General Municipal Election
The General Municipal election will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and is consolidated with the Statewide Presidential Primary.
*NEW FOR MARCH 3, 2020 ELECTION
All City of Whittier registered voters will be receiving a Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot for March 3, 2020 General Municipal Election.
Voters can either return the VBM ballot and envelope via USPS (postage pre-paid), or drop it off at any Vote Center location.
Below is a list of Vote Centers within city limits for those voters who want to vote in person in lieu of using the Vote-by-Mail ballot.
|vOTE CENTER||ADDRESS||ROOM||VOTING STARTS|
|A||E. Whittier United Methodist Church||10005 Cole Rd.||Greer Hall||February 22|
|B||First United Methodist Church||6725 Friends Ave.||#120||February 22|
|C||Murphy Ranch Elem. School||16021 Janine Dr.||Cafeteria||February 29|
|D||Orange Grove Elem. School||10626 Orange Grove||MPR||February 29|
|E||Palm Park||5703 Palm Ave.||Palm Room||February 29|
|F||Trinity Lutheran Church||11716 Floral Dr.||Gymnasium||February 22|
|G||Whittier Union High School District||9401 Painter Ave.||Boardroom||February 29|
|H||Whittwood Branch Library||10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave.||Community Room||February 29|
|I||YMCA of Greater Whittier||12510 Hadley St.||Gymnasium||February 29|
*Vote Center locations are subject to change, and as they happen we will modify this page.
Hours for Vote Centers:
Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All Other Days: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contests for Elections:
- Mayor (Full two-year term)
- Council Member District 1 (Full four-year term)
- Council Member District 3 (Full four-year term)
A list of important election dates is provided for download.
Measure added to Election:
On November 12, 2019, the City Council through Resolution No. 2019-76 (full text of measure) added a transactions and use tax measure to the General Municipal Election.
Resolution No. 2019-77 establishes arguments parameters; Arguments are limited to 300 words and shall be accompanied by the printed names and signatures of the authors. Use the following Argument and Rebuttal Declaration form with an argument submittal.
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Elección municipal general
La elección municipal general se llevará a cabo el martes 3 de marzo de 2020 y se consolida con la Primaria presidencial estatal.
* NUEVO PARA LAS ELECCIONES DEL 3 DE MARZO DE 2020
Todos los votantes registrados de la Ciudad de Whittier recibirán una boleta de Voto por Correo (VBM) para la Elección Municipal General del 3 de marzo de 2020.
Los votantes pueden devolver la boleta y el sobre VBM a través de USPS (franqueo prepago), o dejarlo en cualquier ubicación del Centro de votación.
- Alcalde (término completo de dos años)
- Miembro del Consejo Distrito 1 (término completo de cuatro años)
- Miembro del Consejo Distrito 3 (término completo de cuatro años)
Se proporciona una lista de fechas electorales importantes para su descarga.
Medida agregada a la Elección:
El 12 de noviembre de 2019, el Ayuntamiento a través de la Resolución No 2019-76 agregó una medida fiscal de transacciones y uso a las Elecciones Municipales Generales.
Los argumentos a favor/oposición a la medida deben presentarse antes del viernes 13 de diciembre de 2019 a las 5:00 p.m.
La refutación a los argumentos directos vence el lunes 23 de diciembre de 2019 a las 5:00 p.m.
La Resolución No 2019-77 establece parámetros de argumentos; Los argumentos están limitados a 300 palabras y irán acompañados de los nombres impresos y las firmas de los autores. Utilice el siguiente formulario Argumento y Declaración de refutación con un argumento que envíe.
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CITY ATTORNEY IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS
Measure W is an ordinance authorizing the City of Whittier to levy a three-quarter cent (0.75%) transactions and use tax. This type of tax, commonly referred to as a “local sales tax,” is collected along with other state and local sales and use taxes. A three-quarter cent tax on a $100.00 taxable purchase is, for example, seventy-five cents.
The combined rate of all state and local sales taxes applicable to taxable sales in the City of Whittier is currently 9.5%. Of this 9.5%, only a 1.0% sales tax, known as the Bradley-Burns Tax, is imposed by the City of Whittier. The remaining taxes are imposed by the state or by the county or its agencies. The proposed new tax would increase the combined tax rate to 10.25%.
