Measure C - June 7, 2016

On June 7, 2016 Measure C passed by a majority vote.

Full result details as recorded by the Alameda County Registrar.

Measure C

SHALL THE CHARTER AND MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF HAYWARD BE AMENDED TO CHANGE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS FROM JUNE OF EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS TO NOVEMBER OF EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS, TO BE EFFECTIVE IN 2018; AND, IF APPROVED, TO EXTEND TEMPORARILY BY FIVE MONTHS THE TERMS OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTED IN 2014 AND 2016, RESPECTIVELY, AND WHOSE TERMS EXPIRE IN 2018 AND 2020?

Section 1. It is the intent of the people in enacting this charter amendment:

 

(a) That this measure be submitted to City voters on the date of the next state primary election in 2016 if the measure qualified for the ballot at least 88 days before that election;

(b) Upon passage of this measure, City of Hayward General Municipal Elections will be held in even years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November unless and until the date of the State General Election is changed.

(c) Elected officials in office at the time the measure passes shall continue to serve in office until their successors qualify for office following the November 2018 General Election.

 

Section 2. Section 400 of Article IV of the City of Hayward Charter is amended to read:

 

SECTION 400. GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

 

General municipal elections for the election of officers and for such other purposes as the Council may prescribe, shall be consolidated with the California State Primary General Election held in even numbered years.

 

Section 3. Section 2-1.15 of the City of Hayward Municipal Code is amended to read: 

 

SEC.2-1.15 TERMS OF OFFICE. When the general municipal election for the election of officers is consolidated with a California State Primary General Election held earlier in the calendar year than the last election for the seat occupied by an incumben, the incumbent's term of office shall be shortened to the first Tuesday following the consolidated election or until his or her successor qualifies. when the general municipal election for the electionof officers is consolidated with a California State Primary General Election held later in the calendar year than the last election for the seat occupied by an incumbent, the incumbent's term in office shall be lengthened to the first Tuesday following the consolidated election or until his or her successor qualifies.

 

Section 4. Effective Date. 

 

This measure shall become operative immediately with the intent that it be in effect for the City's 2018 elections. 

 

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Introduced by Council Member Peixoto

 

Resolution, pursuant to an initiative petition, submitting to the electors at the June 7, 2016 General Municipal Election, a proposed City Charter Amendment and municipal code amendment changing the City of Hayward's General Municipal Election from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years, and if approved, extend temporarily the terms of incumbents whose terms expire in 2018 and 2020; consolidating the election with the Presidential Primary Election; and directing the City Clerk  to provide for Notice of Publication in accordance with the law and authorizaing certain other election activities.

 

WHEREAS, the City Clerk has certified to the City Council that upon the examination of the initiative petition "Amending the City Charter and Municipal Code to change the City of Hayward's General Municipal Election from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years, an if approved, to extend temporarily the terms of incumbents whose terms expire in 2018 and 2020" the petition is signed by the requisite number of registered voters; and

 

WHEREAS, in accordance with the California Elections Code, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters requires a resolution from the City Council to place the initiative on the ballot; and

 

WHEREAS, such action by the City Council is mandatory and ministerial and not a discretionary act and not a statement that the City council or its members are either for or against the initiative; now, therefore be it

 

RESOLVED: That the City Council hereby authorizes and directs the City Clerk, at least 88 days prior to June 7, 2016, to file with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the County Clerk certified copies of this resolution; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County is hereby requested to order the consolidation of the General Municipal Election of the City of Hayward with the Presidential Primary to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County is requested to permit the Registrar of Voters of Alameda County to perform services in connection with the June 7, 2016 election at the request of the City Clerk; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the City Attorney shall prepare an Impartial analysis of the measure pursuant to Elections Code Section 9280; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the City of Hayward does hereby submit to the voters at the June 7, 2016 General Municipal Election, a proposed charter amendment and municipal code amendment as provided in the text of Exhibit A; and

 

BE FURTHER RESOLVED: That the measure requires a simple majority (fifty percent plus one vote) voter threshold for passage; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That in accordance with the Elections Code Section 9286, the City Clerk has fixed and determined the dates for submission of arguments for or against said proposed charter amendment and municipal code amendment; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That in accordance with Section 9282 (a) of the Election Code, the persons filing an initiative petition may file a written argument in favor of the charter amendment and municipal code amendment, and the legislative body may submit an argument against; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That in accordance with the Elections Code, the City Clerk shall provide for notice and publications as to said proposed charter amendment and municipal cade amendment in the manner provided by the law; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That each ballot used at said municipal election shall have printed therein, in addition to any other matter required by law, the following

 

          Measure__: Shall the charter and municipal code of the city of Hayward be amended to change general municipal elections from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years, to be effective in 2018; and, if approved, to extend temporarily by five months the terms of the mayor and council members elected in 2014 and 2016, respectively, and whose terms expire in 2018 and 2020?   YES  
  NO  

and:

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the City Clerk and City Attorney are hereby authorized and directed to take any and all actions necessary under law to prepare for and conduct the June 7, 2016 election and appropriate all monies necessary, consistent with the law.

