Thank you for your interest in running for elective office in Pismo Beach. As the Elections Official, the City Clerk is responsible for overseeing the municipal elections, distributing and receiving nomination papers, and maintaining all campaign statements and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
This webpage will be updated on a regular basis as more information pertaining to candidates and ballot measures becomes available. Should you have any questions regarding the election process, candidates, ballot measures, deadlines, etc., please do not hesitate to call us at 805.773.7003.
The following information is for individuals wishing to run for Pismo Beach Mayor - Full Term of Two(2) Years
and (2) City Council Members - Full Term of Four(4) Years
The Candidate Handbook
is an additional resource that has a wealth of information for those who are interested in running for elected office in the City of Pismo Beach. Additional copies can be provided by contacting the City Clerk's office.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CANDIDACY
To be eligible to run for Mayor or City Council, a person must be a registered voter of Pismo Beach at the time nomination papers are issued
This is the period when individuals officially receive, circulate and file nomination papers for candidacy.
Nomination Period Opens: Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Please make an appointment to obtain nomination papers from the City Clerk/Elections Official by calling (805) 773-7003 .
Nomination Period Closes: Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk/Elections Official not later than 5:00 p.m. on this date. All relevant documents must be filed at the same time. Please make an appointment to return nomination papers to the City Clerk/Elections Official by calling (805) 773-7003, any time before the close of the nomination period.
- Please note: If nomination papers are not filed by an incumbent officer by the 5 pm deadline on August 8, 2014, the nomination period is extended by 5 days for that particular office. The 5 day extension of the nomination period is NOT applicable where there is no incumbent eligible to be elected (i.e., term limitations). (EC 10225)
PLACEMENT OF POLITICAL SIGNS
Temporary political signs are allowed provided that such signs comply with the following conditions of the Pismo Beach Municipal Code Section 17.36.060(D):
Such signs shall not be allowed on sidewalks, street medians, public rights-of-way, public parks or other property, or where they may interfere with vehicular or pedestrian sight distance, nor shall they be affixed to utility poles, street signs or any public utility company or railroad property without the specific permission of the utility, railroad, or public agency. In addition Political signs must remain in compliance with the following requirements:
- Total sign area shall not exceed three square feet per sign in all zoning districts and on any signs attached to or displayed from a vehicle or trailer;
- Signs shall not be illuminated;
- The signs shall not be installed more than forty-five days before the election and shall be removed within seven days after the election;
- The signs shall not be located within one hundred feet of any polling place;
- Adhesive signs shall not be placed on structures in any location other than on a glass surface; and
- The signs shall not be placed without the written consent of the property owner.
The main purpose of the City’s sign ordinance is to allow freedom of expression while preserving the public safety and aesthetics. City staff consistently enforces the provision of this ordinance. Collected signs will be held at the Public Works Department Corporation Yard located at 550 Frady Lane.
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the November 4, 2014 election is October 20, 2014. You will need to re-register if there has been a change in your status since the last election (name change, new address, etc). Registration forms are available at City Hall, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, and you can also register to vote online at www.sos.ca.gov.
The polls will be open on Election Day (November 4, 2014) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Your polling place will be indicated on your Sample Ballot that you receive in the mail. You may also learn your polling place by calling the San Luis Obispo Registrar of Voters at 805-781-5000, or by logging on to the San Luis Obispo Registrar of Voters' website at www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.