SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council Monday will consider whether to place seven revisions to the City Charter before voters in the June primary election, part of an effort to clean up the city's primary, but obsolete, governing document.
If eventually passed by voters, six of the items would:
- consolidate sections on budgeting and appropriations and clarify the budgeting process
- update bond authorization procedures to conform to state law
- replace a provision on the way the city levies, assesses and collects property taxes to conform with state law
- clarify the authority to fix salaries of elected officials and employees
- amend and repeal language about audits conducted on offices of elected officials upon their death, resignation and removal
- repeal the City Council's power to establish an office of information and publicity, which has never been exercised.
Public information duties are performed by the mayor's office and a Communications Department.
The seventh item is a catch-all of sorts for financial functions. For the past year or so, several members of the City Council and city staff have met to review the 85-year-old City Charter and recommend changes that would go to the voters.
Many of the revisions have to do with clarifying language, conforming to state law and consolidating scattered topic matters. Bigger-ticket items,
such as powers to remove an elected office-holder, could go on the ballot in November.
Cooler Sunday into Monday as a trough transits across the West Coast. Temperatures warm again through mid-week.
A downtown San Diego high-rise condo complex was evacuated early Sunday morning due to a water pipe bursting.
San Diegans and tourists alike headed to the coast to take in all that the first day of fall has to offer.
A Navy SEAL is being held in a military brig while authorities investigate the stabbing death of an Islamic State combatant while he was subdued in Iraq last year.
A California kindergartener can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed two resolutions with Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum supporting international trade and border infrastructure programs.
City Attorney Mara Elliott announced that her office, in coordination with other state and city agencies, reached a $1.6 million settlement with Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities resolving allegations of unlawful handling and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.
Police arrested a 32-year-old Escondido man on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified male at a bar on West Grand Avenue.
A woman was killed when she stepped out of her boyfriend's car onto a Chula Vista street and was struck by a passing vehicle, authorities said Saturday.