Thousands of citizens both young & old recently teamed up to sign the term limits measure!! The City Council has chosen to let voters decide on the term limits initiative in
the 2013 election rather than passing the initiative on their own & although we expect
to see the initiative on the 2013 ballot ... it's not official YET!
Forty days after kicking off a Signature Drive to place a Term Limits Initiative on the
West Hollywood ballot, Term Limits for West Hollywood submitted
over four thousand signatures
to the City Clerk. Initiative proponents Elyse Eisenberg, Sheila Lightfoot and Scott Schmidt and nearly 4000 petition-signers are asking the City Council to place a simple question on the ballot during the next municipal election: “Shall an ordinance be adopted providing that no person shall serve more than a total of three (3) terms as a member of the West Hollywood City Council, whether served consecutively or non-consecutively, with any portion of a term, whether elected or appointed, counting as a full term?” In order to qualify the citizens initiative, 2344 valid signatures are needed from registered voters in West Hollywood. Of the 4000-plus signatures submitted 3452 were verified as being from West Hollywood residents. “Nearly 4000 people believe the time is right to have term limits for the West Hollywood City Council,” said Lightfoot. “Our volunteers did the heavy lifting to bring their friends, neighbors and community together to put this issue before the voters.” In addition to collecting more than 4,000 signatures, Term Limits for West Hollywood also registered more than 400 voters, in one of the largest voter-registration efforts the city has ever seen. “We have been energized by the enthusiasm in the community for this issue,” said Schmidt. “The people of West Hollywood are ready for change; they are ready for fresh, new leadership.” For more information on the campaign, visit www.wehotermlimits.com.Term Limits Initiative Fact Sheet• Between August 23 and October 2, the citizen and volunteer-led West Hollywood Term Limits Committee collected more than 4000 signatures in support of their proposed initative. • Of those collected, 3452 signatures from West Hollywood residents were submitted to the West Hollywood City Clerk on October 2, 2012. • 2344 valid signatures of registered voters in West Hollywood are needed to qualify an initiative for the ballot. • The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder now had 30 working days to count the signatures. • If 67.9% of the signatures submitted are from registered voters, the initiative will qualify for the ballot. • Initially, the Registrar-Recorder will conduct a random sample of 500 signatures. • If 74.70% of the signatures selected for a random sample are valid, the initiative will qualify without requiring a full count. • Once the signatures are verified, the West Hollywood City Council may either adopt the ordinance as proposed or submit the question to the voters at their next municipal election. • To qualify for the March 2013 ballot, the Council must place the measure on the ballot before December 7, 2012. UPDATED to reflect final signature count by city clerk (PDF reflects two invalid signatures removed in clerk's count)
xxxoScott Olin Schmidt