Charter City Information

Q: What’s the issue?

A: Bellflower is currently a general law city, meaning that it is subject to the independent decisions of the Legislature in Sacramento.  The Legislature has the independent authority to make laws and other decisions governing our community without our input. In comparison, Charter Cities keep more control in the hands of residents.

Q: How has this impacted Bellflower’s ability to provide local services?

A: We hear it over and over: Bellflower residents are struggling to afford quality housing that meets their needs.

The state legislature in Sacramento has recognized the need for quality housing that is affordable to residents, but it has implemented policies that make it more difficult to build the housing our residents demand and diminished the voice of our residents in shaping the future of their community. 

Simultaneously, while the City has been successful in recent years in supporting and building up our local small businesses, the State’s general laws limit the ability of the City to provide the support our small businesses really need.  

Q: Are there other local Charter Cities? 

A: Eight of our neighboring Gateway cities, including Downey, Cerritos, Long Beach, Whittier, and Signal Hill, have become charter cities to secure their voice in local decision making.

Q: How do Charter Cities increase local control?

A: Charter Cities have more local control to protect the character and quality of life in their communities. Charter Cities have more tools to meet the needs of their residents – like building quality housing that residents can afford and supporting local small businesses. Charter Cities are subject to less bureaucratic red tape, which means they can get projects done more efficiently and at less costly to taxpayers. 

On May 13, 2024, the City Council held the second of two hearings to hear from residents and will soon consider whether to place a potential Charter measure on the November 2024 ballot. Any potential Measure would let voters decide whether Bellflower should, like many of our surrounding communities, become a Charter City with more local control . Before a final decision is made to place a measure before voters, we want to hear what you think. Please participate in the survey below and share your thoughts.

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