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CHAPTER VII
INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL PETITIONS
Article A – General Provisions Relating to Initiative, Referendum and Recall Petitions
(Refer to Chapter III for requirements related to Nominating Petitions).
Sec. 700.  Requirements for Signing and Examining Initiative, Referendum and Recall Petitions.
(a)   Whenever any initiative, referendum, or recall petition or other related paper is required to be signed only a registered voter shall be entitled to sign the petition or paper.
(b)   The City Clerk shall review each initiative, referendum, or recall petition submitted to determine whether it contains at least the minimum number of signatures required pursuant to the Charter, is properly verified and is otherwise in the proper form.  The City Clerk shall not accept any petition that does not meet the requirements of the Charter and this Code. 
(c)   The City Clerk shall examine each initiative, referendum, or recall petition filed to determine whether it is signed by the requisite number of qualified registered voters.  Each petition shall be examined to determine whether: (i) the circulator of each section has fully executed the circulator affidavit and is registered to vote or qualified to register to vote in the State of California; (ii) each signer is a resident of the applicable jurisdiction; (iii) each signer is registered to vote at the address stated on the petition; and (iv) each signature is the genuine signature of a registered voter of the applicable jurisdiction.  The examination of the signatures of the petition signers shall be conducted solely by a review of the registration records of the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk.
(d)   Initiative, referendum and recall petitions shall be personally signed by registered voters of the applicable jurisdiction.  In addition to the voter’s signature, the voter shall personally print the voter’s name, the voter’s complete residence address and date the petition was signed by the voter.  If the voter is unable to personally print this information, the voter shall direct someone else to print the information on the petition.  The City Clerk may request the date and month of birth, at the option of the voter, for the purpose of signature verification. 
Sec. 701.  Minority Language Requirements for Initiative, Referendum and Recall Petition Materials.
(a)   The minority language requirements of this Section shall apply to Initiative, Referendum and Recall Petitions unless additional translations are required by other applicable law.
(b)   City Initiative and Referendum Petitions shall be printed in English, and also in any minority language if more than 5% of the voting age population of the City are limited-English proficient members of that minority language group and the minority language is one of the languages identified by the federal government as a Voting Rights Act language for Los Angeles County.
(c)   In connection with proceedings for the recall of the Mayor, City Attorney or Controller, Recall Petitions, as well as the Notice of Intention and Answer required under Chapter VII, shall be printed in English, and also in any minority language if more than 5% of the voting age population of the City are limited-English proficient members of that minority language group and the minority language is one of the languages identified by the federal government as a Voting Rights Act language for Los Angeles County.
(d)   In connection with proceedings for the recall of a member of the City Council or a member of the Board of Education, Recall Petitions, as well as the Notice of Intention and Answer required under Chapter VII, shall be printed in English, and also in any minority language if more than 5% of the voting age population of that member’s district are limited-English proficient members of that minority language group and the minority language is one of the languages identified by the federal government as a Voting Rights Act language for Los Angeles County.
(e)   For purposes of this Section, a person will be considered “limited-English proficient” if the person has self-identified in the most current data provided by the U.S. Bureau of the Census as speaking English less than “very well.”
(f)   During the signature gathering process, Petitions presented to the potential Petition signers shall contain all the languages required pursuant to this Section.
(g)   The City Clerk shall not accept any Initiative, Referendum or Recall Petition for filing unless the proponents have complied with all of the requirements of this section.
(h)   The word limits contained in this Chapter shall not apply to the translated versions of Initiative, Referendum and Recall Petitions, nor to the translated versions of a Notice of Intention or Answer published in connection with Recall proceedings.
Sec. 702.  Petition Circulators.
(a)   Circulators of petitions shall be at least 18 years of age.
(b)   Persons circulating, as principal or agent, or having charge or control of the circulation of, or obtaining signatures to, any local initiative, referendum, or recall petition shall not:
(1)   Intentionally misrepresent or intentionally make any false statement concerning the contents, purport or effect of the petition to any person who signs, or who desires to sign, or who is requested to sign, or who makes inquiries with reference to it, or to whom it is presented for his or her signature.
(2)   Willfully and knowingly circulate, publish, or exhibit any false statement or misrepresentation concerning the contents, purport or effect of any initiative, referendum, or recall petition for the purpose of obtaining any signature to, or persuading or influencing any person to sign, that petition.
(3)   Intentionally make any false statement in response to any inquiry by any voter as to whether he or she is a paid signature gatherer or a volunteer. 
Sec. 703.  Charter Amendment Petitions.
Charter amendment petitions shall comply with the applicable provisions of the California Government Code, the California Elections Code, the Charter and this Code, and shall be filed with the City Clerk.
Sec. 704.  No Charges to Verify Signatures.
The City Clerk shall not charge the proponents for the verification of signatures in connection with initiative, referendum, or recall petitions.
Article B – Initiative Petitions
Sec. 705.  Initiative Petitions.
Proponents of Initiative Petitions.  An Initiative petition may be filed only by five proponents, who shall be registered voters of the City.  The proponents shall file with the City Clerk a document signed by all five proponents identifying their names and registered residence addresses, as shown on their current voter registration records, and designating a representative authorized to send and receive filings, notices and communications on behalf of the initiative proponents.  The names of all five proponents must appear on the petition and on the request for the preparation of an official petition title and official petition summary by the City Attorney.
Sec. 706.  Preparation of Official Petition Title and Official Petition Summary - Review by City Clerk Concerning Form.
(a)   Proponents seeking to circulate an Initiative petition requesting adoption of a City ordinance must first file the text of their proposed ordinance with the City Clerk.
