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— Expand and Strengthen Term Limits InitiativeOrdinance —

Local
June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

City of National City
Measure C Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,407 votes yes (55.1%)

2,775 votes no (44.9%)

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

EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE

Shall an ordinance be adopted preserving the existing voter-approved term limit of three consecutive four-year terms upon the office of the Mayor, imposing a limit of three consecutive four-year terms upon the offices of City Councilmembers, City Clerk, and City Treasurer, and limiting the offices of the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Clerk and City Treasurer to a lifetime total of six four-year terms in all of those offices combined?

Summary

[The following text, signed by the City Attorney, appears as the Explanation accompanying the March 6, 2018, Council Agenda Statement for "Ballot Measure Alternative 2 (Special Election)", now assigned the label Measure C. This text appears on page 160 of the 318-page document here.]

In 2004, the voters of National City adopted Proposition "T", codified as National City Municipal Code Section 2.72.010, which imposed a limit of three consectutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor of National City.

If approved by a majority vote, this measure would apply prospectively to new full terms beginning after the June 5, 2018 Statewide Primary Election, would keep in effect the existing limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor, would impose a limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Offices of City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer, and would limit the Offices of the Mayor, City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer to a lifetime total of six four-year terms in all of those offices combined.

 

— City Attorney, City of 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: the Offices of City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer.

The proposed measure would preserve the existing limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Office of the Mayor. The proposed measure would also impose a new limit of three consecutive four-year terms on the Offices of City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. The proposed measure allows a person to serve in more than one elective office. However, the proposed measure would limit a person serving in the Offices of Mayor, City Councilmember, City Clerk, and City Treasurer to a lifetime total of six four-year terms in all of those offices combined beginning after June 5, 2018.

Regarding 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 City Councilmember, City Clerk, or City Treasurer.

Regarding the Office of the Mayor, the proposed measure would preserve the existing limit of three consecutive four-year terms. Accordingly, the past and present terms of the person currently holding that office would prohibit that person from serving another consecutive term in that office.

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 C

 

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION C
PROTECT TERM LIMITS – HOLD THE POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE
"Only Proposition C preserves and strengthens Term Limits in National City. No exceptions. No special deals for the politicians."
-Brian Krepps, President, National City Firefighters Association

PROPOSITION C PROTECTS VOTER-APPROVED TERM LIMITS

  • Proposition C preserves the term limits National City voters approved by 70% for the office of Mayor. No exceptions.

PROPOSITION C EXPANDS TERM LIMITS TO ALL CITY OFFICES

  • Proposition C expands term limits in National City to all elected offices so every city politician follows the same rules. No special deals.

PROPOSITION C MEANS NO POLITICIAN STAYS IN OFFICE FOREVER

  • Politicians shouldn't be in office for life - that's how you get corruption, taxpayer fraud and government that's unaccountable to the people.
  • Proposition C imposes lifetime term limits on all the politicians. Six terms and they're done.

PROPOSITION C KEEPS ALL OUR NEIGHBORHOODS REPRESENTED

  • Term limits ensure voters have more choices at election time, all our neighborhoods get represented at City Hall and encourages more diversity on the City Council. Vote YES.

PROPOSITION C HAS AN IRONCLAD GUARANTEE

  • The independent City Attorney has verified that Proposition C will "preserve the existing voter - approved term limit of three consecutive four-year terms." No loopholes.

PROPOSITION C IS SUPPORTED BY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WE TRUST

  • National City Firefighters, Teachers, Nurses, United Domestic Workers, Environmental Health Coalition, National City Park Apartments, League of Conservation Voters, Middle Class Taxpayers Association all AGREE:

Vote YES on PROPOSITION C.

YES ON PROPOSITION C
PROTECT TERM LIMITS – HOLD THE POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE

 

CAROL KIM
Boardmember
Middle Class Taxpayer Association

ROSALIE ALVARADO
Retired Trustee, National City Schools

CHRISTINA SOTELO BENSON
President
National City Teachers Association

ROBERTO GARCIA
National City Planning Commissioner

JEREMY DAY
Vice-President
National City Firefighters Association

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE/PROPOSITION C

 

DON’T BE FOOLED!
Stop the Special Interest Power Grab!
Vote NO on Measure C!

Look closely. There’s nothing “Real” about Measure C. It’s a Special Interest Power Grab – plain and simple.

Here are the facts:

  • Outside special interests spent tens of thousands of dollars writing Measure C and paying signature gatherers to qualify for the ballot.
  • These outside interests are supported by City Council members whose campaigns they finance.
  • Their goal is to Stop YOU, the voters, from being able to vote for Mayor Morrison in November.
  • Measure C stops the Mayor from running for re-election but allows Councilmembers to run for 3 more terms.

That's right. They want to shut the Mayor out of power while keeping power for themselves.

