By Jamilyn Moreau/Orange County Tribune
A new two-term limit for the mayor to be placed on the November 2024 ballot was approved by the Stanton City Council on Tuesday night.
The council voted 4-1 to in favor of a ballot measure that would impose a two-term limit on the office of the mayor. Opposed was Mayor David Shawver, who has been on the council since 1988 and served as mayor several times.
“I think that we need to have long-time leadership. We need to have someone stay in that position and work with the newly-elected councilmembers since we now have term limits,” said Shawver.
To avoid confusion on the ballot, the council decided to keep the existing two-term limit for city council members. This does not change the councilmembers’ ability to run for mayor in November 2024.
The council voted in favor of placing the item on the ballot in November 2024, while Shawver voted to place it on the March 2024 ballot, which would have cost an additional $10,000.
Additionally, new jaywalking laws were approved unanimously by the city council. This comes after 134 pedestrian-to-vehicle fatalities occurred over the past 5 years.
The ordinance will prohibit pedestrians from standing, sitting, lying, or otherwise remaining on street median islands, as well as in retail or service business drive-throughs and adjacent areas.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council is set for Tuesday, Oct. 10.