By Robert Haugh
We’ve heard a lot of misinformation and debate about Measure C — the initiative to create Council districts in Santa Clara.
So, here are a couple clarifications we got from City Attorney Brian Doyle and City Clerk Hosam Haggag.
Does Measure C maintain six council districts and six council members, through 2020?
Does Measure C shrink the number of council districts from six to three?
If Measure C is adopted, the Santa Clara Charter will require a six district election in 2020; and in 2022 and thereafter elections by three districts.
Can the City Council just adopt six districts without a vote of the people?
What happens if Measure C is defeated?
If Measure C does not pass, the language of the Charter will remain the same (with elections at large by numbered seats). How elections will actually be held will depend on the ruling of the State Appellate Court.
Are the 49ers being investigated for violating the Dark Money Ordinance related to Measure C?
An official referral with all supporting evidence has been made to the FPPC for violations of the Political Reform Act. The City is working in parallel to pursue Dark Money ordinance violations.