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City Attorney’s Title and Summary Council Vacancies If adopted by the voters, this measure would change how Council vacancies are filled. This measure would replace the present § 406 (“Vacancies”) in Article 4 of the City Charter. This measure would also add a definition of “Vacancy” in new subdivision (k) of Section 1503 of the City Charter. Existing § 406 describes when a Council vacancy occurs and how it may be filled. Section 406 authorizes the Council to either appoint a person or call for election of a person as a successor member of the Council to fill the Council seat until the next general election. If Council fails to appoint or call an election to fill the vacancy within ninety days, it is required to call an election. The new §406 removes the Council authority to appoint a person to fill a Council vacancy. It requires the Council to always hold an election to fill a vacancy and to do so within ninety days. Nothing in the City Charter describes when a vacancy begins. If adopted by the voters, this measure would add subdivision (k) of § 1503 to describe when a “Vacancy” begins. City Attorney’s Title and Summary Election of Mayor Section 500 of the Charter now provides for election of the Mayor by a majority of the Council. This measure replaces Section 500. If adopted by the voters, it would end the election of the Mayor by a majority of the Council. If adopted, the next Mayor would be required to be the elected representative of the Council district which had gone longest without its Council member serving a full term as Mayor. Thereafter the Mayor would be elected annually by resolution of the Council in the numeric order the Council district they represent. The Mayor Pro Tempore would be the representative of the next Council district in numeric order after the Mayor. The Council would have no choice but to elect as Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore the Council member from the Council district next in order. Section 504 of the Charter now provides that the Mayor Pro Tempore becomes Mayor if a vacancy occurs in the office of the Mayor. The Council appoints a new Mayor Pro Tempore. This measure replaces Section 504 by ending the election of the Mayor Pro Tempore by the Council. Instead, if adopted by the voters, the Council, upon a vacancy in the office of Mayor Pro Tempore is required to adopt a resolution appointing the representative of the next Council district in numerical order as Mayor Pro Tempore. Such Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore, so appointed to fill a vacancy shall also have the right but not the obligation to serve the succeeding full year term as either Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore. City Attorney’s Title and Summary Naming Public Places or Property The City Charter does not now provide for naming public parks, buildings, bridges, plazas, courtyards or the airport. This measure would require an election to name such public places. Each Council members would nominate one name to be placed on a ballot. The nominated name with the most votes at a Special or General Municipal Election would then become the official name of such public place.
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