A proposal to require that the City of Thousand Oaks to fill city council vacancies by special elections in most cases has received enough verified signatures to qualify for the ballot.
What’s known as the Thousand Oaks Right To Vote Initiative had around a thousand more verified signatures than it needed to qualify.
The measure is the result of some city residents who were upset that in two instances in recent years, the council opted to fill unexpected vacancies by appointment, instead of by calling an election. The cost of holding special elections is considered to be a factor in how vacancies should be filled.
The City Council will have to act in the next few weeks if the measure is to make it on the November ballot. The Council could also adopt the proposal as an ordinance, making the need for a ballot measure unnecessary.