Letters to the Editor

Keep 2-step process

I’m waiting! For what? I’m waiting for Morro Bay’s two newly elected City Council members to be sworn in. Each received a majority vote at the June 8, 2014, election but will not be sworn into office until December — six months later. This is outrageous.

Vote “no” on Measure J to send the issue back to the City Council.

Ask the council to fix the six-month lame-duck problem. It’s an easy fix. Require that newly elected officials receiving a majority vote be sworn into office within 30 days, or sooner, from the election.

The current two-election, majority vote requirement is a good thing. It requires that a majority of voters support a candidate; it helps neutralize influence from special-interest groups by requiring broad-based community support to obtain a majority vote; and it opens the field to more candidates.

The two-election cost is small for both candidates and residents. Keep the two-step election process — fix the lame-duck problem — and ask the council to let voters have the opportunity to change the mayor’s term of office from a two-year term to a four-year term. While you’re at it, please vote “yes” on Measure D for better schools in Morro Bay.