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City Council Election by District; Mayor at Large
City of Moreno Valley
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 15,312 / 74.37% Yes votes ...... 5,278 / 25.63% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of November 21 7:51am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (53/53)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
Shall members of the City Council of Moreno Valley be elected by districts described in Ordinance 879, and the Mayor of the City of Moreno Valley be elected on a citywide basis by the voters of the entire city?
Measure "R" is one of three ballot measures placed on the ballot by the City Council related to establishing a directly elected mayor of the City of Moreno Valley ("City"). Since incorporation as a general law city, the City has been governed by a five-member Council and the Council selects one of its members to serve as mayor for the next year. The mayor serves as the presiding officer of Council meetings, performs certain ceremonial functions, performs limited administrative duties such as signing Council approved contracts and adopted resolutions and ordinances.
As a general law city seeking to create the office of an elected mayor, State law requires that three separate but related questions be posed to the voters.
(1) Measure "R" will ask whether the mayor of the City of Moreno Valley should be elected on a citywide basis and that the Council members be elected by 4 districts?
Powers and Duties of an Elected Mayor:
If passed, Measure "R" would designate the office of elected mayor in the City in place of one of the existing Council seats beginning in November of 2016, when the next general election for the City is scheduled. So the City would change from having a City Council elected by five (5) districts to having a City Council elected by four (4) districts and a city wide election for the mayor.
The office of elected mayor in a general law city has all the same powers and duties as a City Council member and would also make all appointments to boards, commissions, and committees (unless otherwise specified by state law) subject to the approval of the Council.
Measure "R" requires a simple majority vote to pass. Either Measure "S" or "T" shall determine the term of office, which would begin upon the seating of the new Council in November 2016.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure "R". If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk's Office at (951) 413-3001 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
By: City Attorney
|Arguments For Measure R||Arguments Against Measure R|
|PUT RESIDENTS IN CHARGE NOT POLITICIANS
Those opposing Measure "R" want politicians to continue to choose Moreno Valley's "Ceremonial Mayor" amongst themselves. Opponents say the current system is "not broken" and "the measure gives too much power to the Mayor."
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
The Mayor's powers are essentially unchanged. The City Manager is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the city and there are major problems with the current system:
In a 2010 non-binding referendum, over 80% of voters supported a citywide elected Mayor. Despite overwhelming support it wasn't economically feasible to place this issue on the ballot. The voters felt ignored. The time to elect our Mayor is NOW!
The campaign for citywide Mayor will focus debate on citywide issues and increase voter participation.
THE TIME HAS COME FOR MORENO VALLEY TO HAVE AN ELECTED MAYOR!
VOTE YES ON MEASURE "R"
By: Jesse L. Molina, Mayor
WE OPPOSE THIS POORLY DRAFTED MEASURE.
Our opponents claim this measure does not change the Mayor's powers. That is untrue. Currently, the entire Council screens applicants for boards and commissions. This measure gives the Mayor sole power to choose board and commission members. The illegal appointment of the recently removed District 4 Councilman illustrates the potential negative outcome of such power.
This measure reduces the number of Councilmembers and Districts from five to four. Many residents support increasing the number of Districts in our growing City. Our opponents claim a larger Council would cost more. That is untrue. Pay and benefits for each Councilmember currently total about $40,000 per year. Splitting the $200,000 salary budget between six Councilmembers and a Mayor leaves pay of about $30,000 per year.
Our opponents claim an appointed mayor is weak and ineffective. That is untrue. The Mayor, whether elected or appointed, creates their own success.
This measure reflects the dishonest character of the politicians behind it, who are being recalled and investigated for corruption. The recently recalled Mayor initiated this measure and the illegally appointed District 4 Councilman supported it. Only two of the current Councilmembers support this measure, and one of them faces recall in November.
THIS MEASURE WOULD NOT BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL 2016. WE HAVE TIME TO DEVELOP A BETTER MEASURE WITH THE NEW COUNCIL THAT WILL BE IN PLACE AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE "R"!
By: Richard A. Stewart
PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE "R"!
In 2010 the voters were asked if they want a directly-elected Mayor. They answered that question, without having been provided all the facts. The Council majority claims this new measure simply fulfills the voters' 2010 decision. This rushed and hushed measure is very different from what the voters expected in 2010 and includes many hidden provisions that are not in the long-term best interests of the City of Moreno Valley.
If this ill-conceived measure passes, it will be difficult to repair the damage. The People would have to force another election to undo the reduction in the number of Council seats and the related redistricting.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE "R"!
By: George Price, Councilmember District 3
Since 2001, it has been discussed but no one had the guts to bring it forward to the voters. At a April 24, 2001 council meeting, there were talks of petitioning for a directly appointed Mayor by a citizen and encouraged by the Mayor, with no action taken.
In June 2007, discussed at a study session, the mayor issue was brought forward by Council Members , again, no action.
Currently in the round robin selection, the Mayor is accountable to his constituents and has a tendency to be "biased" in his district. This is obvious. In 2010, the city of Murrieta saw this and corrected it.
A two year term everyone has the choice to elect their representatives, you do not have that opportunity now.
A four year term during the presidential election, can also work, but it's up to you the voter to decide.
Under this proposal, you will double your elected representation, which make them both accountable to you, the voter.
In November 2010, Measure "N" asked the voters of Moreno Valley if they support changing to an elected Mayor, it was overwhelmingly approved. It is time to take action!
Regardless of past discussions, this issue has come before the citizens to decide.
Vote Yes on Measure "R" !
By: Jesse L. Molina