Section 1.05 of the City Charter provides that the City Council will appoint a charter commission as often as it deems necessary, but not less than every five years, to review the operations of city government under the Charter and determine whether revisions should be made.
Resolution 18-39, passed on November 6th, 2018, appointed a Charter Review Commission charged with the responsibility of reviewing the operations of city government to determine whether revisions in the Charter should be made; and that the Commission complete the work and present to the City Council a written report on the findings and recommendations by May 7, 2019.
Members of the Commission include David Gornet (Chair), Tom DeMont, Carla Mondt, Stewart Jacobson, and Jack Molho.
The Commission held eight public meetings from November 14th, 2018 to March 18th, 2019.Two of the eight meetings included public hearings (January 23rd and March 4th). No members of the public spoke at a public hearing or any of the public comment periods. The Commission did consider comments from the Independent Ethics Review Board, city council members, and key staff members.
The Commission's recommendations are contained within the report presented for consideration by the city council for future placement on a ballot.
This is the first in a series of workshops. The purpose of this workshop is to receive the Commission's report and address clarifying questions. Joint City Council / Charter Commission workshops are planned in the future to discuss which recommendations to accept and to discuss proposition language.