Charter ballot measure for Nov. 4, 2014 General election
- Proposed charter
- Ballot title/question, summary and description
- Impartial analysis
- Direct argument in favor
- Rebuttal to argument in favor of measure
- Direct argument against
- Rebuttal to argument against measure
- Notice of the arguments and rebuttals deadlines
- Informational mailer No. 1: General law vs. Costa Mesa charter chart
- Informational mailer No. 2: Charter FAQs
- Informational mailer No. 3: Reprint of the proposed charter
- Informational mailer No. 4: Reprint of proposed charter with margin notes
Charter Committee documents
- 2014 agendas and minutes
- 2013 agendas and minutes
- Information provided to the Charter Committee
- Public comments
General information on charters
- California League of Cities primer on city charters
- General law vs. charter city chart
- Proposed Costa Mesa charter that appeared on November 2012 ballot
- Charters of Orange County cities
The California Constitution gives cities the power to become charter cities. The benefit of becoming a charter city is that charter cities have supreme authority over “municipal affairs.” In other words, a charter city’s law concerning a municipal affair will trump a state law governing the same topic.
The charter city provision of the state Constitution, commonly referred to as the “home-rule” provision, is based on the principle that a city, rather than the state, is in the best position to know what it needs and how to satisfy those needs. The home-rule provision allows charter cities to conduct their own business and control their own affairs. A charter maximizes local control.
The preceding information was provided by the California League of Cities.
On May 7, 2013, the Costa Mesa City Council voted to create a Charter Committee to draft a proposed charter. The Committee, which was comprised of 13 appointed members, convened the first of its 16 meetings on June 26, 2013. On March 12, 2014, the Committee voted 10-1 to recommend this charter to the City Council. You can read the March 18, 2014 City Council staff report here that asks the City Council whether to schedule public hearings on the proposed charter.