Charter amendment proposals

Learn more about charter amendments that the Charter Commission and City Council are considering.

Current proposals

Public safety charter amendment

This is a proposed charter amendment initiated by the City Council to be referred to voters as a question on the November 2021 ballot. It proposes removing the Police Department as a standalone charter department and creating a new public safety department, which would include law enforcement.

See Public safety charter amendment (2021-00105)

Rent stabilization charter amendments 

These are proposed charter amendments initiated by the City Council to be referred to voters as questions on the November 2021 ballot. Both questions pertain to rent stabilization law; specifically, to authorize such power by:

  1. Council initiative, which would give Council the power to adopt a rent stabilization ordinance or refer a rent stabilization ordinance to the voters, and
  2. Resident initiative, which provides a petition process for residents to refer a rent stabilization ordinance to voters.

See Rent stabilization charter amendment (2021-00104)

Government structure charter amendment

This is a proposed charter amendment initiated by the Charter Commission to be referred to voters as a question on the November 2021 ballot. It proposes to establish a government structure that clearly defines and separates power between an executive mayor and a legislative council.

See Government structure proposal (CH2021-00012)