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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Desert Hot Springs
Measure U - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

1,814 votos si (36.1%)

3,211 votos no (63.9%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

5,025 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall the Measure to select the Mayor of the City of Desert Hot Springs City Council annually for a one-year term with the procedure for rotation to be adopted by ordinance of the City Council, and all City Council seats to be a four-year term commencing in the year 2020 be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Desert Hot Springs

The City Council of the City of Desert Hot Springs placed Measure U on the November 6, 2018, ballot asking whether the City should have an annual rotating mayor position commencing in 2020 pursuant to the terms set forth in a future ordinance, instead of maintaining the current process wherein the mayor is elected every two years for a two-year term by the registered voters of the City of Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs is governed by a five member city council, which includes the mayor. Each council member, including the mayor, are directly elected by the registered voters of the City of Desert Hot Springs. Currently, the mayor's term of office is two-years, while the term of office for the council members is four-years.

If passed, Measure U would enact a new ordinance to change the process for designating the mayor, from a directly-elected mayor for a two-year term, to a rotating mayor, serving on a rotating basis for a one-year term. If passed, Measure U would also require the city council to enact an ordinance to change the process for appointing the mayor, from a directly-elected mayor for a two-year term to an annual rotating mayor appointed by the city council for a one-year term. Measure U would take effect in 2020 for the November 2020 regular municipal election. Measure U further proposes that commencing in 2020, all city council seats, including the mayor's seat, would be a four-year term.

A "Yes" vote on Measure U is in favor of adopting an ordinance that would require the city council to enact an ordinance to change the process for appointing the mayor, from a directly-elected mayor for a two-year term to an annual rotating mayor appointed by the city council for a one-year term, commencing in 2020 for the November 2020 regular municipal election.

A "No" vote on Measure U is in favor of maintaining the current process of having the mayor directly elected by the voters for a two-year term.

Measure U and Measure V are competing measures. This means that if both measures are passed by a majority vote, the measure with the greatest number of votes will take effect. However, if both measures fail, then the current process of having the mayor directly-elected by the voters for a two-year term, without term limits, will remain in effect.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure U. If you desire a copy of the measure, call the City Clerk's office at 760-329-6411 and a copy will be mailed to you at no cost.

Dated:     August 16, 2018

By:

Jennifer Mizrahi, City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Why Measure U? The answer to this question is simple. While the City of Desert Hot Springs has enjoyed political calm in the past few years, too often in the past and most certainly at some point in the future, this has been and will be the exception rather than the rule. Whether the mayor's term is two or four years, the office of mayor is subject to the distractions of endless political pressure and attacks by those who would replace him or her in the next election. Conversely with each council member taking a turn as Mayor, and appreciation of the position takes place, and supportive relationships develop.

Serving council members can run for mayor from a safe seat and will remain as a council members even if they lose their bid for the Mayor's office. This creates a city council operating in continuous campaign mode, consumed with needling and bombast. The mayor has no choice but to respond, the city's business takes a back seat to these shenanigans, and circus atmosphere replaces good governance.

While it is true that the Mayor represents the town, all council members have attended meetings and events in his place when the Mayor cannot. People value voting for mayor, but it should be remembered that voters directly elect all council members.

Some might wisely argue that we should not be the first to try this. Be assured we are not. A majority of the cities in the valley have rotating mayors, and none would consider going back to a directly elected mayor. That is the strongest argument for changing to a rotating mayor. Please vote yes on Measure U. Future residents of our city will be grateful for your decision.

/s/ Russell Betts 
/s/ Joe McKee

— City Clerk, City of Desert Hot Springs

Argumento EN CONTRA

If the mayor is subject to "political pressure and attacks" from people running for office, then so too are council members. Saying this will save the city from a contentious and continuous mayoral campaign is not a good argument in favor. There really is no good argument for giving the job of mayor to someone who doesn't deserve it simply because it's their "turn" on the city council. The proponents say "other cities" have done this and it works there. Just because they have doesn't mean we should. The biggest danger in a rotating mayor is that someone who would otherwise not ever be elected as mayor would automatically get a "turn" at being mayor just because they happen to be on the council. The job of mayor should go a person who truly wants to be mayor and makes the case directly to the voters that they should be mayor and that the voters then choose to be their mayor. A person who runs for city council does so because they want to be on the city council. A person who wants the job and responsibilities of mayor should run for mayor and be chosen by the voters — not given the job when it's their "turn". Don't give up your right to vote for your mayor so someone on the city council — someone you may not approve of or would vote for mayor -- can have a "turn" at being mayor. Vote NO on Measure U.

