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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections

City of Hermosa Beach
Measure CC - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


2,462 votos si (66.6%)

1,234 votos no (33.4%)

Shall the office of city clerk be appointive?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Michael Jenkins, City Attorney

Measure CC was placed on the ballot by the City Council in order to ask the voters to make the city clerk an appointive position.

State law requires general law cities like Hermosa Beach to have a city clerk, either elective or appointive. Hermosa Beach has historically had an elected city clerk who serves a four year term. The current term ends in November 2019. Under State law an elected city clerk must be (1) a resident of the City, (2) registered to vote in the City, and (3) at least 18 years old. State law does not require, or allow the City to require, any minimum educational requirements, professional qualifications or minimum city clerk experience.

The city clerk manages the City’s official records, prepares City Council agendas, prepares meeting minutes, publishes and posts official notices, accepts service of claims, lawsuits and official documents on behalf of the City, processes initiatives and referenda, manages compliance with the State conflict of interest filings and manages City elections.

If this measure is approved, the City Council may appoint a city clerk or may by ordinance delegate that function to the City Manager. The City Council may establish minimum educational requirements and professional qualifications for the city clerk. An appointed city clerk need not be a City resident.

If Measure CC is approved, the position of city clerk will become appointive effective immediately. Candidates running for city clerk in the November 2019 election will not take office.

If Measure CC is not approved, the city clerk will continue to be an elective position and the candidate receiving a majority of votes in the November 2019 election will be elected to a five year term.

A YES vote on Measure CC is to make the city clerk an appointive office.
A NO vote is to retain an elected city clerk. A majority vote is required for the Measure to pass.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

A “YES” vote on Measure CC will ensure that the City of Hermosa Beach is able to select a City Clerk based on the necessary qualifications and experience needed to perform important duties in the most professional, efficient and effective manner.

The qualifications to serve as an elected city clerk require that a candidate be 18 years old, a registered voter, and a City resident, with no guarantees that the elected clerk will possess the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise required to perform today’s more complex, specialized and technical duties.

Due to the evolving nature of federal, state and local requirements, and the increasing complexities within the field of city clerkship, nearly 80% of California cities ensure they have a certified professional serving as City Clerk by having an appointed, rather than an elected, Clerk.

We realize that we were incredibly lucky to have Elaine Doerfling, who had the longstanding professional experience, as our City Clerk for so many years. Continuing this tradition of professionalism and expertise, an appointed City Clerk position would allow for a robust and thorough recruitment process.

Transitioning the City Clerk role to a professional, appointed position is in the best interest of the City and its residents. Our own elected City Clerk who is retiring at the end of her nearly 30-year tenure this year, as well as the entire City Council, have all recommended that the City move to an appointed City Clerk position moving forward. Your “YES” vote will transition the Hermosa Beach City Clerk position to an appointed position and will help ensure that our City operations continue to be run effectively and professionally through the support of a qualified and trained individual.

For all the reasons above, the City of Hermosa Beach City Council and our City Clerk all urge you to vote “YES” on Measure CC.




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Argumento EN CONTRA



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