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New Committee to Hone City’s Strong Mayor Governance Format

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced a new citizens' committee with the task of fine tuning changes to the city's strong-mayor form of government. Several high profile San Diegans are on the committee, such as former San Diego city schools chief, Alan Bersin, and former Supervising Superior Court Judge James Millikin. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diegans passed the strong mayor initiative, Proposition F, in 2004. The new form of city government went into effect a little over a year later when Mayor Sanders took office. Many important details remain to be sorted out. Sanders says that's the new charter committee's job.

Sanders : It was a half-finished job with the passage of strong mayor. We're charging this group of citizens with coming up with a better way of our system working.

The strong mayor system gives the mayor the power to create the budget rather than the city manager. But the city is still adjusting to the new balance of power between the mayor and council -- the executive and legislative branches.

The charter committee will come up with recommendations that San Diegans will vote on next year, either on the new February ballot or in June. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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