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NOTICE OF GENERAL MEASURES
ELECTION FOR THE CITY OF SAN RAMON 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the City of SAN RAMON located in the County of Contra Costa, State of California, that in accordance with law, an election will be held on Tuesday, the 5th day of November, 2013, for the purpose of submitting for approval or rejection the following measure, to be displayed on each individual ballot to wit:

CITY OF SAN RAMON - Measure D
Shall an ordinance be adopted by the people to amend the City Municipal Code to change the general municipal election date from November of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years and to extend the terms of the Mayor and all City Council members by one year to make that change?  (Saves approximately $142,000 per election.)
YES
NO

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE D

This measure is an ordinance submitted to the voters by the San Ramon City Council under authority of Elections Code section 9222.

Currently the City of San Ramon conducts its regular municipal election in November of odd-numbered years. A significant portion of election costs are shared by all public entities having candidates or measures on the same ballot.  Federal, state and often county elections as well as elections conducted by the many special districts whose geographical territory is within the City of San Ramon are held in November of even-numbered years.  Because of the cost sharing basis for determining election costs there would be a savings of approximately $142,000 per election if the general municipal election were moved from November of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years.

As allowed under Elections Code section 10403.5(b), the ordinance submitted by this Measure extends the terms of the Mayor and all Councilmembers by one year to accommodate changing the election date.  The ordinance will not go into effect unless the Charter amendment providing for election of the Mayor in even-numbered years is also approved at the election on
November 5, 2013.

A “yes” vote is a vote to adopt the ordinance thereby changing the date of the general municipal election from November of odd-numbered years to the date of the statewide general election in November of even-numbered years and extending the terms of the Mayor and Councilmembers by one year.

A “no” vote is a vote against adoption of the ordinance thereby leaving the general municipal election to be held in November of odd-numbered years.

Bob Saxe
Interim City Attorney

CITY OF SAN RAMON - Measure E
Shall Article III of the City of San Ramon Charter be amended to:
  1. change the mayoral election date from odd-numbered years to the date of the statewide general election during even-numbered years; and
  2. extend by one year the term of the Mayor elected in 2013 to accommodate the election date change; and
  3. extend the cumulative total number of years the mayor elected in 2013 may serve from eight to nine years? (Saves approximately $142,000 per election.)
YES
NO

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE E

This measure is a Council initiated Charter amendment submitted to the voters by the San Ramon City Council under authority of Elections Code section 9255(b)(1). 

Under Article III of the City Charter the Mayor is elected every two years at the general municipal election currently conducted during November of odd-numbered years.  Article III also prohibits any elected Mayor from serving more than a total of eight years.

A significant portion of election costs are shared by all public entities with candidates or measures on the same ballot.  Federal, state and often county elections as well as elections conducted by the many special districts whose geographical territory is within the City of San Ramon are held in November of even-numbered years.  Because of the cost sharing basis for determining election costs there would be a savings of approximately $142,000 per election if the general municipal election were moved from November of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years. 

This Charter amendment requires that the Mayor be elected at the general municipal election conducted on the date of the statewide general election in November of even-numbered years.  In order to accommodate changing the election date, the proposed amendment lengthens the term of the Mayor elected in 2013 by one year and extends the cumulative total number of years an elected Mayor may serve from eight to nine years if one of the Mayor’s terms was increased as the result of changing the general municipal election date.  The Charter amendment will not go into effect unless the measure amending the Municipal  Code  by changing the date of the general municipal election to November of even-numbered years is also approved at the election on November 5, 2013.

A “yes” vote is a vote to amend the Charter thereby (a) requiring that the Mayor be elected at a general municipal election  in November of even-numbered years, (b) lengthening the term of the Mayor elected in 2013 by one year  to accommodate changing the election date and (c) allowing any Mayor whose term was extended as the result of changing the election date to serve a cumulative total of nine rather than eight years.

A “no” vote is a vote against the Charter amendment  thereby continuing to elect the Mayor at the general municipal election conducted in November of odd-numbered years.

Bob Saxe
Interim City Attorney

 

 

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