• Hannah Kamath

Public Comment: Amendment to the City Charter


The City Council has proposed an amendment to the City Charter to be referred to voters in November. If approved by voters, that amendment would create a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and remove the Police Department from the Charter. 


The proposal removes the police department from the city charter and adds a new community safety and violence prevention department. That new department would provide a range of public safety services through a “holistic, public health-oriented approach.” Read the proposed amendment.


The charter is the City’s constitution. There are two ways to change (amend) the charter: (1) by voters at an election or (2) by ordinance enacted by the City Council and Mayor. The City Council has proposed that this public safety amendment by referred to voters as a ballot question on November 3. Learn more about the process of amending the city charter.


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