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Change Date to Appoint Vice Mayor
City of San Leandro
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 10542 / 71.88% Yes votes ...... 4125 / 28.12% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 28 11:38am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (54/54)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall the City of San Leandro Charter be amended to provide that the City Council, at its first regular meeting in January of each year, shall designate one of its members Vice Mayor, to serve for a period of one year and until a successor is elected and qualified?
The City Council changed the date of its General Municipal Election from April of even numbered years. The City Council passed an ordinance in 2010 to consolidate its General Municipal Election with the California General Election to be conducted on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years.
Currently, City Charter section 310 provides that at the first regular meeting in May of each y ear, the City Council shall designate one of its members Vice Mayor, to serve for a period of one year and until a successor is elected and qualified.
The City Council submits to the voters an amendment to City Charter section 310 to provide that the City Council shall designate one of its members Vice Mayor at the first regular meeting in January of each year , to serve for a period of one year and until a successor is elected and qualified. Therefore, instead of designating a Vice Mayor at the first regular meeting in May of each year, the Council would designate a Vice Mayor at the first regular meeting in January of each year.
To amend the City Charter, this measure must receive a majority "yes" vote. A "no" vote will not amend the City Charter, and the regular meeting at which the City Council currently designate s a Vice Mayor would remain the first regular meeting in May of each year, and that member would serve for a period of one year and until a successor is elected and qualified.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure II. If you desire a copy of the proposed amendment to the City Charter, please call the City Clerk's office at 510 - 577 - 3367 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
Dated: August 14, 2014
Richard D. Pio Roda, City Attorney
|Arguments For Measure II||Arguments Against Measure II|
|Measure II is a technical amendment to the San Leandro City Charter to align the selection of the Vice Mayor by the City Council to when new Council members take office. Amendments to the City Charter can only be made by a vote of the people.
Under our City Charter, the Vice Mayor shall possess and perform the powers and duties of the Mayor in the absence of the Mayor.
Most cities make their Vice Mayor selections in the month after their elections are held. Until 1994, San Leandro held its General Municipal Election in April of even-numbered years, and made the Vice Mayor selection in May.
We now conduct our municipal elections in November and on the same ballot as the California General Election. This move has doubled voter turnout and saved our City tens of thousands of dollars.
In 2004, San Leandro voters amended the City Charter to provide that the members of the City Council elected in November shall take office on January 1. However, the City Charter still specifies that the Vice Mayor selection be made in May.
The Vice Mayor selection should be made in January, when the new Council is seated. This is why the City Council voted to place Measure II on the ballot. Measure II will make this change, and only this change, in the City Charter.
Signed: Stephen Cassidy
No arguments against Measure II were submitted.
|Full Text of Measure II|
|CITY OF SAN LEANDRO
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CITY CHARTER
ARTICLE III. CITY COUNCIL: FUNCTIONS
Section 1. Section 310 of the City Charter is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 310: VICE MAYOR.
At its first regular meeting in