City Council Meeting 7-10-01                                                      Santa Monica, California

 

 

 

ORDINANCE NUMBER ____

 

(City Council Series)

 

 

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF SANTA MONICA ADDING SECTION 11.04.175 TO THE SANTA MONICA

MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO INITIATIVE PETITIONS

 

 

 

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.  Section 11.04.175 is hereby added to the Santa Monica Municipal Code to read as follows:

Section 11.04.175.  Initiative Information Sheet.

(a)  In order to ensure that any person considering signing an initiative petition has information about the proposed measure and the initiative process sufficient to exercise his or her rights in an informed manner, the City Clerk and City Attorney shall prepare an Initiative Information Sheet to accompany each petition.


(b)  Each Initiative Information Sheet for a particular measure shall include at least the following: (1) the ballot title prepared by the City Attorney; (2) the text of the summary prepared by the City Attorney or a condensed version of the summary; (3) notification of the right to request a copy of the full text of the proposed measure from the City Clerk; (4) notification that the signature gatherer may be compensated for gathering signatures or may be a volunteer and that the potential signer has the right to ask whether the gathering is a volunteer or is being paid; and (5) notification that it is a crime for signature gatherers to misrepresent the contents of the proposed measure or to refuse to allow the signer to read the petition or proposed measure.

(c)  Each person gathering signatures shall provide copies of the Initiative Information Sheet to every signer of the petition.  In addition, each person gathering signatures shall make copies of the Initiative Information Sheet readily available to prospective signer either by offering copies orally or by displaying them prominently in the same location where the signatures are being gathered so that signers may readily see and take them.   

 

SECTION 2.  Any provision of the Santa Monica Municipal Code or appendices thereto inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance, to the extent of such inconsistencies and no further, is hereby repealed or modified to that extent necessary to effect the provisions of this Ordinance.

 


SECTION 3.  If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.  The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed this Ordinance and each and every section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase not declared invalid or unconstitutional without regard to whether any portion of the ordinance would be subsequently declared invalid or unconstitutional.

 

SECTION 4.  The Mayor shall sign and the City Clerk shall attest to the passage of this Ordinance.  The City Clerk shall cause the same to be published once in the official newspaper within 15 days after its adoption.   This Ordinance shall become effective 30 days from its adoption.

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

 

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MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE

City Attorney