(b)   The proponents shall also file at the same time a written request for preparation of an official petition title and official petition summary of the primary provisions of their proposed ordinance. Upon receipt, the City Clerk shall transmit the request and the proposed ordinance to the City Attorney.
(c)   The City Attorney shall prepare an official petition title and a fair and impartial official petition summary of the primary provisions of the proposed initiative ordinance to be included on all copies of the petition to be circulated by the proponents for signature. The official title and summary shall not exceed 175 words and shall be in language as not to be intentionally an argument or designed to create prejudice either for or against the measure and shall not be false or misleading. Within 10 days of receipt of the request and proposed ordinance, the City Attorney shall transmit, the official petition title and official petition summary to the City Clerk for further processing. The City Clerk shall then transmit the official title and summary to the proponents without delay. The proponents shall cause the official petition title and official petition summary prepared by the City Attorney to be placed across the top of the petition following the heading and the names of the proponents and preceding the text of the measure on the first page of each section of the petition.
(d)   Before circulating an Initiative petition for signatures the proponents shall file with the City Clerk an uncirculated draft of the petition containing the official title and summary for review and approval as to conformance with the provisions of the Charter and this Code. The City Clerk shall determine whether the proposed form and wording of an Initiative petition filed with that office meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code, and within 10 days, the City Clerk shall notify the proponents by dated letter of the City Clerk’s findings with respect to those requirements. If the City Clerk finds that the proposed form and wording of the Initiative petition meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code, the City Clerk will notify the proponents by a dated letter that they may circulate the petition for signatures. If the City Clerk finds that the requirements of the Charter and this Code are not met, the City Clerk shall notify the proponents by dated letter that the Initiative petition is not approved and shall include in the notification a statement as to any necessary alterations in the petition. If the proponents determine to proceed, they shall file with the City Clerk an uncirculated draft of the corrected petition. The 10-day correction notification period and the filing of corrected petitions shall be repeated until the City Clerk finds that no alterations are required.
(e)   No Initiative petition that requests adoption of a City ordinance shall be circulated for signatures, nor shall any signature be affixed to it, until the City Clerk has notified the proponents by dated letter that the form and wording of the proposed petition meet the requirements of the Charter and this Code and that the official petition title and official petition summary of the primary provisions of the proposed ordinance prepared by the City Attorney have been included on the petition.
(f)   Under no circumstances shall the text of an ordinance proposed by initiative, or the official petition title and official petition summary prepared by the City Attorney, be altered or amended for placement on the petition after they have been officially transmitted from the City Attorney to the City Clerk.
Sec. 707.  Form of Initiative Petitions.
All Initiative petitions shall be designed as follows:
(a)   Petitions shall be printed on sheets of standard white paper, not less than 16- pound substance, and size of 8½ by 11 inches.  The petition may consist of several sections.  The sections of a petition shall not be fastened by pasting them together end to end so as to form a continuous strip or roll. 
(b)   Beginning on the first page, each section shall contain the following items in the order listed below:
(1)   The heading in 20-point upper case Roman type as follows:
“INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VOTERS”
(2)   The names of the proponents of the petition in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type under the following statement, also in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type:
“Committee of proponents, who are registered voters of the City of Los Angeles, sponsoring the petition:”
(3)   The official petition title, and official petition summary prepared by the City Attorney pursuant to Section 706 of this Code.  The official petition title shall be in 14-point upper case Roman type, the official petition summary shall be in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type, and these shall be preceded by the following statement, also in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type:
“As required by the Charter the City Attorney has prepared the following official petition title, and official petition summary of the primary provisions of this initiative ordinance measure to be adopted by the City Council or submitted directly to the voters.”
(4)   The text of the proposed ordinance in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type, preceded by the following statement in 12-point upper case Roman type: “TEXT OF THE PROPOSED MEASURE:”.
(c)   The petition sections shall be designed so that each signer shall personally affix all of the following:
(1)   His or her signature.
(2)   His or her printed name.
(3)   His or her complete residence address, giving street and number, City and zip, or if no street or number exists, adequate designation of residence so that the location may be readily ascertained.
(4)   The date signed.
(d)   The number of signatures attached to each section shall be at the pleasure of the person soliciting the signatures.
(e)   The petition may include a space that allows the signer the option of entering the signer’s date of birth.  If the signer’s date of birth is requested, the petition shall clearly state that provision of this information is optional and will be used solely to facilitate the signature verification process. 
(f)   Each petition section shall be circulated by only one person.
(g)   Each individual section shall have attached to it at the bottom of the last sheet thereof in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type the following affidavit, which shall be sworn to by the person circulating that section:
I,______________________, do hereby certify that my present, precise residential address is [insert complete residential address including number, street, city, state and zip code]; that I was at least 18 years of age at the time I circulated this petition for signatures; that each signature on the attached sheets is genuine and was affixed thereto, on the date shown, in my presence by a separate individual who to me declared himself or herself at the time of signing to be a qualified, registered voter of the City of Los Angeles and actually residing at the address as above set forth; that each signer’s name and address on the attached sheets was either personally written by that signer or completed by someone acting with the authority and on the direction of that signer; and that all of the sheets constituting this petition were fastened together at the time the signatures were appended thereto.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Executed this  _(day)_ day of         (month)                   at
                (City)                    , California.
Signature of Circulator                                                 .
Sec. 708.  Signature Gathering Timeframe. 
All names signed to a petition must have been secured not more than 120 days prior to the date the completed petition, containing the registered voters signatures, is filed with the City Clerk.  Any signature affixed outside of this time period shall not be counted in determining the sufficiency of the petition.  If the initiative fails to qualify for the ballot within two years from the date the City Clerk finds that the initiative petition meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code and notifies the proponents, the proponents must re-submit the initiative petition to the City Clerk as called for in Section 706(a).
