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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Local

City of Perris
Measure H - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

8,702 votes yes (76.64%)

2,652 votes no (23.36%)

100% of precincts reporting (18/18).

11,354 ballots counted.

Term Limits for Elected Officials
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Shall the measure, establishing a lifetime term limit of three (3) terms served as an elected official in the City of Perris, including Mayor, member of the City Council, and City Clerk, in which the terms served by a person elected or appointed to one elected office shall not be aggregated with terms served by that person in another elected office, be approved?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Perris

In the City of Perris (“City”) the elected offices are Mayor, City Council, and City Clerk. The term of office for each of these offices is currently four years. There is currently no limit on the number of terms that may be served in any of these offices.

The Perris City Council voted to place Measure H on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 general municipal election. If passed by the voters, Measure H will establish a lifetime limit of three terms upon these elected offices. Measure H will not change the length of a term, which will remain at four years. Therefore, Measure H would mean that an individual may serve up to 12 years in one of the offices mentioned above, but would not be eligible to serve in that office again.

The lifetime limit of three terms will not be aggregated between the elected offices. For example, an individual may serve three terms as Mayor, another three terms as a Council Member, and another three terms as City Clerk, in any order. The three terms do not need to be consecutively served, so for example an individual may serve one term as a Council Member, then one term as Mayor, then two more terms as a Council Member, and so forth.

Measure H will apply to terms of office beginning on or after the November 6, 2018 general municipal election. Measure H will not apply retroactively. That is, terms served or partiallyserved prior to Measure H will not count toward the three-term limit.

In the event there is a future vacancy in one of the elected offices, and an individual is elected or appointed to fill that vacancy, the partial term will not count toward the three-term limit if the remainder of the partial term is less than half of the full term. The method of counting partial terms may be amended by a majority vote of the City Council provided that those amendments are consistent with and further the purposes of Measure H. All other amendments require approval of the City’s voters.

A “Yes” vote approves establishing a lifetime term limit of three terms for the elected offices of Mayor, Council Member, and City Clerk. A “No” vote disapproves establishing such term limits. This Measure will take effect only if a majority of voters vote “Yes” at the November 6, 2018, general municipal election.

By:

Eric Dunn
City Attorney
City of Perris

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure H. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the Perris City Clerk’s Office at 951-956-2925 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

NO ARGUMENTS FILED IN FAVOR OR AGAINST MEASURE “H”

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENTS FILED IN FAVOR OR AGAINST MEASURE “H”

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

ORDINANCE NUMBER 1362

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF CITY COUNCIL OF
THE CITY OF PERRIS, CALIFORNIA, SETTING TERM
LIMITS FOR THE ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE CITY OF
PERRIS BY ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 2.05 “TERM LIMITS
FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS” TO TITLE 2 OF THE PERRIS
MUNICIPAL CODE


WHEREAS, the elected officials of the City of Perris currently are Mayor, members of the City Council, and City Clerk; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Perris currently does not have term limits for the elected officials of the City; and,

WHEREAS, the anticipated positive aspects of term limits for elected city officials include the following:

 

  • Encourages new people to get involved in local government
  • Broadens the base of potential candidates
  • Encourages fresh ideas
  • Provides voters with more choices
  • Increases voter turnout
  • Encourages broader representation of different neighborhoods; and,

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City that term limits be established for all elected offices in the City, and it is the purpose and intent of this Ordinance to achieve the positive impacts of term limits mentioned above.

THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PERRIS DO HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.        Recitals Incorporated. The foregoing Recitals are incorporated herein by reference as if set forth in full.

Section 2.         New Chapter. A new Chapter 2.05 is added to Title 2 of the Perris Municipal Code to read, in its entirety, as follows:

“Chapter 2.05. TERM LIMITS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS

Section 2.05.010. Term Limits.

No person shall be elected or appointed to more than three (3) terms as an elected official in the City of Perris. For the purposes of calculating the number of terms in the limitation on terms of office, the terms served by a person elected or appointed to one elected office in the City of Perris shall not be aggregated with terms served by that person in another elected office in the City of Perris. For example, a single person may serve three (3) terms as mayor, three (3) terms as a city council member, and three (3) terms as city clerk.

 

Section 2.05.020. Elected Officials.
The term “elected official” as used in this Chapter shall mean the:

A.                 Mayor,

B.                 Member of the City Council, and

C.                 City Clerk.

Section 2.05.030. Partial Terms of Office.

The limitation on terms of office described in section 2.05.010 shall not apply to any unexpired term to which a person is elected or appointed if the remainder of the term is less than one-half of the full term of office.

Section 2.05.040. Application.

The term limits described in this Chapter shall apply prospectively to terms of office beginning after the November 2018 election.

Section 2.05.050. Amendments.

The City Council may by majority vote amend the provisions of this Chapter contained in Section 2.05.030 to implement the substantive provisions of this Chapter, provided that such amendments are consistent with and further the purposes and intent of this Chapter.

Section 2.05.060. Severability.

If any subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Chapter or any part thereof is for any reason held to be unenforceable or otherwise invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of this Chapter or any part thereof.”

Section 3.        Amendment or Repeal. The City Council may by majority vote amend the provisions of this Ordinance to implement the substantive provisions of this Ordinance, provided that such amendments are consistent with and further the purposes and intent of this Chapter.

Section 4.        Severability. If any subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance or any part thereof is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of this ordinance or any part thereof. The People of the City of Perris hereby declare that they would have passed each subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase be declared unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable.

Section 5.        Effective Date. After its adoption by the voters, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect ten (10) days after the vote is declared by the City Council of the City of Perris, pursuant to the provisions of Election Code §§ 9217 and 15400 and as provided by law.

 

The Mayor of the City of Perris is hereby authorized and ordered to attest to the adoption of the Ordinance by the voters of the City of Perris by signing where indicated below.

I hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance was PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED by the People of the City of Perris, California voting on the 6th day of November, 2018.

MAYOR, MICHAEL M. VARGAS

ATTEST: City Clerk, Nancy Salazar

 

 

 

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