Measure C is NOT "Real Term Limits". Measure C is "Phony Term Limits" wrapped in a smokescreen to hide a Special Interest Power Grab.

National City's Term Limits Law (Proposition T) was a good idea, but it didn’t go far enough. It placed term limits only on the Mayor, creating an imbalance where Councilmembers could serve unlimited terms.

Last year, Clean Government Advocates circulated an initiative to impose a two-term limit on every National City elected official (Mayor, City Council, City Treasurer and City Clerk).

To stop this reform and protect their power, outside special interests and their City Council allies created Measure C.

Measure C is completely phony. Read the fine print:

  • Measure C allows up to 6 terms, not the 2 terms advocated by Clean Government advocates.
  • Measure C will prohibit the Mayor from running for office again while City Councilmembers can keep running.

Measure C protects the Special Interests and Councilmembers at the expense of the Mayor - a Blatant Power Grab!

DON’T BE FOOLED!
Stop the Outside Special Interest Power Grab!
Vote NO on Measure C!

 

VICTOR BARAJAS
Chairman – National City CFRG

STELLA SUTTON
Resident

JERRY CANO
City Council Member

JESUS AGUIRRE
Resident

RON MORRISON
Mayor, National City

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE/PROPOSITION C

ORDINANCE NO. ____

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL CITY ADDING SECTION 2.73.010 OF CHAPTER 2.73 OF THE NATIONAL CITY MUNICIPAL CODE TO ENACT LIMITS ON CONSECUTIVE TERMS FOR OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY AND ADDING SECTION 2.73.020 OF CHAPTER 2.73 OF THE NATIONAL CITY MUNICIPAL CODE TO ENACT LIFETIME TERM LIMITS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE CITY

THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL CITY HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

WHEREAS, the elected officials of the city 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 the city 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 limits on consecutive terms of office on members of the City Council, or persons serving as City Clerk or 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 among members of the City Council; and
  • Encouraging broader representation of different neighborhoods.

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest 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 limits on consecutive terms of office; and

WHEREAS, there currently is no limit on how many years an individual can be elected to City offices during their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, the current Mayor of National City has held City elected office for more than a quarter century; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the City to adopt a lifetime limit on holding City elected offices; and

WHEREAS, it requires a majority vote of voters of the City to expand term limits to all City elected officials and to adopt a lifetime limit on the holding of City elected offices; and

WHEREAS, if approved, the term limits contained in this initiative ordinance would apply prospectively to full terms commencing after the approval of this initiative ordinance.

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

Section 1. Name.

This ordinance initiative shall be known and may be cited as the "Expand and Strengthen Term Limits Initiative," and shall be referred to herein as the "initiative ordinance."

Section 2. Municipal Code Text. Sections 2.73.010 and 2.73.020 of Chapter 2.73 of the National City Municipal Code shall be added as follows:

CHAPTER 2.73 - Term Limits for Elected City Offices

2.73.010 - Limits on Consecutive Terms of Office For Other Elected Officials in the City.

(a) No person shall be eligible for nomination and election to serve in the offices of members of the City Council, City Clerk, and City Treasurer, for more than three (3) consecutive terms in the same elected office, and no person who has held the office of members of the City Council, City Clerk, or City Treasurer for three consecutive terms may again seek nomination and election to that same elected office until one election cycle following the termination of the third term in that same elected office has elapsed. This limitation on terms shall not apply to any unexpired term to which a person is elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in the offices of members of the City Council, City Clerk, or City Treasurer, if the remainder of the term is less than one-half of the full term of office.

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

2.73.020 - Lifetime Limits Terms of Office For All Elected Officials in the City.

(a) No person shall be eligible for nomination and 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 more than six (6) terms in all elected offices combined. 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 once-half [i][sic--the National City Clerk has confirmed to Voter's Edge by phone that this will be corrected to "one-half" in the final version][/i] of the full term of office.

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

Section 3. Request for Special Election.

The People of the city of National City hereby request that this ordinance be submitted immediately to a vote of the people at a special election.

Section 4. 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 elected offices following the enactment of this initiative ordinance.

Section 5. 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 6. Future Amendments.

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

Section 7. 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 the city of National City hereby declare that they would have passed each subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more subsections, paragraphs, clauses, or phrases be declared unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable.

Measure C will keep the current term limit on the Mayor’s office, meaning the current mayor will term out in 2018. It also applies the same term limit to City Councilmembers, City Clerk and City Treasurer. It also means no one can serve longer than a total of six four-year terms in any of those positions combined.

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

— Jade Hindmon, KPBS Reporter
Yes on Measure C
No on Measure C
Yes on Measure C
National City Citizens for Real Term Limits
Contact Name:

Andrew McKercher

No on Measure C
National City Citizens for Responsible Government
Misc. Item:

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

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