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.
Chaos ensued on a Phoenix freeway on Friday morning after a car crashed off the side of the road. As witnesses pulled over to help, they saw a man stabbing a woman to death.
Sheriff's deputies arrested more than two dozen people as part of a warrant sweep in South Bay on Saturday -- including a man who tried to resist being taken into custody.
At least one person was killed and three were injured in a crash on state Route 163 in Balboa Park early Saturday morning.
The city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department hosted an automotive product recycling event on Saturday at San Diego Miramar College.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated the first four homes of an affordable housing community in Logan Heights on Saturday.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose on Saturday to its highest amount since Sept. 2, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.462, one day after recording its largest daily increase since Nov. 4, 2017 -- 3.8 cents.
A 21-year-old man was stabbed early Saturday morning after he got into an argument with three males over the volume of music that was playing.