Election Information

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November 5, 2019 Election  

Election Results - November 5, 2019 General Municipal Election - visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder / County Clerk election results site

  • City Council - 2 seats - five-year terms - Justin Massey & Michael Detoy
  • City Treasurer - five-year term - Karen Nowicki
  • Measure H - Approved - increases the City's Transient Occupancy Tax rate (also known as the "hotel tax") from 12% to 14%
  • Measure CC - Approved - changes the City Clerk to an appointed instead of elected position.

Election results will be certified by the Secretary of State after Los Angeles County reports final results no later than November 15, 2019 after vote by mail, provisional and other ballots are processed and other certification activities are completed.   

Voter Information

Polling Places - open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 5, 2019:

  • Community Center - 710 Pier Avenue
  • Kiwanis Club - 2515 Valley Drive

Vote by Mail ballots may also be dropped off at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall Room 203 at 1315 Valley Drive from Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Election Day.

Register to vote by October 21, 2019 at www.lavote.net to be eligible to cast your ballot on November 5th.

Election Events 

  • L.A. County Mock Election Information - September 28 & 29, 2019 - 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Clark Building (861 Valley Drive)
  • City Council Candidate Debate (Sponsored By Hb Neighborhood Association) - Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7 p.m in Council Chambers - view video
  • City Council Candidate Debate (Hosted By League Of Women Voters) - Monday, October 07, 2019 - 7 p.m in Council Chambers - view video
  • City Council Candidate Debate (Hosted By Leadership Hermosa) - Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7 p.m in Council Chambers - view video

City Council Candidate Statements

Resolutions and Notices

Ballot Initiative - Measure H - Transient Occupancy Tax

Hermosa Beach is well known for providing the excellent City services residents expect and deserve. By keeping our city safe, clean and well-maintained, the quality of life and property values for local residents are protected while keeping Hermosa Beach a special place to live, work and play.

On July 9, 2019, the Hermosa Beach City Council unanimously placed Measure H on the November 5th ballot. Measure H – a proposed 2% increase in the local bed tax – would apply only to hotel and lodging guests, ensuring out-of-town visitors to Hermosa Beach continue to pay their fair share for their use of City roads, public safety and other City services.

Measure H is not a tax on Hermosa Beach residents or homeowners who are not guests in local hotels and lodging. By law, all money raised by updating the hotel tax must be used to fund City services in Hermosa Beach, and it can’t be taken away by the County or the State.

Public safety is a top priority for our residents. If enacted, funds generated by Measure H would help support 911 response times, police, fire and paramedic services, and other essential City programs.

Ballot Initiative - Measure CC - Appointive City Clerk

The City Council also voted unanimously to place Measure CC on the November 5th ballot. Measure CC gives voters the choice of whether to make the City Clerk an appointed professional position or continue as an elected one. Whether appointed or elected, the City Clerk works for the people. The current City Clerk is retiring this year, and there are no candidates for the position. As California elections, election security, technology and public interface have become more complex over the past few decades, so have the duties of local city clerks, which are now far more numerous, digital and technical. Of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities, nearly 77% currently have appointed, professional city clerks, and approximately 80% of California cities currently appoint their professionally trained clerks, which is why the City Clerk recommended this issue be placed before the voters. For more information, visit the links below: 

City Elections

In order to encourage greater voter turnout and reduce City election costs, the City is in process of transitioning from "odd" year general municipal elections to "even" years to consolidate with statewide general elections conducted by the County of Los Angeles by November 2022. Per City Council action taken on November 22, 2016, City officials elected during the November 2017 and 2019 elections will have extended five-year terms. Starting in November 2022, the City will return to four-year terms for elected officials.

Future Election Schedule:

  • March 3, 2020 or November 3, 2020 - on October 10, 2019, the City Council approved Hermosa Beach to opt in to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's parcel tax ballot measure (view staff report) to provide additional funding for Fire Department personnel, equipment, vehicles and systems. The Los Angeles County Fire Department will advise the City of the election date (March or November 2020) and funding level to be considered ($0.06 per square foot or $0.089 per square foot) by the end of October 2019.  All funds raised would remain within Hermosa Beach as a credit toward the City's annual Los Angeles County Fire Department invoice for fire services and Fire Station 100 (540 Pier Avenue) renovations.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Presidential election - federal jurisdiction
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 3 City Council seats - City jurisdiction

Past Election Information