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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

City of San Mateo
Measure H Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


9,774 votes yes (81.9%)

2,167 votes no (18.1%)

100% of precincts reporting (53/53).

47,173 ballots counted.

Charter Language Clean-up
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Shall the charter amendment revising the City of San Mateo's charter to: allow for regular council meetings to be held at locations other than City Hall, when necessary; updating the title of Personnel Director to Human Resources Director; and revising the Fiscal Administration provisions to conform with state law and current practices be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure H to amend the City of San Mateo's charter to modernize a number of provisions and remove a provision that is inconsistent with current state law. The charter is the City's governing document and was originally adopted by voters in 1970. Measure H would:

  * allow the City Council to hold a regular meeting at a location other than City Hall if necessary to accomodate larger audiences or if City Hall is not in a suitable condition (due to construction work, for example)

  * update the title of Personnel Director to Human Resources Director

  * revise several Fiscal Administration provisions to conform with state law and current practices, specifically:

      * repeal language regarding the property tax levy that is no longer allowable under state law

      * modernize language related to budget practices and provisions to reflect the City's longstanding approach of incorporating long-term planning and strategy into a balanced annual operating budget. This includes changing the terminology to accurately reflect funding commitments in the budget ("requirements") and the sources of funds available to meet these commitments ("resources") along with corresponding changes to provisions governing the appropriation of funds.

For more information on Measure H, visit the City's website at:

/s/ David Lim, Mayor

/s/ Rick Bonilla, Deputy Mayor

/s/ Diane Papan, Council Member

/s/ Marueen Freschet, Council Member

/s/ Joe Goethals, Council Member 

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