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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Long Beach
Measure BBB - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

75,833 votes yes (56.82%)

57,627 votes no (43.18%)

100% of precincts reporting (219/219).

Shall the City Charter be amended to limit the Mayor and City Councilmembers to serving three terms and to prohibit individuals who have already served three terms from being elected as write-in candidates?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Charles Parkin, City Attorney

CHARTER AMENDMENT TO ESTABLISH A THREE-TERM LIMIT ON MAYORAL AND CITY COUNCIL SERVICE AND TO PROHIBIT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ALREADY SERVED THREE TERMS FROM BEING ELECTED AS WRITE-IN CANDIDATES

Voter approval of Measure “BBB” would amend Section 214 of the Long Beach City Charter, relating to term limits for the offices of Mayor and City Councilmember. On August 7, 2018, the Long Beach City Council placed Measure “BBB” on the ballot for the consideration of Long Beach voters.

Long Beach City Charter Section 214, “Term Limitations on Ballot Access by Candidates for City Council and Mayor,” currently provides that the Mayor and City Councilmembers may serve no more than two terms in office, unless they run as a write-in candidate. The Charter currently provides no limit on the number of times a candidate may run as a write-in, and further provides that the name of the write-in candidate who has been nominated at a primary election shall appear on the ballot for the general election as if he or she were formally nominated (not a write-in candidate).

The proposed measure would provide that during his or her lifetime, a person may serve no more than three terms, as further defined in the measure, as Mayor, and no more than three terms as City Councilmember. From the November 6, 2018, general municipal election and for all future elections, any write-in candidacy will count towards the three-term limit. The proposed measure would further prohibit any candidate for the office of Mayor who has served three terms or City Councilmember who has served three terms from running as a write-in candidate. Under state law, term limits measures may only apply prospectively.

Measure “BBB” requires simple majority approval of Long Beach voters to pass. If Measure “BBB” does not pass, the current Charter term limits will remain in effect.

A “Yes” vote will approve Measure “BBB”.

A “No” vote will not approve Measure “BBB”.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

YES ON MEASURE BBB – Strengthening Term Limit Laws

Join Mayor Robert Garcia, City Auditor Laura Doud, former Mayor Bob Foster, and your Police and Firefighters and Vote Yes on Measure BBB.

Long Beach voters have supported reasonable term limit laws that ensure stability and good government. However, current law allows the Mayor and City Councilmembers to serve an unlimited number of terms as a write-in candidate. And as long as you win the primary election as a write-in candidate, your name can appear on a general election ballot––election after election.

Measure BBB will limit the number of terms for Mayor and Councilmembers to three terms or a total of 12 years. Creating a strong limit of 12 years, and no more, aligns with established term limits for the California State Legislature, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles.

Long Beach is the only major city in the nation that allows officials to run for unlimited terms as a write-in and then appear on the general election ballot. Measure BBB will prohibit Mayors and Councilmembers who have served three full terms from running again, and again, and again.

Long Beach has a history of electing good government officials to three terms, including former Mayor Beverly O’Neill and Councilmember Dee Andrews. Three terms is enough.

Measure BBB is a good government measure that will give Long Beach city government stability and align with term limit laws in the state and the county. It’s simple and eliminates the confusing write-in process.

Measure BBB is the most effective way to make sure our term limit laws are effective, easy to understand, and accountable to voters.

Please join us in voting YES on Measure BBB!

ROBERT GARCIA
Mayor of Long Beach

LAURA L. DOUD
City Auditor of Long Beach

BOB FOSTER
Former Mayor of Long Beach

REX PRITCHARD
President Long Beach Firefighters Association

JAMES FOSTER
President Long Beach Police Officers Association

Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be fooled. The system is NOT broken.

This City Charter amendment does NOT LIMIT, but instead INCREASES, term limits. It extends our current limit of TWO TERMS (eight years) TO THREE TERMS. This change would mean TWELVE YEARS IN OFFICE for incumbent politicians.

Does that sound like a strengthening of term limits to you?

Write-in candidacy is not a loophole. It is a statutory right that will not be stopped by this amendment.

This is a deceptive, self-serving amendment that does nothing but benefit politicians. It increases our current 2-term limit to a 3-term limit. Nothing more, nothing less.

