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City of Cathedral City
Measure HH - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

7,273 votes yes (53.13%)

6,415 votes no (46.87%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

13,688 ballots counted.

To enhance local control over municipal affairs, shall the City of Cathedral City Charter be adopted to establish Cathedral City as a charter city, and giving the City the power to establish public works contracting procedures, set penalties for violations of ordinances and resolutions, and appoint a city clerk?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Cathedral City

The City Council of the City of Cathedral City placed Measure HH on the ballot seeking voter approval of a charter for the City. If approved, this measure will have the effect of converting the City from a general law city to a charter city effective January 1, 2017.

Cities in California are categorized as either a general law city or a charter city. General law cities may adopt ordinances and regulations that are consistent with the general laws of the State of California. Charter cities may adopt ordinances and regulations related to “municipal affairs” subject only to the limitations contained in the city’s charter. With respect to matters that are not “municipal affairs,” a charter city may adopt ordinances and regulations that are consistent with the general laws of the State of California. Both general law and charter cities must abide by the federal and state constitutions.

Measure HH proposes a charter for the City of Cathedral City that would vest the City with the full power to adopt ordinances and regulations related to municipal affairs that are consistent with the provisions of the charter. The charter specifically authorizes the City Council to establish regulations with respect to public works contracting, economic development, purchasing, public finance, fines and penalties. The charter places the following limits and requirements on the City’s powers:

1. The City has no increased power to tax.
2. The City must meet and confer with City employees before contracting out for services the employees provide, and such contracts must be approved by the City Council at an open and public meeting.
3. The elective officers of the City are five City Council Members and one City Treasurer. This charter eliminates the elected City Clerk at the end of the current elected City Clerk’s term and makes the position one appointed by the City Manager.
4. At the end of the current elected Mayor’s term, the position of Mayor shall become an appointed, rotating position. The City Council will select one Council Member to serve a one year term as Mayor.
5. The City must convert to a system of electing City Council Members from districts by the 2022 general municipal election, or when the population of the City reaches 65,000, whichever occurs first.
6. City Council salaries will be adjusted annually to reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index, except that in no case shall their salaries be increased by more than 3% in any given year or exceed $2,500 per month.
7. If a City employee bargaining group experiences a decrease in compensation, City Council salaries shall be automatically decreased by a corresponding percentage. If multiple bargaining groups experience varying pay decreases, the Council’s decrease must match the highest percentage decrease experienced by any bargaining group.
8. If a Council seat becomes vacant mid-term, the Council may hold a special election to fill the vacancy or may appoint an individual to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled election.

If Measure HH is approved, the charter cannot be amended or repealed without a majority vote of the qualified electors of the City.

By:

Eric Vail
City Attorney, City of Cathedral City

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure HH. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (760) 770-0322 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also view the Full Text of Measure HH at www.cathedralcity.gov.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Cathedral City has struggled over the years with over-reach by Sacramento politicians. Voting YES on HH gives our community a greater voice in their local government and the opportunity to reform how it works.

Some cities in California are organized under State “general laws,” while others are governed by a Charter adopted by local voters. Cities organized under general law have less independence, while cities such as Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Indian Wells adopt their own procedures for local affairs. Give Cathedral City more Local Control — vote YES on HH!

Currently Cathedral City operates from a Constitution dependent on State law. As a Charter City, a locally drafted Charter approved by a City’s voters becomes its Constitution. Cathedral City’s voters — not Sacramento politicians — better understand OUR needs. Any changes to our local Charter could then only be made by Cathedral City’s voters, providing more accountability to our community and its taxpayers — vote YES on HH!

YES on HH means NO future City Council can EVER raise taxes without asking our voters first.

YES on HH tells developers that they must hire local workers first, NOT import people from Los Angeles or Phoenix.

YES on HH allows Cathedral City to hire the most qualified contractors, empowering city staff to make the reforms that eliminate waste.

YES on HH locks in City Council salaries so future councils cannot give themselves a raise without asking the voters.

YES on HH allows our City’s voters to have local control over local laws, ensuring the City can avoid costly regulations written by state government bureaucrats. Keep our money and decisions LOCAL! Join a unanimous Mayor and City Council --vote YES on HH!