Sec. 709.  Responsibility of the Proponents of Initiative Petitions.
The proponents of a petition shall be fully responsible for the petition and the signatures on it being complete in every detail, legible and in proper form when filed with the City Clerk. 
Sec. 710.  City Clerk Acceptance of an Initiative Petition.
(a)   If the proponents file an Initiative Petition within the timeframe specified in Section 708 above, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents, at the time of filing, a Conditional Acceptance of Filing receipt that documents the date of filing and the total number of signatures that the proponents claim are affixed to the petition.  All signatures for filing shall be presented at the same time.
(b)   The City Clerk will then conduct an initial review of the petition to determine if the total number of signatures affixed to the petition equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required and if all of the Circulator Affidavits have been completed and fully executed.  At this time, the City Clerk may request the proponents to correct minor clerical errors in the Circulator Affidavits.  Any such correction must be made within two business days of the City Clerk’s request.  The City Clerk shall not accept a petition section for filing unless the Circulator Affidavit for that section has been completed and fully executed.
(c)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a Final Acceptance of Filing receipt that approves the petition for filing and for proceeding to the signature examination phase.
(d)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits does not equal or exceed the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a dated letter rejecting the filing and documenting the petition’s filing deficiency.  No further action shall be taken by the City Clerk with regards to this petition.
(e)   Withdrawal of Name from Initiative Petition.  Any signer of a petition or supplemental petition may withdraw the signature by filing with the City Clerk a verified revocation of the signature from the petition or supplemental petition containing the signature before conditional acceptance by the City Clerk.  No signature can be revoked from the petition or supplemental petition to which it is attached once conditionally accepted by the City Clerk.
(f)   No amendments, changes, alterations or corrections of any kind, clerical or otherwise, shall be permitted to be made in any petition after it is filed with and approved for proceeding to the signature examination phase by the City Clerk.
Sec. 711.  Examination of Initiative Petitions.
(a)   Examination of Initiative Petitions.  Except as provided in Subsection (b), within 30 days after Final Acceptance of filing of an Initiative petition, the City Clerk shall examine the signatures on the petition to ascertain from the County of Los Angeles records of voter registration whether or not the petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified registered voters of the City. A signature shall be considered valid only if a current voter registration record is found in the County records which is dated on or prior to the time of signing the Initiative petition and the signature and address correspond with that on the petition. The City Clerk may discontinue the further checking of a petition after having obtained the number of names required by law.  The legibility of the names on the petition is the responsibility of the proponents.  The City Clerk shall not be required to examine precinct lists or any other address directory or to undertake any investigation to identify the names of signers of the petition, and shall be required only to use reasonable diligence in reading and identifying the names of petition signers.
(b)   Random Sampling Review of Initiative Petitions.  As an alternative to the examination of all signatures called for in Subsection (a), within 15 days after Final Acceptance of the filing of an Initiative petition, the City Clerk may use a random sampling technique for verification of signatures.  The random sample of signatures to be verified shall be drawn in a manner that every signature filed with the City Clerk shall be given an equal opportunity to be included in the sample. The random sampling shall include an examination of at least five percent of the signatures.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is less than 90 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall certify the petition as insufficient.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is more than 110 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall certify the petition as sufficient.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is within 90 to 110 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall within 30 days after completing the random sampling, examine and verify each signature filed.  In determining the number of valid signatures on the petition pursuant to this subsection, the City Clerk shall examine the petition in the manner provided in Subsection (a).
(c)   Supplemental Initiative Petitions.  If the City Clerk certifies that the petition is found to be insufficient, it may be supplemented by filing, within 10 days of the City Clerk’s certificate, one supplemental petition, in the same form as the original petition, bearing additional signatures secured within the 10-day period.  No supplement may be filed later than 120 days after the date of the earliest signature counted in determining the sufficiency of the original petition.  No signature on the supplemental petition shall be considered valid if it is shown, by the date on the petition, that it was signed prior to the date of the City Clerk’s certificate of insufficiency of the original petition, or if that signature appeared on the original petition and was previously given proper credit.  If a supplemental petition is properly filed, all valid signatures appended to the original petition and to the supplemental petition shall be considered in determining the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  Within 10 days after the filing of the supplemental petition, the City Clerk shall examine it and certify to the result of the examination in the manner provided above.
(d)   Withdrawal of Initiative.  The proponents of an initiative petition may withdraw the petition at any time before the City Council has taken action on the initiative pursuant to Charter Section 452 or 453.  The proponents also may withdraw the initiative after the City Council has taken action to submit the initiative to a vote of the electors under Charter Section 452 or 453, provided that withdrawal occurs not later than the 88th day before the election and only upon approval of the proponents and the City Council.  In order to withdraw the initiative, the proponents shall file with the City Clerk a written notice of withdrawal signed by all five proponents.
(e)   Certification by City Clerk of an Initiative Petition - Presentation to the City Council.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is sufficient, the City Clerk shall present the dated certification of sufficiency to the City Council and to the proponents without delay.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is insufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a dated certificate showing the result of the examination, and shall notify the proponents of the insufficient petition without delay. A new petition seeking essentially the same ordinance shall not be filed until at least six months after the date of the City Clerk’s certificate.  The sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition shall not be subject to review by the City Council.
(f)   Contest of Certification of Insufficiency of an Initiative Petition.  If an Initiative petition, or petition as supplemented, is certified by the City Clerk to be insufficient, the proponents shall, upon request, be given immediate access to review the petition. Within 30 days after the date of the City Clerk’s certificate, the proponents may file with the City Clerk a statement of contest of the certification on the ground that the petition contains a sufficient number of valid signatures of registered voters for a certificate of sufficiency to be issued.  The statement of contest shall be verified and shall contain a list identifying all signatures, which the City Clerk has determined are invalid but which the proponents claim are valid. For each signature, the list shall contain the following:
(1)   The name and address of the signer;
(2)   The section and line number where the signature is located on the petition; and
(3)   The reference number by which the current voter registration record may be located in the records of the Office of the County Registrar-Recorder. Alternatively, the proponents may furnish a certified copy of the affidavit of registration.
