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BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 – 5:00 P.M.
Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Teleconference Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley
The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda.
This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act,
Government Code Section 54953, Teleconferencing. Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either the
Council Chambers or at the teleconference location. Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Sherry M.
Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900.
1. Discussion of Potential Ballot Measures for November 2004 Election (PDF, 4 MB) (to be delivered)
From: City Manager
Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000
2. Public Financing of Election Campaigns (CF 21-04)
Recommendation: Direction to the City Attorney whether or not to prepare the text of a ballot measure for the November 2004 Election, which would amend the Berkeley Election Reform Act (BERA) to enable the Council to enact a public financing program.
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk 981-6900
Recommendation: Put before the voters in November 2004 a charter amendment and an amendment to the Berkeley Election Reform Act (BMC 2.12) submitted by Center for Government Studies to create a voluntary system of full public financing for election campaigns for City offices.
Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140
Recommendation: Support a charter amendment and an amendment to the BERA as proposed by Center for Government Studies with the following amendments: 1a) require that Council affirmatively vote to implement campaign financing for each individual office; 1b) require that the trigger to implement the program be by two-thirds vote of the Council; 2) ask the community and the Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) to closely examine the number of signatures and small contributions required to qualify for public financing so that this number is set correctly and there be provisions to review and allow for alternations; and 3) include an emergency suspension clause, giving the Council, in the event of a fiscal emergency, the option to suspend the program temporarily.
Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100
From: City Manager
Contact: Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900
A total of 20 minutes is scheduled. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of 2 minutes.