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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Corona
Measure N Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

30,192 votes yes (68.48%)

13,894 votes no (31.52%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (44/44).
  • 44,086 ballots counted.

Shall members of the City Council of the City of Corona be elected by districts as described in Ordinance No. 3236?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The City Council of the City of Corona has placed Measure N on the ballot to ask voters if Ordinance No. 3236 should be approved to change the way in which Corona elects its City Council Members.

Historically, Corona’s City Council Members have been elected under an “at-large” election process, meaning that each is elected by the voters of the entire City and each can reside anywhere in the City. If approved, Measure N would create five Council electoral districts and would require that the voters of each district elect one Council Member who also resides in that district. This is known as a “by-district” election process.

The City Council, with the assistance of City staff and a demographics expert, conducted several public workshops and Council hearings to gather community input regarding by-district elections and proposed maps to delineate the  boundaries of each Council electoral district. As a result, the map attached to Ordinance No. 3236 was selected for consideration by the voters.

Measure N would not have any impact on the terms of the current City Council Members or those elected in 2016, who would continue in office until the expiration of their terms.

If Measure N is approved by a majority of the voters, the first by-district elections for Districts 1, 4 and 5 would be held at the November 2018 General Election. T he fi rst by-district e lections f or D istricts 2 and 3 would be held at the November 2020 General Election. Council Members would continue to serve four year terms.

If Measure N is not approved by a majority of the voters, the City will retain its at-large City Council election process. It is possible that the City could thereafter face a legal challenge under the state or federal Voting Rights Acts to require the City to change to a by-district City Council election process, but whether such a challenge would be successful depends upon many factors, some of which are unknown.

By: City Attorney

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure N. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (951) 736-2201 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

— Corona City Attorney

Arguments FOR

For over a century, Corona’s five city council members have been elected on an “at-large” basis, with all voters casting ballots for all candidates. Measure N will change that by dividing the city into five districts; one council member will represent each district and the citizens will vote only for candidates who actually live within their own districts.

Measure N is the solution for Corona.

Here’s why:

- It’s Local. Voting YES on Measure N will mean that all Corona residents will be represented by city council members who live in their neighborhoods.

- It’s Fair. Voting YES on Measure N will reduce the influence of special interest groups and will lead to equitable representation for all neighborhoods.

- It’s Smart. Voting YES on Measure N will cost nothing.

Since the early 1970s, many Corona residents have supported transitioning to by-district elections. In the summer of 2015, a group of your neighbors became involved in every step of the process to ensure that the resolution and the proposed district map were true reflections of us and our growing city. That proposed map is overwhelmingly favored by the residents who participated in this process.

Should Measure N pass, we will vote for three council members by districts in 2018 and the remaining two in 2020.

Passage of Measure N will bring Corona into compliance with state law – the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

The fact is, if Measure N does not pass, Corona will be subject to expensive class-action litigation that will force us to go to by-district elections – but without local resident input.

Other cities have spent millions of dollars in litigation and settlements, only to lose. We can’t afford that.

We ask you to please vote YES on Measure N!

By:    Jacqueline Casillas

         Don Williamson

         Sylvia Martinez Barnett

         Virginia G. Coriddi

         Joe Morgan

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “N”

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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