The Newport Beach City Council voted 4-3 on October 26 to put the elected mayor proposal on the June 2022 ballot. This initiative will make our mayor an elected position and overturn term limits for this position. This might sound like an innocuous change, but it is not. This initiative allows a council person to finish 8 years in office and have another 8 years as mayor. It reduces the City Council to 6 district representatives instead of 7, creates an immensely powerful mayor and it removes substantial authority from other decision makers. There is no logical reason to abandon the seven existing City Council districts with a rotating mayor. This change will completely remake our system of city government.
Many of us don’t support this proposal because we see that having an abnormally powerful mayor silences the voices of others with differing viewpoints. Others are troubled that the initiative excludes the mayor from the term limits approved by the voters in 1992, allowing for up to 16 consecutive years in office, but maintains term limits for the other council members. A number of people note that reducing the total number of council districts reduces representation. Some don’t like having one man write the initiative to decide how the government should run, especially if that one man is positioning himself to become that powerful mayor. They may recognize, as many of us do, that having a particularly powerful mayor will be extremely dangerous if he or she is beholden to special interests. In fact, a diverse group of residents of all political persuasions are opposed to this initiative and feel that our current City Council process has served us well.
Any way this initiative is sliced, it does not serve the citizens of Newport Beach. Supporting this proposal is discarding a style of government that has worked well for Newport Beach residents.
If you would like more detailed information about this initiative, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AGdHErCCbs2GTdpafI_I0ZDhhGztUkxJ/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101926357516820541194&rtpof=true&sd=true
Thank you for caring about the future of our city. See what you can do below:
To read the actual initiative, with the concerning parts in bold, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ebnUsM17urRSazPP13OHEBGoSVp_4bWA/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101926357516820541194&rtpof=true&sd=true
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