Language for a Referendum or Any City Rule Changes:  Taxation with Representation


Initiate a petition and referendum to limit single-home rentals in the City of La Quinta to a minimum of 28 days unless those homes are located in an area zoned as “commercial transient.”  Voters in neighbors will have the right to self-regulate their zoning between residential family and commercial transient.  Zoning cannot be changed from single-family residential to commercial transient without voter approval.  All HOAs will be included in the referendum.  The referendum will apply in the HOA unless the HOA is more restrictive, then the more stringent HOA Rules will apply there.

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Local Recall Rules:  Laws governing recall in California 

Elections:  Codes: Codes Tree - Elections Code - ELEC (

The citizens of California are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Article 2, Sections 13-19 of the California Constitution.

The authority to conduct a recall election in California only applies to politicians at the state and local levels; as with most states, the right of recall in California does not extend to recalling federal politicians. 

For additional detail, see: Laws governing recall in California

Local officials

The number of valid signatures required to put a local recall question on the ballot is determined by the following rules:

  • For the officials of a city, county, school district, county board of education or any resident voting district, signatures from the following percentage of registered voters is required:

  • 30% in jurisdictions with 0 - 1,000 registered voters

  • 25% in jurisdictions with 1,000 - 10,000 registered voters

  • 20% in jurisdictions with 10,000 - 50,000 registered voters

  • 15% in jurisdictions with 50,000 - 100,000 registered voters

  • 10% in jurisdictions with 100,000 or more registered voters


Voter Initiative and Referendum Process Availability - needed for an "842 - Measure B Vote"

The local units of government in California that make the initiative process available are:

Ballot Initiatives | State of California - Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

 Secretary of State's Initiative Coordinator at:    (916) 657-2166 for more information.

How to Qualify an Initiative :: California Secretary of State

  • All 361 general law cities, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances.

  • All 121 charter cities, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for charter amendments.

  • All 44 general law counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances.

  • All 14 charter counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process.[20]


Steps for an Initiative to become Law

  1. Write the text of the proposed law (initiative draft).

  2. Submit initiative draft to the Attorney General for official title and summary. *

  1. Initiative petitions are circulated to collect enough signatures from registered voters.

  2. Signatures are turned into county election officials for verification.

  3. Initiative will either be Qualified for Ballot or be failed by the Secretary of State, after verifications and deadline dates.

  4. California voters will approve or deny the qualified Ballot Initiative.