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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of Lake Forest
Measure S - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

24,030 votos si (82.5%)

5,080 votos no (17.5%)

100% de distritos activos (44/44).

City Council Term Limit Ordinance
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Shall the measure proposing an ordinance limiting the terms of Lake Forest City Council Members to two (2) four (4) year terms be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

yes vote is a vote in favor of limiting the terms of city council members to two four-year terms.

Un voto por el NO significa

no vote is a vote against limiting the terms of city council members to two four-year terms.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Lake Forest City Attorney

Lake Forest Municipal Code Section 2.04.080 currently prohibits any person from serving as a Lake Forest City Council Member or Mayor for more than 3 consecutive 4-year terms. A person who has served 3 consecutive 4-year terms is thereafter required to take a 2-year hiatus from the City Council before he or she may serve an additional series of 3 consecutive 4-year terms. There is no limit on the number of times this can be repeated.

Measure “S” amends Section 2.04.080 to prohibit any person from serving more than 2 4-year terms on the Lake Forest City Council. Each full City Council term is four years. Measure “S” was placed on the ballot by the Lake Forest City Council.

If Measure “S” is approved, the 2 term limit would only apply to future City Council terms starting with the November 6, 2018 election. Therefore, new or re-elected City Council Members in 2018 would serve their first term under the 2 term limit starting with the November 6, 2018 election and be eligible to be re-elected in November, 2022. New or re-elected Council Members in November, 2020 would serve their first term under the 2 term limit starting with the November 2020 election and be eligible to be re-elected in November, 2024. Once a Council Member has served 2 full 4-year terms after these dates, the 2 term limit will apply and he or she would no longer be eligible to serve on the City Council. If any person is appointed by the City Council or elected to fill a vacant office of a City Council member for the balance of that City Council Member’s 4-year term, but who serves for less than 4 years in that office, is eligible to serve an additional 2 4-year terms.

A “Yes” vote on Measure “S” will approve the Measure and prohibit City Council Members or the Mayor from serving more than 2 4-year terms total.

A “No” vote on Measure “S” will not approve the Measure and will prohibit the City Council members or Mayor from serving more than 3 consecutive 4-year terms, with the requirement that after a person has taken a 2-year hiatus after holding office for 3 consecutive terms, he or she is eligible to be elected to another 3 consecutive 4-year terms.

Measure “S” requires simple majority approval of the voters to pass.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The Lake Forest City Council has approved placing on the November ballot the establishment of term limits for City Council Members. Pursuant to California Government Code section 36502(b) term limits must be approved by the voters.


If approved by voters, this measure would:


  Limit a Council Member to serving two terms of four years, either consecutively or after a break in service, so long as the number of years of service is eight years in total.

  In the event that a Council Member resigns or passes away, and a new Council Member is appointed as replacement, the newly appointed Council Member will still be eligible to serve two terms of four years after their temporary appointment.


Real Term Limits will encourage greater citizen involvement and allow new people the opportunity to contribute to their community. Career politicians cause stagnation in policy and become disconnected from their constituents. Serving on the City Council is not intended to be a career; it is supposed to be one’s civic duty and in service to one’s community. We need new people with new ideas, and we will achieve no forward momentum if we allow career politicians to remain in office.


If eight total years of civic service is good enough for the office of the United States President, eight years is good enough for the Lake Forest City Council.


s/ Leah Basile Mayor Pro Tem

— Ballotpedia

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Ballotpedia

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