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The City Council this afternoon rejected the idea of making it easier for council members to place an item on the council’s agenda.

The vote was 5-3 against the measure, with Councilman Carl DeMaio and Councilwomen Donna Frye and Sherri Lightner voting in favor. DeMaio and Frye had proposed allowing a council member to docket an item with only three signatures instead of four as part of several changes they sought to council rules.

Additionally, the council voted unanimously to set the election for council president in early December, shortly after new council members are sworn in. They also voted 7-1, with Council President Ben Hueso opposed, to have a council committee study the idea of changing council rules to require six evening meetings each year.

Another proposal to end transcription of personnel items during closed-door meetings didn’t go up for a vote after several council members said they wouldn’t support the measure.

I’ll post more on the meeting later today.

RANI GUPTA

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