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The City Council is made up of an elected Mayor and four district Council members. Districts 1 and 3 have been elected with Districts 2 and 4 to be voted on at the next election in 2022. A Deputy Mayor is appointed on an annual rotation.
There are no term limits for City Council members.
The City commissions the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to provide certain election services.
Are you registered to vote? Check you voter registration here.
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- Elected Officials
- Local Elections and Candidacy
Solana Beach's General Municipal Election is held in even numbered years on the first Tuesday after the First Monday in November. The next General Election is scheduled for November 8, 2022. This election will take place to fill District 2 and District 4. Click here for the District Map.
City Council Seats
On November 3, 2020, the first District elections took place for a separately elected Mayor and Councilmember for District 1 and 3. The completion of transition to Districts will be November 2022, when Districts 2 and 4 will elect their designated Councilmembers.
November 8, 2022 Election nomination period for candidates is Monday, July 18, 2022 through Friday, August 12, 2022. If an incumbent does not file by the August 12th deadline, then their seat is considered to be a new position with no incumbents and, therefore, there is no filing date extension for non-incumbents.
To find your Elective District, access your Voter Registration. https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en/voter-info-lookup.html
Election Campaign Statements
Campaign Statements are filed with the City Clerk. Contact the City Clerk's office for copies of these filings.
Posted Filings (redacted versions available for 2021+)
- Local Election Codes and Regulations
Local Election Code: Solana Beach Municipal Code
In addition to meeting the State of California Elections Code, the City's Municipal Code, Chapter 2.24 Elections, contains specific City regulations including, but not limited to:
Current Contribution Limits:
- Candidate and Controlled Committees are limited to receiving contributions of $220 per individual (CIP - Jan 2022), and
- $6,710 for aggregate contributions (from a combination of businesses, organizations, committees, etc.) (CPI - Jan 2022).
Contribution limits are updated annually by applying the San Diego County Consumer Price Index (per SBMC 2.24.040 A) January.
Ballot Measure Committees are not subject to contribution limits.
Local Committees are subject to additional FPPC filings with the City, triggered once $200 is expended/received, which is an additional filing to, and earlier than, the FPPC $2,000 trigger.
Citizen Initiative filing fee is $200, per the City's user fee study as allowed by the California Election Code.
State of California Elections Code: State Elections Code
FPPC (Fair Political Practices Regulations) FPPC
Political Reform Act (Gov. Code 81000)
Election Campaign Statements - Campaign Statements are filed with the City Clerk. Contact the City Clerk's office for these filings.
* All information provided is intended to address basic inquiries and may not be relied on for direction in place of meeting all required regulations necessary to meet compliance and qualification. Candidates and Authors should consult with experts that may assist in interpretation of the election process.
- Campaign Activities
Activities considered campaign related for local elections of candidates and/or measures (propositions) may require campaign statement filings per state and local codes and regulations. Refer to the following:
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
Please refer to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) guidelines and requirements.
Solana Beach Municipal Code - Chapter 2.24 - Elections
Please refer to the Municipal Code for additional local requirements.
Highlights include, but are not limited to:
The FPPC requires the Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) to be filed with the City Clerk prior to any expenditures or soliciting/receiving of contributions, including a Candidate's expenditure of personal funds (the Candidate Statement fee).
City Committees (including Candidate Committees) are triggered for local filings when contributions or expenditures supporting/opposing a candidate or measure reach $200. Campaign Committee Form 410. See Election Codes and Regulations tab for local contribution limits.
The FPPC required filing is triggered at $2,000.
Both filings are required, when each are triggered, in addition to the subsequent pre-election filings.
- Campaign Sign Regulations
Solana Beach LOCAL Campaign Sign Regulations
There are size restrictions for campaign signage in Solana Beach. Election signs may be posted anytime before an election. All election signs must be removed within 10 days following election day. Open link above for the specifics code regulations.
County of San Diego Campaign Sign Regulations (for City's border streets outside City boundaries)
State of Ca. Dept. of Transportation Campaign Sign (regarding I-5 property right-of-way)
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Note: The Elections Official, City Clerk, is responsible for coordinating and executing municipal elections, including distribution and qualification of nomination papers, and maintaining all campaign statements and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). It is the responsibility of all candidates/committees to follow constitutional, statutory, and City code provisions applicable to elections.