The Charter Review Committee will meet Thursday evening to discuss recommendations to increase the number of City Council seats, strengthen the mayor’s veto, and make the strong-mayor form of government permanent.

The proposals, which were generated by a subcommittee within the panel, include:

  • Expanding the number of council members from eight to 11. The current proposal would add three more council districts throughout San Diego instead of creating at-large seats.
  • Requiring a two-thirds vote of the council to override the mayoral veto. Currently, the nine-member council can override a veto with the same five votes it takes to approve a proposal.
  • Making permanent the strong-mayor form of government, which separated the Mayor’s Office from the council and gave it the authority to manage the day-to-day operations of the city. Currently, the strong-mayor structure is set to expire after 2010.

The 15-member panel may finalize these recommendations at the meeting. Once finalized, the committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council, which will decide whether to place them on the June 2008 ballot.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Balboa Park Club, located at 2150 West Pan American Way.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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