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How Monrovia's Elections Will Work (If They Happen At All)

Here are the possible outcomes when the City Council meets next week to decide the fate of Monrovia's April elections.

From the city of Monrovia's website:

The Monrovia City Council will host a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24 to decide how to proceed with the April 9, 2013 municipal election since only two council candidates submitted nomination papers for the expiring seats.

Interim Councilman Larry Spicer and local attorney Alexander Blackburn filed their nomination papers to run for the two expiring City Council seats, which were vacant following the decisions by Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia and Councilman Clarence Shaw to not seek re-election. Also running unopposed are Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, City Clerk Alice Atkins and City Treasurer Stephen Baker.

Despite the fact that there are only enough candidates to fill the positions that are expiring, the election is not automatically cancelled. According to the State Elections Code Section 10229, the City Council has the option to appoint the three incumbents and the two Council candidates rather than continuing with the election. Alternatively, the City Council may decide to still hold an election.

Pursuant to the Elections Code, the City Council may act on this issue. The code time frame calls for a five-day waiting period after the public notice announcing the special meeting is published, and requires action 75 days before the election.

The special meeting is expected to be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Monrovia Council Chambers, 415 S. Ivy Avenue.

sayitisntso January 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Power is for those who step up and take it, no one will hand it to you. If you always do, what you have always done. Then you will always be, what you have always been.
Dan Crandell January 19, 2013 at 09:11 PM
@ SaySo ... I will be at this meeting for the sole purpose of gaining an understanding of the process. If , as you say, the decision to cancel the election is a done deal so be it. However I want to know why I can't undo a done deal. Personal convictions are enhanced and achieved with knowledge of the ground rules.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 20, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Cyrus, maybe we start with identifying what an ideal candidate looks like in terms of skills, abilities, and attitudes. Isn't there something like a leadership academy in Monrovia? Are we still doing that? Are those candidates stepping forward to run for things? It would be the logical quid pro quo for the expense invested in them. I'm not talking about just lesser commissions, though they are valuable. I am speaking of the Big Kahuna, the Council.
The Scrutineer January 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Is this special meeting now being held at 7:30 on Thursday? I've seen conflicting information.
Dan Crandell January 23, 2013 at 04:22 AM
@ Scrutineer City website reads 7:30 PM Hope to see you there

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