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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of San Jose
Measure U - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

232,246 votos si (85.93%)

38,034 votos no (14.07%)

100% de distritos activos (501/501).

305,222 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall the City of San José Charter be amended to: Remove the Mayor and Council's ability to approve their salaries; Require the Salary Setting Commission to adjust the base salaries for the Mayor and City Council once every five years; Limit base salary increases after each 5-year adjustment to annual adjustments for inflation; and align the City Charter with State law to allow the City Council to place competing ordinances on the same ballot in Municipal Elections?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: Pros y contras: League of Women Voters of California

La pregunta

The Question:  Shall the City of San José Charter be amended to: Remove the Mayor and Council’s ability to approve their salaries; Require the Salary Setting Commission to adjust the base salaries for the Mayor and City Council once every five years; Limit base salary increases after each 5-year adjustment to annual adjustments for inflation; and Align the City Charter with State law to allow the City Council to place Competing ordinances on the same ballot in Municipal Elections?

La situación

Background:  Every two years, the Salary Setting Commission recommends to the City Council what their salaries should be.  The salary must be the same except the Mayor’s may be higher.  The Council may adopt the Commission’s recommendations or a lesser amount, and may also vote to reduce their salaries at any time.

 

California law allows a city council to submit any ordinance to the voters, including one that competes with a citizen initiative.  However, the City Charter currently prevents the Council from placing a competing ordinance on the ballot.

 

La propuesta

The Proposal:  Measure U would amend the City Charter to authorize the Commission to set salaries for the City Council instead of recommending them.  It would still require that the salary for all Councilmembers be the same with a higher salary permitted for the Mayor.  The Council would still be able to reduce their salaries at any time.  The salaries set would occur every five years, and in the intervening 5-year period would increase annually by a percentage equal to the increase from the prior year’s annual average of the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco area.  No increase may exceed 5% a year.  The first salary setting process would be between March 1 and April 30, 2019 to take effect July 1st, 2019.  Before setting the salaries, the Commission must conduct at least one public hearing, and must submit its determination and reasons to the City Manager by May 1.

 

A second City Charter amendment would allow the City Council to place one or more ordinances on the ballot to compete with a citizen initiative if it is submitted by a two-thirds vote of the City Council.  If all pass, the ordinance receiving the most “yes” votes controls.  Before submitting any competing ordinance, the Council must refer the citizen initiative to a source independent from the City, which may be a consultant retained by the City. The report must discuss its accuracy, economic impact on the public, whether it would create a benefit or entitlement that would be difficult to reverse, and proponents and major donors if known.  The report may not include arguments for or against the initiative, rationales for an alternative initiative, or judgments on the findings.  The Council must accept the report by majority vote.

Sus partidarios dicen

Supporters Say: 

-        Measure U removes the Mayor and City Council’s ability to approve their own salaries by empowering the Salary Setting Commission to set salaries, allowing the Commission to adjust the salary once every five years, and limit salary increases to adjustments for inflation.

-        Measure U enables the Council to fight special interests by placing a competing measure on the ballot, if approved by 2/3rds of the Council.

-        Measure U will give San Jose the same ability that other California cities have with respect to submitting competing ordinances.

-        Supporters include the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Alma Castillo; Tom McEnery, former San Jose mayor; Larry Stone, County Assessor; and VanTeresa Nguyen.

 

For more supporting information:  www.SanJoseforYesonU.org    

Sus oponentes dicen

No Opposition Argument Filed.

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