On June 21, 2016, the Stockton City Council approved placing City Charter Amendments on the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot by a vote of 7 – 0, adopting Resolution 2016-06-21-1501-01. Measure N passed with 59.38 percent of the voters approving these changes to the City's Charter.
This ballot measure seeks voter approval of amendments to the Charter of the City of Stockton, Articles II, VI, VII, and XI. The proposed changes were reviewed and evaluated by the citizen Charter Review Advisory Commission and approved by the Stockton City Council.
The following ballot question will be submitted to the voters at the municipal election called for on Tuesday, November 8, 2016:
"Shall the Stockton City Charter be revised to establish an advisory redistricting commission; require City Council approval of City Council district boundaries; provide for the election of City Council exclusively by district and to rephrase existing term limit provisions?"
The following impartial analysis of the proposed ballot measure has been prepared by the City Attorney and will appear in the Voter Information Guide for City of Stockton voters:
The measure would amend Article II of the Stockton City Charter to provide that on or before February 1, in the year following each decennial census, an Advisory Commission of registered voters residing in the city be established. The Commission would include a member appointed by the Mayor, and members appointed by each member of the City Council from their respective districts. The Commission would use data from the census, as well as other data, to develop recommendations for City Council consideration as to the boundaries of the Council districts following public outreach and hearings throughout the city. The Commission recommendations should be complete within 120 days of receipt of the census data. The City Council would determine the new district boundaries following at least one public hearing on the Commission recommendations prior to the public hearing in which the Council votes to approve, modify or reject the proposed boundaries.
The measure would provide for redistricting standards that require each district be nearly equal in population; require compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act and other applicable provisions of state and federal law; and give consideration to (1) topography, (2) geography, (3) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of territory, and (4) community of interest of the districts. The districts would be numbered sequentially, with the northeastern most section of the city numbered District 1.
The measure would amend Articles VI and VII of the Stockton City Charter to provide for the nomination and election of members of the City Council by District. If adopted, this would be first effective for the primary election in June of 2018.
At the primary municipal election voters would cast ballots for City Council candidates from their district. If one candidate at the primary municipal election receives a majority of the votes cast by the electors in his or her district that candidate would be elected. If no candidate within a district receives a majority of the votes cast by the electors in that district, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes would qualify as candidates for the runoff election in that district at the general municipal election. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes from the electors in his or her district at the general municipal election would then be elected.
The measure would amend section 606 to provide that no person elected as Mayor would be eligible to serve more than two terms as Mayor; and no person elected to City Council would be eligible to serve more than two terms on the City Council.
Measure N is a ballot measure to amend the City of Stockton Charter. It proposes updates and changes to the Stockton Charter:
A City Charter is a set of governing laws that allows the city to adopt ordinances and codes which are laws that specifically address the needs of the city. The City of Stockton was founded in 1849 and was granted a City Charter by the State Legislature in 1851. The first Stockton Charter was approved by voters was in 1888, and a new Charter was approved by voters in 1922. Changes to the Charter require voter approval. Throughout the years, voters have approved numerous updates and amendments to the Stockton Charter.
These Charter amendments have been proposed to update and clarify language, modernize and adapt to changing conditions, and to remove sections and language that conflict with State law. These changes were proposed by a Charter Review Advisory Commission comprised of citizens.
Measure N makes changes to the Charter regarding: redistricting, Council elections, and term limits.
Currently, Council district boundaries are adjusted by the City Clerk, per Article II, Section 200. Districts, following the U.S. Census, in conformance with standards listed in the same section of the Charter.
Measure N proposes that the City Council appoint an Advisory Commission, under Section 201.
Measure N also proposes the addition of Section 203, Council Determination of Boundaries of Council Districts.
Currently, Council candidates are nominated by the voters within the district they serve in the primary election, and the Councilmember is elected by vote of the entire City electorate, at-large, in the general election.
Measure N proposes changes to Section 601. Councilmembers.
Measure N makes changes to Section 606. Term Limits.
There are text changes in other sections of the Charter that support the changes proposed under Measure N, including:
A complete copy of the proposed changes is available as part of the June 21, 2016, City Council Meeting Agenda Item 15.1. Following are inks to the Council Resolution and a copy of the proposed changes:
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