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Strong Mayor Form of Governance
City of San Diego
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 120,107 / 60.4% Yes votes ...... 78,897 / 39.6% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall the Charter be revised to make permanent the Strong Mayor form of governance; add a ninth Council seat; and, when the ninth seat is filled, increase the Council votes required to override a mayoral veto to a two-thirds vote?
However, it is anticipated that the additional Council District will have a fiscal impact to the City's General Fund.
Each of the following estimates is subject to the City's budget process and may be adjusted depending on whether future City budgets absorb any costs of the new Council District. It should be noted that annual and one-time expenses could be offset by reductions to other areas of the City's General Fund budget which could impact other services or programs.
The estimated costs of adding an additional Council District include annual expenses of $939,500 to $971,500 for staff salaries and supplies based on current City Council Office budgets. Additional one-time expenses of $80,000 to $100,000 are anticipated for equipment, furniture and facility improvements. These costs will not be incurred until the new Council seat is filled in 2012.
The cost of running an election for the new Council seat would be paid by the City every four years. The amount is set by the number of voters in the district and how many candidates run for the seat. For the current election, for example, the costs for the primary election in a given Council District are estimated to be between approximately $25,000 and $43,000. For a general election, with only two candidates in the race, the estimate is $14,000 to $29,000 per district.
Strong Mayor Trial Period. On January 1, 2006, the City began a five-year, voter-approved experiment to evaluate a Strong Mayor (also known as Mayor-Council) form of government. This structure removes the Mayor from the Council. The Mayor becomes the Chief Executive Officer and assumes executive authority, power, and responsibilities previously held by the Manager.
The Mayor prepares the annual budget for the Council's consideration and adoption, subject to a Mayoral line+item veto process. The Council+appointed Independent Budget Analyst provides budget analysis for the Council. The Mayor appoints the City Manager, Police Chief, and Fire Chief, subject to Council confirmation. Charter amendments in 2008 empower the Mayor to appoint the City Auditor and Chief Financial Officer, with Council confirmation. The Mayor appoints the Treasurer and all other managerial department heads formerly under the Manager; these positions serve at the Mayor's pleasure.
The Council sets the City's legislative agenda, establishes its own rules, and elects a presiding officer (Council President). The Mayor, City Attorney, and Council President jointly set the agenda for closed session meetings; when present, the Mayor presides over closed session meetings. The Mayor may attend Council meetings, but may not vote, and must approve or veto most Council actions. The Council must reconsider vetoed items and may override vetoes, usually with a five+vote majority.
Proposal. In 2008, voters required the Council to place this measure before voters.
If the measure is approved, it will establish a Strong Mayor form of government for the City similar to that tested during the trial, with certain differences: The number of Council districts will increase from eight to nine. The ninth district will be established by redistricting following the 2010 Census. Voters in the new 9th Council District will nominate and elect their Councilmember at the next regularly scheduled municipal primary and general elections following the redistricting process. The number of Council votes required to override a Mayoral veto on any matter will increase from five to six (two+thirds), effective when the ninth Councilmember is seated.
If the measure fails, the Strong Mayor form of government will expire December 31, 2010. City government will return to a Council+Manager form, similar to that existing before the trial period, except for the continued existence of City Offices approved by voters in 2008. The new Offices include the City Auditor, supervised by an Audit Committee; a Chief Financial Officer; and the Independent Budget Analyst.
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DON'T GO BACK TO AN OUT-DATED SYSTEM
Before 2004, when voters approved the Strong Mayor-Strong Council reform, the un-elected City Manager had a vested interest in sweeping problems under the rug. Hiding problems from the public allowed past City Councils to avoid making tough decisions, and it allowed the City Manager to keep his job. That's how we got -
The Strong Mayor-Strong Council reform - approved by voters on a 5-year trial basis in 2004 - created executive and legislative branches of City government.
The Mayor became the chief executive, accountable to voters for City administration. When something goes wrong in City administration, the buck stops with the Mayor + no more finger-pointing without anyone taking responsibility.
The City Council became the legislative branch, responsible for reviewing and approving the Mayor's budget. The Strong Mayor-Strong Council reform also created the Independent Budget Analyst to analyze and question the financial information provided by the City. Problems that were previously swept under the rug are now subjected to vigorous and open public debate.
As a result, major financial reforms were enacted and Wall Street has restored our City's credit rating.
YES ON PROPOSITION D TO MAKE REFORMS PERMANENT
Proposition D makes the reforms approved by voters in 2004 permanent; it also restores the ninth Council seat (eliminated when the Mayor became chief executive) and makes a Mayoral veto meaningful by requiring a two-thirds Council majority to over-ride it.
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|THERE ARE MANY GOOD REASONS TO OPPOSE STRONG MAYOR AND VOTE NO ON PROP D
PROP D COULD COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS of dollars to pay for a new council office and staff
SAVES TAXPAYERS MILLIONS by preventing unnecessary spending for bigger city council
RESTORES MAYOR AS LEADER of the city council to help set policy and respond in public to your community concerns
REQUIRES MAYOR TO VOTE IN PUBLIC instead of making decisions behind closed doors
INCREASES DIRECT PUBLIC ACCESS to the mayor by allowing the community to voice their concerns directly, not through staff
INSTALLS A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL MANAGER, not a politician, to run daily city operations
ASSURES IMMEDIATE ACCOUNTABILITY because the manager can be fired for failing to do a good job for the public - no waiting four years for an election
INCREASES GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY by allowing a majority vote to get things done
WHAT DOES YOUR COMMUNITY HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT?
Reduced City Services. More Budget Cuts. Growing Deficits and Crumbling Infrastructure. NO REAL PLAN for Restoring Public Safety and Basic Neighborhood Services like Parks, Streets and Libraries.
Save Taxpayer Dollars, Restore Community Access, and Increase Accountability