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Humboldt County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure P
Update the City Charter
City of Eureka

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 6,473 / 81.83% Yes votes ...... 1,437 / 18.17% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 29 4:38pm
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Should minor cleanup amendments to various Sections of the Charter be performed to update language for consistency with State law and City regulations; remove outdated references to the Board of Education; remove expired citations, dates and obsolete code sections; update to reflect existing financial reporting systems; and remove obsolete bond revenue/indebtedness provisions?

Impartial Analysis from the City Attorney
If Measure P is adopted by a majority vote of the electorate, the following technical, non-substantive amendments will be made to the City Charter of the City of Eureka that reflect changes in Federal and State law affecting City operations, delete obsolete references, or provide clarity regarding current administrative practices:

Amend Sections 103 Municipal Affairs; 202 of Article II Dates of Primary and General Municipal General Elections; Section 203 of Article II Officers to be Elected at Elections After Adoption of Revised Charter; Section 208 of Article II Term Limits + Office of the Mayor; 209 of Article II Term Limits + Council Members; 301 of Article III Qualifications of Council Members; 400 of Article IV Qualifications of Mayor; 703 of Article VII Budget Preparation; 716 of Article VII Independent Audit; 800 of Article VIII Personnel Merit System; 801 of Article VIII Provisional Appointments; 810 of Article VIII Non-Discrimination; 1200 of Article XII Books Open to Public Inspection

Remove Sections 717,718, and 719 of Article VII; 1100, 1101, 1102 and 1103 of Article XI

Renumber applicable Sections within the amended Charter and the Table of Contents as needed for internal consistency.

If Measure P is not approved, the various amendments to the Charter, as described above, will not occur.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure P. If you desire a copy of the ordinance, please call the elections official's office at (707) 441-4144 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

s/ Sheryl Schaffner, City Attorney

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Arguments For Measure P
Measure "P" is a clean-up measure to the Eureka City Charter. It involves only non-controversial matters. The Measure will provide tools for the City Council and City staff to better serve the community. The Measure combines these minor, non-substantive modifications into a single ballot question.

A committee or City staff members has conducted a thorough review of the current City Charter and presented their findings to the City Council. The committee finds that the City Charter contains certain outdated language which can be easily modified to provide for greater clarity and compliance with Federal and State law. These modifications can only be made by a majority vote of the electors, and so the City Council has placed this measure on the ballot.

A unanimous City Council of Eureka recommends a "yes" vote on Measure "P".

By: Councilmember Jeff Leonard

Councilmember Mike Jones

Councilmember Linda Atkins

Councilmember Frank Jager

(No arguments against Measure P were submitted)

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