Jonathan Kraut wrote an article in the opinion section of The Signal on Tuesday, April 23rd that was titled “Santa Claritans should choose our own mayor.” This matter has been brought up before and it is good to bring it up again. He writes in part, “A petition drive could place a ballot measure to change this. But it would be expensive and almost impossible to meet the requirements of a petition drive to enable a public vote authorizing mayor as a new elected position. On the other hand, it would take little effort for our current city council to place a choice on the ballot that would allow voters to determine if electing a mayor versus continuing the practice of allowing the council to pick among its own is appropriate.”
He continues, “I call upon our city council to do the right thing and place on the ballot a new mayoral position of two years per term. Let’s give the voters the option of whether we should select our own spokesperson. I would like the mayor to be our mayor, not the council’s mayor.”
This is good food for thought. However, Mr. Kraut neglected to mention two other major issues that our city needs. Both of which should be the first issue to address. First, we need district voting which comes down to fairness to citizens through out the city. Second, we need term limits. However, we need to face facts. And that is that there is no way that the city council will now or at any time in the future put any of these on at least the agenda, if for nothing else but public discussion. This also is only fair for the citizens to voice their opinion and their feelings.