Rancho Palos Verdes City Council









SEPTEMBER 17, 2002





Approve a message describing the Council’s request for citizen input regarding a possible ballot initiative establishing Term Limits for posting on the City website.


At the June 18, 2002 City Council meeting, Councilmember Clark proposed that:

Rancho Palos Verdes City Council sponsor a Term Limits Ballot Initiative for inclusion in the November 2002 election, that will give the residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes the opportunity to vote for or against the institution of a two (2) consecutive terms, no life time ban, term limit applicable to Rancho Palos Verdes council members in the future.

The Council encouraged citizens to contact City Hall and express their views on Councilmember Clark’s proposal.

At the July 2, 2002 City Council meeting Councilmember Clark asked that we pose the term limits question to our citizens by asking the question on our website. The term limits information could appear as a "quick link" on the City Council page and take the user to a page describing the question posed by the Council and include links to Councilmember Clark’s memorandum to the City Council, the Daily Breeze and Peninsula News articles on the subject and other information the City Council deems appropriate. Staff was directed to return to the City Council with an appropriate message for the website.

At the September 3, 2002 meeting the City Council reviewed wording proposed by staff, as revised by Mayor Pro Tem Stern and the City Attorney. No agreement was reached on the appropriate message. Staff was directed to place the matter on the September 17, 2002 City Council agenda. Councilmembers who had suggestions for wording were to provide their proposals to the City Manager.


The City Council asked staff to prepare appropriate wording for a website message describing the Term Limits ballot imitative proposal. Below is a suggested message that includes input from Mayor Pro Tem Stern, Councilmember Ferraro and the City Attorney:

Councilmember Larry Clark has asked the City Council to place an initiative measure that would impose Term Limits on the Ballot for the November 2003 election. The measure would give the residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes the opportunity to vote for or against the institution of term limits with the following attributes:

(a) Residents would be limited to two (2) consecutive terms, however,

(b) There would be no life time ban, meaning that after serving two terms the resident would have to sit out one election before seeking another term, but could otherwise seek to serve additional terms, and

(c) term limits would be applicable to Rancho Palos Verdes City Council members in the future. Hence any person having previously served or presently serving on the city council prior to the effective date of the proposed initiative would be able to serve an additional two consecutive terms following enactment of the proposed initiative before such person would be required to sit out one election before seeking an additional term.

The issue was proposed by Councilmember Larry Clark at the June 18, 2002 City Council meeting. A copy of his report to the City Council on the subject can be accessed by clicking on the "Councilman Clark’s Report" link below. Clicking on the "Daily Breeze" and "PV News" links below can access recent newspaper articles on the issue.

The Council wants you to know that the cost to the City of printing arguments for the ballot initiative will be between $15,000 and $20,000.

The City Council is interested in hearing from City residents about whether or not the Council should place a term limits initiative on the November 2003 ballot. You are encouraged to explain your position or simply respond "yes" or "no." It would be helpful, but not required, if you included your name and residence address.

Responses should be forwarded to citycouncil@rpv.com

Respectfully submitted,
Les Evans,
City Manager