Information on Candidate Forums
At the September 11, 2018 City Council Meeting, the City Council directed staff to inquire with the League of Women Voters to host a forum for the two Ballot Measures: “Measure M City of Santa Clara Commercial Cannabis Activity Measure” and “Measure N Advisory Vote: By District Council Election.” Staff reached out to the League, but the League was not able to accommodate the request due to the volume of requests for candidate forums; however, the League will present a nonpartisan information session about statewide ballot measures on October 18, 2018 at the Central Park Library from 1– 2:30 p.m.
November 2018 Election
- Only registered voters who reside in District 2 or District 3 may run for office (4 year terms)
- An interactive District Map is available for the public to determine which District they reside in
- Only registered voters, who reside in District 2 or District 3, may vote for their respective candidates
- The Mayor will continue to be elected at-large (4 year term)
- The City Clerk will continue to be elected at-large (2 year partial term)
In July, the Council took action to adopt Resolutions to call a Special Election to submit two ballot measures to the voters of Santa Clara. The Advisory Ballot Measure (Measure N), which is non-binding, is to ask the voters whether the City should engage the voters in a public process to draft an amendment to the City Charter to change the method of elections from at-large to by-district for City Council Members only. Measure M is being submitted to the voters of Santa Clara and is known as the "City of Santa Clara Commercial Cannabis Activity Measure" regarding a proposed cannabis business tax.
That ballot questions read as follows:
ADVISORY VOTE: BY DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. Shall the City of Santa Clara engage the voters in a public process to draft a Charter Amendment ballot measure to elect its Council Members, other than the Mayor, by district?
CITY OF SANTA CLARA COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ACTIVITY MEASURE: To maintain fiscal stability/essential city services, including rapid 911 emergency response times; preventing cuts to police officers/firefighters; repairing streets/potholes; maintaining library/youth/senior services, shall an ordinance be adopted establishing a tax on commercial cannabis up to 10% of gross receipts and up to $25 per square foot for cultivation, generating approximately $2,200,000 annually until ended by voters, with annual independent audits, and all funds used locally?
How can I get more information about Measure M and/or Measure N?
There will be various levels of voter information and outreach on district elections and the two ballot measures for the November 2018 election. This will include:
- The City's website at www.santaclaraca.gov/electioninfo
- Social media
- Posting of flyers/maps at City facilities (i.e., City Hall, libraries, community rooms, etc.)
- Mailers (it is expected that there will be four mailers in the mid-September - October timeframe)
- A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available on the City's website
- Articles are included in the fall edition of Inside Santa Clara
- Utility bill inserts/bill comment
- Press releases
For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (408) 615-2220 or email email@example.com.