Purchases in Whittier that are exempt from the statewide sales tax would also be exempt from the proposed new tax. For example, most groceries, prescription drugs and purchases of services would be exempt from taxation. The primary difference between a transactions and use tax and a sales and use tax is that the transactions tax on the sale of a motor vehicle within California applies based on the location where the motor vehicle will be registered, not on the location where the sale occurs. Thus, someone who purchases a car or other motor vehicle from a dealer anywhere in the state would pay the city’s tax if they will be registering the vehicle in Whittier, while a person who purchases a vehicle in Whittier for registration at a California location outside of the city would not pay the tax
The tax would be administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Proceeds of the tax, less administration costs, would be deposited to the city’s general fund, controlled by the City Council of the City of Whittier (not the state), and available for any lawful governmental purpose. Examples of permissible uses, as identified by the City Council, are hiring and retaining police officers to reduce crime, gang activity, drug crimes and graffiti; reducing 911 response times; addressing homelessness; increasing neighborhood, park and business patrols; maintaining streets, sidewalks, parks, senior services, afterschool programs, and providing general services.
This tax would remain in effect until terminated by the voters. It is anticipated that this tax will initially generate approximately $6,375,000 in revenue annually for the city’s general fund. The proceeds of the tax would be included in the annual audit of the City’s financial operations by an independent certified public accountant.
This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Whittier.
A YES vote approves the measure and authorizes the proposed tax.
A NO vote rejects the measure and the proposed tax.
Richard D. Jones, City Attorney
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure W. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official's office at 562-567-9850 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.”
A YES on Measure W will keep Whittier taxpayers’ dollars in Whittier for the benefit of Whittier residents. Over 30 local cities have already approved raising their sales tax to the state limit in order to stop the State, County, MTA or Air Quality District from taking it and spending it somewhere else. And like those other cities, Whittier is feeling the pinch brought on by mandates and higher pension costs from Sacramento without any additional funding.
This ¾ of a percent increase in the sales tax will generate approximately $6.3 million for improving Whittier police, homeless programs, libraries, parks, streets, kids and senior programs to keep Whittier as we know it. It will add just 2 cents to the cost of a typical candy bar, 25 cents to a typical restaurant check and $3.75 to the cost of a $500 television. It is estimated that more than 50% of the revenue will come from visitors who use our restaurants, shopping malls and car dealers.
Other taxing agencies are standing by to grab this money, even over our objections, and spend it on their priorities outside of Whittier. It’s time for Whittier to protect our community’s financial future and secure this money before someone else takes it away. Please join with us to ensure Whittier’s fiscal stability. Vote YES on Measure W.
Joe Vinatieri - Mayor, City of Whittier
Bob Henderson - Former Mayor, Business Owner
Mary Ann Pacheco - Retired Trustee, Rio Hondo College
Chris Leffler - President, Whittier Police Officers Association
Mary Venegas - Small Business Owner
Proposed Ballot Designation: Business Owner / Parent
Twenty-eight years ago, I moved to Whittier, following my mother and siblings. Now, along with my wife and two children, four generations of my family call Whittier home.
I attended Rio Hondo College. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in public policy and management.
For 20 years, I have advocated for Whittier government reform. I was one of the community leaders that initiated voter rights reform to have council districts and increase participation in elections.
I have eight years of executive and legislative experience working for local and state governments. In the last ten years, I have owned a business providing communications and community engagement services.
We are facing a homeless crisis. I will prioritize getting homeless into shelter, and make our parks safe. As a father, it's frustrating to explain to my children that we are unable to go to the park because of safety issues.
I will create a sustainable environment by protecting our water, protecting our hills, and explore methods to develop local renewable energy that saves money and increases revenue.
