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Neighborhood   Councils and
      Ballot    Measures I Lobbying I State and Federal                       Legislation




 Neighborhood Councils may take positions            Neighborhood Councils may not spend
 on a ballot measure (City or state) before it       public funds to publicize their position on
 is placed on a ballot and communicate               the ballot measure (City or state) after it
 their Dositions to the City Council.                qualifies for the ballot.

 Neighborhood Councils may state their                Neighborhood Councils may not spend
 position taken on a proposed ballot                  public funds to publicize their position to
 measure (City or state) in their minutes            members of the public on a proposed
 and may post the minutes on its website if           ballot measure (City or state) such as:
 the Neighborhood Council regularly posts             paying for ads in newspapers, posting the
 its minutes on its website.                         position on its website, disseminating
                                                     flyers, orQanizinQ rallies. etc.

Neighborhood Councils may host                       Neighborhood Councils may not provide
informational forums about ballot                    only one side of the issue when providing
measures (City or state). The forums                 information about the ballot measure (City
 must provide equal time to each viewpoint           or state) at informational forums. If a
to enable all sides to present their                 representative supporting or opposing the
positions. Neighborhood Councils should              issue is unable to attend the meeting,
refer and adhere to the guidelines provided          another meeting should be scheduled to
 by the City Attorney regarding forums. *            allow the unrepresented side to be
                                                     presented. No Neighborhood Council
*See, Neighborhood Council Training Manual, tab 7,   boardmember may participate as an
Neighborhood Council Guidelines for Hosting City
                                                     advocate for or against a ballot measure at
Candidates.
                                                     the forum.

 Neighborhood Councils may use public                Neighborhood Councils may not use public
 funds to provide neutral and objective              funds to provide a slanted, biased or
 factual material about a ballot measure             inaccurate description about a ballot (City
 only upon request. For example,                     or state) measure. Neighborhood Councils
 Neighborhood Councils may provide the                may not use public funds to disseminate
 text of the ballot measure and provide              information about a ballot measure through
 information on where and when people                newsletters or other mass mailing devices.
  may vote. Neighborhood Councils may
 place this type of factual, content-neutral
 information on their website.


, Neighborhood   Councils may take positions        Neighborhood    Councils may not hold
! on a ballot measure (City or state) after it is ! special meetings to take a position on a
 placed on a ballot, provided the position is I ballot measure (City or state) after it
 taken at a regular meeting, opposing and       appears on the ballot; they should
 su   ortin views are treated e uall , and it I a endize the item at a re ular
is made clear that the Neighborhood                     Neighborhood Council meeting and ensure
    Council is only directing its position to the           that supporting and opposing views on the
     City Council (although there is greater risk           measure are treated equally and should
    in doing so as court cases are unclear on               direct their position to the City Council, not
    this point).*                                           the public.

    .See, Neighborhood    Council Training Manual, tab 7,




     Neighborhood Councils may advise the                   Neighborhood Councils may not advocate
    City's decision makers regarding what                   their positions on state and federal
    position the City should take on state or               legislation to non-City governmental
    federal legislation. Individual Neighborhood            agencies. (Only the Mayor and the City
    Council members may lobby or advocate                   Council have power over
    their personal position on state or federal             intergovernmental relations, which include
    legislation, provided no public funds are               advocating the City's position on laws that
    used.                                                   are pending with state or federal agencies
                                                            or before the state legislature or federal
                                                            Qovernment. )




    Neighborhood Councils may advise the                    Neighborhood Councils may not advocate
    City's decision makers on their actions                 their positions to non-City governmental
    taken and reflect those actions in their                agencies because Neighborhood Councils,
    minutes.                                                pursuant to the Charter, are advisory to the
                                                            City's decision makers.

    Neighborhood Councils may encourage                     Neighborhood Councils may not use public
    stakeholders to attend public meetings to               funds to advocate to members of the public
    gather information and provide public input             their position taken. Accordingly,
    on an issue coming before the City's                    Neighborhood Councils may not use public
    decision makers.                                        funds to urge members of the public to
                                                            support the Neighborhood Council's
                                                            position, e.g., by sending flyers asking
                                                            them to support a certain position, posting
                                                            "Vote No on Project X" on its websites. etc.

