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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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City of Temple City
Measure VP - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,285 votes yes (76.93%)

985 votes no (23.07%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

Charter Amendment, Election Schedule
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To comply with State law intended to increase voting participation in local elections and save money on election costs, shall the Temple City Charter be amended to change the date for Temple City municipal elections from the first Tuesday after the first Monday of March in odd numbered years to the first Tuesday after the first Monday of March in even numbered years (which does not otherwise grant the City new powers)?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Gregory M. Murphy, City Attorney

If adopted, the Temple City Voter Participation Compliance Measure (Measure) would amend the Temple City Charter to consolidate the municipal election date with the Statewide Primary Election beginning in March 2020. This change arises out of changes in State law.

In 2015, the State adopted Senate Bill 415 requiring cities that fall below certain municipal election turnout thresholds to consolidate their municipal elections with either the Statewide Primary Election or the Statewide General Election. In 2017, the California Attorney General found that SB 415 applies to charter cities (such as Temple City), as well as general law cities (those without charters). Attorney General opinions interpreting the meaning of State Law are not binding legal determinations, but they are persuasive to courts in litigation. The question of whether or not SB 415 applies to charter cities has not been addressed by the courts.

SB 415 provides that a voter residing in a city that holds an election in violation of the law may sue the city for a court order compelling the city to consolidate its election, and a successful plaintiff may receive attorneys’ fees for enforcing the bill’s requirements.

Temple City falls under the specified electoral turnout thresholds and, based upon the Attorney General’s opinion, is subject to SB 415’s consolidation requirement. The Charter currently requires the municipal election to be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years. The State adopted Senate Bill 568 in late 2017 to move the Statewide Primary Election to March of even-numbered years beginning in 2020. Accordingly, the City can maintain a March election and still comply with SB 415 by changing the City’s municipal election date to consolidate with the March even-numbered year Statewide Primary Election.

If adopted, the Measure would move the March 2019 election to March of 2020 and the March 2021 election to March of 2022, and all subsequent elections would occur in March of even-numbered years on the same date as the Statewide Primary Election. Based upon this new election schedule, the Measure would cause current City Council terms to be extended by one year. Thereafter, all future terms would be for four years.

The Measure was placed on the ballot by a vote of the City Council. A YES vote approves the Measure. A NO vote rejects the Measure.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Increase voter turnout in our local elections and make our elections more cost efficient—Vote YES on VP.

State Senate Bill 415 was signed into law with the purpose of increasing voter participation in local elections. And under our current schedule of local municipal elections a very low percentage of voters are participating in local elections, to change this, vote YES on VP.

YES on VP encourages greater participation in local elections.

YES on VP saves taxpayer dollars by making our local elections more cost-efficient.

YES on VP brings Temple City into compliance with new state voting laws.

Over the last several years, our City and City Council has taken strong leadership to continue to make City Hall accountable to the people. That’s why we led the way to pass a Temple City government reform and anti-corruption code. Now, we need to keep the momentum up by making sure that as many voters as possible participate in our Temple City elections.

Temple City takes pride in its commitment to diversity, transparency and active engagement with the public. Voting YES on VP consolidates the City’s Municipal Election to be scheduled at the same time as the statewide elections, when voter participation is traditionally the strongest. Measure VP also complies with new state voting laws. City Council terms stay at four years following the switch-over.

As one of the most diverse communities in the County, voting YES on VP will encourage ALL eligible voters to exercise their right to vote on local City measures and candidates, reinforcing our great country’s democratic process and tradition.

For factual information about measure VP, visit www.templecity.us/measureVP. Please vote on June 5th! Visit www.lavote.net for more information about voting.

TOM CHAVEZ
Temple City Councilmember

VINCE YU
Temple City Councilmember

TIM HUANG
President, Temple City Chinese American Association

CARL BLUM
Former Temple City Member

DARWIN NG
Rev. Darwin Ng

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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