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Charter Change on the Agenda Tonight for S.D. Council

The San Diego City Council holds a special public meeting tonight to try to hammer out a compromise on an issue that has divided interest groups at City Hall for years. KPBS reporter Alison St John ha

Charter Change on the Agenda Tonight for S.D. Council

The San Diego City Council holds a special public meeting tonight to try to hammer out a compromise on an issue that has divided interest groups at City Hall for years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

It might not be a topic San Diegans discuss much at the water cooler but it's been bubbling under the surface of city politics for a very long time: how to change the city charter to redefine the checks and balances at City Hall. A mayoral Charter Change committee met for months last year. Tonight Councilmember Kevin Faulconer hopes the eight-member city council will be able to agree on at least some of the recommendations that committee came up with.

Faulconer: We will have not only the eyes of the city but the eyes of the Bond Market, the eyes of Wall Street and the Securities and Exchange Commission looking for us to make the changes that are necessary.

At issue is whether to increase the number of city council members from eight to nine, or even 11. And how many of them would be needed to override a mayoral veto? Plus Wall Street wants to know how the internal auditor is appointed. If the city council can agree on a compromise, the whole enchilada would be sent to voters to approve, possibly as early as June.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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