Running for office is an extremely costly and time-consuming effort. Faced with a well-financed existing officeholder, many highly qualified candidates are simply unable to compete successfully.

Insider politicians rarely lose elections because of the crushing power of incumbency, which includes the financial support of special interest Political Action Committees (PACs) unavailable to most challengers. This creates an insurmountable funding gap for neighborhood advocates with new or grassroots perspectives.

The public should not have to wait for OVER A DECADE for positive change, fresh candidates, and new ideas.

This amendment favors career politicians dominating local government. The longer they stay in office the less and less responsive they become to constituents.

Expanding to three terms will make our electoral system less free, less competitive, and less representative. We need to maintain our current two-term limit to keep our city government honest, effective, and accountable to voters.

Let’s assure that there is a reasonable opportunity for all to participate in our city government.

Let’s continue to limit the Mayor and Council to two terms.

www.NoToThreeTerms.com

Vote NO on Measure BBB.

JUAN E. OVALLE
Outreach Director, People of Long Beach

RAE GABELICH
Former 8th District Councilmember

JOE SOPO
President Long Beach Neighborhoods 1st

CORLISS G. LEE
President Eastside Voice

DAN PRESSBURG
Retired Liquidation Specialist

Replies to Arguments FOR

Measure BBB does NOT strengthen term limits. It ADDS an additional term to the current two-term limit.

Simply put, Measure BBB is a scam.

The citizens of Long Beach have twice voted for our two-term limit. It was passed in 1992 and reaffirmed in 2007 with a write-in option.

Now City Hall politicians hope to trick you into ADDING ANOTHER TERM to their current 8-year term limit.

Just look who is behind this thinly veiled voter hoax: Career politicians and special interest officials.

The politicians, by claiming their true aim is to get rid of the current write-in system, are trying to hide that they are really adding to term limits. But write-in candidacy is a right of the people, enshrined in California state law.

Our current two-term limit helps keep in check corrupt and shady practices, stemming from the web of City Hall special interests. Their connections tend to entangle incumbents more and more over time.

Don’t YOU THINK that 8 years is enough to get the job done?

Don’t fall for the BBB scam.

BBB means voters would have to live with self-serving rather than people-serving incumbent politicians for up to 12 years! That’s 4 MORE YEARS beyond the 8 they already get!

The decision is clear…

Don’t hand the Mayor and City Council a third term on a platter. A third term should be on a write-in basis only.

VOTE NO! KEEP POLITICIANS CAPPED AT TWO TERMS.

JOE SOPO
Long Beach Neighborhoods1st

RAE GABELICH
Former 8th District Councilmember

CORLISS LEE
President Eastside Voice

DANNY PRESSBURG
Liquidation Specialist

JUAN E. OVALLE
Director of Outreach, People of Long Beach

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Vote Yes on Measure BBB to Strengthen Term Limits

The argument against BBB incorrectly claims that this measure increases term limits. In fact, current law allows the Mayor and City Councilmembers to serve an unlimited number of terms as write-in candidates. And as long as you win the primary election as a write-in candidate, your name can appear on a general election ballot—election after election.

Measure BBB will create real term limits for the Mayor and Councilmembers! Measure BBB will create a strong limit of three terms, a maximum of 12 years, and eliminate the write-in loophole!

Long Beach is the only major city in the nation that allows officials to run for unlimited terms as a write-in and then appear on the general election ballot. Measure BBB will prohibit Mayors and Councilmembers who have served three full terms from running again.

Long Beach’s term limits will align with term limits for the California State Legislature, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles.

Long Beach has a history of electing good government officials to three terms, including former Mayor Beverly O’Neill and Councilmember Dee Andrews. Three terms is enough.

Measure BBB is the most effective way to make sure our term limit laws are effective, easy to understand, and accountable to voters. It’s simple and eliminates the confusing write-in process.

Join us and Vote Yes on Measure BBB!

ROBERT GARCIA
Long Beach Mayor

LAURA L. DOUD
Long Beach City Auditor

JAMES T. FOSTER
President, Long Beach Police Officers Assn

BOB FOSTER
Former Mayor/Long Beach

REX PRITCHARD
President Long Beach Firefighters

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