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City Elections Charter Amendment
City of Oakland
Majority Approval Required
54,604 / 69.7% Yes votes ...... 23,705 / 30.3% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of May 4 2:39pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (245/245)|
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Shall the City Charter be amended to retain the Mayor-Council form of government ("Strong Mayor") and elected City Attorney and provide (1) that no person may be elected Mayor for more than two consecutive terms; (2) Mayor must annually hold four public meetings; (3) that Council make appointments to boards and commissions when vacancies are unfilled; (4) limitations and voter-approval requirements for Councilmember salary increases; and (5) formula setting City Attorney and Auditor salary increases?
CITY CHARTER LIMIT ON ANNUAL INCREASE IN CITY COUNCIL SALARIES WILL BE REPEALED The City Charter provision limiting annual changes in City Council salaries to 10% will be repealed. No replacement limit is provided.
CITY CHARTER LIMIT ON SALARY OF MAYOR REPEALED The City Charter provision limiting the Mayor's salary to the salary of the City Manager will be repealed. The formula for determining the Mayor's salary is retained.
CITY ATTORNEY SALARY TO BE REDUCED The salary of the City Attorney will be set by the City Council to an annual amount within a mandated range of 70% to 90% of the average salaries paid to City Attorneys in the three cities immediately smaller and the three cities immediately larger than the City of Oakland. There is no provision for cost of living increases.
These cities range in population from 274,100 to 481,000 compared to Oakland's population of 412,200. The computation of the amount based on year 2003 information would require a reduction of the City Attorney's salary from 19% to 37%. The adjustment will be required for the new term of office commencing in January 2005.
CITY AUDITOR SALARY TO BE REDUCED The salary of the City Auditor will be set by the City Council to an annual amount within the mandated range of 70% to 90% of the average salaries paid to City Auditors in the three cities immediately smaller and the three cities immediately larger than the City of Oakland. There is no provision for cost of living increases.
These cities range in population from 274,100 to 481,000 compared to Oakland's population of 412,200. Only 2 of the 6 cities have the position of City Auditor, one elected and one appointed. The computation of the amount based on year 2003 information for the 2 cities with a City Auditor would require a reduction of the City Auditor's salary from 15% to 34%. The adjustment will be required for the new term of office commencing in January 2007.
OTHER CHANGES The fiscal impact of the change in the City Manager's title, required public meeting performances of the Mayor, notice of removal of the City Administrator, appointment to boards and commissions, reconsideration of ordinances and the Mayor term limit change are indirect and based on events and data that will become known in the future. The fiscal impact of all the provisions is based on future economic conditions which cannot be determined at this time.
Term limit for Mayor. No person may now be elected to the office of Mayor more than twice. Under the proposal, no person could be elected to the office of Mayor for more than two consecutive terms.
Vacancies on commissions. The Mayor now fills vacancies on City commissions. Under the proposal, if the Mayor did not appoint a successor within 90 days, the City Council could fill the vacancy.
Approving ordinances on reconsideration. If the Mayor now sends an ordinance back to the City Council for reconsideration, the Council must approve the ordinance by at least six votes for the law to take effect. Under the proposal, the Council could approve an ordinance on reconsideration by five votes.
Councilmembers' Salaries. The Public Ethics Commission now sets the salary for Councilmembers, not to exceed 110 percent of a base salary set in 1997. No increase can take effect without voter approval. Under the proposal, the Commission would, beginning this year, annually adjust the salary for Councilmembers to match increases in the consumer price index. The Commission could grant increases beyond the change in the consumer price index, but any portion of the increase over five percent would require voter approval.
Mayor's salary. The proposal would eliminate the current rule against paying the Mayor more than the City Manager.
City Attorney and City Auditor salaries. The City Council now sets the salaries of the City Attorney and the City Auditor. The Charter does not limit the amount of those salaries. Under the proposal, the salaries of the City Attorney and the City Auditor could not be less than 70 percent nor more than 90 percent of the average salaries of their counterparts in California cities within the three immediate higher and the three immediate lower cities in population to Oakland.
Mayor's State of the City Address and town hall meetings. The proposal would require the Mayor to deliver an annual State of the City address to the City Council, and to hold four town hall meetings for the public.
Mayor's attendance at City Council meetings. The proposal would eliminate the current rule that the Mayor vacates his or her office by missing ten consecutive City Council meetings.
Electing the Vice-Mayor. The City Council now elects a Vice-Mayor at its first meeting in even-numbered years. The proposal would require the City Council to elect a Vice-Mayor each year.
Removal of City Manager. The proposal would require the Mayor to advise the City Council before removing the City Administrator.
City Manager/City Administrator. The proposal would change the title of the City Manager to "City Administrator."
s/THOMAS J. OWEN
|Arguments For Measure P||Arguments Against Measure P|
|Don't give up your right to vote for the person who runs
the City. Vote YES on P.
Now, more than ever, we need leadership. Facing a huge state deficit, the new governor and many legislators are trying to take money from local government. They want to solve their problems at our expense. That's why it is absolutely necessary to have a strong mayor fighting for the citizens of Oakland+just like the strong mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Oakland needs a mayor+with authority+to protect its financial interests.
|The time has come for Oakland voters to shoot down the
failed, ill-conceived "strong mayor" scheme, once and for
all. Further tinkering will not improve a flawed system +
just make it more unresponsive and clunky!