In response to community concerns about noise the San Rafael and Novato City Councils have established a Quiet Zone effective immediately. The train horn will not blow at railroad crossings.

November 3, 2015 Election

At the Council meeting on June 15, 2015, the City Council adopted a resolution proposing a General Municipal Election be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and to include the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District General Election. The issues presented to the voters at the election were:

Election of one (1) Mayor for the full term of four years;
Election of two (2) City Councilmembers for the full term of four years each;
Election of one (1) City Attorney (part-time) for the full term of four years;
Election of one (1) City Clerk and Assessor for the full term of four years;
Election of three (3) members of the Board of Education for the full term of four years each

Nomination Papers Issued / Filed

Gary O. Phillips for Mayor – 07/13/2015 /  08/04/2015
Andrew McCullough for Councilmember – 07/13/2015 /  08/06/2015
John A. Gamblin for Councilmember – 07/13/2015 / 08/04/2015
Robert F. Esptein for City Attorney – 07/13/2015 /  07/31/2015
Esther Beirne for City Clerk – 07/14/2015 /  07/27/2015

Kevin Healy for Board of Education – 07/13/2015
Maika Llorens Gulati for Board of Education – 07/13/2015 / 08/04/2015
Linda M. Jackson for Board of Education – 07/13/2015 / 08/05/2015
Greg Knell for Board of Education – 07/16/2015 / 08/06/2015

The City’s General Municipal Election was scheduled on November 3, 2015. Scheduled for the ballot at the election were the offices of the Mayor, Part-time City Attorney and City Clerk, and the Council seats of Andrew McCullough and John Gamblin. There were no ballot measures qualified for the election. As of the close of business on Friday August 7, 2015, the deadline for filing nomination papers, only the incumbents for those offices had filed.

Elections Code section 10229 provides that if by the statutory nomination filing deadline, there are not a greater number of candidates than offices to be elected, and if there are also no qualified ballot measures, then the City Clerk shall certify these facts to the City Council, publish a notice of the same,  and after the fifth day after such publication, the Council may take one of three courses of action:

1. The Council may appoint to the office the person who has been nominated;
2. The Council may appoint to the office any eligible voter if no one has been nominated (not applicable here); or
3. The Council may determine to hold the election if either no one or only one person has been nominated.

At the Council meeting on August 17, 2015, the City Council adopted a resolution cancelling the election and appointing the incumbent candidates to the open offices to serve  exactly as if they had been elected, starting their new term in early December, 2015.

Name                                                          Office                                                             Term
Gary O. Phillips                                     Mayor                                                            Four Years 12/15 — 12/19
John A. Gamblin                                   Member of the City Council             Four Years 12/15 — 12/19
Andrew C. McCullough                   Member of the City Council              Four Years 12/15 — 12/19
Robert F. Epstein                                 Part-Time City Attorney                      Four Years 12/15 — 12/19
Esther Beirne                                        City Clerk and Assessor                       Four Years 12/15 — 12/19

The Council’s action to cancel the City’s election does not affect the elections of the San Rafael Elementary School District or the San Rafael High School District, which will be held as scheduled on November 3.

Additional Resources:

Independent Expenditure Ordinance
Notice of Election
November 3, 2015 Election Procedures Resolution
Staff Report & Resolution cancelling the election and appointing the incumbent candidates.

Financial Filings

Gary O. Phillips:
Form 501                                    
Form 410 Initial
Form 410 Amendment

Andrew C. McCullough:
Form 501
Form 410 Amendment

John A. Gamblin:
Form 501
Form 410 Initial
Form 410 Amendment

Esther Beirne:
Form 501

Linda M. Jackson:
Form 470

Greg Knell:
Form 470

Maika Llorens Gulati:
Form 470

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