Article 1. Election And Terms of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 8. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 1.
Each district formed pursuant to this part shall be governed
by a board of five harbor commissioners, who shall hold office for
the term of four years from 12 o'clock noon on the first Monday after
the first day of January succeeding their election, and until their
successors are elected and qualified.
The first board shall be elected at the election for the
formation of the district, and the two candidates for commissioner
receiving the highest number of votes shall hold office until the
expiration of four years from 12 o'clock noon of the first Monday
after the first day of January of the odd-numbered year next
succeeding the formation of the district, and until their successors
are elected and qualified, and the candidates for commissioner
receiving the third, fourth and fifth highest number of votes shall
hold office until the expiration of two years from 12 o'clock noon of
the first Monday after the first day of January of the odd-numbered
year next succeeding the formation of the district, and until their
successors are elected and qualified.
There shall be an election for harbor commissioners within
each district on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November
of each even-numbered year.
A candidate for harbor commissioner shall be a registered
voter of the proposed or existing district, and shall qualify for
election by securing a nomination paper proposing his or her
candidacy for the office of harbor commissioner signed by not less
than 25 but not more than 50 qualified electors of the district.
Any qualified voter in the proposed or existing district may
sign as many nomination papers as there are commissioners to be
At the first and any subsequent election for commissioners, all
candidates shall file their nomination papers with the county
elections official of the county, not more than 113 nor less than 88
days before the day of election.
If on the 60th day prior to a general district election
only one person has been nominated for each of the offices to be
filled at that election or no person has been nominated for any such
office or offices, and a petition signed by 5 percent of the voters
requesting that the election be held has not been presented to the
district board, an election shall not be held.
If, pursuant to Section 6054.1, no election is held, the
board of supervisors of the county in which the district is situated
shall appoint those nominated for the offices or shall, if no person
has been nominated, appoint any qualified person to the office. Any
person thus appointed shall qualify, take office, and serve as if
elected at a general district election.
Where the office of a commissioner becomes vacant during
his term the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the
term by appointment by the majority of remaining commissioners, and
if not so filled within 30 days after the vacancy, it shall be filled
by appointment by the board of supervisors pursuant to Section 1778
of the Government Code.
The commissioners elected at the first election shall, within
10 days from the date of the canvass of the returns of the election,
enter upon the duties of office. Before entering upon the duties of
his or her office, each commissioner shall take and subscribe the
official oath before the secretary or an officer authorized by law to
administer oaths and shall file it with the county elections
official of the county in which the district is situated.
They shall elect one of their number as president or chairperson
and one of their number as secretary. The president or chairperson
and secretary shall serve at the pleasure of the board.
Each commissioner upon taking the oath of office, and for
each term, shall file with the county elections official of the
county in which the district is situated, a bond in the sum of five
thousand dollars ($5,000), made payable to the district and
conditioned on the faithful performance of his or her duties; the
bonds are subject to approval by the board of supervisors of the