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Change of Municipal Election Dates
City of Long Beach
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 59,148 / 45.69% Yes votes ...... 70,295 / 54.31% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 2 2:20pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (231/231)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
Shall Measure O, which amends the Long Beach City Charter to change the dates of the Primary and General Municipal Elections be adopted?
Currently, the Long Beach City Charter requires that the primary and general elections for elective officers of the City and members of the Board of Education be held in even-numbered years, on the second Tuesday in April and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June, respectively. City and Board of Education elected candidates assume their offices on the third Tuesday in July.
The dates of the statewide direct primary and general election are set by the State legislature and are subject to change. However, currently statewide elections are held in even-numbered years. The statewide direct primary is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June, and the statewide general election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Elected candidates assume their offices on the second Tuesday in December.
If this measure is approved, the elected City officers whose terms would have
expired in July of 2014 will serve until their successors take office in December of
There will be a financial impact if this measure is approved. The exact nature of that impact will depend upon whether the County will agree to consolidate elections in June and November and administer the City's elections, placing them on the same ballot as the statewide elections. To date, the County Registrar has indicated that the County will not consolidate elections. Whether the position of the County will change in the future and the amount the County would charge the City for consolidation is unknown. In any event, if this measure is approved, the cost to administer City/Board of Education elections in 2014 is likely to increase.
If elections are not consolidated, the City would potentially be required to administer three separate elections (April - School Board primary; June - School Board general and City primary; November - City general). While it is not possible to quantify the exact costs, it is estimated that these additional costs may exceed $1,000,000 in 2014.
If elections are consolidated, the savings, if any, will only be realized with regard to the elections which are capable of consolidation (i.e., the June City primary and the November City general). However, additional costs will be incurred due to the fact that potentially three elections will be held, with the April (School Board) election not subject to consolidation. Again, while it is not possible to quantify the exact costs, it is estimated that these additional costs will exceed any potential savings in 2014.
|Arguments For Measure O||Arguments Against Measure O|
|Long Beach has saved millions by consolidating city departments and
government functions. So far, we have consolidated emergency dispatch
functions, planning department functions, and parking functions.
Each of these consolidations saves a little money. Together, they add up to BIG SAVINGS.
In 1981, the Legislature gave cities in California the right to consolidate their local elections with state elections. IT SAVES MONEY. Today, 347 California cities hold their elections on the same days as the state.
Of course, there are still some cities and politicians that prefer the old way. It's more expensive and fewer people vote.
Our election system in Long Beach is broken. In some elections, Councilmembers can be elected with only 1,000 votes.
This year, over 30,000 Long Beach voters petitioned the City Council to put Measure 0 on the ballot. Under the current system in Long Beach, we vote three times in each election year - the city elections are in April and June ... and then we vote again in November.
With Measure 0, our city elections will be held in June and November, just like the state. So instead of spending money to vote in three elections, we can get it done in two.
Some may attempt to confuse you, but the Long Beach Press Telegram cut through all the rhetoric and summed up Measure 0 simply - "The initiative would help align local and state ballots."
Because it's a City Charter change, Measure 0 can't apply to our local school or community college districts. So we won't save as much money at first. But we will if they follow our lead. Every change starts with a small step.
Measure 0 is a step in the right direction. Long Beach's consolidation efforts should continue to grow and save money.
Vote Yes on Measure O.
Measure O would:
Because outside special interests don't care about our local community--only about their own agenda. School and City elections were consolidated in 1986 to save money and increase turnout. Under the previous system of separate elections, voter turnout was low for School Board elections (for example, 9.5% for the 1983 election), while election costs were high. Measure O would undo that reform, driving down turnout while increasing costs, especially for our cash-strapped schools.
Measure O proponents are trying to deceive you about their plan to take over the School Board by saying the City Charter requires those elections in April--don't be fooled. They simply chose to move City elections while keeping the School Board in April, GUARANTEEING HIGHER COSTS from multiple ballots and LOWERED TURNOUT for School Board.
Vote based on facts, not fiction--VOTE NO ON MEASURE O
BOB FOSTER, Mayor
LAURA L. DOUD, City Auditor
MARY C. STANTON
|VOTE NO ON MEASURE 0
Do we need to spend $1.2 million extra to move City election dates? NO-in these tough times, vital City and school services should not be sacrificed to pay for this wasteful and unnecessary political scheme.
In 1986, residents voted for the present system of consolidated elections among the City, School Board, and Community College Board. Measure 0 reverses that reform by moving the election dates for City offices to June and leaving the election dates for School Board and Community College Board in April. That means the City, School Board, and Community College Board would no longer share the costs of running a consolidated election. Instead, each bears the costs of holding separate elections--costing $1.2 million extra per election year, according to the Long Beach City Clerk.
Besides wasting money, Measure 0 would lengthen City general election campaigns from two to five months, pressuring candidates to raise more money for longer campaigns.
Finally, holding our nonpartisan municipal elections concurrently with state and federal contests will increase the partisanship of our local elections, leading to the same ugly political gridlock we see in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
Outside special interests want our city to perform like Sacramento--don't let them succeed.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE 0 -- WE CANNOT AFFORD $1,200,000 OF ADDITIONAL CUTS TO SCHOOLS, PARKS, LIBRARIES, POLICE, AND FIREFIGHTERS!
BOB FOSTER, Mayor
LAURA L. DOUD, City Auditor
The politicians making exaggerated claims that fewer elections will cost $1 million tie their argument to the cost of Board of Education elections. Those are costs we have now. We can save even more money when we consolidate those election dates as well.
The status quo is expensive. Those who argue against Measure O don't mention the current costs. The current election schedule has taxpayers paying for April, June, and November elections every two years. Consolidating local elections to June and November will save money over time, that's why the other cities have done it.
The opponents of Measure O conveniently leave out any estimate of long-term savings to taxpayers. They leave out any explanation for why Long Beach is one of the only hold-out cities.
Common sense and simple arithmetic tells us that fewer elections means fewer costs. We pay for the state June and November elections already. Consolidating local elections with state elections is logical.
Measure O consolidates election dates. Two elections is less than three. Two elections will cost less than three.