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City of La Mesa
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Shall the Ordinance amending the La Mesa Municipal Code to impose a three consecutive terms limit on the office of City Council Member, Mayor or any combination of terms thereof be adopted?
This measure, placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the required number of voters, would amend the Municipal Code to impose a terms limit on the office of city council member, mayor, or any combination of terms thereof, in the following manner:
No person shall serve more than three consecutive terms of office as a member of the city council, or as mayor, or any combination thereof.
Any person who has served three consecutive terms as a member of the city council, mayor or any combination of terms thereof, shall not be eligible to serve another term until the expiration of a least four years.
The three consecutive terms limit shall apply prospectively only to those terms of office which commence on or after November 4, 2014.
If the measure is passed by the voters, it shall not be amended or repealed except by a majority vote of the voters of the City of La Mesa at a regularly scheduled election.
|Arguments For Proposition K||Arguments Against Proposition K|
|YES on Proposition K for La Mesa Term Limits to limit politicians to three consecutive terms
as either Mayor or City Councilmember (or any combination thereof). After serving three
consecutive terms (12 years) the politician must wait one term (4 years) before running for office
YES on K for Term Limits to take government back from career politicians. Politicians who spend too much time in office stop representing us, and start representing themselves. If they are periodically forced to return to normal civilian life, they will consider the long term effects of the legislation they impose on the rest of us.
YES on K for Term Limits to help ensure the voice of the people will be heard, not special interests. This allows new faces with fresh ideas and energy to serve our community. We need a City Council that reflects the diversity of our community. YES on K for Term Limits to help reduce career politicians overwhelming campaign advantages. High name recognition + regulatory power + special interest contributions + tip the scales against start-up candidates. Enough is enough! Prop K is democracy in action - this is your vote to limit career politicians.
YES on K for Term Limits because this ordinance is a measured balanced approach modeled after the state term limits law passed by La Mesa voters in June 2012. We have term limits for our President, Governor, State Legislators, and County Supervisors - why should our Mayor and Council be exempt?
Join the more than 4,000 La Mesa residents who signed petitions to put this initiative on the ballot. Let's help break the lifetime incumbent stranglehold on City Hall and return the keys of government to its rightful owners: the ordinary, hard-working, taxpaying citizens of La Mesa.
Vote YES on K for La Mesa Term Limits.
Proponents modeled their measure after the state, but that's exactly a model of what not to do.
Term Limits don't necessarily create citizen legislators, but they do create political musical chairs. The results produce inefficient government with a tendency to revisit issues, and a loss of knowledge that can result in increased influence by bureaucrats and special interests.
No matter the outcome of this election, there will be three people, a majority, with 0-2 years experience on our City Council.
Just because somebody's new doesn't mean they have integrity, any more than the opposite is true. If one is self-serving we can vote them out, if corrupt we can prosecute. The largest campaign contribution in city history went to a challenger, not an incumbent.
Vote NO on Prop K.
(1) ROBERT DUGGAN (2) KRISTIN KJAERO
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of expression. Your vote allows you to put teeth behind your opinions.
Whether it's the nations founding, civil rights, suffragettes or other paths, your right to vote is a legacy of sacrifice and struggle far too precious to limit.
And that's what this measure does - it limits your ability to choose, not candidates' abilities to run.
This measure isn't about what you think of current council members. La Mesa has 100+ years of elections behind us, and who knows what the world will be in 2026 when this would take effect? This is about what legacy you'll pass along.
If one is concerned about "career politicians" this isn't the answer, and would come with seriously negative side effects.
Experience matters! Council's job is to direct staff but inexperience leaders defer more to staff, and term limits ensure that special interests have more experience than the people you elect.
In their last four years, councilmembers will have no need to be responsive to you, or tone down their rhetoric.
You can vote someone out now, but term limits would take away your right to retain someone if you believe they have merit.
The only people who would gain from this are those who want to eliminate competition, and special interests. That's no reason to limit your right to choose - don't give it away!
Endorsed by Dave Allen, retired City Councilman, Barbara Cleves Anderson, Mary Jane & Harold Bailey, Alison & Hal Drew, Helen Givens, Anthony Mc Ivor, Jim Melvin, Suzanne Merrill-Nach M.D., Donna Niemeier, Stuart Strenger & Crit Stuart.
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if you believe politicians get more selfish and complacent the longer they stay in office. Term limits prevent any one career politician from amassing too much power over our lives.
Vote Yes on K for La Mesa Terms Limits
Vote Yes on K for La Mesa Terms Limits
Vote Yes on K for La Mesa Terms Limits
"Term limits would cure both senility and seniority + both terrible legislative diseases."
"After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil."
"In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors...
"Politicians and diapers should be changed often, and for the same reason."
Vote Yes on Proposition K for La Mesa Terms Limits!
|Full Text of Proposition K|
|AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LA MESA MUNICIPAL CODE TO
IMPOSE A THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS LIMIT ON THE OFFICE
OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, MAYOR, OR ANY COMBINATION OF
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LA MESA DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The La Mesa Municipal Code is hereby amended to add Chapter 2.14 to be known as the "Three Consecutive Terms Limit" Ordinance.
THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS LIMIT
2.14.010 No person shall serve more than three consecutive terms of office as a member of the city council, or as mayor, or any combination of terms thereof.
2.14.011 Any person who has served three consecutive terms as a member of the city council, or as mayor, or any combination of terms thereof, shall not be eligible to serve again until the expiration of at least four years.
2.14.012 Any person who is elected or appointed to an unexpired term as a member of the city council, or as mayor, who serves more than one-half of a full term of office shall be deemed to have served a full term.
2.14.013 Any member of the city council, or mayor, who resigns or is removed from office during a term shall be deemed to have served a full term.
2.14.014 The three consecutive terms limit established by this chapter shall apply prospectively only to those terms of office which commence on or after November 4, 2014.
2.14.015 If any part of this chapter is held by a court of law of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the remaining parts of this chapter shall remain in full force and effect.
2.14.016 This chapter shall not be amended or repealed except by a majority vote of the voters of the City of La Mesa at a regularly scheduled election.
SECTION 3. If the provisions of this ordinance are in conflict with the provisions of any other ordinance adopted at the same election, the ordinance receiving the highest number of affirmative votes shall control."