 

IN COUNCIL, HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY2, 2016

 

ADOPTED BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:

 

AYES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: Zermeño, Mendall, Jones, Peixoto, Lamnin, Márquez

MAYOR: Halliday

NOES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None

ABSTAIN: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None

ABSENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None

 

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following measure is to be voted on at the General Municipal Election to be held in the City of Hayward on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

 

Amending the Charter and Municipal Code of the City of Hayward Simple Majority (fifty percent plus one vote) required

 

Shall the charter and municipal code of the city of Hayward be amended to change general municipal elections from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years, to be effective in 2018; and, if approved, to extend temporarily by five months the terms of the mayor and council members elected in 2014 and 2016, respectively, and whose terms expire in 2018 and 2020?

 

YES           NO

 

The complete text of the measure is on file in the City Clerk’s Office, 777 B Street, Hayward, and is available on the City’s website at http://www.hayward-ca.gov/CITYGOVERNMENT/DEPARTMENTS/CITY-CLERK/

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN by the City Clerk, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 9285 and 9286 of the Elections Code of the State of California, that the following deadlines are hereby established as the final dates on which arguments and rebuttal arguments for and against the measure appearing on the ballot for the General Municipal Election to be held on June 7, 2016, may be submitted to the City Clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as required by law:

 

Deadline for Filing Primary Arguments: 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Deadline for Filing Rebuttal Arguments: 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 18, 2016

 

Primary Arguments, not to exceed 300 words in length, and Rebuttal Arguments, not to exceed 250 words in length, are to be submitted to the City Clerk, 777 B Street, Hayward, on or before the deadlines. Submitted arguments are kept confidential until after the filing deadline. Arguments cannot be changed after the deadline.

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that there shall be set a 10-calendar day examination period for public review of said Arguments. During this time, any registered voter of the election jurisdiction, or the elections official, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted. The review period for Arguments is as follows: Primary Arguments commence on March 8 and end on March 18; 2016; Rebuttal Arguments commence on March 18 and end on March 28, 2016. The review period for the Impartial Analysis commences on March 1 and ends on March 10, 2016.

 

Information regarding the measure may be obtained from the City Clerk’s website at http://www.hayward-ca.gov/CITY-GOVERNMENT/DEPARTMENTS/CITY-CLERK/. For additional information call (510) 583-4400.

 

Dated: February 9, 2016

Miriam Lens, City Clerk

City of Hayward

 

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An initiative petition proposing an amendment to the Hayward City Charter has qualified for the June 7, 2016 ballot, which, if approved by a simple majority of voters voting on the measure, would move the City's general municipal election from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years. In addition to the proposed charter amendment, there is a municipal code amendment which more specifically outlines how the change in election dates would take place. 

 

At the current time, Hayward's general municipal election is consolidated with the Statewide Primary Election which is held the secod Tuesday of June in even-numbered years. The general municipal election has been consolidated with the Statewide Primary Election since voters approved the change in 1994. Prior to the change in 1994, the general municipal election was held in April of even-numbered years. 

 

The City of Hayward's general municipal election included election of a Mayor and members of the City Council. The Mayor is elected every four years. The six members of the City Council serve staggered four-year terms. For example, in 2016, voters will fill four of six Council seats. In 2018, voters will fill the seat of the Mayor and two of six Council seats.

 

A general municipal election might also include proposed measures sponsored by the City Council of initiative measures such as charter amendments, ordinances, and general or special taxes.

 

The proposed charter amendment and municipal code amendment, if approved by a simple majority of voters voting on the measure (50 percent plus one vote), would become effective after certification of election results and applicable to the 2018 general municipal election.

 

The effect of the municipal code amendment would be to extend the terms of incumbents elected in June, 2014 and June, 2016, respectively, to November, 2018 and November, 2020 - a period of five months in each of those election cycles - in order to align with general municipal elections held in November, 2018, and thereafter. 


 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of measure __ if you desire a copy of the proposed charter amendment and proposed ordinance, please contact the City Clerk's office at 777 B Street, hayward CA 94541. Telephone number (510) 583-4400, and copy will be sent to you at no charge. Free copies of the proposed charter amendment and proposed ordinance are available at the City Clerk's office or via e-mail to CityClerk@hayward-ca.gov.

 

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Argument in favor of Measure C

 

Increase Voter Turnout, Save Taxpayer Money.

 

Measure__, the Hayward Votes Together Initiative, will result in increased voter turnout and reduced costs for taxpayers.

 

Voter turnout in June elections is extremely low. Hayward has more than 60,000 registered viters, but just 14,185 voted in the last June election.

 

Democratic principles and greater accountability are needed in our city elections. The best way to schieve that goal is to make sure elections bring in a greater number of informed voters who will provide scrutiny to the process.

