Support a charter for the City of San Mateo which defines the basic structure of government in an orderly and simplified manner, and provides for clearly fixed authority, responsibility, and efficiency in the administration and organization of city
government in which the guiding principle is the effective control of city government by citizens
Study of the San Mateo City Charter began in 1967 and culminated in support of the revised charter placed on the ballot during the 1970 election. The position has been updated several times since its original adoption.
- The council size should be kept at five (5) members.
- Compensation for council members should not be written into the charter.
- General provisions for boards and commissions, outlining their duties and limiting their terms, should be included in the charter. However, specific lay boards should not be mentioned.
- Council vacancies should be filled by election rather than appointment.