City of Santa Ana Mayoral Term Limits, Measure GG (November 2012)
Measure GG amended the city charter of Santa Ana to impose a term limit of four, two-year terms on the office of Mayor. This would mean that mayoral officeholders could only serve eight consecutive years as mayor.
Previously, there were no term limits on the office of mayor. However, there is a 12-year maximum term limit for members of the city council.
The amount of time that a person has served as a member of the Santa Ana City Council would not, according to Measure GG, count toward the eight-year mayoral term limit. However, Measure GG does prohibit anyone from serving more than a total of twenty consecutive years as both a a city council member and the mayor.
Under Measure GG, a person who reaches his or her eight-year limit as mayor could run again (and hold the office again, if elected) after taking an eight-year "cooling off" period. Measure GG also says that if someone serves on the city council for 12 years, and then serves as mayor for eight years, that person also cannot run again for the city council until he or she has undergone an eight-year "cooling off" period.
A simple majority vote was required for approval.
- Final official results from the Orange County elections office.