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Orange County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Measure R
City Council Term Limit
City of Placentia

Charter Amendment

6,833 / 71.6% Yes votes ...... 2,711 / 28.4% No votes

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Results as of Nov 12 4:00pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (36/36)
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Shall Section 600 of the Charter of the City of Placentia be amended to limit to three consecutive terms the number of terms of office to which a person can be elected as a member of the City Council?

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
The current provisions of the City Charter do not place any limitation on the number of consecutive terms of office a person may serve as a member of City Council. This measure provides that no person shall serve more than three consecutive terms of office as a member of the City Council and any unexpired term of office to which the person was appointed or elected would will count towards the three term limitation. The measure would be applied prospectively and only terms of office which commence on or after the electorate approves this measure would be counted towards the limitation.

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Arguments For Measure R Arguments Against Measure R
This measure places term limits on the members of Placentia's City Council. If passed, this measure will require each Council member after serving three consecutive terms to step aside and let someone else have a chance to serve our community, bringing new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to City Hall.

Competitive elections are necessary for our representative democracy. We do not have that today. As political scientist Mark Petracca observes, "Electoral competition is no longer possible in a system where the benefits and power of incumbency virtually guarantee a lifelong career as a legislator."

Term limits promote better government through broader citizen participation in the electoral process. They prevent any single politician or group of politicians from obtaining excessive power. Term limits promote a level playing field for all candidates. Term limits reduce barriers to entry that discourage challengers and thus limit ballot options. Term limits will enhance your choices by making elections more competitive and encouraging more candidates to run for office.

We strongly encourage you to vote YES on Measure R and enact Term Limits for our City Council.

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