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Clerk Job, Term Limits Move To Ballot
LA MESA -- The November ballot is rounding out a bit more each day.
On Tuesday night, the City Council added two more questions to the ballot -- one by choice, the other by law.
The council voted 4-1 to ask voters to consider converting the City Clerk's job from an elected position to an appointed position.
The council majority believed it was time for the city to join all but a few municipalities in California in converting the clerk's job to a professional, appointed position. The job has become far more technical and requires a trained professional familiar with the complexities of municipal law, proponents of this change say. The clerk would be appointed by city manager, as the police chief job is currently handled.
Mayor Art Madrid opposed the change, saying it was removing another choice from local voters.
The council also took the administrative steps of approving a Term Limit referendum. The council had resisted approving that measure itself, but term limit supporters gathered enough signatures to force the ballot vote. Council on Tuesday simply acknowledged the petitions and moved that issue on to the ballot.
If approved, the clock would start ticking on the current mayor and council members, limiting them to three consecutive four-year terms.