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					                                                                     VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                       MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                           CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                            The City Revenue Measure Oversight Committee shall serve in an oversight
                                                                                          capacity to at least bi-annually review revenues and expenditures and provide a
                 To fight crime, respond quickly to medical emergencies                   second independent verification that all expenditures are being made as promised

        G        and fires, keep youth on the right track and make                        to Watsonville residents. The findings of both the Revenue Measure Oversight
                 Watsonville safer by: adding firefighters and police;                    Committee and the independent auditor shall be reviewed by the City Council at a
                 increasing neighborhood police patrols; updating                         publicly noticed meeting of the Council and made available to the public.
        firefighter safety equipment and stations; improving youth                        The Public Safety Sales Tax Measure will expire after seven (7) years at which
        programs to fight gangs and reduce violence; shall Watsonville                    time Watsonville voters can choose to either renew the tax or let it expire.
        enact a one-half cent sales tax for seven years, with all funds
        restricted to these specific uses, subject to independent citizen’s               (c) Dedicated Accounting Structure. The Public Safety Sales Tax Measure annual
        oversight, annual audits, and protected from government                           budget appropriation shall specify that all revenues from the Public Safety Sales
        takeaways?                                                                        Tax Measure shall be used only for improving our community’s public safety, with
                                                                                          the revenue to be directed in support of the Police and Fire Departments, in the
                                                                                          proportions of sixty percent (60%) to Police and forty percent (40%) to Fire. The
                   FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE G                                          proportions are based upon the approximate historical General Fund budgetary
                          ORDINANCE NO. _____ (CM)                                        funding proportions of the two departments.
   A CODIFIED ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF                                The City shall establish separate funds into which these specific monies shall be
 WATSONVILLE ADDING A NEW ARTICLE 11 TO CHAPTER 6 (TAXATION)                              deposited. These funds shall be separate for Police and for Fire and shall be the
   OF TITLE 3 (FINANCE) OF THE WATSONVILLE MUNICIPAL CODE                                 source of their respective expenditures as established in the annual budget
IMPOSING A ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT (0.50%) TRANSACTIONS AND                               appropriation reviewed by the Revenue Measure Oversight Committee and
USE TAX: PUBLIC SAFETY SALES TAX MEASURE TO BE ADMINISTERED                               approved by resolution of the Council.
       BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION                                      (d) Maintenance of Effort. The City Council shall not use Public Safety Sales Tax
                                 Table of Contents                                        Measure funds to replace General Fund operating budget contributions for the
                                                                                          Police and Fire Departments. The baseline maintenance of effort budgets for this
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA, DO                               purpose shall be the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Adopted General Fund budgeted City
HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:                                                                 contribution amounts for Police and Fire operations. The Police Department Fiscal
SECTION 1. ENACTMENT.                                                                     Year 2013-2014 Adopted General Fund operating City budget contribution amount
Article 11 Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance: Public Safety Sales Tax Measure            is $12,359,924; and the Fire Department Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Adopted General
is hereby added to Chapter 6 (Taxation) of Title 3 (Finance) of the Watsonville           Fund operating City budget contribution amount is $5,672,299.
Municipal Code to read as follows:                                                        (e) Administrative Costs. Administrative overhead costs for accounting, payroll
  Article 11. Transactions and Use Tax: Public Safety Sales Tax Measure                   and human resources related to the Public Safety Sales Tax Measure shall not
                                                                                          exceed two percent (2%) of the annually budgeted revenues.
Sec. 3-6.1101 Title.
This ordinance shall be known as the City of Watsonville Transactions and Use             (f) Contingency/Reserve Fund. Because the Public Safety Sales Tax Measure is
Tax: Public Safety Sales Tax Measure. The City of Watsonville hereinafter shall be        used for essential services that are needed during both good and bad economic
called “City.” This ordinance shall be applicable in the incorporated territory of the    times, the City Council shall establish a Contingency/Reserve Fund adequate to
City of Watsonville.                                                                      ensure that services are maintained in the event sales tax revenues decline. There
                                                                                          shall be a separate Public Safety Sales Tax Measure Contingency/Reserve Fund
Sec. 3-6.1102 Program Restrictions.                                                       for the Police Department and the Fire Department.
The Public Safety Sales Tax Measure will provide a secure, local revenue stream
to the City of Watsonville that shall be used entirely to provide additional police and   A Public Safety Sales Tax Measure Contingency/Reserve Fund shall be
fire personnel, update public safety equipment, facilities and services and enhance       established as follows: A Contingency/Reserve Fund containing ten percent (10%)
youth violence prevention programs to protect our community. Detailed                     of the annually budgeted revenues will be established. In any given year when the
expenditure plans shall be developed to explain how the funds will be spent if the        Contingency/Reserve Fund holds less than the required ten percent (10%) of
one-half of one percent (0.50%) sales tax is approved. These Program Restrictions         annual revenues, the first use of funds will be to implement the plan’s current year
are established to govern how the money shall be spent, to specify the accounting,        program and then to establish or re-establish the Contingency/Reserve fund.
audit and oversight methods that will be implemented to make certain that the             If actual revenues in any given year are less than budgeted revenues, the City
funds are spent according to the voters’ direction, and to ensure the public is           Council may use the Contingency/Reserve Fund to make up the difference
well-informed of the progress and process.                                                between budgeted revenues and actual revenues for the approved annual budget
(a) Public Safety Services. The Public Safety Sales Tax Measure will enable the           appropriation.
City to hire more police officers, help improve police emergency response times,          (g) Priorities if additional revenues are available. If the Contingency/Reserve Fund
increase neighborhood patrols, maintain anti-gang and youth violence prevention,          is fully funded and all annual planned expenditures have been implemented, any
intervention and suppression efforts, including the Caminos and Police Activities         additional unanticipated sales tax revenues shall be used first to accelerate the
League programs, upgrade equipment and technology to help solve crimes, catch             implementation of the expenditure plans and then to provide additional public
criminals and fight gangs, expand programs to identify and shut down drug and             safety facilities, personnel, and equipment and youth violence prevention based
gang houses, hire more firefighters to ensure enough are on duty, maintain fire and       upon the specific needs of the community with the review and recommendation of
paramedic emergency response times, and replace inadequate and outdated life              the Revenue Measure Oversight Committee and approval of the City Council.
saving equipment.
                                                                                          Sec. 3-6.1103 Operative date.
(b) Fiscal Accountability Protections. An independent auditor shall annually review       “Operative Date” shall mean the first day of the first calendar quarter commencing
and audit expenditures of funds specifically derived from the Public Safety Sales         more than 110 days after the adoption of this ordinance.
Tax Measure, to disclose how the money was used and ensure compliance with
the expenditure plans and to ensure that revenues are spent within prudent,               Sec. 3-6.1104 Purpose.
established accounting procedures and practices. The results shall be part of the         This ordinance is adopted to achieve the following, among other purposes, and
City’s annual audit.
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                                                                       VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                        MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                             (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                 Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

