About six months ago, I heard about the state law mandating when local cities hold their elections in an attempt to align council terms with "popular"elections--like that is some sort of intrinsically good thing. This is a classic case of a bunch of puffed-up bureaucrats sticking their puffed-up noses into things that are really none of their business. But since calling their bluff and ignoring them would take more time than it's worth, here is the story from the DJ
The Burlingame City Council is obligated to amend its election calendar, but councilmembers are at odds over the best way to meet a new state mandate.
Councilmembers tabled a decision last week regarding the pending alignment with the general election calendar, as required under Senate Bill 415 to boost voter participation in local races featuring turnout far below state or national levels.
And the locals with a conscience make this point
But Keighran remained steadfast in her belief councilmembers extending their own terms would be an inappropriate assertion of power. “If I voted for someone for four years, I expect four years,” she said. Colson shared a similar perspective. “Extending the terms just feels bizarre to me,” she said.
It's really a shame we cannot send a puffed-up bill to the puffed-up politicians in Sac.