Titles and summaries for proposed Watsonville ballot measures by SantaCruzSentinel

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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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