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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15

Meeting Date: February 28, 2006

Subject/Title: Accept Report and provide direction to staff regarding the placement of a Measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot related to the length of term for the office of Mayor.

Prepared by: Margaret Wimberly, City Clerk

Submitted by: Karen Chew, Assistant City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Accept report and provide direction to staff regarding to the placement of a Measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot related to the length of term for the office of Mayor.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
When the City incorporated in 1948, the office of Mayor rotated among the five Councilmembers. In 1982 a measure was placed on the ballot to make the office of Mayor directly elected for a 2 year term. The City’s first elected Mayor took office in 1984.

At the City Council meeting of February 14, 2006, Mayor Swisher requested information be brought back to Council regarding the steps it would take to place a Measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot to change the term of office from two years to four years.

The Government Code section 34900 states that in cities presently having elected mayors, the city council may also submit to the electors the question of whether the mayor shall thereafter serve a two-year or a four-year term. With regard to the four year terms, the Government Code further states the question printed on the ballot shall be in the following form:

Shall the term of office of mayor be four years?

Should the Council wish to place a measure on the November ballot requesting the term of Mayor be changed from two to four years, staff will prepare the necessary resolutions that will consolidate the election with the County and place the measure on the ballot. Should the measure be adopted in November 2006, it would not be effective until the next Mayoral election in 2008.

FISCAL IMPACT
The Contra Costa County Election Department estimates the total cost of the General Municipal Election, including the Measure, will be approximately $2.50 per registered voter, plus an additional $4,500 for the printing of a Measure booklet. As of February 16, 2006, there were 19,363 registered voters in the City of Brentwood so the estimated cost would be $52,907.

Attachment: List of information of Mayors terms from Contra Costa County cities and Alameda County cities

Contra Costa Cities

City Elected Mayor Term Council
Members Comments
Antioch Yes 4 years 4
Brentwood Yes 2 years 4
Clayton No
Danville No
Concord No
El Cerrito No
Hercules No
Lafayette No
Martinez Yes 4 years 4
Moraga No
Oakley No
Orinda No
Pinole No
Pittsburg No
Pleasant Hill No
Richmond Yes 4 years 8 Charter city
San Pablo No
San Ramon Yes 2 years 4
Walnut Creek No

Alameda County Cities

City Elected Mayor Term Council
Members Comments
Alameda
Yes 4 years 4 Charter City
Albany
No Charter City
Berkeley
Yes 4 years 8 Charter City
Dublin
Yes 2 years 4
Emeryville
No
Fremont Yes 4 years 4
Hayward Yes 4 years 6 Charter City
Livermore Yes 2 years 4
Newark Yes 2 years 4
Oakland Yes 4 years 8 Charter City
Piedmont No
Pleasanton Yes 2 years 4
San Leandro Yes 4 years 6 Charter City
Union City Yes 4 years 4

 

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