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We List Topics Proposed For Consideration By Mayor/Council-Selected "Gov't Reform Task Force"
(March 9, 2004) -- We list below the topics proposed for consideration by members comprising a Mayor and Council-selected "Government Reform Task Force." The list was released at the group's March 8, 2004 meeting.
One of the first questions that arose was by what date proposed Charter changes, if any, would have to be brought to the City Council if they were to be placed on the November 2004 ballot. City Clerk Herrera indicated such proposals would have to be brought to the Council by early July if November ballot placement is sought by the Task Force.
A vote on what will appear on the Nov. 2004 ballot will be decided by the City Council...either by its incumbents (who created and selected the "task force") or possibly including as many as four new Councilmembers resulting from April and (if runoffs) June 2004 elections in districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Text and topics below are from a city-staff distributed list.
|City Council, Full-Time, Pay, Budgets|
Consideration of full-time City Council and/or higher individual pay, with equal office budgets (stipend for Vice Mayor
|Councilmember's Office Budgets|
Discuss limits to be placed on councilmember's office budgets, to be within 5% of each other and allocated by census numbers.
|Full-Time Council||Roy Hearrean|
|Full-Time Council||Richard Powers|
|Full-Time Council and Reduction of Districts|
Resulting in the seated council to have a deeper concern for the entire city rather than their small portion of it
|City Council Powers|
City Council approval of appointment of Police Chief and Fire Chief
|At-Large Councilmembers and Term LimitsReview limited number of at-large Council positions and term limits (copied under term limits)||Lou Anne Bynum|
The role of the City Council could be more clearly defined and more positively stated. The Charter appears to limit the role of the City Council to its language (i.e. section 208) or make unclear the City Council's role (e.g., its sporadic role in working with the various commissions
|Mayor Having a Vote||Bruce MacRae|
|Mayor With a Stronger Veto||Thomas Clark|
Stronger Mayor - stronger veto power
|Lou Anne Bynum|
Mayoral veto with an override of two-thirds on all issues
Give the Mayor a vote, and in case of a tie the side on which the Mayor votes prevails
|Mayoral Vote/Veto||Paul Schmidt|
|Powers of Mayor|
Including power to vote on issues and/or in closed sessions should be expanded
|Vote for Mayor||Richard Powers|
Elected Officials -- Compensation
|Compensation of Elected Officials||Paul Schmidt|
Review council salaries
|City Council compensation||Richard Powers|
|No Term Limits||Bruce MacRae|
Mayor/City Council Incumbents can serve additional term if receive 66% of vote
|Term Limits||Paul Schmidt|
|At-Large Councilmembers and Term Limits|
Review limited number of at-large Council positions and term limits (copied under City Council)
|Lou Anne Bynum|
|Mayor and Council Term Limits|
Discuss increasing term limits
Eliminate or increase number of terms
Timing and write-ins
Consolidating Municipal Elections with County & State, for possible cost savings and simplification by voters
Throughout the fiscal year, quarterly reports should be made by the City Manager to the Mayor and City Council on the fiscal condition of the City budget. If expenditures are projected to exceed revenues, the City Manager and Mayor should be required to reduce expenditures
The City Auditor or Controller should be required to certify, annually, that all departments, agencies and commissions have appropriate financial controls in place
Separation of Powers
|Separation of Powers|
Roles of the Council/Mayor vis a vis the Manager/staff. Roles of Commissioners/staff and also clarifying where the separation occurs, e.g., what constitutes "administrative duties."
|Parks in Perpetuity|
Require a vote of residents for use of parkland for any purpose other than park or recreation development
|Protection of Public Assets|
Address items for which the public may desire Charter protections including, but not limited to preserving park land and historic assets, large scale changes of land use, etc.
Mechanisms for citizens to place items on the Council agenda; Citizen's right to use A/V equipment in Council presentations
Broader sunshine provisions, ethics provisions, restoring public's right to agendize matters, etc.
Redistricting every 10 years, the same time as the U.S. census redistricting; Create a Re-Districting Commission
|Reapportionment Process for Council District||Paul Schmidt|
Creation of an Independent Compensation Commission to set salaries for City Officers
Change in terms for semi-autonomous boards -- Harbor and Water -- from two six-year terms to three four-year terms.
The Charter should contain more definitive language concerning the appointment of members to the various commissions
Operation of Enterprise Departments and/or Commissions
City Attorney, City Auditor, City Prosecutor
Extend qualification requirement to ten (10) years of experience
Review possible conflict of interest issues within the City Attorney's responsibility, accountability
Review the relationship/accountability between the City Attorney's office and City Council, and City Auditor to City Council
|Appointed City Attorney, Prosecutor, Auditor||Bruce MacRae|
|City Attorney, City Prosecutor and City Auditor|
Evaluate the elective offices City Attorney, City Prosecutor and City Auditor by looking at models used by other cities
General Charter Issues
|Charter Issues - Misc|
Responsibility for writing, interpreting and enforcing the Charter. Powers and duties of the City Attorney and City Prosecutor and/or the advisability of combining those offices. An ombudsman position
|Deletion of Obsolete Sections|
Delete the following sections, which are obsolete due to court rulings and action taken by the City Council: Public recreation tax level; payment of GO indebtedness; Library tax levy; Transportation tax levy; Municipal Band tax; PERS system; Retirement system
|Language of the Charter|
A general rewrite of some of the Charter language should be discussed. The language of the Charter could be more consistent, readable and clear for the public
Charter Review Task Force established to review the Charter every five (5) years, convening first and sixth year of each decade
Review of inhabitants conducted every five (5) years instead of ten (10) years for redistricting purposes and to provide solutions to overcrowding
|Civil Service and Human Resources|
Should they be combined
|Lou Anne Bynum|
Review the consolidation of HR department & Civil Service as recommended by the Budget Advisory Committee
Review the possibility of consolidating the office of the City Attorney and the office of City Prosecutor
|Legal Service of City|
Should they be combined
|Lou Anne Bynum|
Eliminate the requirement of a municipal band
Should be posted in more than three (3) public places in the City
Increase in tidelands funds to the City
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