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Tonight is the end of the beginning, as the months-long review of the City Charter by a citizen panel will draw to close. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council and ultimately to voters, who will decide how the city’s bylaws will be changed.

Among the recommendations they’ve made so far are to make the strong-mayor form of government permanent, to add three new council seats, and to strengthen the mayor’s veto. They also tentatively recommended a way to divvy up power between the mayor and council over the city’s internal auditor.

Here is a draft of the report that they will consider tonight. If approved, the council will receive the report and make its own suggestions before deciding whether to put constitutional reforms onto the June 2008 ballot.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Balboa Park Club, located at 2150 West Pan American Road.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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