by Carrie Lujan
In Alan Ferdman’s article, he is referring only to Elections Code (EC) citations; however, California Code of Regulations Title 2, Division 7, Chapter 7 section 20712(d) allows the use of titles like “Mayor” and “Mayor Pro Tem” as legislative leadership positions.
For the designation of an appointed councilmember, the author cites, EC 13107(a)(4), that allows the use of “Appointed,” plus the title of the appointed office. The City Clerk’s interpretation is that the councilmember may use that title, but has the option to use other designations as allowed by law.
The term “ballot statement” is incorrect – the author seems to be referring to the candidate statement that is printed in the Official Sample Ballot.
The author also states that a candidate was appointed to the Planning Commission by a Councilmember. This is incorrect – a Councilmember nominates a Commissioner, but a majority council vote is needed for appointment.