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March 6, 2018 — Special Election
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Special District

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

9,402 votes yes (90.6%)

970 votes no (9.4%)

Shall the number of Directors of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District change from nine Directors to five Directors, effective December 7, 2018, with the first set of elected Directors (whether nine or five) elected, at large, on November 6, 2018 and taking office on December 7, 2018?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote authorizes changing the District Board of Directors from a nine-member Board of Directors to a five-member Board of Directors.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on this measure means that the District Board of Directors will continue to be a nine-member Board of Directors.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (“District”) is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The District Directors are appointed by the Brentwood City Council, the Oakley City Council, and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. In November 2016, the voters approved a measure to change the District Board from an appointed governing board to a board of directors whose members are elected by the voters. The first election of District Board members is scheduled for November 6, 2018.

The District Board of Directors has adopted a resolution asking voters to decide whether to change the number of Directors on the District governing board from nine Directors to five Directors. According to the District’s resolution, the change would be “effective December 7, 2018, with the first set of elected Directors (whether nine or five) elected, at large, on November 6, 2018 and taking office on December 7, 2018.” A majority of those voting on the measure must approve the measure for it to pass.

A “yes” vote authorizes changing the District Board of Directors from a nine-member Board of Directors to a five-member Board of Directors.

A “no” vote on this measure means that the District Board of Directors will continue to be a nine-member Board of Directors.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Reducing the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors from nine members to five members would foster healthy competition in elections, improve efficiency, and more closely mirror the boards of other local public agencies of similar sizes.

Reducing the number of directors to five will encourage healthy competition for directorships. In November 2018, the District will elect is directors for the first time. Currently, the County Board of Supervisors, Brentwood City Council, and Oakley City Council appoint the District’s directors. Running for an elected directorship is more time consuming and expensive than applying for an appointed directorship. If the measure does not pass, the number of directors on the Board will remain at nine. Maintaining a nine-member board could result in vacancies and non-competitive elections if too few qualified candidates are willing to run and fund campaigns for office. Reducing the Board to five members could foster more healthy competition for directorships.

No elected fire protection district board in Contra Costa County has more than five members. In general, five-member governing bodies are more common than nine-member bodies. The Oakley City Council, Brentwood City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Brentwood Union School District, Oakley Union Elementary School District, and Knightsen Elementary School District all have five-member governing bodies. Having a smaller Board will improve efficiency of District administration and ease consensus building on issues facing the District.

Please vote YES on Measure A to reduce the number of directors on the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors from nine directors to five directors.

Brian Helmick, Fire Chief, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District

— Contra Costa County Elections

Arguments AGAINST

No argument against Measure A was filed.

— Contra Costa County Elections
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