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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 3. Elections [2961 - 2976]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

2961.
  

Upon the adoption of an ordinance of intention, or the presentation of a petition, as provided in Article 2 (commencing with Section 2931), the legislative body of the municipal corporation shall, by ordinance, order the holding of a special election for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the municipal corporation the propositions set forth in the ordinance of intention or in the petition, as the case may be, or the legislative body shall, by ordinance, order the submission of the propositions at a general municipal election.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 101, Sec. 151.)

2962.
  

A special election shall be held on the next established election date not less than 74 days after the adoption of the ordinance of intention, or the presentation of the petition to the legislative body.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1146.)

2963.
  

Every special election held in any municipal corporation under the provisions of this chapter, shall be called by the legislative body thereof, by ordinance, which shall specify the propositions to be submitted at the election and the date thereof, and, where provision is not otherwise made by law, shall establish the election precincts and designate the polling places, and the names of the election officers for each precinct.

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

2964.
  

The ordinance shall, prior to the election, be published five times in a daily newspaper printed and published in the municipal corporation, or twice in a weekly newspaper printed and published therein, if there is no such daily newspaper. If no daily or weekly newspaper is printed and published in the municipal corporation, the clerk of the legislative body shall post a copy of the ordinance in three public places in the municipal corporation at least 10 days prior to the election.

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

2965.
  

The ballots to be used at any general municipal election or at any special election, at which is submitted the question whether a municipal corporation shall retain its powers of control respecting public utilities shall have printed thereon, in addition to the other matters required by law, such of the following propositions as are specified in the ordinance of intention or the petition:


“Proposition No. 1.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over railroad corporations?”

“Proposition No. 2.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over street railroad corporations?”

“Proposition No. 3.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over common carriers other than railroad and street railroad corporations?”

“Proposition No. 4.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over gas corporations?”

“Proposition No. 5.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over electrical corporations?”

“Proposition No. 6.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over telephone corporations?”

“Proposition No. 7.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over telegraph corporations?”

“Proposition No. 8.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over water corporations?”

“Proposition No. 9.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over wharfingers?”

“Proposition No. 10.Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) retain its powers of control over warehousemen?”


Opposite each such proposition to be voted upon, and to the right thereof, the words “Yes” and “No” shall be printed on separate lines, with voting squares. Any voter desiring to vote in favor of the retention of the powers of control of the municipal corporation respecting any particular class of public utility, shall stamp a cross (×) in the voting square after the printed word “Yes” opposite the proposition as to such class, and any voter desiring to vote against the retention of such powers of the municipal corporation respecting any particular class of public utility, shall stamp a cross (×) in the voting square after the printed word “No” opposite such proposition.

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

2966.
  

If the propositions specified in Section 2965 are submitted at a special election in any municipal corporation, the legislative body or other body or board charged with the duty of canvassing the returns and declaring the result of elections in the municipal corporation, shall meet at their usual place of meeting on the first Monday after the election to canvass the returns and to declare the result thereof.

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

2967.
  

Immediately upon the completion of the canvass of the returns of any special or general municipal election at which the propositions specified in Section 2965 were submitted, the legislative body or other body or board charged with the duty shall make an order declaring the result of the election upon such propositions and shall cause the results to be entered upon its minutes. The order shall show the total number of votes cast upon each proposition, and the number of votes cast respectively in favor of and against each proposition.

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

2968.
  

If it appears from the result of the election, as so declared, that a majority of the qualified electors of the municipal corporation have voted to retain the powers of control of the municipal corporation respecting any particular class of public utility, the municipal corporation is deemed to have elected to retain the powers of control respecting such class of public utility, and such powers shall be exercised by the municipal corporation until they are surrendered.

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

2969.
  

If it appears from the result of the election, as so declared, that a majority of the qualified electors voted not to retain the powers of control respecting any class of public utility, the municipal corporation is deemed to have elected not to retain the powers of control, and the powers of control shall thereafter vest in and be exercised by the commission.

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

2970.
  

Immediately upon the entry of the order declaring the result of the election, the clerk of the legislative body or the registrar of voters of any municipal corporation having a board of election commissioners and a registrar of voters, shall make copies, in duplicate, of the order, and shall attach to each copy his certificate under the seal, if any, of the municipal corporation, or of the board of election commissioners, certifying that it is a true and correct copy of the order. The clerk or registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall forthwith file one copy in the office of the commission and the other in the Office of the Secretary of State.

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

2971.
  

Immediately upon the filing of a certified copy of the order in the office of the commission, the powers of control theretofore vested in the municipal corporation over any class or classes of public utilities which a majority of the qualified electors of the municipal corporation voting thereon have voted not to retain, as shown by the order, thereupon vests in and shall be exercised by the commission.

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

2972.
  

Any municipal corporation which has retained the powers of control vested therein respecting any class or classes of public utilities may thereafter surrender its powers of control as to such class or classes of public utilities at a general municipal election, or at a special election called for that purpose.

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

2973.
  

The ballots to be used at the election shall have printed thereon, in addition to the other matters required by law, separate propositions as to each class of public utilities as to which the municipal corporation may retain its powers of control and as to which it is desired to vote. As to each of such classes of public utilities, and in addition to the other matters required by law to be printed thereon, a proposition shall be printed on the ballot to be used at the election in substantially the following form: “Shall ______ (name of municipal corporation) surrender its powers of control over ______ (here insert class of public utility) to the Public Utilities Commission?” Opposite each such proposition to be voted upon, and to the right thereof, the words “Yes” and “No” shall be printed on separate lines, with voting squares. Any elector desiring to vote to surrender the powers of control of the municipal corporation over any class of public utility specified on the ballot, shall stamp a cross (×) in the voting square opposite the printed word “Yes,” after the proposition as to such class and any elector desiring to vote not to surrender the powers of control of such municipal corporation over such class of public utility, shall stamp a cross (×) in the voting square opposite the printed word “No” after the proposition as to such class.

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

2974.
  

The provisions of this chapter, insofar as applicable, shall govern elections called, conducted, and held under the provisions of this article and general municipal elections at which the propositions to surrender control of public utilities are submitted. If it appears from the result of the election declared as provided in this article, that a majority of the qualified electors of a municipal corporation have voted to surrender the powers of control of the municipal corporation respecting any particular class of public utility, the municipal corporation is deemed to have surrendered its powers of control as to such class of public utility to the commission, and such powers shall thereafter vest in and be exercised by the commission, as provided by law, upon the filing, in the office of the commission, of a certified copy of the order declaring the result of the election. If it appears from the result of the election, as declared, that a majority of the qualified electors have voted not to surrender the powers of control respecting any particular class of public utility, such powers of control shall continue in the municipal corporation. Such powers of control may thereafter be surrendered by the municipal corporation at any subsequent election at which the question of surrender may again be submitted under the provisions of this chapter.

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

2975.
  

The holding of a special election, or the submission of propositions at any general municipal election, under any of the provisions of this chapter, shall not be construed to preclude the holding of a subsequent special election or the subsequent submission of propositions at a general municipal election, on the question of the retention or surrender by a municipal corporation of its powers of control respecting any class of public utilities. However, not more than one such special election shall be held within any period of 12 months.

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

2976.
  

Except as otherwise in this chapter provided, the holding and conducting of elections pursuant to this chapter, the form of the ballots used, the opening and closing of the polls, the canvass of the returns, and the declaring of the result shall conform to such laws as are applicable to special municipal elections held in the municipal corporation affected.

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

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