/s/ Gary Gardner, Planning Commissioner 
/s/ Dirk Voss, Business Owner/Entrepreneur 
/s/ Larry Buchanan, Chair, Planning Commission 
/s/ Judy Shea, CEO, DHSCTF 
/s/ Sam Messler

— City Clerk, City of Desert Hot Springs

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

If the mayor is subject to "political pressure and attacks" from people running for office, then so too are council members. Saying this will save the city from a contentious and continuous mayoral campaign is not a good argument in favor. There really is no good argument for giving the job of mayor to someone who doesn't deserve it simply because it's their "turn" on the city council. The proponents say "other cities" have done this and it works there. Just because they have doesn't mean we should. The biggest danger in a rotating mayor is that someone who would otherwise not ever be elected as mayor would automatically get a "turn" at being mayor just because they happen to be on the council. The job of mayor should go a person who truly wants to be mayor and makes the case directly to the voters that they should be mayor and that the voters then choose to be their mayor. A person who runs for city council does so because they want to be on the city council. A person who wants the job and responsibilities of mayor should run for mayor and be chosen by the voters — not given the job when it's their "turn". Don't give up your right to vote for your mayor so someone on the city council — someone you may not approve of or would vote for mayor -- can have a "turn" at being mayor. Vote NO on Measure U. 

 

/s/ Gary Gardner, Planning Commissioner
/s/ Dirk Voss, Business Owner/Entrepreneur
/s/ Larry Buchanan, Chair, Planning Commission
/s/ Judy Shea, CEO, DHSCTF
/s/ Sam Messler

 

— City Clerk, City of Desert Hot Springs

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

It is not surprising that the opposition to this ballot measure has said nothing to refute our initial statement. Instead, they focus on points that are easily dismissed. First, the mayors powers are really not much more than a councilmember. The two major ones are running the meeting and being able to put items on the meeting agenda by themselves. The council members can and do put items on the agenda by enlisting another member to support them. All councilmembers have run meetings in the mayors absence. All councilmembers also represent the city in events and on regional committees. As far as the idea that the position must be earned, unfortunately many mayors have been elected with no experience. Under this plan a councilmember will have spent at least a year on council before being made mayor. The most interesting objection asks why the council brought this to the voters. Not because we are self serving, but to fix a problem that has and will exist in the future if we keep the present system . Only two years ago the council was in continuous bickering mode. We had an elected mayor and it was a mess. Other cities are experiencing this problem now with a elected mayor. In many ways the general public does not equate the elected mayor with this issue. The council sees this every meeting. Part of our job is to fix problems. We know this will improve governance. Please vote yes on U.

/s/ Russell Betts 
/s/ Joe McKee

 

— City Clerk, City of Desert Hot Springs

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

ORDINANCE NO. 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS, AMENDING SECTION 2.04.050 (“SELECTION AND ROTATION OF MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO TEM”) OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS’ MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 2.04 (“CITY COUNCIL”) SELECTING THE MAYOR ON A ROTATING BASIS WITH THE PROCEDURE FOR ROTATION TO BE ADOPTED BY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL, AND ALL CITY COUNCIL SEATS TO HAVE A FOUR YEAR TERM, TO COMMENCE IN THE YEAR 2020.

THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.                   AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2.04.050

That Section 2.04.050 of the Desert Hot Springs Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows (amendments are reflected in bold, italicized, and underlined):

2.04.050 Selection and rotation of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

Selection of Mayor Pro Tem shall be addressed in the City Council Meeting

Guidelines and Procedure, and may be changed by resolution.           

A.           Commencing in the year 2020, at the second regular meeting in November,  the mayor shall be chosen by the City Council, pursuant to the procedures set forth in an Ordinance to be adopted by the City Council, which Ordinance shall be adopted at least six (6) months prior to November 2020.

B.           All City Council seats shall have a four (4) year term.

Section 2.                   VOTER APPROVAL

That this ordinance was approved by a majority of the voters voting in the Desert Hot Springs general municipal election held on November 6, 2018.

Section 3.                   SEVERABILITY

That should any provision, section, paragraph, sentence, or word of this ordinance be rendered or declared invalid by any final court action in a court of competent jurisdiction or by reason of any preemptive legislation, the remaining provisions, sections, paragraphs, sentences or words of this ordinance as hereby adopted shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 4.                   REPEAL OF CONFLICTING PROVISIONS

That all the provisions of the Municipal Code as heretofore adopted by the City of Desert Hot Springs that are in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 5.                   CONFLICTING ORDINANCES

If there are conflicting measures on the ballot, Elections Code Section 9221 shall apply which currently reads: “If the provisions of two or more ordinances adopted at the same election conflict, the ordinance receiving the highest number of affirmative votes shall control.” If neither measure passes, the status quo shall remain.

Section 6.                   CERTIFICATION

That the City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance and shall cause the same to be published according to law.

Section 7.                   EFFECTIVE DATE

That this ordinance shall take effect immediately following the City Council’s certification of the results of the November 6, 2018, general municipal election.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the People of the City of Desert Hot Springs at a general municipal election held on November 6, 2018.
Scott Matas, Mayor

ATTEST: Jerryl Soriano, City Clerk

APPROVED AS TO FORM: Jennifer A. Mizrahi, City Attorney

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