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.