I hate the idea of giving any political arguement a longer life, but I hope this charter does not pass. I'm not about to read document, but I cannot help but to think these charter revisions will bring the city a strong mayor too overwhelmed by proceedural loose ends and roadblocks thrown up by angry council members.
I think the city council should take an active role in reshaping the relationship between itself, the mayor and the city manager. The petition should have called for a new charter, but one which is constructed by elected officials rather than private sector special interests. I certainly do not think the plan drawn from a court order is going to be the best way to govern, but I do think it gives the most objective and representative group to create a more effective process.