directs that the provisions hereof be interpreted in order to accomplish these             Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code are hereby adopted and made a part
purposes:                                                                                  of this ordinance as though fully set forth herein.
(a) To impose a retail transactions and use tax in accordance with the provisions of       Sec. 3-6.1110 Limitations on adoption of State law and collection of use
Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251) and Section 7285.91 of Part 1.7 both in            taxes.
Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code which authorizes the City to adopt             In adopting the provisions of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation
this tax ordinance which shall be operative if two-thirds of the electors voting on the    Code:
measure vote to approve the imposition of the tax at an election called for that           (a) Wherever the State of California is named or referred to as the taxing agency,
purpose.                                                                                   the name of this City shall be substituted therefor. However, the substitution shall
(b) To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that incorporates                 not be made when:
provisions identical to those of the Sales and Use Tax Law of the State of California      (1) The word “State” is used as a part of the title of the State Controller, State
insofar as those provisions are not inconsistent with the requirements and                 Treasurer, State Board of Control, State Board of Equalization, State Treasury, or
limitations contained in Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.          the Constitution of the State of California;
(c) To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that imposes a tax and            (2) The result of that substitution would require action to be taken by or against this
provides a measure therefore that can be administered and collected by the State           City or any agency, officer, or employee thereof rather than by or against the State
Board of Equalization in a manner that adapts itself as fully as practicable to, and       Board of Equalization, in performing the functions incident to the administration or
requires the least possible deviation from, the existing statutory and administrative      operation of this ordinance.
procedures followed by the State Board of Equalization in administering and
collecting the California State Sales and Use Taxes.                                       (3) In those sections, including, but not necessarily limited to sections referring to
                                                                                           the exterior boundaries of the State of California, where the result of the
(d) To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that can be administered in       substitution would be to:
a manner that will be, to the greatest degree possible, consistent with the
provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, minimize            (i) Provide an exemption from this tax with respect to certain sales, storage, use or
the cost of collecting the transactions and use taxes, and at the same time,               other consumption of tangible personal property which would not otherwise be
minimize the burden of record keeping upon persons subject to taxation under the           exempt from this tax while such sales, storage, use or other consumption remain
provisions of this ordinance.                                                              subject to tax by the State under the provisions of Part 1 of Division 2 of the
                                                                                           Revenue and Taxation Code, or
Sec. 3-6.1105 Contract with State.
Prior to the operative date, the City shall contract with the State Board of               (ii) Impose this tax with respect to certain sales, storage, use, or other consumption
Equalization to perform all functions incident to the administration and operation of      of tangible personal property which would not be subject to tax by the State under
this transactions and use tax ordinance; provided, that if the City shall not have         the said provision of that code.
contracted with the State Board of Equalization prior to the operative date, it shall      (4) In Sections 6701, 6702 (except in the last sentence thereof), 6711, 6715, 6737,
nevertheless so contract and in such a case the operative date shall be the first day      6797 or 6828 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
of the first calendar quarter following the execution of such a contract.
                                                                                           (b) The word “City” shall be substituted for the word “State” in the phrase “retailer
Sec. 3-6.1106 Transactions Tax Rate.                                                       engaged in business in this State” in Section 6203 and in the definition of that
For the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail, a tax is hereby         phrase in Section 6203.
imposed upon all retailers in the incorporated territory of the City at the rate of
one-half of one percent (0.50%) of the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of     Sec. 3-6.1111 Permit not required.
all tangible personal property sold at retail in said territory for seven (7) years from   If a seller’s permit has been issued to a retailer under Section 6067 of the Revenue
the operative date of this ordinance.                                                      and Taxation Code, an additional transactor’s permit shall not be required by this
                                                                                           ordinance.
Sec. 3-6.1107 Place of sale.
For the purposes of this ordinance, all retail sales are consummated at the place of       Sec. 3-6.1112 Exemptions and exclusions.
business of the retailer unless the tangible personal property sold is delivered by        (a) There shall be excluded from the measure of the transactions tax and the use
the retailer or his agent to an out-of-state destination or to a common carrier for        tax the amount of any sales tax or use tax imposed by the State of California or by
delivery to an out-of-state destination. The gross receipts from such sales shall          any city, city and county, or county pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local
include delivery charges, when such charges are subject to the state sales and use         Sales and Use Tax Law or the amount of any state-administered transactions or
tax, regardless of the place to which delivery is made. If a retailer has no               use tax.
permanent place of business in the State or has more than one place of business,           (b) There are exempted from the computation of the amount of transactions tax the
the place or places at which the retail sales are consummated shall be determined          gross receipts from:
under rules and regulations to be prescribed and adopted by the State Board of
Equalization.                                                                              (1) Sales of tangible personal property, other than fuel or petroleum products, to
                                                                                           operators of aircraft to be used or consumed principally outside the county in which
Sec. 3-6.1108 Use tax rate.                                                                the sale is made and directly and exclusively in the use of such aircraft as common
An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use or other consumption in the            carriers of persons or property under the authority of the laws of this State, the
incorporated territory of the City of tangible personal property purchased from any        United States, or any foreign government.
retailer for seven (7) years after the operative date of this ordinance for storage,
use or other consumption in said territory at the rate of one-half of one percent          (2) Sales of property to be used outside the City which is shipped to a point outside
(0.50 %) of the sales price of the property. The sales price shall include delivery        the City, pursuant to the contract of sale, by delivery to such point by the retailer or
charges when such charges are subject to state sales or use tax regardless of the          his agent, or by delivery by the retailer to a carrier for shipment to a consignee at
place to which delivery is made.                                                           such point. For the purposes of this paragraph, delivery to a point outside the City
                                                                                           shall be satisfied:
Sec. 3-6.1109 Adoption of provisions of State law.
Except as otherwise provided in this ordinance and except insofar as they are              (i) With respect to vehicles (other than commercial vehicles) subject to registration
inconsistent with the provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and              pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle
Taxation Code, all of the provisions of Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001) of           Code, aircraft licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities
                                                                                           Code, and undocumented vessels registered under Division 3.5 (commencing with
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                                                                         VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                          MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                              (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                  Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