I am running for Whittier Mayor to serve and create a better future for all residents.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
Please visit LouisReyes.org
PO Box 385, Whittier CA 90608
Proposed Ballot Designation: Security Director
Candidate Statement: Not Submitted
Proposed Ballot Designation:Accounting Bookkeeper
Increase police department to an efficient capacity. Currently Whittier police are sorely understaffed and over worked. I believe there should be an additional 700 police officers. I intend to bring back federal funding...however it can only be done by renouncing "sanctuary city" which is and was the reason federal funding was taken away. Have any and all 835.B's removed from Whittier. Whittier school district is the third largest in southern California which means Whittier has more children than other surrounding cities. We must take our children out of harm’s way. I believe a community free of crime and corruption is a possibility...highly probable. State mental institutions must be reopened, there are people living on the streets with mental disability, we must get these people off the streets and into a place where they can receive proper attention. I believe this will decrease the number of transients living on the streets. Cleaning up our town will take work...however I have faith that we can get it done. Together as a community. Increasing the police department IS IMPORTANT in creating SAFETY for our community. Children, Decent hard working families, deserve to live in a SAFE COMMUNITY.
Camilla St at Newlin Ave. Whittier CA 90601
Proposed Ballot Designation: Internet Communications Manager
My name is Christine Singer-Luna. I am a communications expert, renter, aunt, and Whittier resident for over 20 years. I am running for Mayor of Whittier to build a sustainable future for our children, environment, and community.
In this next election, Whittier residents will be responsible for the financial deficits our previous council has not solved. I am here to collaborate with leadership to focus on what our city needs now. From declining school enrollments to family safety, I want to partner with new experts and get Whittier back on track to thrive for our future. As a communications expert I have listened to many Whittier residents and I am here to listen to the people.
I am here to stand with you on a new vision of Whittier. I am done with seeing vacant buildings, motels, and massage parlors. I am here to create the vision our community deserves with you.
I believe in us and I would be honored to have your vote in my run for Mayor March 3, 2020.
Proposed Ballot Designation: Mayor / Business Owner
Thank you for choosing me in 2016 to lead Whittier as your first directly elected Mayor. Much has been accomplished. I’m very proud with what our Council team achieved in that short time. As a candidate for Mayor I made clear commitments regarding Nelles, Uptown, public safety, homelessness, our library.
As your Mayor, converting the blighted state owned Nelles property into the beautiful Groves is well underway with new homes and great retail like In-N-Out, opening shortly.
With Uptown property owners we created the Business District and we are actively making parking/safety/streetscape improvements to our central core.
As your Mayor, I pulled together our partners from the State and County who brought back your tax dollars to rebuild our Central Library.
We are working hard every day on the homeless problem in Whittier. I led the call for a homelessness emergency declaration. We are finding solutions for those camped in the parks. We have housing, jobs and services for those who want help.
There is much more work to do…traffic improvements, attracting more new business, and increasing our police officers citywide.
I need your vote to continue leading our successful city team for the next two years.
5825 S. Haviland Ave. Whittier CA 90601
|District 1 Candidates|
Proposed Ballot Designation: Ironworker
I’ve had the great pleasure of being born and raised in Whittier. I attended Dexter Middle School, Whittier High School, and I am currently a structural ironworker for Ironworkers Local 433. Growing up, I developed an appreciation for our community activists that helped make our city a better place. Seeing our caring residents give their time to improve our neighborhoods inspired me to get involved as well. I am a member of the Whittier consortium on homelessness, and in 2018 I supported the Whittier Police Department by helping to gather signatures for the Keep California Safe Act. As I became a more active member of the Whittier community, I found that the most important thing I did was listen to the residents and hear about the issues that mattered to them.
I’ve always taken pride in my hometown, and now I’m running to represent the people I’m proud to call my neighbors. As your council member, I will listen to the residents of district 1 and ensure they have an advocate on the city council. It’s time for change, and I am prepared to help lead our city forward.
7323 Washington Ave. # A Whittier CA 90602
Proposed Ballot Designation: Educator
I am Jessica Martinez, your neighbor. My husband and my children went to Whittier Schools and we have lived peacefully in District 1 for nearly 20 years. Whittier has had a history of community where people know each other and work to keep each other safe.
However, there have been troubling events that are affecting the safety of our children and our homes. The streets are swarming with the homeless on many streets in our district and there are many storefronts that are empty. Uptown Whittier has been a place to take in a movie and stroll down Greenleaf and I want to see businesses thriving in Uptown Whittier, and residents taking advantage of the beauty of our parks, and the Greenway Trail.
I have a plan to restore the safety and wellbeing to the residents in our district.
I am an educator with a Juris Doctorate, and masters’ degrees in International Human Rights and Bioethics along with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I look forward to serving you by working closely with police and members of our Chamber of Commerce and the Uptown Whittier Association to brighten the future of our District.
