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City officials suggest pro and con arguments on upcoming ballot measures

City officials put out a call Tuesday for pro and con arguments on March 2015 ballot measures, including an initiative that would shift city election dates to even-numbered years starting in 2020.

Another ballot measure would shift the election dates for the Los Angeles Unified School District board from odd- to even-numbered years starting in 2020.

Municipal and school board elections are now held in March and May of odd-numbered years. Under the proposed changes, those races would be aligned to state and federal elections held in June and November of even-numbered years.

A one-time increase of elected office terms to 5 1/2 years would be enacted in order to make the election-cycle shift. The lengthened term would apply to the mayor, City Council, City Attorney, city Controller and school board member seats.

Those interested in making ballot measure arguments must submit a request by Dec. 1.

Council President Herb Wesson will designate individuals or groups to write the arguments and rebuttals for either side during a special meeting of the City Council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee on Dec. 3.

Elected city officials get first preference to write the arguments, followed by appointed city officials, then a “bona fide” association of citizens, and finally, individual voters.

Questions about the process should be directed to Brian Walters in the City Clerk’s Office at (213) 978-1081 during city business hours, or send an email to Brian.Walters@lacity.org.

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