 

In the presidential election of November 2012, more that 42,000 voters cast a ballot. By moving city elections from June to November the city would significant increase the number of people who participate in local elections. Helping more young and minority residents vote adds to increasing community involvement.

 

Hayward is the only city inf Alameda County that holds its city elections in June. San Leandro moved its elections to November a few years ago, and all other Alameda County cities have made this change. Cities moved thier elections to November because voter turnout is higher, and costs for holding the election are lower.

 

According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Measure__ will save Hayward taxpayers more than $130,000 each election cycle.

 

Hayward voters have proved in past elections builds a stronger community, sets a positive example for our children and results in a more responsive governemtn.

 

Vote Yes on Measure__

 

Hayward does it better when Hayward Votes Together. 

 

Join the following individuals and organizations in supporting Measure__

  • Supervisor Richard Valle
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Hayward Councilmember Sara Lamnin
  • Hayward Councilmember Elisa Márquez
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

 

Signees:

Francisco Zermeno, Councilman, City of Hayward

Ginny DeMartini, Vice Chair AD 20, Democratic Central Committee

Steve Bristow, Community Advocate

Fred Sims, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee

Ryan "Rocky" Fernandez, Former AC Transit Director

 

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Argument against Measure C

 

TOP TEN THINGS SEIU FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT Measure C IN THEIR BALLOT ARGUMENT:

 

10. Oakland based SEIU forgot to mention that SEIU is behind Measure C.

 

9. They forgot to tell you they spent over $140,000 in 2015 to put Measure C on the ballot.

 

8. They spent over $120,00 in 2014 to elect Sara Lamnin to our Hayward City Council.

 

7. They spent $26,000 to elect Richard Valle.

 

6. Most of their listed signers and supporters of their argument have ewither received campaign contributions, or political endorsements from SEIU.

 

5. Their big money will be more influential in a long, crowded, expensive November election than in June.

 

4. SEIU forgot to mention that our Hayward candidates and issues too often get lost in a money driven bizzard of mailers, ads, media, slate cards, and robocalls for November national and statewide races.

 

3. If Measure C passes each 2016 incumbent's term in office will be lengthened to more than 4 years.

 

2. Only 39.1% of eligible Hayward voters actually voted in November 2014.

 

1. SEIU forgot to mention their goal is to move Hayward's election to November where their enormous financial firepower can overwhelm any candidate not beholden to them.

 

Special interestes can not be allowed to dominate Hayward elections whether they are corporations, political parties, developers, landlords, mobile home park owners, or SEIU.

 

Please join us in VOTING NO on Measure C!

 

Signatories:

 

Gail Steele

Alameda County Supervisor, retired

 

Julius C. Willis, Jr.

Board Member, Eden Shores Homeowners Association

 

Edward W. Bogue

President, Southgate Area Homeowners Association

 

Kevin Dowling

Hayward City Councilmember, retired

 

Hayward Police Officers' Association 

James Javier

 

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Rebuttal to argument in faor Measure C

 

13,065

This is how many Hayward residents signed the petition to place this measure on the ballot. They understand that increasing voter participation is good for our community, and the money saved is a significant benefit. The "special interests" that concern our opponents are thousands of Hayward residents, community activists like Joyce Dobro and civil rights leaders including Dolores Huerta.

 

Hayward is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, but it has never elected a person of color as Mayor. Our opponents are making the same arguments against moving the election to November in Hayward that ultra-right wing conservatives are making to suppress voter turnout across America.

 

Hayward residents can't be bought

 

The opponents of this measure know this, because they've spent tens of thousands of dollars over the past few years on the very tactics they disparage. The real source of their opposition is their opposition is their concern about the increased scrutiny they will face when 12,000 more people are voting.

 

Hayward residents follow local elections

 

When voters are engaged in politics, they follow campaigns at every level. The opponents of this measure doubt the ability of Hayward's voters to make an informed choice. Data shows that by moving the election, thousands more Hayward residents will have a say in our local government.

 

Every other city in Alameda County has moved their elections to the general election to ensure higher voter turnout, while saving costs for taxpayers. It is time for Hayward to do the same. 

 

Please list the following signees according to the spelling of their name and title listed on this paper, regardless of what is written on signature sheets.

 

Hayward Area Democratic Club

Francisco Zermeno, President

 

Josie Camacho

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO

 

Robin Torello

Chair, Alameda County Democratic Party

 

Kim Geron

President, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

 

Jennifer L. Eagan

Professor, CSU East Bay and President of California Faculty Association

 

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Held April 20, 2016 in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

A yes vote is a vote in favor of moving the City's general election from June in even-numbered years to November in even-numbered years to coincide with state and federal general elections. 

Speakers: Felicia Sandoval and Steve Bristow 

 

A no vote is a vote against moving the City's general election to November and in favor of continuing to hold Hayward general elections in June of even-numbered years. 

Speakers: Former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney and Former Board of Supervisors Gail Steele

 

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