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City of Torrance
Measure U - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

27,123 votes yes (74.46%)

9,302 votes no (25.54%)

Shall the City Charter be amended to allow the City Council 60 days to fill a vacancy in an elective office?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Patrick Q. Sullivan, City Attorney

Measure U was placed on the ballot by the Torrance City Council. This Measure, if approved by the Torrance voters, would amend the City Charter to allow the City Council 60 days to fill a vacancy in elective office.

The current City Charter only requires that the City Council fill a vacancy in an elective office by appointment within 30 days after the vacancy occurs or cause an election to be held to fill the vacancy.

Government Code section 36512 provides that in the event of a vacancy in elective office, the City Council shall appoint within 60 days of the occurrence of the vacancy or call an election to fill the vacancy.

This Measure would amend the City Charter to make it consistent with Government Code section 36512 by allowing the City Council 60 days to fill a vacancy in elective office. It is difficult for the City Council to fill a vacancy in elective office by appointment within 30 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. It gives very little time to announce the vacancy, advertise the application process, receive applications, conduct interviews, and then schedule an agenda item for a City Council meeting to consider an appointment to fill the vacancy in elective office.

A YES vote on Measure U allows the City Council to fill a vacancy in elective office by appointment within 60 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. A NO vote Measure U retains the current time limit of 30 days to fill a vacancy in elective office by appointment. A majority vote is required for the Measure to pass.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

This charter amendment deserves a "Yes" vote to ensure that members of the public have adequate time to submit applications and be considered for an appointment to the City Council in the event of a vacancy. The current timeline of 30 days is an extremely short amount of time for the City Council to announce a vacancy, receive applications, interview applicants, and return with an appointment agenda item to the City Council meeting. General Law cities operating under State guidelines are allowed 60 days (per Government Code 36512) to conduct this process and a "yes" vote on this measure would allow us to conform to State standards, thus allowing adequate time for a better process.

TIM GOODRICH
Councilmember

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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