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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3260]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

PART 3. SURRENDER OF MUNICIPAL CONTROL [2901 - 2976]

  ( Part 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 1. Surrender of Control by Municipal Corporations [2901 - 2976]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 2. Petition for Election [2931 - 2939]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

2931.
  

The question whether any municipal corporation shall retain its powers of control respecting one or more classes of public utilities may be submitted to the qualified electors of the municipal corporation, as provided in this chapter, either at a general municipal election or at a special election.

The question may be submitted, either (a) in pursuance of an ordinance of intention adopted by a vote of three-fifths of all the members of the legislative body of the municipal corporation, declaring that the public interest requires the submission of, and that it is the intention of the legislative body to submit the question to a vote of the qualified electors of the municipal corporation or (b) in pursuance of a petition of qualified electors of the municipal corporation.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2932.
  

The ordinance of intention or the petition, as the case may be, shall contain the propositions proposed to be so submitted, as set forth in Section 2965.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2933.
  

The petition shall be signed by qualified electors of the municipal corporation, equal in number to 10 per centum of the qualified electors, computed upon the total number of votes cast in the municipal corporation for all candidates for Governor at the last preceding general election prior to the filing of the petition at which a governor was elected. The petition may consist of separate papers, but if any paper consists of more than one sheet it shall be securely fastened together at the top. The signatures need not all be appended to one sheet of paper. Each paper shall have attached, at the bottom of the last sheet, the affidavit of a qualified elector of the municipal corporation, stating that all of the signatures on each sheet were made in his presence, and that to the best of his knowledge and belief each signature is a genuine signature of the person whose name purports to be subscribed.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2934.
  

The petition shall be filed with the clerk of the legislative body of the municipal corporation. Within 10 days from the date of the filing of the petition, the clerk shall examine the petition and ascertain from the record of the registration of the electors of the city and county, or of the county in which the municipal corporation is situated, whether the petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified electors. Upon request of the clerk, the legislative body of the municipal corporation shall authorize him to employ persons specially to assist him in the work of examining the petition and shall provide for their compensation.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2935.
  

Upon completion of the examination, the clerk shall forthwith attach to the petition his certificate, properly dated, showing the result of the examination. If from the examination, the clerk finds that the petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified electors, he shall certify that the petition is sufficient. If, from the examination, he finds that the petition is not signed by the requisite number of qualified electors, he shall certify to the number of qualified electors signing the petition and to the number of qualified electors required to make the petition sufficient.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2936.
  

If, by the certificate of the clerk, the petition is shown to be insufficient, it may be amended by filing a supplemental petition within 10 days from the date of the certificate.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2937.
  

The clerk shall, within 10 days from the filing of the supplemental petition, make a like examination of the supplemental petition and certify to the result of the examination as provided in Section 2936. If the certificate of the clerk shows any petition, or any petition together with a supplemental petition, to be insufficient, it shall be retained by him and kept as a public record, without prejudice, however, to the filing of a new petition to the same effect. But if, by the certificate of the clerk, any petition, or any petition together with a supplemental petition, is shown to be sufficient, the clerk shall forthwith present the petition to the legislative body of the municipal corporation.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2938.
  

The sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition shall not be subject to review by the legislative body. After the election held in pursuance of the petition, the sufficiency of the petition in any respect shall not be subject to judicial review or be otherwise questioned.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

2939.
  

In any city and county having a board of election commissioners and a registrar of voters, the clerk of the legislative body thereof shall immediately upon the filing of any petition with him, transmit the petition to the board of election commissioners, who shall forthwith deliver the petition to the registrar of voters, who shall perform all the duties herein required to be performed in other municipal corporations by the clerk of the legislative body respecting the examination and certification of the petition. The registrar of voters shall, upon making his certificate, forthwith return the petition to the clerk, who shall thereupon present the petition and the attached certificate to the legislative body of the municipal corporation as provided in this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

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