voted to adopt Proposition T, limiting persons serving as Mayor to three (3) consecutive terms, and requiring any person holding the office of Mayor for three (3) consecutive terms to wait for one (1) full election cycle before she or he may again be a candidate for, and assume the Office of Mayor; and

WHEREAS, National City currently does not impose term limits on members of the City Council, or persons serving as City Clerk and City Treasurer; and

WHEREAS, the positive aspects of term limits include:

  • Encouraging new people to get involved in local government;
  • Broadening the base of potential candidates;
  • Increasing responsiveness to the public;
  • Encouraging fresh ideas;
  • Providing voters with more choices;
  • Increasing voter turnout;
  • Ensuring a better balance of power among different interest groups;
  • Encouraging more diversity of members of the City Council;
  • Encouraging broader representation of different neighborhoods; and,

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City that term limits be established for all City elected officials, and it is the purpose and intent of this Initiative Ordinance to achieve the positive impacts of term limits mentioned above for all City elected offices; and

WHEREAS, to facilitate the positive impacts of term limits mentioned above, all City elected officials, including the Mayor, members of the City Council, City Clerk, and Treasurer should be required to abide by term limits; and,

WHEREAS, because Measure T was adopted by the voters in 2004, that term limit law, applying only to the office of Mayor, can only be modified and extended to impose term limits on all City elected officials by approval of a majority vote of voters of the City; and

WHEREAS, this initiative ordinance will extend the coverage of the term limit law to all elected officials in the City, and impose a limit of two (2) consecutive terms for each City elective office; and

WHEREAS, an individual, immediately after completing two (2) consecutive terms in any particular City elective office, would be eligible to seek nomination and election to a different City elective office, or alternatively, would only be eligible to seek nomination and election to the same City elective office after waiting one election cycle following completion of the second consecutive term in that City elective office; and

WHEREAS, if approved, the term limits contained in this initiative ordinance woudl apply prospectively to full terms commencing after the June 5, 2018 Statewide Primary Election.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL CITY, CALIFORNIA, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Name.

This ordinance initiative shall be known and may be cited as the "Term Limits and Accountability for All Elected Officials Initiative," and shall be referred to herein as the "initiative ordinance."

Section 2. Municipal Code Text. Section 2.72.010 of Chapter 2.72 of the National City Municipal Code shall be immediately repealed in its entirety and replaced as follows:

2.72.010 - Term limits for All Elected Officials in the City.

(a) No person shall be eligible for election to serve in any elective City office, which shall include the offices of Mayor, members of the City Council, City Clerk, and City Treasurer, for mor than two (2) consecutive terms in the same elective office. This limitation on terms shall not apply to any unexpired term to which a person is elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in any elective City office, if the remainder of the term is less than one-half of the full term of office.

(b) No person who has already served in the same elective City office for two (2) consecutive terms, may be elected to serve another term in the same elective office until after at least one (1) election cycle has elapsed following the end of the second consecutive term for that City elective office; provided, however, that any person who is elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in any elective City office for which the remainder of the unexpired term is less than on-half of the full term of office, may be elected to, and serve in office for up to two (2) additional terms in that same elective City office before being required to wait one (1) election cycle before seeking election again to that same office.

(c) This section shall apply prospectively to full terms of office commencing after the June 5, 2018 Statewide Primary Election.

Section 3. Adoption Date and Effective Dates.

If a majority of the voters adopt this initiative ordinance, it shall be a valid enactment of the City, binding on all elected City officials and applying to elections for all City elective offices following the enactment of this initiative ordinance.

Section 4. Competing Measures.

If this initiative ordinance and another measure on the same subject matter appear on the same ballot, and a majority of the voters approve both measures, the measure that receives the most votes shall prevail over the other measure in its entirety, as this measure is deemed to irreconcilably conflict with any other measure addressing the same subject matter.

Section 5. Future Amendments.

This initiative ordinance may be amended or rescinded only by a vote of the People at a municipal election.

Section 6. Severability.

If any subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this initiative ordinance or any part thereof is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of this initiative ordinance or any part thereof. The People of National City hereby declare that they would have passed each subsection, paragraph, clause, or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, or phrases be declared unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable.

 

Measure B repeals the current term limit on the Mayor’s office and replaces it with a maximum 2-term limit. Repealing the previous limit on the mayor’s office and replacing it with new limits means current Mayor Ron Morrison, who is terming out, would be able to run for mayor two more times. If elected each term, he would be able to serve 8 more years. Measure B applies the same term limit on City Council members, City Clerk and City Treasurer. Right now those positions don't have a term limit. 

For more on Measure B and Measure C in National City, you can read KPBS' coverage.

— Jade Hindmon, KPBS Reporter
Yes on Measure B
No on Measure B

Contact Info

Yes on Measure B
National City Citizens for Responsible Government
Misc. Item:

An organization called National City Citizens for Responsible Government was mentioned as supporting this measure in a March 8, 2018, article in the San Diego Reader

No on Measure B
National City Citizens for Real Term Limits
Contact Name:

Andrew McKercher

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