Section 9840) of the Vehicle Code by registration to an out-of-City address and by            imposing, or retailer liable for a transactions tax pursuant to Part 1.6 of Division 2 of
a declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, stating that such                the Revenue and Taxation Code with respect to the sale to the person of the
address is, in fact, his or her principal place of residence; and                             property the storage, use or other consumption of which is subject to the use tax.
(ii) With respect to commercial vehicles, by registration to a place of business              Sec. 3-6.1113 Amendments.
out-of-City and declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, that the           All amendments subsequent to the effective date of this ordinance to Part 1 of
vehicle will be operated from that address.                                                   Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code relating to sales and use taxes and
                                                                                              which are not inconsistent with Part 1.6 and Part 1.7 of Division 2 of the Revenue
(3) The sale of tangible personal property if the seller is obligated to furnish the          and Taxation Code, and all amendments to Part 1.6 and Part 1.7 of Division 2 of the
property for a fixed price pursuant to a contract entered into prior to the operative         Revenue and Taxation Code, shall automatically become a part of this ordinance,
date of this ordinance.                                                                       provided however, that no such amendment shall operate so as to affect the rate of
(4) A lease of tangible personal property which is a continuing sale of such                  tax imposed by this ordinance.
property, for any period of time for which the lessor is obligated to lease the               Sec. 3-6.1114 Enjoining collection forbidden.
property for an amount fixed by the lease prior to the operative date of this                 No injunction or writ of mandate or other legal or equitable process shall issue in
ordinance.                                                                                    any suit, action or proceeding in any court against the State or the City, or against
(5) For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the sale or lease of         any officer of the State or the City, to prevent or enjoin the collection under this
tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a                  ordinance, or Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, of any tax
contract or lease for any period of time for which any party to the contract or lease         or any amount of tax required to be collected.
has the unconditional right to terminate the contract or lease upon notice, whether           Sec. 3-6.1115 Severability.
or not such right is exercised.                                                               If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or
(c) There are exempted from the use tax imposed by this ordinance, the storage,               circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the ordinance and the application of
use or other consumption in this City of tangible personal property:                          such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
(1) The gross receipts from the sale of which have been subject to a transactions             Sec. 3-6.1116 Effective date.
tax under any state-administered transactions and use tax ordinance.                          This ordinance relates to the levying and collecting of the City transactions and use
                                                                                              tax and shall take effect immediately.
(2) Other than fuel or petroleum products purchased by operators of aircraft and
used or consumed by such operators directly and exclusively in the use of such                Sec. 3-6.1117 Termination date.
aircraft as common carriers of persons or property for hire or compensation under             The tax levied by this ordinance shall continue from October 1, 2014, until
a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued pursuant to the laws of this         September 30, 2021, which is seven (7) years from the Operative Date of this
State, the United States, or any foreign government. This exemption is in addition            ordinance.
to the exemptions provided in Sections 6366 and 6366.1 of the Revenue and                                    IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY CITY ATTORNEY
Taxation Code of the State of California.                                                                                MEASURE G
(3) If the purchaser is obligated to purchase the property for a fixed price pursuant
to a contract entered into prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
(4) If the possession of, or the exercise of any right or power over, the tangible
personal property arises under a lease which is a continuing purchase of such
property for any period of time for which the lessee is obligated to lease the
property for an amount fixed by a lease prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
(5) For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4) of this section, storage, use, or
other consumption, or possession of, or exercise of any right or power over,
tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a
contract or lease for any period of time for which any party to the contract or lease
has the unconditional right to terminate the contract or lease upon notice, whether
or not such right is exercised.
(6) Except as provided in subparagraph (7), a retailer engaged in business in the
City shall not be required to collect use tax from the purchaser of tangible personal
property, unless the retailer ships or delivers the property into the City or
participates within the City in making the sale of the property, including, but not
limited to, soliciting or receiving the order, either directly or indirectly, at a place of
business of the retailer in the City or through any representative, agent, canvasser,
solicitor, subsidiary, or person in the City under the authority of the retailer.
(7) “A retailer engaged in business in the City” shall also include any retailer of any
of the following: vehicles subject to registration pursuant to Chapter 1
(commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle Code, aircraft
licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities Code, or
undocumented vessels registered under Division 3.5 (commencing with Section
9840) of the Vehicle Code. That retailer shall be required to collect use tax from any
purchaser who registers or licenses the vehicle, vessel, or aircraft at an address in
the City.
(d) Any person subject to use tax under this ordinance may credit against that tax
any transactions tax or reimbursement for transactions tax paid to a district

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                                                                VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                   MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE G                                             REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE G
                    Vote YES on G for a safer Watsonville!                           Due March 20
Measure G funds can be used ONLY for public safety services in
Watsonville—nothing can be diverted for other purposes or taken by the State.
Measure G will increase police, fire and emergency medical services, including
rapid emergency response to life-threatening emergencies, neighborhood police
patrols, youth violence prevention and anti-gang programs—servicesthat save
lives and make Watsonville a safer place.
Since 1983, Watsonville’s population has tripled and emergency calls have
increased by 700%, while the number of on-duty firefighters has remained the
same. Violent crime rates in Watsonville are higher than state and national
averages, and police don’t have the equipment and technology needed to
coordinate in solving crimes and fighting gangs.
Vote YES on Gfor a Safer Watsonville:
• Provide enough firefighters and paramedics to ensure rapid emergency
   response times for police, firefighters and paramedics
• Expand programs to fight gangs and identify and shut down drug houses
• Protect proven, successful anti-gang and youth violence prevention efforts
   that reach hundreds of first-time offenders to get them on the right track
• Replace inadequate, outdated equipment for firefighters and paramedics
   such as the Jaws of Life, defibrillators and essential safety gear
• Increase neighborhood police patrols
• Upgrade equipment and technology to solve crimes and fight gangs
Strict Fiscal Accountability Is Required:
• By law, all funds are dedicated solely to police, fire and emergency medical
    services
• No funds can be taken by the state
• An Independent Citizens Oversight Committee representing a range of
    interests and neighborhoods will review all expenditures and make annual
    public reports
Measure G provides local funding that stays under local control—dedicated
exclusively to keeping Watsonville safe.
Join police and fire along with local business, neighborhood and faith
leaders—Vote YES on G!
s/ Karina Cervantez
   Mayor, City of Watsonville
s/ Betty J. Bobeda
   former Mayor City of Watsonville
s/ MasaruHashimoto
   Retired Educator
s/ Nevenka Radich
   Retired Educator/Business Owner
s/ Dee Dee Vargas
   Realtor/Revenue Measure Oversight Committee Chair




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                                                                   VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                     MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                           (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                               Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                   ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE G                                                  REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE G
                Don’t Trust this City Council with your Money                          Due March 20
                          VOTE NO against Greed
•   Big Money Grab for City Pensions
•   Highest Sales Tax in Santa Cruz County
•   Unfair Prices hurt lo-income families most
•   Serious Lack of Trust for City Administration
The public was tricked into believing that a very expensive Fire Truck was
purchased only to discover that it was not located in town. Residents in Districts 6
&7 were promised a new fire House near the East Lake Shopping Center. Monies
were collected….there is still NO Fire Station there!
Discover details at: www.watsonvillefishingreport.com
Spending is way out of control by the city of Watsonville. The questionable practice
of spending special funds from different accounts has led to numerous newspaper
stories and investigation. Even the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury has
documented a lack of transparency with some financial dealings associated with
the City of Watsonville.
City Manager & City Clerk salaries are raised or given pension upgrades while
many of our poorest residents continue to suffer financial hardship and
unemployment.
Did the retired Police Chief win the Lottery?
The former Watsonville Police Chief is raking in more than $190,000 in pension
payments every year! How would you like to retire at $15,000 a month for the rest
of your life? Look up retirees at: www.transparentcalifornia.com
Only the City Council can spend this money
Don’t get me wrong; our current Chief of Police is a very honorable man. However,
he is not in control of spending with these special Measure G tax funds. In point of
fact, neither is the independent oversight committee.
Measure G is nothing more than a greedy grab for more of your hard earned
money. Don’t be fooled again by empty promises. Please Vote NO on Measure G.
Thank You
s/ Emilio Martinez
   Former Watsonville City Councilmember, Private Investigator




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                            CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                             SECTION 2. That the City Clerk is hereby directed to publish the Notice of Election
                                                                                            in accordance with the requirements of the law to provide for the election.
                Shall Section 406 of the City Charter be changed and

