Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

National City power grab suspected

Allies of Mayor Morrison maneuvering to get him back into office?

Ron Morrison
Ron Morrison

“It’s a political power grab,” says Andrew McKercher, chairman of Citizens for Real Term Limits in National City. His grassroots group formed in October as a response to a proposed ballot initiative that would allow Mayor Ron Morrison to run for re-election even though his three consecutive terms are up.

In the past 52 years — from 1966 to 2018 — National City has had only four elected mayors: Kile Morgan (1966–1986), George Waters (1986–2002), Nick Inzunza (2002–2006), and Ron Morrison (2006–2018).

Voters expressed their unhappiness with the lack of broader representation back in 2004 by passing Proposition T with 70 percent approval. The proposition imposed a three-consecutive-term limit for the office of mayor. Now, according to an October Union-Tribune article, allies of Ron Morrison want to repeal the proposition. Signed by Victor Barajas, Stella Sutton, and Sheri Hernandez, the ballot initiative would impose a limit of two consecutive four-year terms for mayor, city council members, city clerk and city treasurer.

Although that sounds reasonable, there’s one caveat. As National City’s city attorney, Angil Morris-Jones, explained in a phone interview, when a new ordinance is passed, the measure is only prospective. “The terms that you previously served do not apply.”

That means, if the measure gets on the June 2018 ballot and a majority of voters repeal Proposition T, Morrison can run for mayor and potentially serve another two terms in office.

A lifetime National City resident, Gloria Nieto said, “There’s people from the community that don’t think it’s right that something was passed and they want to get it back on the ballot. It was defeated 70 percent to 30 percent. Even Ron Morrison was for this. Now that his term is coming up, they want to re-do this resolution.”

Nieto, alongside two other National City activists (Alma Sarmiento and Marisol Natividad), submitted a second ballot initiative to the city on October 30th. Foremost, the measure would preserve the existing three consecutive terms for mayor. Morrison then would not be able to run for mayor after his term is up in November. The measure also would impose a limit of three terms for council members, city clerk, and city treasurer. Finally, to encourage more residents to run for office, the measure would limit elected leaders to a total of six terms for all offices combined.

Mike Dalla, the city clerk for National City, summarized the difference between the two initiatives. “The first one is packaged as term limits for everyone, when it’s really a repeal. The second one says let’s have term limits for everybody and keep the existing term limits for the mayor in place.”

Both groups have submitted the paperwork that allows them to go out into the community with their petitions. They now must obtain about 2300 signatures in order for their measures to appear on the June ballot. If either measure passes, it will go into effect for the general election in November 2018 when the mayor and two council seats come open.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Music follows nature – the Moldau, Central Asia's steppes, the Alps, the Appian Way , cliffs of Cornwall

We find Siegfried resting under a linden tree
Next Article

The Tobacconist: Stogie story

His job is to sell pleasure and desire, cigars “hand-rolled tenderly by beautiful women on their thighs.”
Ron Morrison
Ron Morrison

“It’s a political power grab,” says Andrew McKercher, chairman of Citizens for Real Term Limits in National City. His grassroots group formed in October as a response to a proposed ballot initiative that would allow Mayor Ron Morrison to run for re-election even though his three consecutive terms are up.

In the past 52 years — from 1966 to 2018 — National City has had only four elected mayors: Kile Morgan (1966–1986), George Waters (1986–2002), Nick Inzunza (2002–2006), and Ron Morrison (2006–2018).

Voters expressed their unhappiness with the lack of broader representation back in 2004 by passing Proposition T with 70 percent approval. The proposition imposed a three-consecutive-term limit for the office of mayor. Now, according to an October Union-Tribune article, allies of Ron Morrison want to repeal the proposition. Signed by Victor Barajas, Stella Sutton, and Sheri Hernandez, the ballot initiative would impose a limit of two consecutive four-year terms for mayor, city council members, city clerk and city treasurer.

Although that sounds reasonable, there’s one caveat. As National City’s city attorney, Angil Morris-Jones, explained in a phone interview, when a new ordinance is passed, the measure is only prospective. “The terms that you previously served do not apply.”

That means, if the measure gets on the June 2018 ballot and a majority of voters repeal Proposition T, Morrison can run for mayor and potentially serve another two terms in office.

A lifetime National City resident, Gloria Nieto said, “There’s people from the community that don’t think it’s right that something was passed and they want to get it back on the ballot. It was defeated 70 percent to 30 percent. Even Ron Morrison was for this. Now that his term is coming up, they want to re-do this resolution.”

Nieto, alongside two other National City activists (Alma Sarmiento and Marisol Natividad), submitted a second ballot initiative to the city on October 30th. Foremost, the measure would preserve the existing three consecutive terms for mayor. Morrison then would not be able to run for mayor after his term is up in November. The measure also would impose a limit of three terms for council members, city clerk, and city treasurer. Finally, to encourage more residents to run for office, the measure would limit elected leaders to a total of six terms for all offices combined.

Mike Dalla, the city clerk for National City, summarized the difference between the two initiatives. “The first one is packaged as term limits for everyone, when it’s really a repeal. The second one says let’s have term limits for everybody and keep the existing term limits for the mayor in place.”

Both groups have submitted the paperwork that allows them to go out into the community with their petitions. They now must obtain about 2300 signatures in order for their measures to appear on the June ballot. If either measure passes, it will go into effect for the general election in November 2018 when the mayor and two council seats come open.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Two poems by Julia Wehner

A reminder of how richly good it is to feel, and to live
Next Article

Vista City Attorney and James Buss donate to Trump campaign

Chula Vista's Jill Galvez barred from voting on fire trucks
Comments
2

Most term limits in cities, and now for the board of county supervisors, the limit is two terms. Whether you like term limits or not, if there are to be limits, two terms seems sufficient. Three is most liberal, or call it generous, but that's not enough for the National City bosses. Strange city is this one.

Dec. 22, 2017

Who would want to be mayor of National City? High poverty, high crime, low income, high numbers of gang bangers, high homelesness and high illegal aliens.

Dec. 25, 2017

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close