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File #: 22-0659    Version: 1 Name: 061422-CAC/CC-Election Dates
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/9/2022 In control: Joint Meeting of the Charter Amendment Committee and City Council
On agenda: 6/14/2022 Final action: 6/14/2022
Title: Recommendation to receive and file comments from the community, receive and file supporting documentation into the record, and move to a second public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Long Beach City Charter to realign the City’s primary election date with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years; and Receive and file comments from the community, receive and file supporting documentation into the record, and move to a second public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Long Beach City Charter to realign LBUSD’s primary election date with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years.
Attachments: 1. 061422.cac-cc.item1.pdf
Related files: 21-0334, 21-0427, 22-0851

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Recommendation to receive and file comments from the community, receive and file supporting documentation into the record, and move to a second public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Long Beach City Charter to realign the City’s primary election date with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years; and

 

Receive and file comments from the community, receive and file supporting documentation into the record, and move to a second public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Long Beach City Charter to realign LBUSD’s primary election date with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years.

 

DISCUSSION

On April 20, 2021, the Long Beach City Council voted to convene the Charter Amendment Committee of the City Council to consider placing a City Charter (“Charter”) amendment before voters to align the City’s municipal election dates with the State’s primary and general election dates held in even-numbered years. The following are attached to this letter:

                     Attachment 1 - A copy of the Council letter associated with the initial vote and the rationale behind the need to align the City’s election dates with the State.

                     Attachment 2 - The resolution adopted by the City Council to move the 2022 City election dates on a temporary, emergency basis to align with the State of California's election dates, the request to prepare a Charter Amendment for consideration by the Charter Amendment Committee at a later date.

                     Attachment 3 - Proposed changes to the City Charter regarding the City’s election dates.

                     Attachment 4 - Proposed changes to the City Charter recommended by the Board of Education for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). As LBUSD election dates align with the City’s election dates in the Charter, the LBUSD has also put forth a Charter Amendment to move its election dates with the City. Since the boundaries of the City and LBUSD are not identical, a separate ballot measure is needed to amend election dates for LBUSD set forth in the Charter.

Under State law, a majority of Long Beach voters must approve any City Charter Amendment. The next available date to place this Charter amendment on the ballot will be November 8, 2022.

To consider this amendment for the November 8, 2022 election, State law requires there be three public hearings/meetings over the next 60 days. At each of these hearings/meetings there will be opportunities for discussion, receiving community input, and making changes to the Charter amendment language.

 

The hearing/meeting dates are as follows:

 

                     June 14, 2022 - First public hearing: Receive staff presentation, hear public comment, direct staff to gather any further information or implement changes.

                     July 19, 2022 - Second public hearing: Receive any updated information, hear public comment, direct staff to gather any information or make amendment changes.

                     August 9, 2022 - Final meeting: Receive any updated information, hear public comment, make any final amendment changes, and if the City Council so chooses, adopt the required resolutions to place the Charter amendment on the November 8, 2022 General Election ballot.

 

SUGGESTED ACTION

Approve recommendation.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

CHARLES PARKIN, City Attorney

 

By

Taylor M. Anderson

Deputy City Attorney