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Orange County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure V
Group of Fifteen Charter Revisions
City of Newport Beach

Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 19,777 / 61.5% Yes votes ...... 12,362 / 38.5% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 2:58pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (94/94)
55.4% Voter Turnout (898,205/1,621,934)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |
Impartial Analysis from David R. Hunt
City Attorney
If adopted by a majority of the voters, this City-sponsored measure would amend or repeal various sections within the City of Newport Beach's Charter and repeal two voter approved ordinances related to non-profit contributions and Civil Service as explained below. Specifically, a "yes" vote would:

(1) repeal Section 1107 eliminating the City's authority to enact for limited purposes up to a $1 annual tax on each $100 of assessed value of taxable real property located within the City;

(2) amend Section 1113 to eliminate the City's ability to levy and collect taxes for capital improvements;

(3) amend Section 1401 to prohibit off-shore drilling originating from the ocean's surface and restrict existing and future land-based oil operations to approximately 20 acres of territory;

(4) amend Section 414 to require the City's ordinance publication requirements to mirror state law;

(5) repeal Section 419 to allow the City Clerk to follow general contracting procedures to administer and award publishing contracts;

(6) amend Section 1301 to allow franchises to be administered and awarded according to procedures established within the municipal code;

(7) amend Section 1110 to increase the threshold dollar amount from $30,000 to $120,000 for requiring formal bidding of public works projects and to allow for an annual increase of the threshold according to an index selected by the City Council;

(8) amend Section 1404 to expand the list of remedies available to prosecute a violation of the Charter to include a misdemeanor, infraction, civil action and/or administrative citation;

(9) amend Section 1005 to require appointment of a redistricting committee only every 10 years on a cycle corresponding to the national census;

(10) amend Sections 711, 800, 801, 802, and 803 to place critical language regarding the Civil Service System in the Charter, authorize the City Council to adopt, amend or repeal rules relating to the System and exempt the newly created positions of Assistant Chiefs in the Police and Fire Departments from the System and repeal Ordinance 866 codified in municipal code Chapter 2.24;

(11) repeal Ordinance 743 codified in municipal code section 3.24.010 to delete the annual $2,400 contribution limitation to the local Chamber of Commerce, instead treating the Chamber the same as other non-profit entities;
(12) repeal Section 420 to delete the 25 year term limitation on City contracts and leases;

(13) amend Section 1402 to simply require voter approval prior to the sale of City-owned water-front property instead of requiring a Charter amendment;

(14) repeal Section 501 to delete the City Manager in-City residence requirement; and

(15) amend various Charter sections to insert gender neutral language.

If this measure is approved the proposed changes will be incorporated into the Charter and ordinances. If this measure is defeated the Charter and ordinances will remain without change.

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