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o� <br />o <br />-¢t 0 city of sAn luis oBispo <br />r N� OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />/ g O� 990 Palm Street ■ San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3249 ■ 805/781-7119 <br />May 20, 2014 <br />VIA FACSIMILE ONLY 916-319-2181 <br />Honorable Mike Gatto <br />Chair, California State Assembly Appropriations Committee <br />State Capitol Building, Room #2114 <br />Sacramento, CA 95814 <br />RE: AB 2550 (Hernandez) Election Dates <br />(As amended April 29, 2014) <br />NOTICE OF OPPOSITION <br />Dear Assembly Member Gatto: <br />The City of San Luis Obispo is opposed to AB 2550, which removes the established <br />election days in March, April, and June of odd years; requiring all cities to consolidate their <br />general municipal and district elections with statewide election dates by July 1, 2015. <br />This bill would create significant cost increases to cities if forced to consolidate election <br />dates. Having to convert into a consolidated election in such a short timeframe would place a <br />significant financial burden on local election offices. <br />Apart from the increase in cost, there are concerns when it comes to local contests and <br />measures. On consolidated ballots, local elections fall further down the ballot and the focus on <br />those outcomes is minimized against much larger contests such as presidential and congressional <br />races, even though local outcomes are going to have more of a direct impact on local voters. We <br />do not want voters to be disenfranchised because of a lengthy consolidated ballot, where local <br />measures are not the focal point. <br />For these reasons, the City of San Luis Obispo opposes AB 2550. <br />Sincerely <br />, <br />� <br />J Marx <br />ayor <br />cc: City Council <br />City Manager <br />City Clerk <br />Assembly Member Roger Hernandez, 916-319-2148 FAX <br />Senator Bill Monning, fax 916-445-8081 <br />Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian, fax 916-319-2135 <br />David Mullinax, League of California Cities, dmullinax@cacities.org <br />