PO Box 757, Whittier CA 90608
Proposed Ballot Designation: Small Business Owner
I have lived in Whittier my entire life and have raised my children here. I love our city, but there are critical issues that we are facing. I want to make a difference for positive change as your councilmember.
I believe in being involved in my community as the past president and current board member of the Whittier Sunrise Rotary, the Whittier Regional Symphony, and the Whittier Voters Coalition.
As your councilmember, I will engage our community and be a strong voice in city hall for our needs.
We need more opportunities for our children, and I will be a voice for educational programs and the arts.
As a small business owner, I will be an advocate to support a friendly business environment while seeking good-paying jobs.
Public safety is crucial to maintaining a healthy environment for families. We must feel safe, and I will make sure our public safety is adequately funded.
Most importantly, we must address our homelessness in our city together in a positive manner immediately.
I will work diligently to represent all constituents to the best of my ability.
I humbly ask for your vote.
12813 Foxley Dr. Whittier CA 90602
|District 3 Candidates|
Proposed Ballot Designation: Incumbent
Homelessness is one of the most serious issues the City of Whittier has faced in decades. Despite the fact that enforcement of our ordinances have been weakened by changes in state laws, we must remain diligent as we continue to pursue a solution to this health and safety crises. Treatment must be provided for the drug addicted and mentally ill. I am committed to ending homelessness in Whittier.
Although major crimes are down, the Council must provide additional police officers and resources to support our police department so they may continue to fight crime, gang violence and deal with homelessness.
I remain committed to maintaining local control of our sales tax dollars for the betterment of Whittier's residents. Also, I was successful in helping to secure the funds to rehabilitate our Central Library.
Even with coordination of signals on Whittier Blvd and Lambert, traffic issues remain a major issue. The reconfiguration of several intersections on Whittier Blvd including Colima/Whittier Blvd will help mitigate this problem.
As of the end of 2019, we have a net number of 47 new businesses in Whittier. The Groves development will provide even more new business as well as new homes.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
8405 La Bajada Ave. Whittier CA 90605
Proposed Ballot Designation: Higher Education Professional
My name is Yasmin Ferrada and I am running to serve as your next Whittier City Council member in District 3. I am a lifelong resident of Whittier where I had the pleasure of attending District 3 schools and graduated from La Serna High School. I am a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and have since dedicated the past 8 years to serving students in the California State University system. I currently serve on the Oversight Committee for Rio Hondo College.
I am committed to earning your trust and bringing care, compassion, and dedication to Whittier City Council.
My priorities include:
- Implementing a comprehensive plan to address our growing homelessness crisis.
- Increasing community inclusion so that you have a seat at the table.
- Balancing our budget with fiscally responsible decision making.
- Supporting and uplifting local businesses in District 3 to keep economic development in our city.
- Preserving our beautiful hills by leading with our environment in mind.
I vow to be a public servant that always holds the concerns of my community with the highest priority. Whittier deserves that. Our community deserves that. Together, let's move Whittier forward!
9805 Grovedale Dr. Whittier, CA 90603
Proposed Ballot Designation: Nonprofit Director / Businessman
As a 25-year resident of Whittier, a homeowner in Friendly Hills and a business owner in Uptown, I share the same concerns as you about improving our City’s quality of life and making Whittier a better place to live for all its residents.
If elected, I will devote my energies and time to improving Whittier’s business climate, eliminating our budget deficits and effectively managing the homeless issue throughout the City and particularly in District 3.
My commitment to Whittier’s future is reflected in my history of community service. I have dedicated my time serving on the Whittier Parks and Recreation Commission and as a Whittier representative on the open space preservation commission and local nonprofits. My wife Irma and I are the parents of three children, all of whom were born and raised in Whittier and attended Whittier public schools; and we are proud sponsors, supporters and members of our local athletic and service organizations. I currently serve on the board of directors for the Whole Child in East Whittier and have served on the Whittier Boys and Girls club and SPIRITT Family Services boards.
Please vote for me on March 3, 2019.
14663 La Cuarta St. Whittier CA 90605
Proposed Ballot Designation: Historian / Property Manager
Candidate Statement: Not Submitted.
8305 Enramada Ave. Whittier CA 90605