(g)   Within 15 days after the filing of a statement of contest, the City Clerk shall examine the statement, current voter registration record and the affidavits attached or referred to in it.  After examining the signatures referred to in the statement of contest, the City Clerk shall certify the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  No further statement of contest may be filed. The City Clerk shall notify the proponents of the petition of the results of the examination.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition is sufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a new certification to so indicate and shall present the new certificate to the City Council without delay.
(h)   Judicial Contest of City Clerk’s Determination on Initiative Petition.  Any further action challenging the City Clerk’s determination on the statement of contest shall only be made in an appropriate court of law. In any action, no signatures shall be considered which were not on the original statement of contest.  After an election is held based on any petition, whether or not supplemented, the sufficiency of the petition and supplemental petition, if any, shall not be subject to judicial review or be otherwise questioned in any respect.
(i)   Retention of Initiative Petitions.  The City Clerk shall preserve the petition until eight months after the certification of the results of the election for which the petition qualified or, if the measure, for any reason is not submitted to the voters, eight months after the date of certification by the City Clerk or resolution of a contest if one is filed.
(j)   Thereafter, the petition shall be destroyed as soon as practicable in accordance with City policy for records retention and destruction unless it is in evidence in some action or proceeding then pending or unless the City Clerk has received a written request from the U.S Attorney, Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney, a Grand Jury, the Secretary of State, the Fair Political Practices Commission, the City Ethics Commission or the City Council that the petition be preserved for use in a pending or ongoing investigation into election irregularities, the subject of which relates to the petition’s qualification or disqualification for placement on the ballot, or in a pending or ongoing investigation into violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 or City law.
(k)   Public access to any petition shall be restricted in accordance with Section 6253.5 of the Government Code.
(l)   Notwithstanding the above, a copy of the first section of the petition with the City Clerk’s certificate shall be kept permanently.
Article C – Referendum Petitions
Sec. 712.  Referendum Petitions.
Proponents of Referendum Petitions.  A referendum petition may be filed only by five proponents, who shall be registered voters of the City.  The proponents shall file with the City Clerk a document signed by all five proponents identifying their names and registered residence addresses, as shown on their current voter registration records, and designating a representative authorized to send and receive filings, notices and communications on behalf of the Referendum proponents.  The names of all five proponents must appear on the petition.
Sec. 713.  Form of Referendum Petition and Review by City Clerk Concerning Form.
(a)   Before circulating a Referendum petition for signatures the proponents shall file with the City Clerk an uncirculated drafts of the petition for review and approval as to conformance with the provisions of the Charter and this Code.  The City Clerk shall determine whether the proposed form and wording of a Referendum petition filed with that office meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code and, without delay, shall notify the proponents by dated letter of the City Clerk’s findings with respect to whether the Referendum petition meets those requirements. If the City Clerk finds that the requirements of the Charter and this Code are not met, the City Clerk, without delay, shall notify the proponents by dated letter that the Referendum petition is not approved and shall include in the notification a statement as to any necessary alterations in the petition. If the proponents determine to proceed, they shall file with the City Clerk, without delay, after receiving the notification, an uncirculated draft of the corrected Referendum petition. The correction notification period and filing period for corrected petitions shall be repeated until the City Clerk finds that no alterations are required.
(b)   All Referendum petitions shall be designed as follows:
(1)   Petitions shall be printed on sheets of standard white paper, not less than 16-pound substance, and size of 8½ by 11 inches.  The petition may consist of several sections.  The sections of a petition shall not be fastened by pasting them together end to end so as to form a continuous strip or roll. 
(2)   Beginning on the first page, each section shall contain the following items in the order listed below:
(i)   The heading in 20-point upper case Roman type as follows:
REFERENDUM AGAINST ORDINANCE NO. __________ PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL”
(ii)   The names of the proponents of the petition, in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type under the following statement, also in 10- point upper and lower case Roman type:
“Committee of proponents who are registered voters of the City of Los Angeles, sponsoring the petition:”
(iii)   A petition title prepared by the proponents, beginning with the words “Referendum petition seeking to overturn” and followed by an accurate description of the ordinance that is the subject of the referendum. The entire petition title shall be in 14-point upper case Roman type and shall not exceed 20 words.
(iv)   The text of the ordinance in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type, preceded by the following statement in 12-point upper case Roman type: “TEXT OF THE ORDINANCE:”.
(c)   The petition sections shall be designed so that each signer shall personally affix all of the following:
(1)   His or her signature.
(2)   His or her printed name.
(3)   His or her complete residence address, giving street and number, City and zip, or if no street or number exists, adequate designation of residence so that the location may be readily ascertained.
(4)   The date signed.
(d)   The number of signatures attached to each section shall be at the pleasure of the person soliciting the signatures.
(e)   The petition may include a space that allows the signer the option of entering the signer’s date of birth.  If the signer’s date of birth is requested, the petition shall clearly state that provision of this information is optional and will be used solely to facilitate the signature verification process. 
(f)   Each petition section shall be circulated by only one person.
