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). Nomembers 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 City Council received the 2018 Charter Review Commission's report at a workshop on April 2, 2019. That workshop addressed clarifying questions, but council members did not discuss which recommendations they would consider accepting to be placed on a future ballot.
This workshop is a joint workshop with the Charter Review Commission for the purposes of discussing the proposed recommendations on amendments to the City Charter.