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City of Santee
Measure R Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

20,235 votes yes (67.5%)

9,765 votes no (32.6%)

Shall an ordinance amending the Santee Municipal Code to establish a three-term lifetime limit on City Council service and a separate two-term lifetime limit on Mayoral service, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Santee City Attorney's Office / Santee City Clerk's Office

CITY OF SANTEE
CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE “R”

The City of Santee currently does not have term limits for its Mayor or City Council.

Measure “R” would amend the Santee Municipal Code to provide that no person shall serve as a City Council Member for more than three four-year terms, regardless of district represented, and that no person shall serve as Mayor for more than two four-year terms. The term limit for Mayor is separate from and in addition to the term limit that applies to service as a City Council Member. For both term limits, a partial term in excess of two years, whether held by election or appointment, would be considered a full term.

Measure “R” was placed on the ballot by the governing body of the City.

If Measure “R” is approved, pursuant to the Elections Code, the term limits would apply only to future City Council and Mayoral terms, elected or appointed, beginning with the terms that commence as a result of the November 3, 2020 election.

A separate term limits measure, Measure “Q,” is also on the ballot. Under the Elections Code, if both Measure “R” and Measure “Q” pass with a majority of “yes” votes, the measure receiving the highest number of “yes” votes will become the operative law of the City, and can thereafter be amended or repealed only by a majority of the voters at a subsequent City election.

A copy of the entire text of the proposed ordinance is printed in this voter information pamphlet.

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SHAWN HAGERTY
City Attorney 

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20366

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE R

The Santee Term Limits Committee requests you vote YES on Measure R.

Measure R was based on the State of California term limits and does not contain illegal retroactivity provisions that may result in costly legal challenges.

"Common Sense Term Limits" for Santee!

As a City sharing a boundary with a large metropolis, Santee must attract and retain the very best members for City Council.

We recognize the experience needed to run our great City. And we also embrace the need to bring in fresh ideas and innovations to the Council. This measure will encourage both.

We support a "Common Sense" approach in limiting terms.

Measure R will:

- Provide separate limits for Council positions.

- Three terms for Council positions and Two terms as Mayor.

- No penalty for partial terms under 24 months.

- Provide a professionally written initiative, sponsored by a citizens committee and supported by a majority vote of the City Council.

Support "Common Sense" by joining the Santee Term Limits Committee in voting YES on R.

/signed/

ROB McNELIS
Councilman

RANDY VOEPEL
Former Mayor of Santee

DANIEL BICKFORD
Senior Advocate

LYNDA MARROKAL
Community Historian

JONATHAN D. OLSEN

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20434

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Arguments AGAINST

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE R

Measure "R" has been placed on the ballot by politicians to compete with the citizen qualified Measure Q. 

We urge you to oppose politicians' Measure R strategy of confusion.

4 politicians hoping for additional power placed Measure R on the ballot.

In contrast, about 4,000 Santee voters petitioned to place Measure Q, which has greater limits, on the ballot.

Instead of supporting politicians grab for additional power, we encourage you to vote in favor of the citizens measure.

Don't let the politicians strategy of division circumvent citizens' desire for term limits.

The Mayor's Measure R proposal would add 2 additional terms for the Mayor, setting up a potential 20-year career on city council.

The current Mayor has been on the city council since 2002. Shouldn't the potential for another 12 years be more than enough?

Are the 5 potential terms proposed by politicians' Measure R a good faith term limit, or in practice, really no limit at all?

/signed/

STEPHEN HOULAHAN
Santee City Councilman

VAN COLLINSWORTH
Geographer/Director, PreserveWildSantee.org

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20436

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Replies to Arguments FOR

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE F

Measure R has been placed on the ballot by politicians to compete with the citizen qualified measure.

The Mayor's Measure R proposal would add 2 additional terms for the Mayor, setting up a potential 20-vear career on city council.

Politicians have endless rationalizations to convince you to give them more power. Don't buy it.

Our political system has been corrupted by special interest monetary contributions. Term Limits are one way for citizens to begin to restore checks and balances that are required for healthy democracy.

Instead of supporting politicians grab for additional power, we encourage you to vote in favor of the citizens measure.

4 politicians hoping for additional power placed Measure R on the ballot. In contrast, about 4,000 Santee voters petitioned to place Measure Q, which has greater limits on the ballot.

Don't let the politicians strategy of division circumvent citizens desire for term limits.

If the politicians are hoping that confusion will defeat both measures, an option to circumvent their strategy is to just vote Yes on the term limits measure that you prefer while ignoring the other measure.

/signed/

VAN COLLINSWORTH
Geographer/Director PreserveWildSantee.org

SAMM HURST
Health Scientist/UCSD
City Council Candidate

STEPHEN HOULAHAN, RN
Santee City Councilman

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20442

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE R

 

Measure R is the "COMMON SENSE TERM LIMITS" for Santee! 

Measure R is the RIGHT CHOICE for Santee! 

Measure R cleans up the amateurishly written measure Q and brings a common sense approach to Santee term limits by:

  • Providing that we attract and retain experienced council representatives
  • Provide a professionally written initiative, free from glaring legal deficiencies
  • Separates the offices of Mayor and Council
  • Does not attempt to subvert or minimize a past election
  • Does not give special interest groups leverage against city decision makers

Let's make sure our voices are heard! Vote YES on Measure R

Measure R is directly based on currently established term limits for the State of California where legislature and governor are on separate schedules; crucial to having elected officials with experience in both positions.

We are a small city bordering a large metropolis, let's make sure we have representatives with the skills and experience needed to make our voice HEARD in the region..

Don't be fooled by the deceitful and politically motivated opposing measure. Vote YES on R and NO on Q.

How I am going to remember these measures: Measure Q is Questionable. Measure R is the Right choice for Santee!

/signed/

DAVID LEONHARDI
President, Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego

MIKE CLINKENVEARD
Treasurer, Santee Chamber of Commerce

LYNDA MARROKAL
Community Historian

DANIEL BICKFORD
Senior Advocate

JUSTIN SCHLAEFLI
Chair, Santee General Plan Committee

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20444

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office
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