(g)   Each individual section shall have attached to it at the bottom of the last sheet thereof in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type the following affidavit, which shall be sworn to by the person circulating that section:
I, ______________, do hereby certify that my present, precise residential address is [insert complete residential address including number, street, city, state and zip code]; that I was at least 18 years of age at the time I circulated this petition for signatures; that each signature on the attached sheets is genuine and was affixed thereto, on the date shown, in my presence by a separate individual who to me declared himself or herself at the time of signing to be a qualified, registered voter of the City of Los Angeles, and actually residing at the address as above set forth; that each signer’s name and address on the attached sheets was either personally written by that signer or completed by someone acting with the authority and on the direction of that signer; and that all of the sheets constituting this petition were fastened together at the time the signatures were appended thereto.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Executed this  _(day)   _ day of         (month)                   at
                      (City)                    , California.
   
Signature of Circulator                                                 .
Sec. 714.  Deadline to File a Referendum Petition.
A Referendum petition must be filed with the City Clerk within 30 days after the publication of the ordinance to which it applies.  If the ordinance is posted instead of published in a newspaper of general circulation, the Referendum petition must be filed with the City Clerk within 30 days after completion of the 10-day posting period.
Sec. 715.  Responsibility of Proponents of Referendum Petitions.
The proponents of a petition shall be fully responsible for the petition and the signatures on it being complete in every detail, legible and in proper form when filed with the City Clerk. 
Sec. 716.  City Clerk Acceptance of a Referendum Petition.
(a)   If the proponents file a Referendum Petition within the timeframe specified in Section 714 above, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents, at the time of filing, a Conditional Acceptance of Filing receipt that documents the date of filing and the total number of signatures that the proponents claim are affixed to the petition.  All signatures for filing shall be presented at the same time.
(b)   The City Clerk will then conduct an initial review of the petition to determine if the total number of signatures affixed to the petition equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required and if all of the Circulator Affidavits have been completed and fully executed.  At this time, the City Clerk may request the proponents to correct minor clerical errors in the Circulator Affidavits.  Any such correction must be made within two business days of the City Clerk’s request.  The City Clerk shall not accept a petition section for filing unless the Circulator Affidavit for that section has been completed and fully executed.
(c)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a Final Acceptance of Filing receipt that approves the petition for filing and for proceeding to the signature examination phase.
(d)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits does not equal or exceed the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a dated letter rejecting the filing and documenting the petition’s filing deficiency.  No further action shall be taken by the City Clerk with regards to this petition.
(e)   Withdrawal of Name from Referendum Petition.  Any signer of a petition or supplemental petition may withdraw the signature by filing with the City Clerk a verified revocation of the signature from the petition or supplemental petition containing the signature before conditional acceptance by the City Clerk.  No signature can be revoked from the petition or supplemental petition to which it is attached once conditionally accepted by the City Clerk.
(f)   No amendments, changes, alterations or corrections of any kind, clerical or otherwise, shall be permitted to be made in any petition after it is filed with and approved for proceeding to the signature examination phase by the City Clerk.
Sec. 717.  Examination of Referendum Petitions.
(a)   Examination of Referendum Petitions.  Except as provided in Subsection (b), within 30 days after the Final Acceptance of filing of a Referendum petition, the City Clerk shall examine the signatures on the petition to ascertain from the County of Los Angeles records of voter registration whether or not the petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified registered voters of the City.  A signature shall be considered valid only if a current voter registration record is found in the County records which is dated on or prior to the time of signing the petition and the signature and address correspond with that on the petition. The City Clerk may discontinue the further checking of a petition after having obtained the number of names required by law.  The legibility of the names on the petition is the responsibility of the proponents.  The City Clerk shall not be required to examine precinct lists or any other address directory or to undertake any investigation to identify the names of signers of the petition, and shall be required only to use reasonable diligence in reading and identifying the names of petition signers.
(b)   Random Sampling Review of Referendum Petitions.  As an alternative to the examination of all signatures called for in Subsection (a), within 15 days after the Final Acceptance of the filing of a Referendum petition, the City Clerk may use a random sampling technique for verification of signatures.  The random sample of signatures to be verified shall be drawn in a manner that every signature filed with the City Clerk shall be given an equal opportunity to be included in the sample. The random sampling shall include an examination of at least five percent of the signatures.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is less than 90 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall certify the petition as insufficient.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is more than 110 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall certify the petition as sufficient.  If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is within 90 to 110 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk shall within 30 days after completing the random sampling, examine and verify each signature filed.  In determining the number of valid signatures on the petition pursuant to this subsection, the City Clerk shall examine the petition in the manner provided in Subsection (a).
(c)   Supplemental Referendum Petitions.  If the City Clerk certifies that the petition is found to be insufficient, it may be supplemented by filing, within 10 days of the City Clerk’s certificate, one supplemental petition, in the same form as the original petition, bearing additional signatures secured within the 10-day period.  No supplement may be filed later than the final date for filing the Referendum petition.  No signature on the supplemental petition shall be considered valid if it is shown, by the date on the petition, that it was signed prior to the date of the City Clerk’s certificate of insufficiency of the original petition, or if that signature appeared on the original petition and was previously given proper credit.  If a supplemental petition is properly filed, all valid signatures appended to the original petition and to the supplemental petition shall be considered in determining the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  Within 10 days after the filing of the supplemental petition, the City Clerk shall examine it and certify to the result of the examination in the manner provided above.
(d)   Certification by City Clerk of a Referendum Petition - Presentation to City Council.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is sufficient, the City Clerk shall present the dated certification of sufficiency to the City Council and to the proponents without delay.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is insufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a dated certificate showing the result of the examination, and shall notify the proponents of the insufficient petition without delay. The sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition shall not be subject to review by the City Council.
