LWVCC sponsored a forum for Salida citizens to learn about the ballot question of home rule for their city and about electing commissioners who would draft a home rule charter. The forum was held on Wednesday, December 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Touber Building, 448 East First Street.

Jacqueline Sobczak, Voters Service committee, moderated the forum. Elizabeth Richie organized the event with the assistance of Marjie Gray, Voter Services Chair; additional members are assisting.

The forum started with speakers discussing the merits and problems of having a home rule city. This portion is available to view below:
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The complete forum will be aired on public access TV Salida Channel 10 every night at 5:30 PM until January 15. DVD copies are available at the Salida Public Library.

After the discussion, candidates who are vying for the 11 positions on the charter commission answered questions about their qualifications and about Salida becoming a home rule city. The questions were submitted by LWVCC and included in each candidate’s invitation letter.

Two items are on the ballot:

1.  Shall the City of Salida form a home rule charter commission?
2.  Select up to 11 of the following candidates to serve on the charter commission.

Candidates for the Home Rule Charter Commission are as follows: John Merrell Bergin, Cheryl Brown-Kovacic, Billy E. Carlisle, Lisa Connell, Vern Davis, Monika Griesenbeck, Melodee Hallett, Michael Harvey, Jane Jolley, Martin Jolley, Debra Juchem, Lisa Malde, Michael D. Scott, Jan Sebastian, William F. Smith, Christine May Sturgeon, Michael Whittington, and Powell T. Wood.

Mail-in ballots go out December 24 and voters must return them by January 15, 2013.

Once elected, the charter commission will have 180 days (six months) to draft a home rule charter for Salida.  After that, citizens will vote again to either accept or deny the charter.

Note: Home rule is the power of a local city or county to set up its own system of self-government without receiving a charter from the state. … The authority to act in local affairs is transferred from state law to a local charter, adopted and, as need be amended, by the voters through referendum.


Candidate Invitation for Dec 12-2012 Forum on Home Rule
Ground Rules for Home Rule Forum

Guidelines for Readers at Forum (the Home Rule forum will not require readers)

Readers can be either League members or not. They review questions submitted by the audience for clarity, variety, duplication and personal attacks on candidates.