Chapter 1.80
ELECTIONS

Sections:

1.80.010    Date for general municipal election.

1.80.020    Election to fill City Council vacancy.

1.80.030    Term limits.

1.80.010 Date for general municipal election.

The general municipal election for the City shall be held on the same day as the day of the Statewide general election. (Gov. Code § 36503.5) (Ord. 1787)

1.80.020 Election to fill City Council vacancy.

A. The purpose and intent of this section is to establish an orderly procedure for the City Council to follow in filling any vacancy caused by the resignation or death of an incumbent member of the City Council. (Gov. Code § 3651236512.2)

B. The City Council shall call a special election to fill every vacancy on the City Council. Such special election shall be held on the next regularly established election date and not less than 114 days from the call of the special election. A person elected to fill a vacancy holds office for the unexpired term of the former incumbent.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection B of this section, the City Council may fill a vacancy on the City Council by appointment. The person appointed to fill a vacancy holds office only until the date of the next special election. (Ord. 2001 §§ 1, 2, 2009)

1.80.030 Term limits.

A. The purpose of this section is to encourage qualified candidates to seek public office and limit the powers of incumbency by placing limits on the number of consecutive terms, which members of the City Council and Mayor may serve.

B. No person shall be elected as a member of the City Council for more than two full consecutive terms.

C. No person shall be elected to serve as Mayor for more than two full consecutive terms.

D. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 36502, the provisions of this section shall not become operative unless they are submitted to the voters in the City in a regularly scheduled election and a majority of the votes cast on the question favor adoption of the proposal. If a majority of the votes cast is in favor of the adoption of this section, then the provisions of this section will apply prospectively from the date of the election.1


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Code reviser’s note: The proposal was adopted by the voters on Proposition F on November 6, 2002.