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                                                                                            SECTION 3. That the Santa Cruz County Elections Department is hereby
                subdivision (k) of Section 1503 be added to the City
                                                                                            requested to print the hereinabove measure text exactly as filed or indicated on the
                Charter to require a vacant (as defined) Council seat be
                                                                                            filed document in the Voter’s Information Pamphlet section of the Sample Ballot for
                filled only by voters at either a General Municipal Election
                                                                                            the June 3, 2014, Election. Cost of the printing and distribution of the measure text
         or a Special Municipal Election rather than by Council election,
                                                                                            will be paid by the City.
         required to be held within ninety (90) days after the vacancy (as
         defined) occurs?                                                                   SECTION 4. That the City Clerk of the City of Watsonville is hereby ordered and
                                                                                            directed to cause to be published a synopsis of the measure to be submitted at the
            FULL TEXT OF BALLOT INITIATIVE MEASURE H                                        Special Municipal Election in the time, manner and form required by Section 12111
                                                                                            of the Elections Code of the State of California.
                    PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE
                  CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                        SECTION 5. That the Special Municipal Election hereby called shall be held and
                      SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION                                            conducted and the votes thereat canvassed and the returns thereof made, and the
                              JUNE 3, 2014                                                  results thereof ascertained and determined as herein provided, and in all
                                                                                            particulars not prescribed in this resolution, the Special Municipal Election shall be
The Council of the City of Watsonville hereby submits to the registered and                 held as provided for in the Charter of the City, and in all particulars not provided for
qualified electors of the City for their adoption or rejection, the following proposal to   therein, the election shall
amend the Charter of the City of Watsonville:
                                                                                            be held as provided by law for the holding of special municipal elections in the City
Proposed Measure:                                                                           of Watsonville and otherwise in accordance with the Elections Code of the State of
THE PEOPLE OF WATSONVILLE DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:                                             California.

PART 1: Proposed Amendments to City Charter                                                 All persons qualified to vote at municipal elections in the City of Watsonville on the
                                                                                            day of the election herein provided for shall be qualified to vote on the measure
Be it enacted by the voters of the City of Watsonville that the following two (2)           hereby submitted at the election.
amendments to the Watsonville City Charter are to take effect immediately after
the approval by the Watsonville City of the resolution confirming and approving the         If a majority of the qualified voters voting on the measure vote in favor thereof, such
canvass of returns and result of the Election for this measure:                             measure shall be deemed ratified.

AMENDMENT 1: Article IV Section 406 is hereby repealed in its entirety (as                  SECTION 6. That the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Cruz is hereby
noted in strikeout type below) and replaced with the following:                             requested to order the consolidation of said special election with the California
                                                                                            Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The Board of Supervisors of
The provisions of Section 1770 of the Government Code of the State of California            the County of Santa Cruz is further requested to order the County Clerk (1) to set
as they now exist or may hereafter be amended shall govern the existence of a               forth on all sample
vacancy. If a vacancy shall occur in the office of Councilman, the vacancy shall be
filled by appointment by the Council, and the person appointed shall hold office            ballots to be mailed to the qualified electors of the City of Watsonville for said
until the first Tuesday following the next General Municipal Election, or until his         consolidated election the text of the ballot measure as set forth hereinabove,
successor qualifies. At the next General Municipal Election following any vacancy,          arguments (if any) for and against said measure, and other authorized material (if
a new member shall be elected to serve for the remaining period of any unexpired            any), and (2) to provide absentee voter ballots for said election for use by the
term. In the event the Council shall fail to fill a vacancy by appointment within thirty    qualified electors of the City of Watsonville who are entitled thereto, in the manner
(30) days after such an office shall have become vacant, it shall forthwith cause an        provided by law.
election to be held to fill such vacancy.                                                   The Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Cruz is hereby further requested
SECTION 406. VACANCIES.                                                                     to direct the County Elections Official to canvass, or cause to be canvassed, as
                                                                                            provided by law, returns of said special election and to certify such canvass of the
California Government Code Section 1770 as it now exist or may hereafter be                 votes cast for and against said measure to the City Council of the City of
amended lists the conditions, upon the occurrence of, create a vacancy. If a                Watsonville.
vacancy shall occur in the office of a Council Member, then the vacancy shall be
filled only by the election of a new Council Member to be held at either a General          SECTION 7. That the City Attorney is hereby directed to prepare an impartial
Municipal Election or a Special Municipal Election which the Council must cause to          analysis for the hereinabove measure.
be held no later than ninety (90) days from the date of the occurrence of the               SECTION 8. That the City Clerk is directed to take the necessary steps to request
vacancy.                                                                                    the addition of this ballot measure on the June 3, 2014, consolidated California
A Council Member elected to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remaining period of          Primary Election ballot for the City of Watsonville.
the unexpired term of office that the new Council Member was elected to fill.               SECTION 9. That the City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to file a certified
AMENDMENT 2: Section 1503(k) is hereby added to Article XV of the                           copy of this Resolution with the Board of Supervisors and the County Clerk of
Watsonville City Charter:                                                                   Santa Cruz County.

SECTION 1503(k). “Vacancy” means empty or unoccupied. A “vacancy” cannot
begin or be in effect until there is no one in actual existence discharging the duties
of the office.
PART 2: General Provisions
If any provision of this measure is found to be invalid by a Court, that invalidity shall
not affect the remaining portions of this measure.
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                                                          MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
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                                  Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

               IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY CITY ATTORNEY
                           MEASURE H
Citizen Initiative - Charter Amendment.
Signatures were gathered to place Measure H on the June 3, 2014, ballot to ask
Watsonville voters to approve a Charter amendment to define “vacancy” and
require an election to fill a vacancy on the City Council. This measure would
amend Section 406 and add subdivision (k) to Section 1503 of the Watsonville City
Charter.
A city charter, is in effect a city’s constitution. A city charter allows charter cities to
have similar powers to the State, unless preempted by state law. The Watsonville
City Charter was adopted in February 1960 and has been changed by the voters
from time to time since.
Existing Section 406 of the Watsonville City Charter now says that California
Elections Code Section 1770 “shall govern the existence of a vacancy on the City
Council.” Elections Code Section 1770 defines vacancy to include among many
other things: death, moving out of the City and/or resignation from office.
This measure would also add a new subdivision (k) to Charter Section 1503 now
defining “vacancy” as “empty or unoccupied.”
The new Section 406 says Elections Code Section 1770, “lists the conditions, upon
the occurrence of, create a vacancy” but makes no reference to the new definition
of vacancy in subdivision (j) of Charter Section 1503.
Existing Section 406 requires the Council to appoint a successor within 30 days to
serve until the next General Municipal Election (generally every two years in
November) or the vacancy must be filled by an election “forthwith.”
The new Section 406 does not allow the Council to appoint a successor to hold
office until the next General Municipal Election. The new Section 406 requires an
election actually be held “no later than 90 days from the date of the occurrence of
the vacancy.” Since State law establishes election dates, not every vacancy may
be capable of being filled at an election held on a state election date. This may
affect the cost to the City of the election, the ability to consolidate the election with
County and State elections to facilitate election advertising and voter turnout, and
provide candidates time to campaign and raise funds.
The measure would be permanent. It will remain in effect until or unless changed
by the voters.
A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the charter amendments and adopt this new
definition and method of filling a City Council vacancy. A “No” vote would reject the
change and maintain the present method.
This Measure would be approved if a majority (more than fifty percent) of those
voting vote “yes.”
A copy of the City Charter can be found at
http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-government/city-clerk/city-charter.
Additional election information may be found at the Santa Cruz County Elections
Department Website: http://www.votescount.com/jun14/lm.htm#meaj
March 18, 2014
s/ Alan J. Smith
   City Attorney




