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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Desert Hot Springs
Measure V - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

2,587 votos si (51.18%)

2,468 votos no (48.82%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

5,055 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall the Measure to have a directly-elected Mayor by the people of Desert Hot Springs be a four-year term, rather than the current two-year term, with the directly-elected Mayor having a term limit of two terms, commencing in the year 2020 be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Desert Hot Springs

The City Council of the City of Desert Hot Springs placed Measure V on the November 6, 2018, ballot asking whether the City should have a directly elected mayor for a four-year term, with a maximum of two terms as mayor, commencing in 2020, instead of maintaining the current process wherein the mayor is elected for a two-year term, with no term limits, by the registered voters of the City of Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs is governed by a five member city council, which includes the mayor. Each council member, including the mayor, are directly elected by the registered voters of the City of Desert Hot Springs. Currently, the mayor's term of office is two years, while the term of office for the council members is four years, both without term limits.

If passed, Measure V would enact a new ordinance to change the process for designating the mayor, from a directly-elected mayor for a two-year term without term limits to a directly elected mayor for a four-year term with a limit of two terms. Measure V would take effect in 2020 for the November 2020 regular municipal election.

A "Yes" vote on Measure V is in favor of adopting an ordinance that would have the mayor be directly-elected for a four-year term, with a limit of two terms, commencing in 2020 for the November 2020 regular municipal election.

A "No" vote on Measure V is in favor of maintaining the current process of having the mayor directly elected by the voters for a two-year term, with no term limits.

Measure V and Measure U are competing measures. This means that if both measures are passed by a majority vote, the measure with the greatest number of votes will take effect. However, if both measures fail, then the current process of having the mayor directly elected by the voters for a two-year term, without term limits, will remain in effect.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure V. If you desire a copy of the measure, call the City Clerk's office at 760-329-6411 and a copy will be mailed to you at no cost.

Dated: August 16, 2018

Jennifer Mizrahi
City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The term of office for our city council members is four years. The term of the mayor of Desert Hot Springs should also be four years, with limit of two terms. Requiring a mayor to run every two years is burdensome on the office holder and is a poor way to elect the person who leads our city. We elect our Governor and our President for four-year terms so that we have a continuity of government, and they will have time to govern and work for the citizens free from the distraction and burden of running for election every two years. It is difficult to accomplish anything in only two years. Running for election every two years opens the door for special interest influence with on-going fundraising and electioneering. A mayor now must begin campaigning for re-election a year after assuming office, taking time away from the role we elected them for, reducing the time they have to focus on governing and serving the citizens of the city. A two-year term for a mayor is not a safety valve to remove a bad mayor. We as citizens have the ability to recall or force the resignation of a bad or ineffectual mayor already, and a two-year term is not truly a "safety valve." Moving to a four-year term with a two-term limit would not only require we the citizens to more thoughtfully and carefully choose our elected mayor, just as we do our elected city council members, it would bring forth a higher quality of candidate who would be more dedicated and could make a case for a four-year term in order to be elected. A four-year term with a two-term limit is a better way to elect our mayor -- we strongly urge you to vote YES on Measure V.

By:

Gary Gardner, Planning Commisioner

Dirk Voss, Business Owner/Entrepreneur

Larry Bucchanan, Chair, Planning Commission

Judy Shea, CEO-DHSCTF

Sam Messler

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “V”

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
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