Meeting Time: May 26, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT

Agenda Item

2.4. RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3, 2020 AND DISCUSSION OF POTENTIAL CHARTER AMENDMENTS OR BALLOT MEASURES In accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the City of Chico, the City Council "shall" call for a general municipal election to be held on November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing four members representing Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 to serve on the City Council. Incumbents include Councilmembers Morgan, Ory, Stone and Mayor Schwab. The term of office for these four positions will commence on December 1, 2020 and end in early December 2024. As the Council will recall, on February 10, 2020, Ordinance No. 2547 was adopted, which was the final action needed to officially transition to district elections, commencing with the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election. Pursuant to the Elections Code §10403, the City Council must adopt a resolution in order to consolidate the City of Chico General Municipal Election with the statewide election conducted by the County. After adoption, the City Clerk will forward a certified copy of the resolution to the County Clerk for submission to the Butte County Supervisors for consideration. During the process to transition to district elections, several Councilmembers expressed interest in considering potential Charter amendments related to the recent change to district elections as well as to discuss ranked choice voting. Since ballot measures can be considered up until mid-July, Council is being asked at this meeting to discuss potential measures that the body might be interested in and provide direction to staff to prepare the necessary documents needed for formal action. It should be noted that a ballot measure regarding the Chico Certified Farmers Market will need to be prepared as part of the requirement of the initiative that the Council accepted and implemented in 2014.

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    Curtis Pahlka about 1 month ago

    I understand that a candidate would need to live in the district that they run for. What would happen if a representative moved to a different district during their term?

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    Jesica Giannola about 1 month ago

    It's a great time to get what we need addressed for the ballots before they go out. When it comes to voting, it seems that ranked voting seems the be a good approach. As a side note: I would love to see Karl up there in his district for another round if he so chose to do so! ;) Thank you everyone for serving our city!

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    Bryce Goldstein about 1 month ago

    Ranked choice voting will greatly improve our elections and I'm glad to see it is being discussed!

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    Julie Threet about 1 month ago

    SUPPORT the required administrative actions to close books on District Elections already approved.

    OPPOSE all other NON-ESSENTIAL business except to prepare us on "who wants what" as an amendment due to District Elections as those may influence my votes.

    NEUTRAL on Farmer's Market as I need more information. I didn't live here in 2014.

    We need an "all the above" choice for items with this many actions.

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    Peggy Jarolin about 1 month ago

    I oppose any discussions of charter amendments related to district elections and especially to ranked choice voting until the public is allowed to be present at Council Meetings. Do not try to manipulate voting while not allowing for voter input. This is not "emergency" business.

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    Nichole Nava about 1 month ago

    We need to hold elections, & for better or worse, they are now District Elections; with odd districts up for reelection in 2020 & even districts to be voted on in 2022 (understanding that the Census could necessitate a redraw of the Districting Map agreed to this year for 2022 election cycle). The Farmer's Market is rote business that should be included. However, the other Charter discussion & Rank Choice voting discussion should WAIT until 'We the People' are BACK IN OUR HOUSE aka Chambers!

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    Juanita Sumner about 1 month ago

    I realize you have to call for the consolidation of the council election, but adding too many ballot measures at this time is irresponsible. There isn't enough time for public discussion. None of the issues mentioned have been adequately discussed before the public. I say, no new ballot measures for 2020, these issues need public discussion. Open the meetings so we can have a public discussion, Engaged has got to go.