The public will have a chance to weigh in on changes to the city’s election calendar at 6 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
The session is an opportunity for the public to learn about how the changes could impact future city and school district elections.
“The forums will be moderated by the League of Women Voters and I will be presenting information on why we are holding it and the California Voters Participation Act (CVPA) and how it is impacting the city and what the council and the board of education is considering,” said City Clerk Mark Jomsky.
According to the CVPA, cities with low voter turnout are forced to change its election calendar to comply with state elections in June or November.
The City Council and Board of Education have not yet agreed to comply with the new law and are scheduled to vote on Dec. 11.
If they agree to comply with the CVPA, the council and school board must then decide in January on what changes will be made to local elections.
Options include a primary and general election format for mayoral and council elections that occur on statewide election dates and require candidates to receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary or general election.
The second option would also move elections to coincide with statewide elections, but would eliminate runoff elections and allow candidates to win with a plurality of the votes no matter the percentage.
The final option would force only mayoral candidates to win more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary or general election.
Under all three options, the mayor and council members could receive extensions on their terms up to 20 months while the city transitions to the new system.
City officials learned that the CVPA applied to charter cities after asking state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to issue an opinion on the matter.
City Prosecutor Michelle Beal Bagneris said she did not agree with the Becerra’s opinion.
There is no option to keep city elections independent and held in odd numbered years, which is the current system.
The changes would mandate a change to the City Charter, which mandates the city’s election calendar. The language to the charter change would be finalized in February along with a call for a special election in June.
Pasadena City College and the Altadena Library District have already changed election dates to comply with the state calendar.