ORDINANCE NO. 417
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES AUTHORIZING THE USE OF MAIL BALLOT ELECTIONS.
WHEREAS, California Elections Code Section 4000 provides that any election or assessment ballot proceeding required or authorized by Article XIII C or XIII D of the California Constitution may be conducted wholly by mail; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 4000, the City Council is required to authorize the use of mailed ballots for such an election; and
WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to achieve higher voter turn-out by allowing for the use of mailed ballots for such an election; and
WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to reduce the cost of such an election by the use of mailed ballots.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Chapter 2.50 is hereby added to Title 2 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code to read as follows:
"Chapter 2.50 Mail Ballot Elections.
2.50.020 Application of Chapter.
2.50.010 Purpose. The City Council is authorized to conduct elections wholly by mail ballot as set forth in Section 2.50.020 of this Chapter 2.50. The City Council shall determine whether an election will be conducted by mail at the time the election is called. Actions of the City Council pursuant to this Chapter shall be set forth in a resolution approved at a regular or special meeting of the City Council.
2.50.020 Application of Chapter. The following items may be the subject of an all-mail ballot election:
(a) Any election to approve a special tax as required or authorized by Article XIII C of the California Constitution.
(b) Any election to approve a property-related fee or charge as required or authorized by Article XIII D of the California Constitution. (c) Any assessment ballot proceeding required or authorized by Article XIII D of the California Constitution; provided, however, that such a proceeding shall be denominated an ‘assessment ballot proceeding’ rather than an election, and ballots shall be denominated ‘assessment ballots’.
(a) Elections authorized by this Section shall be held on an established mail ballot election date pursuant to Elections Code Section 1500.
(b) Elections authorized by this Section shall be conducted in accordance with special provisions as may be adopted by resolution of the City Council and with the applicable provisions for mail ballot elections set forth in California Elections Code Sections 4100 et seq., as they now exist or may hereafter be amended."
Section 2. Enabling Authority. This Ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Section 4000(c)(9) of the California Elections Code.
Section 3. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this Ordinance and is hereby directed to post this Ordinance in accordance with law.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 3rd day of May 2005.
/s/ Larry Clark
/s/ Carolynn Petru
STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES )ss
I, Carolynn Petru, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, do hereby certify that the whole number of members of the City Council of said City is five; that the foregoing Ordinance No. 417 passed first reading on April 19, 2005, was duly and regularly adopted by the City Council of said City at a regular meeting thereof held on May 3, 2005, and that the same was passed and adopted by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Long, Stern, Mayor Pro Tem Wolowicz
ABSENT: Mayor Clark