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City of Fountain Valley
Majority Approval Required
17389 / 73.9% Yes votes ...... 6128 / 26.1% No votes
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Shall term limits be imposed on Fountain Valley City Council Members?
|Arguments For Measure I||Arguments Against Measure I|
|Please vote YES on this ordinance which establishes term limits for city
council members to three-consecutive terms (or 12 years).
There are many good reasons to support city council term limits.|
1. Term limits will provide a greater opportunity for all interested citizens to become more involved in city government by encouraging fresh ideas and insuring that an elite circle does not govern Fountain Valley.
2. Term limits would increase the responsiveness of city government by eliminating the long-term incumbent who may have become complacent, assuming, non-responsive, or uncaring to the opinions of the voters.
3. In 1984, a huge majority (66%) of Fountain Valley citizens voted to approve term limits. That decision was never enforced. But today, a new state law guarantees that the city of Fountain Valley must enforce our decision if we again Vote YES on term limits.
4. Any long-term city council incumbent has an advantage when running for office that others don't have. Term limits will level the playing field.
5. If those who serve on the city council for 12 years truly believe that they are indispensable, then they may simply sit-out a term and then run again as a non-incumbent, in accordance with this proposed ordinance.
6. Finally, we should remember that our nation's founders believed that our elected representatives should be temporary legislators, not permanent politicians. Our President, the Governor, and even State Legislators are subject to term-limit laws. Why should your city council play by different rules? I urge a YES vote on Term Limits.
|"Term Limits" is a limit on your most fundamental freedom, the right to vote.
Term limits violate two bedrock principles of democracy: citizens' right
vote for the candidate they choose and citizens' right to run for office.
If Fountain Valley residents believe that a Council member is not doing
good job then they can vote them out of office. If they are happy with
Council member's performance and the way the city is run, then they can
re-elect them for another term.
Term limits says the merit of an elected official's performance is not
important as the time of service. It treats the experience of that person
not only worthless but also counterproductive. It says the best candidate
becomes the worst after 3 terms and should not be even considered
reelection no matter how happy residents are about the way the city is run.
Experience is considered a valuable asset in every profession, job,
activity. Could a business prosper if its top management were automatically
ousted regularly, regardless of their performance?
Term limit proponents argue that "fresh ideas" can only come from a new
person. FRESH IDEAS ARE A REFLECTION OF ATTITUDE NOT
LONGEVITY. The experience of one individual can create as many or more
"new ideas" as the naivete of another.
A non-incumbent candidate runs for office on "promises and potential. "
incumbent runs for re-election on his or her accomplishments and past
Even prior ardent supporters of Term Limits admit it has failed in many other
communities. The impact of Term Limits on a city the size of Fountain Valley
could be very negative!
WE ALREADY HAVE A PROVEN WAY TO LIMIT TERMS. IT'S CALLED
ELECTIONS AND IT HAPPENS AT THE BALLOT BOX.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE I|