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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.
Voter Registration: Are you registered to vote? Check you voter registration here.
Voting Districts: What voting districts do you live in? Check your elective districts here.
- Elected Officials
Current City Council
San Diego County of Supervisors (District 3)
California State Representatives
39th Senate District
76th Assembly District
49th Congressional District
- Local Elections
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. Ordinance 488 adopted the District Election makeup with the Final Map determining the four districts. Large scale maps for reference. The GIS Shape-files have been refined and delivered to the Registrar of Voters, since the City elects to consolidate its elections with San Diego County.
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.
To find your Elective District, access your Voter Registration.
- Election Codes and Regulations
Local Election Code: Solana Beach Municipal Code
* Disclaimer: All information provided here 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.*
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:
Local contribution limits are updated annually by applying the San Diego County Consumer Price Index January (per SBMC 2.24.040 A) .
Ballot Measure Committees are not subject to contribution limits.
Candidate and Controlled Committees are limited to receiving contributions of:
- $220 per individual
- $6,710 for aggregate contributions (from a combination of businesses, organizations, committees, etc.)
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. This dollar amount is lower than the FPPC trigger of $2,000. Both filings are required, when each are triggered, in addition to the subsequent pre-election filings.
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.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (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).
Local election campaign statements are filed with the City Clerk. Contact the City Clerk's office for copies of these filings. Or click this link to view posted filings: Posted Filings (redacted versions available for 2021+)
A Citizen Initiative filing fee is $200, per the City's user fee study as allowed by the California Election Code.
- 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
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)
Additional Helpful Links
San Diego County Registrar of Voters
General Registrar of Voters Election Information
Mail Ballot Registration
California Secretary of State
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.