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City Council Votes to Place Term Limits on the November Ballot

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 6:33 am
 

The City Council voted 6-2 on Monday to place an initiative on the November ballot that would set term limits on City Council and Mayoral terms.

If the voters approve the initiative the Mayor and City Councilmembers would be limited to three consecutive terms with the possibility of serving two additional terms after a four-year hiatus. 

Tyron Hampton and Mayor Victor Gordo opposed the motion. Felicia Williams, Justin Jones, Gene Masuda, Jess Rivas, Jason Lyon and Vice Mayor Steve Madison agreed to send the item to the voters. 

 “People have the option every four years,” Hampton said. “If an incumbent has not done their job they get voted out. I have seen people with six and opponents and they still win. It’s because people think they are doing a great job.”  

Masuda originally opposed the idea, but agreed to place it on the ballot. 

Felicia Williams expressed support for the measure.

“I wholeheartedly support this. It really does allow the council to turnover and newer minds and fresher voices,” Williams said. 

Jason Lyon called on the City Council to allow the voters to decide. 

“My preference would have been three terms and two terms for the executive,” said Jason Lyon. “I think we appointed a task force and this is what it came up with.”

Lyon called on the City Council to give the voters a chance to decide. 

Lyon said term limits protect officials from themselves. 

Gordo expressed concern about the future of the City Council and the development of leadership. 

Gordo said term limits created a sense of instability in other cities including LA and Sacramento. Gordo said it skewed judgment because politicians would not be around to grapple with the issues. 

Half of the City council has served two terms or fewer.

“It’s a solution in search of a problem,” Gordo said. “It’s real work if somebody wants to stay around and the voters want to keep them there, they should be able to. I don’t see a reason to limit the younger members of this council or future council members.”

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