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City Measures/Petitions

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Current & Recent City Measures/Petitions


 Topic    Election Date

MEASURE A: Half-cent sales tax for public safety

Adopted Code

Passed by voters on 6/5/2018

MEASURE Q: Business license tax on cannabis (marijuana)

Adopted Code


Frequently Asked Questions

The following information is intended to clarify the initiative and charter amendment processes, and to answer the most frequently asked questions.

Every effort is made to provide accurate, up-to-date information; however, the City is not responsible for guidance, interpretation, or explanation of election-related regulations. This information is not legal advice and is not to be a substitute for legal counsel. Individuals are urged to review appropriate laws and regulations for detailed information and seek legal counsel, if necessary.

What is a City Measure?

A "measure" is any charter amendment or other proposition or initiative (ordinance) submitted to the voters.

How does a measure get on the ballot? Why are the proponents asking me to sign the petition?

To qualify for placement on the ballot of a future regular or special election, proponents of a measure must follow the process outlined in the California Elections Code and meet any other requirements of the City Charter and Municipal Code, and other applicable regulations.

Much of the process is provided in California Elections Code Chapter 5 (sections 9200-9295).

For a citizen-initiated measure to qualify for the ballot, proponents must obtain either 10% of the signatures of the registered voters in the City for an initiative, and 15% for a charter amendment.

The number of signatures required is determined for each measure, as required by the Elections Code. As of February 2019, there were 140,864 registered voters in Chula Vista.

What if I don’t understand what the petition means or what will happen if it passes?

Proponents of a measure are required to print the full text of the measure, as well as the City Attorney’s impartial ballot title and summary, on the petition above the signature lines. You have the right, and are encouraged, to read it completely and ask questions before you decide whether or not to sign the petition. It is a misdemeanor to intentionally misrepresent or refuse to allow a potential signer to read a petition or proposed measure.

In addition, you have the right to ask the person gathering signatures the following questions:

  • Are you a volunteer or paid signature gatherer?
  • Are you being paid per signature or an hourly rate? How much?
  • If compensation is non-monetary, what kind of compensation are you receiving?

Can I remove my name from a petition I signed?

Any voter who has signed a petition, and who subsequently wishes his or her name withdrawn, may do so by filing a written request with the City Clerk that includes the voter’s name, residence address, and signature. The request must be filed prior to the date the petition is filed with the City Clerk.

Request for Withdrawal of Signature Form

What other information can I obtain regarding a proposed measure?

If you have questions related to measures or elections, please contact the City Clerk’s office at or by calling (619) 691-5041.

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