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                                                      MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                 ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE H                                                 REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE H
                   Let The People Vote – YES – on Measure H                                                City of Watsonville Vacancies Filled by Election
                             VOTE YES for HONESTY
                                                                                        Let’s be honest.
•   Restore the People’s right to FAIR representation.
                                                                                        If your city councilmember resigns, you should have the right to be represented
•   Retain each District’s hope for EQUAL opportunity.                                  immediately by a new appointed city councilmember. If you must wait for a new
•   Rebuild trust in the election PROCESS for vacancies.                                election, then your family and neighborhood would not have an advocate on the
                                                                                        city council.
Thousands of Watsonville signatures were collected to allow each & every city
voter the right to have their voices heard!                                             That’s not fair.
Measure H is the direct result of that grassroots effort. You now have the ability to   Our current appointment process is only temporary to only allow someone to finish
take back your rights for fair treatment for ALL the PEOPLE of Watsonville:             the remainder of an unfinished council term, and to not waste taxpayers’ money on
• Vote YES on Measure H —- for HONESTY                                                  an unnecessary election.
• Vote YES on Measure H —- for INTEGRITY                                                All appointed candidates would have to run and be elected by the people at the
                                                                                        immediate next election. That makes common sense and it’s what almost every
• Vote YES on Measure H —- for JUSTICE                                                  other city already does in California.
Measure H creates an honest definition of the word “vacancy” in respect to a            NO on Measure H —- Protect Your Fair Voting Rights
Council seat. As defined by Measure H a Council Seat will be considered truly
“empty or unoccupied” upon death, resignation in office, or other qualifying event      NO on Measure H —- Against Secret, Outside Groups Telling Us What to Do
that creates a vacancy.                                                                 NO on Measure H —- To Save Our Taxpayers Dollars
Measure H restores honesty to the democratic process. No longer will a small            NO on Measure H —- For Good Local Government
handful of politicians determine who will represent you on the Council. Simply, it’s
your choice!                                                                            Measure H will overturn what well-respected Santa Cruz County Superior Court
                                                                                        Judge Timothy Volkmann has already ruled. Let’s protect our constitutional rights.
Measure H empowers City residents of the seven Council Districts to decide who
will best represent their interests through a direct election. Measure H will end the   Please vote NO on Measure H.
current controversial process and restore elected Council Members who are               s/ Isaac Rodriguez
responsive to the needs of your neighborhoods.                                             Community Volunteer
Measure H is an important step in taking back our basic rights as City residents.       s/ Leah Sugarman
Watsonville voters need to stay alert, engaged and vigilant over our local                 Educator & Mother
government.
                                                                                        s/ Pedro Castillo
            PLEASE SUPPORT “Let The People Vote” efforts by                                Retired University Professor
                      voting YES on MEASURE H
           RESTORE HONESTY. Be an integral part of changing the                         s/ Francisco Rodriguez
                    City of Watsonville for the better.                                    Educator
           Let’s work together for Honesty, Integrity and Justice!                      s/ Rev. Joseph R. Barndt
                        VOTE YES for MEASURE H                                             Pastor
s/ Rick Danna
   City of Watsonville Planning Commissioner
s/ Ari A. Parker
   Teacher, P.V.U.S.D.
s/ Greg Caput
   Santa Cruz County Supervisor Dist 4
s/ Yolanda Ruiz-Danna
   Watsonville Library Commissioner
s/ Georgia Acosta
   Watsonville Business Owner




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                                                        MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                             (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                 Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                    ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE H                                                       REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE H
                City of Watsonville Vacancies Filled by Election                                              Let The People Vote – YES – on Measure H
                                                                                                                        VOTE YES for HONESTY
We respectfully ask you to vote “NO” on Measure H.
                                                                                           •   Restore the People’s right to FAIR representation.
Measure H will leave city council districts vacant for up to 3 months until an election
can be held. Meanwhile, you will be left without an advocate representing you on           •   Retain each District’s hope for EQUAL opportunity.
the city council on important matters.                                                     •   Rebuild trust in the election PROCESS for vacancies.
Measure H will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars to hold an election                                                 FACTS on MEASURE H
unnecessarily.
                                                                                           FACT: ONLY THE VOTERS ELECT replacement Council Members for vacant
Measure H will put us out of step with the rest of the state. The current city charter     Council seats. No longer will Council Members resign from their seat and claim it is
already parallels state law (Govt Code 36512(b)) that allows city councils to either       “vacant” and “occupied” at the same time. Measure H ensures that the outrageous
temporarily appoint or call for an election. Our current charter also requires the         practice of voting for your own replacement will be abandoned.
council to appoint “within 30 days” to ensure that council districts will not be without
                                                                                           FACT: Costs for filling a vacant Council seat are minimal. Only a Council District
representation for a significant time period. This would end under Measure H, and
                                                                                           where the vacancy occurs is affected. Opponents are hiding this important fact
Watsonville would be the only city in the entire state with such bad policy.
                                                                                           from you!
Measure H undermines a 2012 Santa Cruz County Superior Court ruling that
                                                                                           FACT: Watsonville is a Charter City that can empower the voters to decide how to
legally concluded that the Council could appoint for a vacancy and defined when a
                                                                                           fill vacancies on the City Council.
vacancy occurs. Some Measure H supporters did not win in court and now, they
want to amend the charter to get their way. This is wrong.                                 Good government requires the participation of the People.
Measure H is not a “volunteer” effort as claimed. Most signatures were collected by        FACT: The City of Watsonville has repeatedly wasted thousands of taxpayers’
paid signature gatherers hired by a group based in Capitola. This secretly-funded,         dollars on costly lawsuits. The “vacancy” issue is still pending in State Appellate
Capitola group is now trying to impose on Watsonville residents what it wants. The         Court.
Fair Political Practices Commission is currently investigating this group regarding
                                                                                           FACT: Signatures were collected by volunteers walking door-to-door, in our
possible violations of campaign reporting and transparency laws.
                                                                                           neighborhoods, at supermarkets, and in front of our places of worship. Community
Vote “NO” on Measure H.                                                                    members signed these petitions at service clubs, sporting events, family
                                                                                           celebrations at our parks and at the Watsonville Plaza.
Don’t let outsiders change how we govern ourselves.
                                                                                                              The People’s dedication speaks for itself
Let’s save our scarce taxpayer dollars for more important needs.
                                                                                                          Watsonville residents clearly believe in Measure H.
s/ Isaac Rodriguez
                                                                                                      Let’s work together for Honesty, Integrity and Justice!
   Community Volunteer
                                                                                                                PLEASE VOTE YES on MEASURE H
s/ Leah Sugarman
   Educator & Mother                                                                       s/ Trina Coffman-Gomez
                                                                                              Watsonville City Council Member
s/ Pedro Castillo
   Retired University Professor                                                            s/ Alex R. Solano
                                                                                              Former P.V.U.S.D. Trustee (8yrs), Community Volunteer/Father (55yrs)
s/ Francisco Rodriguez
   Educator                                                                                s/ Rick Danna
                                                                                              Realtor/Watsonville Planning Commissioner
s/ Rev. Joseph R. Barndt
   Pastor                                                                                  s/ Jesus Arellano
                                                                                              Business Manager/Father of 4 children
                                                                                           s/ Ari Parker
                                                                                              Teacher, P.V.U.S.D.




