Last year, the Sunnyvale City Council solicited input from residents as part of the move to district elections. One of the questions asked was how the mayor should be selected; option 1, the current method of selecting the mayor from within the council, or, option 2, a city-wide election. Although the data sample was small, the summary report showed that 49% of respondents preferred option 1, 44% preferred option 2, and 7% preferred something else.
Nothing in the summary report indicated that electing the mayor directly was preferred. However, the Sunnyvale City Council voted in June 2019 to present only that option to voters in the form of Measure B.
Sunnyvale voters have twice rejected electing the mayor directly. In light of that, and the results in the summary report, why aren’t voters being given the choice to vote on both options?