(e)   Contest of Certification of Insufficiency of a Referendum Petition.  If a Referendum petition, or petition as supplemented, is certified by the City Clerk to be insufficient, the proponents shall, upon request, be given immediate access to review the petition. Within 30 days after the date of the City Clerk’s certificate, the proponents may file with the City Clerk a statement of contest of the certification on the grounds that the petition contains a sufficient number of valid signatures of registered voters for a certificate of sufficiency to be issued.  The statement of contest shall be verified and shall contain a list identifying all signatures, which the City Clerk has determined are invalid but which the proponents claim are valid. For each signature, the list shall contain the following:
(1)   The name and address of the signer;
(2)   The section and line number where the signature is located on the petition; and
(3)   The reference number by which the current voter registration record may be located in the records of the Office of the County Registrar/ Recorder.  Alternatively, the proponents may furnish a certified copy of the affidavit of registration.
(f)   Within 15 days after the filing of a statement of contest, the City Clerk shall examine the statement, current voter registration record, and the affidavits attached or referred to in it.  After examining the signatures referred to in the statement of contest, the City Clerk shall certify the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  No further statement of contest may be filed. The City Clerk shall notify the proponents of the petition of the results of the examination.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition is sufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a new certification to so indicate and shall present the new certificate to the City Council without delay.
(g)   Judicial Contest of City Clerk’s Determination on a Referendum Petition.  Any further action challenging the City Clerk’s determination on the statement of contest shall only be made in an appropriate court of law. In any action, no signatures shall be considered which were not on the original statement of contest.  After an election is held based on any petition, whether or not supplemented, the sufficiency of the petition and supplemental petition, if any, shall not be subject to judicial review or be otherwise questioned in any respect.
(h)   Retention of Referendum Petitions.  The City Clerk shall preserve the petition until eight months after the certification of the results of the election for which the petition qualified or, if the measure, for any reason is not submitted to the voters, eight months after the date of certification by the City Clerk or resolution of a contest if one is filed. 
(i)   Thereafter, the petition shall be destroyed as soon as practicable in accordance with City policy regarding records retention and destruction unless it is in evidence in some action or proceeding then pending or unless the City Clerk has received a written request from the U.S Attorney, Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney, a Grand Jury, the Secretary of State, the Fair Political Practices Commission, the City Ethics Commission or the City Council that the petition be preserved for use in a pending or ongoing investigation into election irregularities, the subject of which relates to the petition’s qualification or disqualification for placement on the ballot, or in a pending or ongoing investigation into violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 or City laws.
(j)   Public access to any petition shall be restricted in accordance with Section 6253.5 of the Government Code.
(k)   Notwithstanding the above, a copy of the first section of the petition with the City Clerk’s certificate shall be kept permanently.
Article D – Recall Petitions
Sec. 718.  Proponents of Recall Petitions.
A Recall petition may be filed only by a committee of five proponents who shall be registered voters of the City, or applicable district if the officer sought to be recalled is a member of the City Council or the Board of Education.
Sec. 719.  Recall Petitions – Preparation of Notice of Intention by the Proponents.
The proponents shall prepare for service and publishing a Notice of Intention consisting of four parts as follows:
(a)   The following heading: “Notice of Intent to Recall [insert name and title of officer whose recall is sought].”
(b)   The names of the Proponents.
(c)   The heading “Statement of Reasons” followed by a statement no longer than 300 words of the reasons for which removal is sought.
(d)   The following affidavit signed and dated by one or more of the proponents stating that all of the facts contained in the Statement of Reasons are true: “I/we hereby declare that all of the facts contained in the Statement of Reasons to recall [insert name and title of officer whose recall is sought] are true.”
Sec. 720.  Service and Publishing of Notice of Intention.
(a)   A copy of the Notice of Intention described in Section 719 shall be served on the officer sought to be recalled, either personally or by certified mail.
(b)   Within two business days of service on the officer sought to be recalled, the proponents also shall serve a copy of the Notice of Intention described in Section 719 on the City Clerk, either personally or by certified mail.  The proponents shall at the same time file with the City Clerk a separate declaration providing proof of the time and method of service on the officer and a document signed by all five proponents identifying their names and registered residence addresses, as shown on their current voter registration records, and designating a representative authorized to send and receive filings, notices and communications on behalf of the recall proponents.
(c)   Within 14 days of service on the officer sought to be recalled, the proponents shall publish the Notice of Intention, in English and any other language required under Section 701, in a newspaper of general circulation published in the City. Within two business days of publication, proof of publication shall be provided to the City Clerk.
Sec. 721.  Preparation, Service and Publishing of Answer of Officer Whose Recall is Sought.
(a)   Within 21 days after the service of the Notice of Intention on the officer sought to be recalled, the officer or anyone acting upon the officer’s behalf, may publish an Answer to the Statement (Answer), in English and any other language required under Section 701, in a newspaper of general circulation published in the City.  The Answer shall consist of four parts as follows:
(1)   The following heading: “Answer Against the Proposed Recall of [insert name and title of officer whose recall is sought].”
(2)   The following statement placed underneath the heading: “Submitted by [insert name and title of the officer whose recall is sought or the person who is submitting the Answer on behalf of the officer].”
(3)   The Answer, not exceeding 300 words, stating the reasons for which the recall should be opposed.
(4)   The following affidavit signed and dated by the officer or the person submitting the Answer on the officer’s behalf stating that all of the facts contained in the Answer are true: “I hereby declare that all of the facts contained in the Answer against the recall of [insert name and title of officer whose recall is sought] are true.”
(b)   If an Answer is published, it shall also be served on the proponents’ designated representative within the same time frame, either personally or by certified mail.
(c)   If an Answer is published, it shall also be served, either personally or by certified mail, on the City Clerk within two business days of service on the proponents.  At the same time, the officer whose recall is sought, or anyone acting upon the officer’s behalf, shall file with the City Clerk a declaration providing proof of the time and method of service on the proponents and proof of publication.