BY:

Stanley E. Henry, Mayor

Shelley Kaplan, Council Member

Josie F. Diaz

John Aguilar

Robert Hargreaves

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

The Cathedral City Charter states that it will improve the quality of life for the people of Cathedral City. However, it does not indicate how it will improve life for the residents.

Cathedral City spent $35,000. to conduct a survey which found that 69% of those polled want to directly elect the Mayor rather than rotate the position. The City Council is denying you the right to vote for your Mayor if this passes.

The proposed City Charter contains an automatic yearly pay raise for the City Council

 

Currently, Cathedral City cannot add a property transfer fee, nor can it increase fines and penalties for code violations. If this measure passes however, a new property transfer fee can be instituted as well as unlimited code violation fines and penalties without your approval.

Approximately 75% of all California cities are NOT charter cities.

Once a Charter City is formed, it is extremely difficult and very expensive to change or revoke by either the City or the Community.

Do you understand all seven pages of this Charter completely?

If not, VOTE “NO”.

 

VOTE NO ON MEASURE HH.

By:

Randy Winbigler

Dale Jagodzinski AKA: Dale Jag, Neighborhood Watch Leader/Police Advisory Board

Kathleen Patterson

Donald D. Cross, Retired, Agua Caliente Gaming Commission Manager

Denise Cross

 

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Whether you fully understand the concept of a charter city or not, this particular Cathedral City charter is flawed and favors the council, notthe voters. Vote No on Measure HH.

Council has padded this charter with perks for themselves such as automatic yearly pay raises. They will never have to ask for a raise again because it’s automatic. Vote No on Measure HH.

The Charter gives no voice to voters except at election time. Nothing in the Charter makes the City accountable. Example: despite overwhelming community support from voters saying they want to continue to vote for the Mayor directly, council ignored that. Instead they want to appoint the mayor amongst themselves. The Mayor should be chosen by the people, not the council. Vote No on HH.

Currently council can NEVER raise taxes without a vote of the people. Vote No on HH
There is no protection in the charter from new ordinances, regulations, codes or from soaring penalties and fines. Vote No on HH.

The large majority of California cities are NOT charter. The California Legislature has made charter cities a mute point by closing loopholes. This charter will only benefit the locally elected to do as they please by potentially increasing fees, etc. Vote No on HH.

The city does not need a charter to require developers to use local workers first. It can be built into all city contracts. They should always hire the most qualified contractors for jobs anyway. Vote No on Measure HH.

For more information: www.citizensagainstmeasureHH.com

By:

Randy Winbigler

Dale Jagodzinski AKA: Dale Jag, Neighborhood Watch Leader/ Police Advisory Board

Kathleen Patterson

Donald D. Cross, Retired Agua Caliente Gaming Commission

 

Denise Cross

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be fooled by negative rhetoric and scare tactics. Expand Cathedral City’s self-governance and local control- Vote YES on HH!

FACT- a Charter can ONLY be changed by the voters of Cathedral City, NEVER a City Council. The control rests where it should- with LOCAL voters.

FACT- Local cities such as La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs and Indian Wells are also Charter cities — giving their residents, not Sacramento politicians, the greater voice in their local affairs.

FACT- YES on HH guarantees that NO future City Council can EVER raise taxes without getting permission from voters first.

YES on HH gives Local Control over Local needs to LOCAL residents, avoiding costly regulations written by state government bureaucrats.

YES on HH provides better control over public works projects, the contracting process and local economic development, with more transparent and efficient elections and NO increased taxing authority.

YES on HH has strict accountability controls, ensuring our elected officials are more accountable and responsive to us.

YES on HH means voters will continue to DIRECTLY ELECT all 5 Cathedral City Council members.

YES on HH locks in City Council salaries to the current level, caps future increases AND requires a reduction in Council members’ salaries if city employees receive a pay cut.

Join a Unanimous Mayor and City Council and take control of Cathedral City! Vote YES on HH! For factual information, visit:
www.cathedralcity.gov/charter

BY:

Stanley E. Henry, Mayor

Shelley Kaplan, Council Member

John Aguilar, Council Member

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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