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City of Santa Monica
Measure TL - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


29,237 votes yes (74.15%)

10,193 votes no (25.85%)

100% of precincts reporting (54/54).

Shall the Santa Monica City Charter be amended to prohibit any person from serving as a member of the City Council for more than three terms, whether consecutive or not, where a term includes any full term of four years as well as any partial term of more than two years?

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What is this Proposal?

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Santa Monica Ballot Measure TL


                   Term Limits . Initiative City Charter Amendment.


The Question:

     Should the Santa Monica City Charter be amended to prohibit any person from serving as a member of the City Council for more than a lifetime total of three terms (12 years)?



    Currently, there are no term limits on City Council members. The last time term limits was submitted to the voters was in 2004, as part of a multi-issue measure, which was defeated by the voters.


Proponents of this term limit measure needed to collect signatures of 15% of the voters (10,424 valid signatures) to qualify for the ballot.  In July, the measure qualified and the City Council voted unanimously to place the measure on the November ballot.


The Proposal:

  • Limits the time a person can serve on City Council to three terms

  • A partial term of more than two years will count as one term

  • Applies over a lifetime- whether three terms are consecutive or not

  • Applies to appointed terms as well as elected terms

  • Begins after November 6, 2018- not retroactive


Fiscal Effects:  none


Supporters Say:

  • Term limits will give voters a real chance for fresh perspective, new ideas, and change. During the past 25 years, only 2 incumbents were voted out of office.

  • Voters have overwhelmingly supported term limits for statewide elected officials and Senate and Assembly members. Many CA cities have term limits for their elected officials.

  • Because of the current system, talented, qualified people are discouraged from running for office so power remains in the hands of the same politicians and their supporters for decades.


Opponents Say:

  • Term limits will remove experienced and seasoned leaders who are too important to lose.

  • Voters already have the power to remove incumbents in favor of a better challenger.  Voting is the mechanism to limit terms.

  • Term limits empower city executives over novice council members. Seasoned leadership –accountable directly to the voters- is essential to ensure the accountability of the city bureaucracy.


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