Sec. 722.  Form of Recall Petitions.
(a)   Before circulating a Recall petition for signatures, the proponents shall file with the City Clerk an uncirculated draft of the petition for review and approval and no Recall petition shall be circulated until approval has been granted by the City Clerk for conformance with the Charter and this Code. The City Clerk shall determine whether the proposed form and wording of a Recall petition filed with that office meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code and, within 10 days, shall notify the proponent by dated letter of the City Clerk’s findings with respect to those requirements. If the City Clerk finds that the proposed form and wording of the Recall petition meets the requirements of the Charter and this Code, the City Clerk will notify the proponents by a dated letter that they may circulate the Recall petition for signatures. If the City Clerk finds that the requirements of the Charter and this Code are not met, the City Clerk shall notify the proponents by dated letter that the petition is not approved and shall include in the notification a statement as to any necessary alterations in the petition. If the proponents determine to proceed, they shall file with the City Clerk an uncirculated draft of the corrected petition. The 10-day correction notification period and the filing of corrected petitions shall be repeated until the City Clerk finds that no alterations are required. 
(b)   All Recall petitions shall be designed as follows:
(1)   Petitions shall be printed on sheets of standard white paper, not less than 16 pound substance, and size of 8½ by 11 inches.  The petition may consist of several sections.  The sections of a petition shall not be fastened by pasting them together end to end so as to form a continuous strip or roll.
(2)   Beginning on the first page, each section shall contain the following items in the order listed below:
(i)   The heading in 20-point upper case Roman type as follows:
“PETITION TO RECALL [insert name and title of officer whose recall is sought]”
(ii)   The names of the proponents of the petition in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type under the following statement, also in 10- point upper and lower case Roman type:
“Committee of proponents who are registered voters of the [City of Los Angeles] [Council District No. __] [Board of Education District No. __] sponsoring the Recall petition:”
(iii)   The Statement of Reasons and Affidavit described in Section 719(c) and (d) in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type under the following statement in 12-point upper case Roman type:
“STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR PROPOSED RECALL”
(iv)   The Answer described in Section 721(a)(3) in 12-point upper and lower case Roman type under the following statement in 12-point upper case Roman type:
“ANSWER AGAINST PROPOSED RECALL SUBMITTED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICER”
If the officer has not answered, the petition shall state in 12-point upper case Roman type:
“NO ANSWER WAS SUBMITTED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICER”
(3)   The petition sections shall be designed so that each signer shall personally affix all of the following:
(i)   His or her signature.
(ii)   His or her printed name.
(iii)   His or her complete residence address, giving street and number, City and zip, or if no street or number exists, adequate designation of residence so that the location may be readily ascertained.
(iv)   The date signed.
(4)   The number of signatures attached to each section shall be at the pleasure of the person soliciting the signatures.
(5)   The petition may include a space that allows the signer the option of entering the signer’s date of birth.  If the signer’s date of birth is requested, the petition shall clearly state that provision of this information is optional and will be used solely to facilitate the signature verification process. 
(6)   Each petition section shall be circulated by only one person.
(7)   Each individual section shall have attached to it at the bottom of the last sheet thereof in 10-point upper and lower case Roman type the following affidavit, which shall be sworn to by the person circulating that section:
I, ______________, do hereby certify that my present, precise residential address is [insert complete residential address including number, street, city, state and zip code]; that I was at least 18 years of age at the time I circulated this petition for signatures; that each signature on the attached sheets is genuine and was affixed thereto, on the date shown, in my presence by a separate individual who to me declared himself or herself at the time of signing to be a qualified, registered voter of the [City of Los Angeles] [Council District No._] [Board of Education District No._] and actually residing at the address as above set forth; that each signer’s name and address on the attached sheets was either personally written by that signer or completed by someone acting with the authority and on the direction of that signer; and that all of the sheets constituting this petition were fastened together at the time the signatures were appended thereto.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
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Sec. 723.  Signature Gathering Timeframe. 
(a)   The time period for gathering signatures on a recall petition shall commence 28 days after the Notice of Intention described in Section 719 was served on the officer sought to be recalled (the “first day to circulate”); provided, however, that no petition shall be circulated for signatures until the City Clerk has approved the form of the petition as described in Section 722.
(b)   The time period for gathering signatures on a recall petition shall end 120 days after the “first day to circulate” as defined above, regardless of when the form of the petition is approved by the City Clerk.
(c)   Any signature affixed outside of this time period shall not be counted in determining the sufficiency of the petition.
Sec. 724.  Responsibility of the Proponents of Recall Petitions.
The proponents of a petition shall be fully responsible for the petition and the signatures on it being complete in every detail, legible and in proper form when filed with the City Clerk. 
Sec. 725.  City Clerk Acceptance of a Recall Petition.
(a)   If the proponents file a Recall Petition within the timeframe specified in Section 723 above, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents, at the time of filing, a Conditional Acceptance of Filing receipt that documents the date of filing and the total number of signatures that the proponents claim are affixed to the petition.  All signatures for filing shall be presented at the same time.
(b)   The City Clerk will then conduct an initial review of the petition to determine if the total number of signatures affixed to the petition equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required and if all of the Circulator Affidavits have been completed and fully executed.  At this time, the City Clerk may request the proponents to correct minor clerical errors in the Circulator Affidavits.  Any such correction must be made within two business days of the City Clerk’s request.  The City Clerk shall not accept a petition section for filing unless the Circulator Affidavit for that section has been completed and fully executed.
(c)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits equals or exceeds the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a Final Acceptance of Filing receipt that approves the petition for filing and for proceeding to the signature examination phase.