    Neighborhood Council boardmembers,                      Neighborhood Council boardmembers may
    may, in their individual capacities, and                not use public resources or funds to
    outside of Neighborhood Council meetings,               advocate, in their individual capacities, for
    advocate for or against any issue,                      or against any issue, including ballot
    includinQ ballot measures.                              measures.


    Neighborhood Council Advice Division                                                          April 2009




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Neighborhood Councils Dos and Donts 42009

  • 1. Neighborhood Councils and Ballot Measures I Lobbying I State and Federal Legislation Neighborhood Councils may take positions Neighborhood Councils may not spend on a ballot measure (City or state) before it public funds to publicize their position on is placed on a ballot and communicate the ballot measure (City or state) after it their Dositions to the City Council. qualifies for the ballot. Neighborhood Councils may state their Neighborhood Councils may not spend position taken on a proposed ballot public funds to publicize their position to measure (City or state) in their minutes members of the public on a proposed and may post the minutes on its website if ballot measure (City or state) such as: the Neighborhood Council regularly posts paying for ads in newspapers, posting the its minutes on its website. position on its website, disseminating flyers, orQanizinQ rallies. etc. Neighborhood Councils may host Neighborhood Councils may not provide informational forums about ballot only one side of the issue when providing measures (City or state). The forums information about the ballot measure (City must provide equal time to each viewpoint or state) at informational forums. If a to enable all sides to present their representative supporting or opposing the positions. Neighborhood Councils should issue is unable to attend the meeting, refer and adhere to the guidelines provided another meeting should be scheduled to by the City Attorney regarding forums. * allow the unrepresented side to be presented. No Neighborhood Council *See, Neighborhood Council Training Manual, tab 7, boardmember may participate as an Neighborhood Council Guidelines for Hosting City advocate for or against a ballot measure at Candidates. the forum. Neighborhood Councils may use public Neighborhood Councils may not use public funds to provide neutral and objective funds to provide a slanted, biased or factual material about a ballot measure inaccurate description about a ballot (City only upon request. For example, or state) measure. Neighborhood Councils Neighborhood Councils may provide the may not use public funds to disseminate text of the ballot measure and provide information about a ballot measure through information on where and when people newsletters or other mass mailing devices. may vote. Neighborhood Councils may place this type of factual, content-neutral information on their website. , Neighborhood Councils may take positions Neighborhood Councils may not hold ! on a ballot measure (City or state) after it is ! special meetings to take a position on a placed on a ballot, provided the position is I ballot measure (City or state) after it taken at a regular meeting, opposing and appears on the ballot; they should su ortin views are treated e uall , and it I a endize the item at a re ular
  • 2. is made clear that the Neighborhood Neighborhood Council meeting and ensure Council is only directing its position to the that supporting and opposing views on the City Council (although there is greater risk measure are treated equally and should in doing so as court cases are unclear on direct their position to the City Council, not this point).* the public. .See, Neighborhood Council Training Manual, tab 7, Neighborhood Councils may advise the Neighborhood Councils may not advocate City's decision makers regarding what their positions on state and federal position the City should take on state or legislation to non-City governmental federal legislation. Individual Neighborhood agencies. (Only the Mayor and the City Council members may lobby or advocate Council have power over their personal position on state or federal intergovernmental relations, which include legislation, provided no public funds are advocating the City's position on laws that used. are pending with state or federal agencies or before the state legislature or federal Qovernment. ) Neighborhood Councils may advise the Neighborhood Councils may not advocate City's decision makers on their actions their positions to non-City governmental taken and reflect those actions in their agencies because Neighborhood Councils, minutes. pursuant to the Charter, are advisory to the City's decision makers. Neighborhood Councils may encourage Neighborhood Councils may not use public stakeholders to attend public meetings to funds to advocate to members of the public gather information and provide public input their position taken. Accordingly, on an issue coming before the City's Neighborhood Councils may not use public decision makers. funds to urge members of the public to support the Neighborhood Council's position, e.g., by sending flyers asking them to support a certain position, posting "Vote No on Project X" on its websites. etc. Neighborhood Council boardmembers, Neighborhood Council boardmembers may may, in their individual capacities, and not use public resources or funds to outside of Neighborhood Council meetings, advocate, in their individual capacities, for advocate for or against any issue, or against any issue, including ballot includinQ ballot measures. measures. Neighborhood Council Advice Division April 2009 ~