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File #: 19-1198   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 11/12/2019
Title: Adopt a Resolution Calling a Special Municipal Election to be Held in the City of Sunnyvale on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the Purpose of Submitting to City Voters a Ballot Measure Concerning Amendments to Article VI of the City Charter to Implement City Council District Elections; Requesting Consolidation With the Statewide Presidential Primary Election and Election Services From Santa Clara County; Directing the City Attorney to Prepare an Impartial Analysis; and Setting Priorities for Ballot Arguments
Attachments: 1. RESOLUTION
Related files: 19-0679
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Adopt a Resolution Calling a Special Municipal Election to be Held in the City of Sunnyvale on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the Purpose of Submitting to City Voters a Ballot Measure Concerning Amendments to Article VI of the City Charter to Implement City Council District Elections; Requesting Consolidation With the Statewide Presidential Primary Election and Election Services From Santa Clara County; Directing the City Attorney to Prepare an Impartial Analysis; and Setting Priorities for Ballot Arguments
Report

BACKGROUND
On June 18, 2019 (RTC No. 19-0362), the City Council voted 5-2 to direct staff to prepare a ballot measure for the March 2020 election amending the City Charter to change the City's electoral system from seven at-large numbered City Council seats to six district seats and an at-large, directly elected mayor.

On September 10, 2019 (RTC No. 19-0798), staff provided an overview of necessary revisions to Article VI and highlighted three key policy issues requiring Council direction- mayor term, total term limits, and redistricting. The Council approved staff's general approach for the charter amendments of adding provisions necessary to implement district elections for six council districts and one at-large mayor, while maintaining existing concepts and principles in the Charter to the extent possible.

On October 8, 2019 (RTC No. 19-1009), the Council further discussed the policy issues and conducted straw polls on the policy issues. Five Councilmembers (Hendricks, Larsson, Smith, Fong, Goldman) indicated preferences for a four-year term for the Mayor, and five Councilmembers (Klein, Hendricks, Larsson, Fong, Goldman) preferred a total limit of three-terms.

On October 29, 2019 (RTC No. 19-1133), the Council discussed a variety of issues and reached a consensus that the Charter draft should clarify (1) a residency requirement prior to filing candidacy papers, and (2) that the three-term total limit is also limite...

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