City Council Places Charter Measures on Ballot

At its regular meeting on July 16, 2018, the City Council placed two measures proposing amendments to the Piedmont City Charter on the November ballot.

Measure BB proposes amendments to several portions of the charter, including modification of procedures for filling of vacancies on the City Council and Board of Education, modification of term limits for the City Council, and making other clarifying amendments regarding City record keeping, format of City ordinances, public posting, City contract approval, operation of City Council meetings, and other minor technical amendments.

Measure CC proposes amendments to the Charter to clarify the duties and reporting structure for officers and employees of the City.

The full text of both measures is available in the July 16, 2018 City Council Agenda Report.


Arguments

At the same meeting, the City Council set a deadline of Friday, August 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. for the submission of direct arguments for and against the measures to be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. Direct arguments are limited to 300 words and are confidential until the deadline.

The Council also set a deadline of Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. for the submission of rebuttal arguments to the City Clerk’s Office. Rebuttal arguments are limited to 250 words and are confidential until the deadline.

Residents or groups interested in submitting arguments are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (510) 420-3040 for more information.

Public Review of Arguments

Measure BB

Measure CC


History

 The City Council’s discussion of possible Charter amendments began in June 2017 and Council has subsequently discussed the issue at Council meetings on February 5, 2018, March 5, 2018, April 30, 2018, June 4, 2018, and June 25, 2018. The April 30th and June 25th meetings were special Council meetings, solely devoted to receiving community input and discussion of possible charter amendments.

At the June 25th special meeting, Council engaged in a three hour town hall meeting with interested residents, discussing the proposed Charter amendments. After receiving resident feedback, the language of several of the proposed amendments was modified and one proposal, the removal of the cap on the City’s General Fund Reserve, was eliminated from consideration. At the conclusion of the meeting the Council directed staff to prepare two resolutions containing proposed amendments to the Charter of the City of Piedmont to be placed before the voters at the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election.

Agenda Reports and Minutes for the meetings are available below:

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040 or via email at cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov