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Special District

San Diego Unified School District
Measure H Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

260,232 votes yes (78.1%)

72,773 votes no (21.9%)

100% of precincts reporting (612/612).

383,466 ballots counted.

Shall City Charter section 66 be amended to limit a member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education from serving more than three four-year terms, beginning in 2020, and not count prior or current terms for purposes of the term limit for those School Board members who hold office on the date of the Municipal General Election in 2020?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Summary

Office of The City Attorney City of San Diego

This measure would amend the San Diego City Charter (Charter) to enact term limits for members of the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District (School Board).

If approved by voters, Charter section 66 would limit a member of the School Board to serving three four-year terms, beginning in 2020. Those School Board members who hold office on the date of the Municipal General Election in November 2020 would not have their prior or current terms counted for purposes of the new term limit.

The ballot measure was proposed during a process in which members of the public submitted ballot measure proposals for consideration by a Council standing committee and then the full Council. The Council voted to place the measure on the ballot. If approved, the Charter would be amended as of the date the amendments are chaptered by the California Secretary of State.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Office of The City Attorney, City of San Diego

The California Constitution authorizes charter cities that include school districts to provide for “the manner in which, the times at which, and the terms for which the members of boards of education shall be elected or appointed, for their qualifications, compensation and removal, and for the number which shall constitute any one of such boards.” Cal. Const. art. IX, § 16(a). This is the limit of a charter city’s authority over a school board.

San Diego City Charter (Charter) section 66 governs the composition and elections of the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District (School Board).

The Charter directs that the School Board be composed of five members, elected at the same time as the City Council, with the top two vote-getters in individual district primary elections advancing to a general election in the entire San Diego Unified School District (School District); and that School Board members serve four-year terms, with no term limits.

This measure would amend the Charter to impose a term limit on School Board members beginning in 2020. The Charter amendments would limit School Board members to serving three four-year terms, with the intention that, after such service, the former School Board member would face a lifetime ban on serving on the School Board.

If approved, School Board members who hold the office as of the date of the Municipal General Election in November 2020 would not have their prior or current terms counted for purposes of applying the new term limit provision.

The Charter sections regarding the School Board were last amended in 1979. The Charter has not included term limits for School Board members since section 66 was enacted in 1931.

This ballot measure was proposed by a School Board member during a process in which members of the public submitted ballot measure proposals for consideration by a Council standing committee and then the full City Council. The City Council voted to place the measure on the ballot.

To comply with the California Constitution and the California Education Code, this ballot measure related to the School District has been submitted only to those voters who are registered to vote within School District boundaries.

Financial effect

Office of The City Attorney, City of San Diego

This measure would limit Board members to three four-year terms in a lifetime, for a total of 12 years, beginning with the elections held in 2020. There is no fiscal impact associated with this Charter amendment.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

No argument in favor or against Measure H was filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument in favor or against Measure H was filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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The text of this measure was entered into Voter's Edge by a League of Women Voters volunteer, using a PDF version of a sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters: http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Sample_Ballots/Eng/SB-ENG-500.pdf

To find your own sample ballot version, containing all the candidates and measures on your own ballot, please use the ROV's sample ballot look-up tool at https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/ballot.asp .

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FULL TEXT OF MEASURE H

ARTICLE VI

BOARD OF EDUCATION

SECTION 66: BOARD OF EDUCATION

The government of the San Diego Unified School District shall be vested in a Board of Education, composed of five members who shall be nominated and elected at the regular municipal primary elections and the general municipal elections at the same time as the election of Council members. At the municipal primary election there shall be chosen by the registered voters of each Board of Education District two candidates for the office of any Board of Education member from a District whose term expires the succeeding December. At the general municipal election the registered voters of the whole San Diego Unified School District shall select from among the candidates chosen at the primary election in each district one candidate for the office of each Board of Education member whose term expires the succeeding December. Each candidate for the Board of Education shall have been a registered voter of the San Diego Unified School District and an actual resident of the election district from which he the candidate seeks to be nominated for thirty (30) days immediately preceding filing of a nominating petition. The members shall serve for a term of four years from and after 10 a.m. the first Monday after the first day of December next succeeding this election and until their successors are elected and qualified, except as herein provided.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter, and commencing in 2020, no person shall serve more than three four-year terms as a member of the Board of Education. Board members who hold the office as of the date of the Municipal General Election in 2020 shall not have prior or current terms counted for purposes of applying this term limit provision.

Any vacancy occurring in the Board shall be filled from the election district in which the vacancy occurs by appointment by the remaining Board members; but in the event that said remaining members fail to fill such vacancy by appointment within thirty (30) days after the vacancy occurs, they must immediately cause to be held a primary election in the district in which the vacancy occurs and a general election within the entire school district to fill such vacancy; provided, however, that any person appointed to fill such vacancy shall hold office only until the next regular municipal election, at which date a person shall be elected to serve for the remainder of such unexpired term. For the purpose of electing members of the Board of Education, the San Diego Unified School District shall be divided into five (5) districts as nearly equal in voter population as practicable. For the first primary and regular election held under this section, as amended, the boundaries of such election districts shall be established by the Board of Education as such Board existed on the effective date of the amendment to this section. Thereafter, the boundaries of such election districts shall be subject to alteration and change under the provisions of this section. The Board of Education, by resolution, may change and alter the boundaries of the election districts and in the resolution may describe the new boundaries by reference to a map on file in the office of the City Clerk; a metes and bounds description of the new boundaries need not be contained in said resolution.

Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure H

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Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
No on Measure H

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