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City of Culver City
Measure CD - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

12,201 votes yes (72.79%)

4,560 votes no (27.21%)

100% of precincts reporting (25/25).

Shall Section 608 of the Charter of the City of Culver City be amended to authorize the City Council to determine the dates of Regular Meetings of the City Council?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The Culver City City Council has placed Measure CD on the ballot, which would

amend Culver City Charter Section 608 “City Council Meetings,” to authorize

the City Council to set the dates of its regular meetings by ordinance or

resolution, removing the Charter requirement that the City Council hold regular

meetings “at least twice each month.

”Existing law, as set forth in Charter Section 608, provides the City Council shall

hold two regular meetings each month, at times set by ordinance or resolution.

The proposed Measure CD would delete the two meetings per month

requirement and allow the City Council to set the dates and number of regular

City Council meetings by adopting an ordinance or resolution. Thus, the City

Council could determine that it will hold more than two regular meetings in a

given month, but it could also hold less than two regular meetings in another

month, as it deems appropriate. The Council still would be required to set those

dates by ordinance or resolution.

To be adopted, State law requires that this Measure be approved by a simple

majority of the voters. A “Yes” vote on Measure CD would eliminate the

requirement that the City Council hold regular Council meetings at least twice

each month and allow the City Council to determine the Council regular meeting

dates by ordinance or resolution. A “No” vote would require the City Council to

continue to hold regular meetings at least twice each month.

Dated: August 12, 2016

CAROL A. SCHWAB

City Attorney

City of Culver City

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure CD. If you desire a

copy of the measure, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 253-5851 or

city.clerk@culvercity.org and a copy will be mailed or emailed to you at no

charge. You may also access the text from the internet at www.culvercity.org 

 

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Measure CD allows the City Council to control its own calendar. The City

Charter requires that the Council shall hold regular meetings “at least twice each

month.” This change would remove the words “at least twice each month.” When

the City Council operated as both the Council and the Redevelopment Agency,

it met four times a month –twice as Council and twice as the Redevelopment

Agency. With the dissolution of redevelopment, the Council only regularly meets

twice a month. This charter change gives the Council flexibility in setting the

number of meeting dates. As an example, the City normally does not hold

Council meetings on the night before the municipal elections nor on national

holidays. While the Council has priority on use of the Council Chambers, it can

become a significant inconvenience to other organizations that use the Council

Chambers such as the School District or City commissions when they get bumped

from their normal meeting dates. Although it is the City Council’s intent to meet

twice each month whenever possible, the Council should have flexibility to set

the number of meetings during any given month.

 

JIM B. CLARKE

Mayor, City of Culver City

JEFFREY COOPER

Vice Mayor, City of Culver City

MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS

Council Member, City of Culver City

THOMAS SMALL

Council Member, City of Culver City

GÖRAN ERIKSSON

Council Member, City of Culver City

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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