Charter Amendment Ballot Initiative

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David Dolphin, Deputy Director of Utilities
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BALLOT TITLE AND SUMMARY

Title

A Charter Amendment Initiative to Establish Campaign Finance Rules for Local Elections

and to Establish By-District City Council Elections.

Summary

This Initiative proposes to amend the City of Alhambra’s Charter. If adopted, it would direct
the City Clerk and City Attorney to codify certain terms into the Charter.

Campaign Finance Provisions:

The Initiative would establish a number of campaign finance restrictions, including but not limited to the following:

1. No person may make contributions in excess of $250 to a candidate for City office or a candidate’s controlled committee. The same contribution limitation applies to committees

supporting or opposing one or more candidates.

2. Businesses and their owners are treated as one “person” for the limitations where the owner is a partner in a general partnership or has controlling interest in a corporation.

3. Loans to campaigns are subject to the $250 limit, except commercial loans on standard terms. However, a candidate may loan their own campaign up to $10,000.

4. A candidate may have only one campaign committee and one checking account. Contributions may only be spent in connection with the candidacy identified in the FPPC Candidate Intention Statement. Candidates may not transfer contributions to other candidates or to committees.

5. Contributions may not be collected except between the date seven months prior to an election and the December 31st immediately following the election.

6. Unspent contributions totaling more than $5000 must be returned by a former candidate to contributors on a pro rata basis or donated to a charity within 90 days of the election or the candidate’s withdrawal. $5000 may be used for any political purpose or lawful purpose. This applies retroactively to funds in former candidates’ accounts as of one year from the date of adoption.

7. Candidates who receive contributions in violation of the rules must return them within 72 hours.

8. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution and civil penalties. A candidate may also be prevented from assuming office if a criminal court finds a violation was substantial and might have had a bearing on the election.

By-District Election Provisions:

9. City Council elections will take place on a by-district basis instead of an at-large basis, meaning residents may only vote for the Council representative of the district in which they reside and may not vote for candidates in other districts.

10. Persons signing nominating papers for a candidate must reside in the district the candidate will represent.

11. Councilmembers shall be elected by district at the next election after adoption and thereafter, but terms of councilmembers that commenced prior to the effective date are not affected until such terms expire.

12. If a vacancy occurs prior to the end of a Councilmember’s term, the Council must call a special election to fill the vacancy.

City Clerk Duties:

13. City Clerk must review all required statements and declarations and promptly advise candidates and committees of any errors or failures to file.

14. City Clerk must post candidate Form 460s in their entirety on the City website within 5 days of receipt.

Frequently Asked Questions

last updated: 4/6/18

Q. What guidelines does the Charter Amendment Ballot Initiative have to follow?

A.  Petitioners must follow California Elections Code sections 9255 and following,  which govern charter amendment petitions.  

Q. Do the Petitioners have to collect signatures?

A.  Yes, the Petitioners must collect signatures to qualify the Initiative for the ballot.  Before they do, they must publish notice of the petition before collecting signatures in the manner required by California Elections Code, Division 9, Chapter 3, Article 1, Section 9205

Q. When are the signatures due?

A. Petitioners have 180 days from March 30, the day they picked up the title and summary, to gather signatures.  That means that the petitions with signatures must be returned on or before September 26, 2018.  

Q. How many signatures must be collected by the petitioners?

A. Per the California Elections Code rules for charter amendments, they need signatures of 15% of the total registered voters in the City of Alhambra in order to qualify the measure for the ballot. Per Division 9, Chapter 3, Article 3, Section 9255 (e): The total number of registered voters of the city or city and county shall be determined according to the county elections official’s last official report of registration to the Secretary of State that was effective at the time the notice required pursuant to Section 9256 was given. That means they need at least 6,145 signatures based on the last reported count of total registered voters submitted to the California Secretary of State

Q. What is the petition sheet size required?

A. Please refer to Elections Code section 9262 for the petition sheet size requirements. 

If you have more questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office (626)570-5090

For more information regarding the upcoming election please refer to the website of the Los Angeles County Recorder/Registrar:

http://www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections

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