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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Santa Barbara
Measure B2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

23,227 votes yes (70.78%)

9,588 votes no (29.22%)

100% of precincts reporting (55/55).

Charter Amendment - Even-Numbered Year Elections
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Shall the City Charter be amended to require City general elections to be held in even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered years?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Santa Barbara

If approved by a majority of the City's voters, Measure B would amend the City Charter to switch the City from odd-numbered year elections to even-numbered year elections.

Measure B would transition the City to even-numbered year elections as follows: In November 2019, the three members of the City Council representing Election Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be elected and serve 5 year terms so that their successors would seek election in November of 2024. In November 2021, the three members of the City Council representing Election Districts 4, 5 and 6 will be elected and shall serve five year terms so that their successors would seek election in November of 2026. Finally, in November 2021, the Mayor will be elected and serve a five year term so that his or her successor would seek election in November of 2026. For the purposes of the City's two consecutive term limits on serving in office, the one-time five year terms would be treated as lasting only four years so that elected City Council Members and the Mayor could still serve two full terms (which would total nine years one time only).

The City Council placed this measure on the ballot in response to the California Voter Participation Rights Act (the "Act"). A California Attorney General's opinion states that the Act requires all California cities, including chartered cities like Santa Barbara, to switch to even-numbered year elections when odd-numbered year elections have caused a "significant decrease in voter turnout." Santa Barbara's odd-numbered year elections have resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout under the Act, i.e., odd-year election turnout in Santa Barbara has been at least 25 percent less than the average voter turnout in the City for the previous four statewide general elections.

Measure B would amend the Charter in a manner consistent with the Act. Whether the Act applies to chartered cities like Santa Barbara is uncertain legally.

A "yes" vote is a vote to approve switching to even-numbered year elections.

A "no" vote is a vote not to approve switching to even-numbered year elections.

/s/ Ariel Pierre Calonne
City Attorney
City of Santa Barbara

 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure B2018. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at 1-800-722-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at http://www.sbcvote.com.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure B to save Santa Barbara City taxpayers money, help the city comply with State elections law, and significantly increase voter turnout by shifting city elections to even-numbered years.

Yes on Measure B is good for taxpayers. By consolidating city elections with state and federal elections, we can save taxpayers almost $250,000 per election cycle. These are funds our city needs to maintain services our residents need and want.

Yes on Measure B is good for voters. More people vote during state and federal elections in even years, and that means more city voters will express their opinions about local city matters. Our turnout for the 2016 statewide election was 85.2%. Turnout for our odd-year election in 2017 was 51%.

Yes on Measure B is good for residents. It lets you focus on other things instead of being bombarded with election materials and campaigning every year.

Yes on Measure B lets voters decide. A Yes vote will ensure our city complies with the new California Voter Participation Rights Act that requires cities to move to even-year elections if there is a substantial difference in turnout between even-year and odd-year elections. A Yes vote will avoid an expensive legal challenge to our voting system, and put the decision to transition in the hands of voters – not judges and lawyers.

Yes on B will allow candidates for city council elected in 2019 and 2021 to serve one 5-year term. Our City Council wanted voters to know ahead of time that these candidates will serve a one-time 5-year term necessary to achieve the even-year benefits of significantly higher voter participation and election cost-savings.

Vote Yes on Measure B. Help more Santa Barbara residents participate in our Democracy and our City government.

The undersigned proponent(s) or author(s) of the primary argument in favor of a ballot measure B2018 at the Special Consolidated Municipal Election for the City of Santa Barbara to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that the argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Cathy Murillo       7/2/18
Mayor, City of Santa Barbara
/s/ Frank J. Ochoa       7/2/18
Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.), on behalf of Santa Barbara District Elections Committee

/s/ Catherine Swysen       7/2/18
President, on behalf of Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee

/s/ George Eskin       7/2/18
Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.)

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE B2018.

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF THIS MEASURE IS IN YOUR COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA SAMPLE BALLOT.

YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT MAY BE FOUND HERE: http://www.sbcvote.com/SampleballotandpollplaceLookup/

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