Compton Formation of City Council Districts, Measure B (June 2012)

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A City of Compton Formation of City Council Districts, Measure B ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Compton in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.

At the time of the vote on Measure B, the four (4) members of the Compton City Council were required to live in the district they represent, but were voted on by everyone in the city in a system known as an "at-large" electoral system.

The approval of Measure B changed that. Its approval means that only the voters living in the district from which a city council member is to be elected can vote in that district's election. This is known as a "by-district" voting system.

Compton is a charter city with its own city charter and since Measure B was approved, parts of the charter will be changed to reflect the new voting system for city council members.

In addition to moving the city from an "at-large" voting system for city council representative to a "by-district" voting system, Measure B also amended the city's charter to mandate that after each decennial federal census, the city council will be required to adjust the boundaries of the city's city council districts so that the districts shall be as nearly equal in population as possible.

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,563 64.4%
No1,97035.6%
These final results are from the Los Angeles County elections office (dead link).

Support

Supporters

The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure B were signed by:

  • Felicitas Gonzalez, Educator, Compton USD
  • Flora Ruiz, Graduate Studies Advisor
  • Enelida Alvarez, Clinical Social Worker
  • Eric Perrodin, Mayor, City of Compton
  • Jasper Jackson, Committee for Yes on Measure B

Arguments in favor

The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure B included:

  • "We urge you to vote Yes on Measure B because it will improve our system for electing City Councilmembers. Compton now uses an at-large method of electing City Councilmembers, which means that people who don't live in your district get to choose who represents you on the City Council. If Measure B passes, City Councilmembers will continue to reside in their districts, but will be elected only by those who know them best + the voters of their district."
  • "We are voting Yes on Measure B because voters should be allowed to choose leadership from their own neighborhoods. District elections empower residents because each City Councilmember is accountable to people living in his or her own district + not to political or economic interests, but to the constituents of their own neighborhoods."
  • "If elected by district, City Councilmembers would be in a better position to assess the problems and conditions that exist in the district in which they reside. City Councilmembers would act as true advocates for their community."
  • "District voting brings government and democracy closer to home. It enables candidates to meet face-to-face with voters in their district and explain their views to more residents."
  • "District-based voting will cut down on the funds necessary to campaign and run for office. As a result, more Compton residents would have the ability to run for City Council. These "fairness" factors should encourage greater participation and increase voter turnout, which has been too low for many years."

Opposition

Opponents

The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure B were signed by:

  • Charles Davis, Retired Compton City Clerk

Arguments against

The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure B included:

  • "To my fellow citizens of the City of Compton, my name is Charles Davis and I was your elected City Clerk from 1973 until my retirement in 2003. I have conducted elections and worked with city councilpersons, when councilpersons were elected citywide and when they were elected by district."
  • "While on the face of the proposed change to the Compton City Charter, changing the way we elect our City Councilpersons from at large, where all registered voters in the city vote, to elections where only those citizens in one given council district elect a councilperson, would foster better district representation, the proponents would lead you to believe. In actuality this charter change would achieve and create the following problems, to name a few, (1) cause more dissention between councilpersons (2.) subject your city councilperson to be controlled by a few citizens (3.) increase the, you scratch my back and I will scratch yours syndrome, among the councilpersons vs. doing what is good for the total city."

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B: "Shall the City Charter be amended to provide that each member of the City Council (except for the mayor) be elected by his or her home district and only by the registered voters of that district?"[1]

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