Monday, November 2, 2009

The Upcoming Election For Three City Council Seats

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." - Plato

"What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous." - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

I received the following information in an e-mail from Nancy Shollenberger over the weekend. There have been quite a few questions about the upcoming election schedule and when certain things are due. This pretty much answers everything.

This is a NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY CLERK, NANCY SUE SHOLLENBERGER, announcing the upcoming election for three City Council seats.

The General Municipal Election is scheduled for April 13, 2010.

December 7, 2009 City Council adopts Resolutions calling the election
December 14th Last Day to Adopt Regulations for Candidates Statements
Dec. 21 to Jan. 15th Filing Period for Nomination Papers and Candidate's Statement
or January 19th if City Hall is closed on Friday and Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 15-19 2010 Last Days to file Nomination Papers
Jan. 20th Last Day to File Nomination Papers - Extended Filing Period
Jan. 21, 2010 Secretary of State to Determine Order of Names on Ballot
Jan. 31, 2010 Last Day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements - Semi Annual Statement
Feb. 11, 2020 Last Day to Submit Precinct Consolidations to County
Feb. 11, 2010 Suggested Last Day to Designate Polling Places
Feb. 15 - March 30 Filing Period for Write-In Candidates
March 4, 2010 Last day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements- 1st Pre-election Statement
March 15, 2010 First Day to Mail Out Permanent Vote-by-Mail Voter Ballots
March 15 - April 6 Voters May Request Vote-by-Mail Ballots with Regular Applications
March 23rd Last Day to Mail Sample Ballots and Polling Place Notices
March 29th Last Day to Register to Vote
April 1 Last day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements - 2nd Pre-election Statement
April 1 Post Notice - Vote-by-Mail Canvass
April 3 Publish Notice of Central Counting Place
April 6 Last Day for Election Official to Publish Notice of Nominees
April 9 Suggested Last Day to Post Notice of Manual Tally
No later than May 7th Election official to Canvass the Returns
No later than May 7th Declaration of the Results
April 19 - May 7th Reorganize Council and Choose Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem
May 19 - June 6th Last Day to File Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
July 31, 2010 Last Day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements

This will get our residents geared up for the election process. It is an involved process.

City Clerk, Nancy Sue Shollenberger, invites any interested residents who wish to run for City Council to call her at 626/355-3303; fax 626/355-1546; e-mail All you need to do is make an appointment and the City Clerk will be happy to meet with you at your convenience to receive paperwork necessary to run for City Council. All paperwork MUST BE given to the City Clerk, and not staff at City Hall. Anything that is expected to go into the Sample Ballot MUST BE given personally to the City Clerk, and not staff at City Hall.

The election is the responsibility of the City Clerk in Sierra Madre. Your help in this matter is deeply appreciated.

The City Clerk is looking forward to running another election in Sierra Madre and looks forward to working with the residents. She is available at your convenience. All it takes is a phone call.

The e-mail was sent to the Sierra Madre Tattler and Mountain Views News on November 1, 2009 for publication and public information by the City Clerk.