Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO:

RECOMMENDATION:

Consider adding a ballot initiative establishing Term Limits to the November 2003 election.

BACKGROUND:

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 City Council agreed that they would not take action on Councilmember Clark’s proposal that evening, but would reconsider the matter at their July 16, 2002 meeting. During the four-week interval they encouraged citizens to contact City Hall and express their views on Councilmember Clark’s proposal.

The wording of the Website Question that was approved by the City Council at their July 16, 2002 meeting, and has been in place for nearly a year is as follows:

THE TERM LIMITS BALLOT IMITATIVE PROPOSAL

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 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 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 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

DISCUSSION:

Very few of our residents have offered an opinion on the proposed ballot initiative. The input received is attached. In addition, information previously submitted by Councilmember Clark is attached, as is some historical information prepared by the City Clerk. Finally, a survey of cities that have term limits was provided by the League of California cites and is also attached.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The cost of adding a term limits initiative to the November 2003 ballot would be approximately $4,000.

Respectfully submitted,

Les Evans,

City Manager

Attachments:

Correspondence

City Council Staff Report of June 18, 2002

City Clerk Council Election Information

California League of Cities Survey