(d)   If, upon completion of the initial review, the City Clerk determines that the total number of signatures affixed to petition sections with complete and fully executed Circulator Affidavits does not equal or exceed the total number of signatures required, the City Clerk will issue to the proponents a dated letter rejecting the filing documenting the petition’s filing deficiency.  No further action shall be taken by the City Clerk with regards to this petition.
(e)   Withdrawal of Name from Recall Petition.  Any signer of a petition or supplemental petition may withdraw the signature by filing with the City Clerk a verified revocation of the signature from the petition or supplemental petition containing the signature before conditional acceptance by the City Clerk.  No signature can be revoked from the petition or supplemental petition to which it is attached once conditionally accepted by the City Clerk.
(f)   No amendments, changes, alterations or corrections of any kind, clerical or otherwise, shall be permitted to be made in any petition after it is filed with and approved for proceeding to the signature examination phase by the City Clerk.
Sec. 726.  Examination of Recall Petitions.
(a)   Examination of Recall Petitions.  Within 30 City business days after Final Acceptance of the filing of a Recall petition, the City Clerk shall examine the signatures on the petition to ascertain from the County of Los Angeles records of voter registration whether or not the petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified registered voters of the City, or applicable district if the officer sought to be recalled is a member of the City Council or the Board of Education. The Random Sampling signature verification method will not be used to verify the sufficiency of a Recall Petition. A signature shall be considered valid only if a current voter registration record is found in the County records which is dated on or prior to the time of signing the Recall petition and the signature and address correspond with that on the petition. The City Clerk may discontinue the further checking of a petition after having obtained the number of names required by law.  The legibility of the names on the petition is the responsibility of the proponents.  The City Clerk shall not be required to examine precinct lists or any other address directory or to undertake any investigation to identify the names of signers of the petition, and shall be required only to use reasonable diligence in reading and identifying the names of petition signers.
(b)   Supplemental Recall Petitions.  If the City Clerk certifies that the petition is found to be insufficient, it may be supplemented by filing, within 10 days of the City Clerk’s certificate, one supplemental petition, in the same form as the original petition, bearing additional signatures secured within the 10-day period.  No supplement may be filed later than 120 days after the authorized date to begin circulating the Recall petition. No signature on the supplemental petition shall be considered valid if it is shown, by the date on the petition, that it was signed prior to the date of the City Clerk’s certificate of insufficiency of the original petition, or if that signature appeared on the original petition and was previously given proper credit. If a supplemental petition is properly filed, all valid signatures appended to the original petition and to the supplemental petition shall be considered in determining the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  Within 15 days after the filing of the supplemental petition, the City Clerk shall examine it and certify to the result of the examination in the manner provided in Subsection (a).
(c)   Certification by City Clerk of a Recall Petition - Presentation to City Council.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is sufficient, the City Clerk shall present the dated certification of sufficiency to the City Council and to the proponents without delay.  If the City Clerk determines that the petition, or the petition as supplemented, is insufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a dated certificate showing the result of the examination, and shall notify the proponents of the petition without delay. The sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition shall not be subject to review by the City Council.
(d)   Contest of Certification of Insufficiency of a Recall Petition.  If a Recall petition, or petition as supplemented, is certified by the City Clerk to be insufficient, the proponents shall, upon request, be given immediate access to review the petition. Within 30 days after the date of the City Clerk’s certificate, the proponents may file with the City Clerk a statement of contest of the certification on the ground that the petition contains a sufficient number of valid signatures of registered voters for a certificate of sufficiency to be issued.  The statement of contest shall be verified and shall contain a list identifying all signatures, which the City Clerk has determined are invalid but which the proponents claim are valid.  For each signature, the list shall contain the following:
(1)   The name and address of the signer;
(2)   The section and line number where the signature is located on the petition; and
(3)   The reference number by which the current voter registration record may be located in the records of the Office of the County Registrar/ Recorder.  Alternatively, the proponents may furnish a certified copy of the affidavit of registration.
(e)   Within 15 days after the filing of a statement of contest, the City Clerk shall examine the statement, current voter registration record and the affidavits attached or referred to in it.  After examining the signatures referred to in the statement of contest, the City Clerk shall certify the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition and shall notify the proponents of the petition of the results of the examination.  No further statement of contest may be filed. If the City Clerk determines that the petition is sufficient, the City Clerk shall prepare a new certification to so indicate and shall present the new certificate to the City Council without delay.
(f)   Judicial Contest of City Clerk’s Determination on a Recall Petition.  Any further action challenging the City Clerk’s determination on the statement of contest shall only be made in an appropriate court of law. In any action, no signatures shall be considered which were not on the original statement of contest.  After an election is held based on any petition, whether or not supplemented, the sufficiency of the petition and supplemental petition, if any, shall not be subject to judicial review or be otherwise questioned in any respect.
(g)   Retention of Recall Petitions.  The City Clerk shall preserve the petition until eight months after the certification of the results of the election for which the petition qualified or, if the Recall measure, for any reason is not submitted to the voters, eight months after the date of certification by the City Clerk or resolution of a contest if one is filed.
(h)   Thereafter, the petition shall be destroyed as soon as practicable in accordance with City policy regarding records retention and destruction unless it is in evidence in some action or proceeding then pending or unless the City Clerk has received a written request from the U.S. Attorney, Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney, a Grand Jury, the Secretary of State, the Fair Political Practices Commission, the City Ethics Commission or the City Council that the petition be preserved for use in a pending or ongoing investigation into election irregularities, the subject of which relates to the petition’s qualification or disqualification for placement on the ballot, or in a pending or ongoing investigation into violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 or City law.
(i)   Public access to any petition shall be restricted in accordance with Section 6253.5 of the Government Code.
(j)   Notwithstanding the above, a copy of the first section of the petition with the City Clerk’s certificate shall be kept permanently.