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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Goleta
Measure W2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

7,823 votes yes (64.86%)

4,239 votes no (35.14%)

100% of precincts reporting (15/15).

Salaries - Mayor and City Council
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Shall an ordinance be adopted establishing an annual salary for members of the City Council set at seventy-five percent (75%) of the nonfamily household median income for the City of Goleta as determined by the United States Census Bureau (resulting in a salary of $42,134) and for the Mayor at ninety percent (90%) of the nonfamily household median income for the City of Goleta (resulting in a salary of $50,561)?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Goleta

Ballot Measure W2018 proposes adoption of an ordinance recommended by the City’s Public Engagement Commission and placed on the ballot by the City Council that would establish salaries for the Mayor and members of the City Council.

Currently, members of the City Council receive a salary in the amount authorized by the California Government Code based on the City’s population. Each City Councilmember currently receives a monthly salary of $585 ($7,020 per year). The salary may be increased by a maximum of 5% for each calendar year that has passed since the date of the last adjustment. Increases may take effect only after a general municipal election, which is held every two years.

California law allows city voters to establish a different salary for councilmembers by way of a ballot measure.

  • Commencing with the November, 2018 election, the City will have a directly elected Mayor. If the proposed ordinance is approved, the directly elected Mayor’s salary will be established at ninety percent of the nonfamily household median income for the City of Goleta as determined by the United States Census Bureau. That salary would start at $50,561 per year.
  • If the proposed ordinance is approved, the four City Councilmembers’ salary will be established at seventy-five percent of the nonfamily household median income for the City of Goleta as determined by the United States Census Bureau. That salary would start at $42,134 per year.

If adopted, the new salaries would take effect in December 2018. The salaries would be adjusted annually based on the index published by the Census Bureau.

The Mayor and Councilmembers are eligible to enroll in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The plan is funded by a combination of City and employee contributions that fluctuate year to year and are calculated as a percentage of their salary. After satisfaction of the five year vesting period, the Mayor and Councilmembers would be entitled to a pension at the time of their retirement. An increase in salary will increase the City’s contribution and future liability to CalPERS, which is paid by the General Fund, and will increase the Mayor and Councilmembers’ pension amounts beyond what they are currently.

A “yes” vote on Measure W2018 is in favor of adoption of the salary ordinance. A “no” vote is against adoption of the salary ordinance. A majority of votes cast is required for the ordinance to be enacted. If approved, the ordinance can only be modified or repealed by a majority vote of the electorate in a subsequent municipal election.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure W2018. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk’s office at (805) 961-7505 or email your request to cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

/s/ Michael Jenkins
City Attorney

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

The City is pursuing ways to eliminate potential obstacles that discourage residents from seeking elected offices. The need for this change is heightened by the shift to district elections in 2022, when Councilmembers will be elected from one of four districts of approximately equal population. At that time, each Councilmember will be required to live within their particular district, thereby limiting the pool of potential candidates for each office. In two of the last three City Council elections, the number of declared candidates was the same as the number of offices, and there is concern that district elections may routinely generate non-competitive elections.

With these concerns in mind, last year the City established the Public Engagement Commission to study resident participation and recommend ways to increase public involvement in City activities. The Commission believed that a reasonable salary could encourage those who are not otherwise able to give up their current salary – or who could not afford a reduction in work – to focus on the required commitments. Moreover, a higher Council salary could expand the pool of candidates beyond those who may have a pension (retirees) or other financial resources that the general public does not. As a general law city, Goleta’s City Council salary is regulated by the California Government Code §36516, but a different rate of compensation can be established by the majority of voters through a ballot initiative.

This ballot proposition represents the unanimous recommendation by the Commission. The proposed salary reflects both the cost of living in Goleta and the job’s workload. The Mayor and City Councilmembers devote approximately 30­40 hours per week on activities related to their elected offices.

Please support the Public Engagement Commission’s recommendation in supporting Measure W2018 to encourage competitive elections and a broader pool of candidates for city elections in Goleta.

The undersigned proponent(s) or author(s) of the primary argument in favor of ballot proposition W2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Goleta 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/ Paula Perotte, Mayor, Goleta City Council

/s/ Stuart Kasdin, Mayor Pro Tem pore, Goleta City Council
/s/ Roger S. Aceves, Councilmember, Goleta City Council
/s/ Michael T. Bennett, Councilmember, Goleta City Council
/s/ Kyle Richards, Councilmember, Goleta City Council

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

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE W2018.

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

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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.  

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