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                                                        MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                             (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                 Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                            CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                             years, the appointment for Mayor shall be made at the first Council Meeting held in
                                                                                            December.
            Shall Sections 500 and 504 of the Watsonville City Charter be                   At the same Council Meeting for the appointment of the Mayor, a Mayor Pro

         I  changed so that the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore are
            required to be selected in numerical order according to the
            District number where they reside rather than elected by the
                                                                                            Tempore shall be appointed from the seven (7) Council Members. The Mayor Pro
                                                                                            Tempore shall be appointed from the next sequentially numbered District after that
                                                                                            of the Mayor’s respective numbered District. (Ex. if the Mayor is from District 1, the
         Council?                                                                           Mayor Pro Tempore shall be from District 2.)
                                                                                            A Council Member from the respective Council District that is next in line to become
             FULL TEXT OF BALLOT INITIATIVE MEASURE I                                       Mayor reserves the right to delay becoming Mayor until the next appointment
                 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE                                                 process by alternating with the next in line Mayor Pro Tempore, so that the next in
               CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                           line Mayor becomes Mayor Pro Tempore and the next in line Mayor Pro Tempore
                   SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION                                               becomes Mayor with the positions being alternated at the next appointment
                                                                                            process.
                           JUNE 3, 2014
                                                                                            A Council Member from the respective Council District that is next in line to become
The Council of the City of Watsonville hereby submits to the registered and
                                                                                            Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore reserves the right to refuse to take the position. In the
qualified electors of the City for their adoption or rejection, the following proposal to
                                                                                            case of a Council Member who refuses to become Mayor, the Council Member
amend the Charter of the City of Watsonville:
                                                                                            next in line to become Mayor Pro Tempore shall be appointed as Mayor. In the
Proposed Measure:                                                                           case of a Council Member who refuses to become Mayor Pro Tempore, the
                                                                                            Council Member next in line to become Mayor Pro Tempore shall be appointed as
THE PEOPLE OF WATSONVILLE DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
                                                                                            Mayor Pro Tempore.
PART 1: Proposed Amendments to City Charter
                                                                                            The Mayor Pro Tempore shall assume the duties of Mayor during the absence or
Be it enacted by the voters of the City of Watsonville that the two (2) following           disability of the Mayor.
amendments to the Watsonville City Charter are to take effect immediately after
                                                                                            AMENDMENT 2: Article V Section 504 of the Watsonville City Charter is
the approval by the Watsonville City of the resolution confirming and approving the
                                                                                            hereby repealed in its entirety (as noted in strikeout type below) and
canvass of returns and result of the election for the said amendments:
                                                                                            replaced with the following:
AMENDMENT 1: Article V Section 500 of the Watsonville City Charter is
                                                                                            SECTION 504. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tempore
hereby repealed in its entirety (as noted in strikeout type below) and
                                                                                            shall become Mayor for the completion of the unexpired term as provided in
replaced with the following:
                                                                                            Section 500 of this Charter. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor Pro Tempore,
SECTION 500. The Council shall appoint one of its members who shall have the                the Council shall forthwith appoint a member of the Council to fill such vacancy who
title of Mayor subject to approval by resolution of the Council adopted by at least         shall serve for the unexpired.
four (4) affirmative votes. The Mayor shall be appointed at a meeting on the second
                                                                                            SECTION 504. VACANCY.
Tuesday following the General Municipal Election in each election year, and the
second meeting in the month designated by Section 1300, General Municipal                   If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tempore shall become
Elections, in each non election year, and shall serve until a successor has been            Mayor for the completion of the unexpired term as provided in Section 500.
appointed.
                                                                                            The provisions of Section 1770 of the Government Code of the State of California
At the same meeting at which the Mayor is appointed, the Council shall also                 as they now exist or may hereafter be amended shall govern the events which shall
appoint from among its members a Mayor Pro Tempore subject to approval by                   cause the existence of a vacancy.
resolution of the Council adopted by at least four (4) affirmative votes. The Mayor
                                                                                            If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor Pro Tempore, the Council shall forthwith
Pro Tempore shall act as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor, and
                                                                                            appoint by resolution a Council Member to fill such vacancy who shall serve for the
if a vacancy occurs, shall become Mayor for the completion of the unexpired term.
                                                                                            unexpired term. Such appointment shall be made from the next sequentially
SECTION 500. APPOINTMENT OF MAYOR.                                                          numbered Council District that is in line to become Mayor Pro Tempore as defined
                                                                                            in Section 500.
Commencing at the same City Council Meeting in which the City Council approves
the resolution confirming and approving the canvass of returns and result of the            In either case of a vacancy occurring in the office of Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore,
2014 General Municipal Election and after the swearing in of any newly elected              the Council Member that fills the vacant position maintains the right to serve a full
Council Members, the Mayor shall be appointed from among the seven (7) Council              term as Mayor or Mayor Pro Tempore, if that same Council Member is in line to
Members, to serve until a successor has been appointed.                                     serve either of said positions when the regular annual appointment process date
                                                                                            occurs as established in Section 500.
The first Mayor to be appointed under the new process shall be selected from the
respective numbered City Council District which has gone the longest amount of              PART 2: Proposed Amendment to City Charter
time since a Council Member from said District has served a complete one year
                                                                                            Be it enacted by the voters of the City of Watsonville that the following amendment
term as Mayor.
                                                                                            to the Watsonville City Charter is to take effect immediately after the approval by
Thereafter each succeeding Mayor shall be appointed in a sequential order based             the Watsonville City Council of the resolution confirming and approving the
upon the numerical prefix designated to each respective City Council District. (Ex.         canvass of returns and result of the Election for this measure:
if the first Mayor is from District 1, the next appointed Mayor shall be from District
                                                                                            PART 3: General Provisions
2.)
                                                                                            If any provision of this measure is found to be invalid by a Court, that invalidity shall
After the initial appointment of Mayor, as earlier defined in this section, all future
                                                                                            not affect the remaining portions of this measure.
Mayors shall be appointed at a Council Meeting in which the City Council approves
the resolution confirming and approving the canvass of returns for the General
Municipal Election as designated in City Charter Section 1300 and after the
swearing in of any newly elected Council Members or in the case of non-election

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                                       MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
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                    Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

      IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY CITY ATTORNEY
                   MEASURE I




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                               Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                  ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I                                             REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I
                  Let The People Vote— YES — on Measure I                              Due March 20
                            VOTE YES for INTEGRITY
•   Restore the People’s right to FAIR representation.
•   Retain each resident’s hope for EQUAL opportunity.
•   Rebuild trust in the selection PROCESS for Mayor.
Thousands of Watsonville signatures were collected to allow each & every city
voter the right to have their voices heard!
Measure I… is the direct result of this amazing grassroots effort. You now have the
ability to take back your rights for fair & equal treatment for ALL the PEOPLE of
Watsonville:
Vote YES on Measure I —— for HONESTY
Vote YES on Measure I —— for INTEGRITY
Vote YES on Measure I —— for JUSTICE
Measure I… will end the controversial practice of the current Mayoral selection
process. Instead, the Mayor & Vice-Mayor will rotate annually among all seven City
Council Districts.
                          Simple. Fair. Equal. Inclusive.
Measure I… will prevent potentially discriminatory practices by providing a reliable
and orderly process. No longer will a small handful of politicians determine who
your Mayor is going to be. This fair rotation procedure will prevent any secret back
room deals, undue special interest influence and charges of nepotism.
Measure I… is an important step in taking back our basic rights as City residents.
Watsonville voters need to stay alert, engaged and vigilant over our local
government.
            PLEASE SUPPORT the “Let The People Vote” effort by
                        voting YES on MEASURE I
           RESTORE INTEGRITY. Be an integral part of changing the
                     City of Watsonville for the better.
            Let’s work together for Honesty, Integrity and Justice!
                          VOTE YES for MEASURE I
s/ David H. Perez
   Retired Judicial Officer
s/ Rhea DeHart
   Watsonville Park/Recreation Commissioner
s/ Betty Bobeda
   former Watsonville Mayor
s/ Lorraine E. Stucki
   Former President, Bay Village Homeowner Assn.
s/ William Murphy
   Former Watsonville Mayor




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                                                     MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                              (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                  Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                    ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I                                                 REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I
                       City of Watsonville Mayor Rotate                                Due March 20
We respectfully urge you to vote “NO” on Measure I.
Running a city requires leadership and consensus-building skills. Measure I will not
give us the best leader to run our city.
Measure I conflicts with a 1989 federal voting rights court order that requires the
Mayor to be selected by the city council. Measure I will result in a councilmember
becoming Mayor only because of his/her city council district number, rather than
having leadership and consensus-building skills and earning the vote by your own
elected-representatives.
Measure I will result in new, unexperienced councilmembers immediately
becoming Mayor due to only their council district number. This is not wise. We
should keep our current method of picking our Mayor based on experience and
leadership ability.
Measure H is not a “volunteer” effort as claimed. Most signatures were collected by
paid signature gatherers hired by a group based in Capitola. This secretly-funded,
Capitola group is now trying to impose on Watsonville residents what it wants. The
Fair Political Practices Commission is currently investigating this group regarding
possible violations of campaign reporting and transparency laws.
Vote “NO” on Measure I. We should continue to have a city Mayor that is a team
leader and can lead our city by building consensus and agreement.
s/ Isaac Rodriguez
   Community Volunteer
s/ Leah Sugarman
   Educator & Mother
s/ Pedro Castillo
   Retired University Professor
s/ Dobie Jenkins
   Community Volunteer
s/ Rev. Joseph R. Barndt
   Pastor




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                                                      MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                           CITY OF WATSONVILLE                                           SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
                                                                                         This Ordinance shall be in force and take effect ten (10) days after the City Council
              Shall the Watsonville Municipal Code be amended to add a

        J
                                                                                         declares the vote of the June 3, 2014, California Primary Election pursuant to
              procedure that requires public places (as defined) be
                                                                                         California Election Code Section 9217.
              named only after being nominated by a member of the City
              Council and voted upon by voters in the City of Watsonville
        at a General or Special Municipal Election?                                                    IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY CITY ATTORNEY
                                                                                                                   MEASURE J
            FULL TEXT OF BALLOT INITIATIVE MEASURE J
                                                                                         Citizen Initiative - Ordinance
                      ORDINANCE NO. _______ (CM)
                                                                                         Signatures were gathered to place Measure J on the June 4, 2014, ballot to ask
    FORM OF ORDINANCE BY THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF                                       Watsonville voters to approve an ordinance to change how public places are
WATSONVILLE AMENDING TITLE 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS) OF                                     named in the City of Watsonville. This measure would amend the Watsonville
 THE WATSONVILLE MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 7                                      Municipal Code by adding a new Chapter 7 to Title 1 entitled “Naming of Public
  (NAMING OF PUBLIC PLACES) REQUIRING THE NAMING OF                                      Places.”
PUBLIC PLACES TO BE DONE SOLELY WITH VOTER APPROVAL                                      Presently, before the Council names a public place, the City’s Parks and
               ELECTION ON JUNE 3, 2014                                                  Recreation Commission conducts a public hearing to consider the proposed name.
                                                                                          Any name recommended is forwarded to the City Council for a second public
                              EFFECTIVE DATE:                                            hearing. If a majority of the Council agrees with the recommendation of the Parks
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA, DO HEREBY                             and Recreation Commission, the name is formally adopted by majority resolution.
ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:                                                                       That name remains until the name is changed or abandoned by the Council under
                                                                                         the same process. One example of a place named this way is the Gene Hoularis
SECTION 1. ENACTMENT.                                                                    and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center which the Council named about 1992.
Title 1 (General Provisions) of the Watsonville Municipal Code is hereby amended         Some public places in Watsonville receive names without Council action. Some
by adding a new Chapter 7 (Naming of Public Places).                                     parks are named for nearby geographical features, subdivisions or streets: Las
                  CHAPTER 7 NAMING OF PUBLIC PLACES                                      Brisas Park, Seaview Ranch Park, and Hope Drive Park. Some are named after
                                                                                         the owner of the land: Hansen Temporary Park and Romo Temporary Park. Some
Sec. 1-7.01 Naming of Public Places.                                                     places are required by the donor as a condition of a gift of land to remember the
The naming of all public places within the City of Watsonville or owned by the City      person associated with that land: Muzzio Park, Martin J. Franich Park, and Emmet
outside of the City limits shall be approved by the voters of the City of Watsonville,   Courts Park are examples. Some places are named by department staff. Some
voting at either a General Municipal Election or Special Municipal Election. It is the   examples are One Police Plaza, the Fowle Booster Pump Station, the Watsonville
intent of the voters that this initiative shall be retroactive to the date of the        Slough Bridge, Fire Station 2, and “WaterLab” the new laboratory at the City’s
submission of the Notice of Intent to the City Clerk.                                    waste water treatment plant shared with UCSC.
Sec. 1-7.02 Definitions.                                                                 The measure would instead require a vote at either a “General Municipal Election”
                                                                                         held in November of even numbered years or at a “Special Municipal Election” held
The definition of public places, as used in this measure shall mean Parks,               on an election date provided by law, before the City may “officially” name any such
Buildings, Bridges, Plazas, Courtyards, or Airports.                                     public place. Public places are defined as parks, buildings, bridges, plazas,
Sec. 1-7.03 Procedures for Naming Public Places.                                         courtyards or airports.
If the City seeks to name a public place as defined in this measure, each of the         The Measure provides that before “the City” seeks to name a public place, each
seven (7) City Council Members will have the right to nominate a proposed name           member of the Council is allowed to propose one name for the public place and
for the respective public place to be named and each nominated name will be              each name is then placed on the ballot for the next election. The name receiving
placed on the ballot for the voters of the City to vote on. Any City Council Member      the most votes will then be used as the “official name” of the public place.
will have the right to nominate the exact same name as selected by any other             The measure would be permanent. It will remain in effect until or unless changed
Council Member, but any name nominated by more than one Council Member will              by the voters.
appear only once on a ballot for the voters to select from.
                                                                                         A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the ordinance and adopt this new method of
(a)At no time shall there be more than seven (7) different names on a ballot for the     naming public places. A “No” vote would reject the change and maintain the
voters to select from for the naming of an individual public place.                      present status.
(b)The name receiving the highest number of votes at the city-wide election will be      This Measure would be approved if a majority (more than fifty percent) of those
used as the official name of the public place that is sought to be named by the City.    voting vote yes.
PART 2: General Provisions.                                                              You can also visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department Website:
In order to ensure the effectiveness of the proposed changes to the Municipal            http://www.votescount.com/jun14/lm.htm#meaj
Code, the voters intend to make this initiative retroactive and apply to any             March 18, 2014
proposed names considered for naming by the City Council on or after the date of
submission of the Notice of Intent to the City Clerk.                                    s/ Alan J. Smith
                                                                                            City Attorney
SECTION 2. SEVERABILITY.
If any provision of these Sections or the application thereof to any person or
circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provision or
applications of the Article which can be given effect without the invalid provision or
application, and to this end the provision of these Sections are severable.

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                                                                     VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                      MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                 ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE J                                                  REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE J
                   Let The People Vote – YES – on Measure J                                                City of Watsonville Naming of Public Places
                            VOTE YES for JUSTICE
                                                                                         Measure J was paid for by a secret, Capitola group that is currently being
•   Restore the People’s right to FAIR representation.                                   investigated for alleged violations of our state fair political practices laws. This was
•   Retain each resident’s hope for EQUAL opportunity.                                   not a “grassroots” effort, but rather one based on discrimination.
•   Rebuild trust in the PROCESS of naming public places.                                Our public parks and building are some of our most cherished community
                                                                                         treasures. But Measure J aims to make it more difficult to name them after any
Thousands of Watsonville signatures were collected to allow each & every city
                                                                                         Latino. That is divisive and disrespectful to all of us.
voter the right to have their voices heard!
                                                                                         Our current process to name any park or building is fair. It requires multiple public
Measure J is the direct result of that amazing grassroots effort. You now have the
                                                                                         hearings and a vote by your elected representatives in an open meeting where all
ability to take back your rights for fair & equal treatment for ALL the PEOPLE of
                                                                                         citizens have a right to express their valued opinion.
Watsonville:
• Vote YES on Measure J —- for HONESTY                                                   NO on Measure J —- For Fairness & Against Discrimination
• Vote YES on Measure J —— for INTEGRITY                                                 NO on Measure J —- Against Secret, Outside Groups Telling Us What to Do
• Vote YES on Measure J —— for JUSTICE                                                   NO on Measure J —- Respect for All Local Residents
Justice will be served by creating a fair method for all City voters to participate in   NO on Measure J —- For Saving Our Taxpayer Dollars
voting for the naming of public places. Plazas, parks, buildings, bridges, courtyards    We have the power to take a stand against discrimination.
& airports within, or owned by, the City of Watsonville are included. This equal and
inclusive voting process brings opportunity for residents to come together and           Please vote NO on Measure J.
express pride in their community.                                                        s/ Isaac Rodriguez
Measure J provides for good government and empowers residents to embrace                    Community Volunteer
traditions, cultures and personages important to our rich history and diversity. This    s/ Leah Sugarman
process energizes residents to participate proactively and keeps the final decision         Educator & Mother
for the naming of public places where it belongs with….“The People.”
                                                                                         s/ Pedro Castillo
Measure J is an important step in taking back our basic right to vote. Watsonville          Retired University Professor
voters need to stay alert, engaged and vigilant over our local government.
                                                                                         s/ Francisco Rodriguez
            PLEASE SUPPORT the “Let The People Vote” effort by                              Educator
                       voting YES on MEASURE J
            RESTORE JUSTICE. Be an integral part of changing the                         s/ Rev. Joseph R. Barndt
                     City of Watsonville for the better.                                    Pastor
            Let’s work together for Honesty, Integrity and Justice!
                         VOTE YES for MEASURE J
s/ Carlos F. Rico Sr
   Former Business Owner, Former School Board Member
s/ Aurora E. Parker
   Retired Teacher
s/ Gerry Martin
   Retired Teacher
s/ Daniel Joe Hernandez
   Retired Navy
s/ Carmen Garcia Caput
   New American Citizen




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                                                                    VOTER’S PAMPHLET
                                                      MEASURES, ANALYSES AND ARGUMENTS
                                                            (whichever is applicable to your ballot)
                                Arguments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

                    ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE J                                                   REBUTTAL TO ARGRUMENT AGAINST MEASURE J
                 City of Watsonville Naming of Public Places                                               Let The People Vote – YES – on Measure J
                                                                                                                    VOTE YES for JUSTICE
We respectfully ask you to vote “NO” on Measure J.
                                                                                        •   Restore the People’s right to be INCLUDED.
Measure J results from a failed 2010 effort to name only “one” of Watsonville’s 26
publically-owned parks after a Latino leader. Today, there are still no                 •   Retain the unique DIVERSITY of our community.
publically-owned parks in Watsonville named after a Latino leader in a city that is     •   Rebuild trust in the PROCESS of naming public places.
over 80 percent Latino. Now, Measure J would make it more difficult to name a
                                                                                                      PLEASE READ THE MEASURE FOR YOURSELF
public park or building after any Latinos. This is wrong and discriminatory.
                                                                                        Measure J provides for good government and empowers residents to embrace
The diversity of the people of our community is one of our city’s greatest assets and
                                                                                        traditions, cultures and personages important to our rich history and racial
we should support policies that are respectful and inclusive of all residents of our
                                                                                        diversity.
beautiful city. Measure J is not it.
                                                                                        This open process energizes residents to participate proactively and keeps the
Measure J also does not give the people of Watsonville the power to decide what
                                                                                        final decision for the naming of public places where it belongs with….“The People.”
names to choose for public parks or buildings. Rather, it would only give each
councilmember the ability to put a name on a voting ballot, not the people.             • Opponents ignore what this measure really says.
City-wide elections would also cost taxpayers thousands of dollars rather than          • Opponents embrace exclusion rather than inclusion.
simply allowing your elected councilmembers to vote for you as they already do in       • Opponents take your vote away & leave it to politicians.
other city matters.
                                                                                                           TRUST THE VOTERS OF WATSONVILLE
Measure H is not a “volunteer” effort as claimed. Most signatures were collected by
paid signature gatherers hired by a group based in Capitola. This secretly-funded,      Thousands of voters of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds welcomed
Capitola group is now trying to impose on Watsonville residents what it wants. The      the democratic process and signed petitions. Measure J is inclusive, efficient and
Fair Political Practices Commission is currently investigating this group regarding     fiscally responsible. Watsonville residents understand the importance of this
possible violations of campaign reporting and transparency laws.                        grassroots effort. The final decision is placed firmly in the hands of the People.

Vote “NO” on Measure J. It will only make it more difficult to name a public park or               OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE
building after a Latino, and is not respectful of all people of our community.          Signatures were collected by volunteers walking door-to-door, in our
s/ Isaac Rodriguez                                                                      neighborhoods, at our supermarkets, and in front of our places of worship.
   Community Volunteer                                                                  Community members signed these petitions at service clubs, sporting events,
                                                                                        special family celebrations at our public parks & at the Watsonville Plaza.
s/ Leah Sugarman
   Educator & Mother                                                                                       The People’s dedication speaks for itself.
                                                                                                       Watsonville residents clearly believe in Measure J.
s/ Pedro Castillo
   Retired University Professor                                                                    Let’s work together for Honesty, Integrity and Justice!

s/ Francisco Rodriguez                                                                                       PLEASE VOTE YES on MEASURE J
   Educator                                                                             s/ Carlos F. Rica SR
s/ Rev. Joseph R. Barndt                                                                   Community Volunteer/53 yrs, Former Watsonville “Man of the Year”
   Pastor                                                                               s/ Patricia L. Solano
                                                                                           Founding Pres. Croatian Slavic Organization, Mother/Community volunteer 50 yrs.
                                                                                        s/ Marcia Hashimoto
                                                                                           Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Active Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese
                                                                                           American Citizen’s League
                                                                                        s/ Nancy A. Bilicich
                                                                                           Watsonville City Council Member
                                                                                        s/ Geraldine Martin
                                                                                           Teacher/Watsonville Native




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