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I’ve just finished a complete update of all the proposals for revising the Cleveland City Charter received and considered by the Charter Review Commission.

The Commission has voted on a number of proposals already, and intends to finish the voting process at a special meeting tomorrow, July 28,  The members must complete and approve our final report to City Council by this Thursday, July 31.

Among the remaining issues still to be decided are proposals for changing the size and/or composition of Cleveland City Council.  Here’s the complete list of City Council reform proposals that will be on the table for action tomorrow.


Just added…

New page with links to Law Department drafts of all the current proposals for City Council reform.

Law Department draft of Greater Cleveland Partnership proposal to eliminate referendum requirement for sale of City’s landfilled properties (pdf file).

Law Department draft of new Jackson Administration proposal to eliminate prevailing wage requirement for employees covered by collective bargaining agreements (pdf file).

The documentation from all three of the Charter Review Commission’s community meetings (Tri-C Metro Campus on June 18, Gunning Recreation Center on June 24, Harvard Community Services Center on June 26) can now be accessed from the Community Meeting Testimony page.

Charter Review is a public process, and City Council’s staff has been doing a good job of posting all the documents received and generated by the Charter Commission — along with agendas and notes of all the meetings — on the Commission’s section of Council’s website.

Unfortunately the pdf documents posted as “Supplementary Materials” — including testimony for and against many of the proposals — won’t open in most browsers and can only be accessed by downloading them.  This has been a problem for interested members of the public.

So I’m in the process of reposting most of these documents here, with a menu on the “Documents” page. So far the menu only includes letters and testimony related to Civil Service issues, including the Fire Chief appointment process.  But I should have most everything else linked in the next few days.

In addition, there’s a separate page for Community Meeting Testimony, which now includes everything  from our first community meeting on June 18th.  I’ll get the materials from June 24 and 26 up as soon as they become available at the City Council site.

Finally, I should acknowledge the terrific work Rick Horvath of the City Law Department has done in putting all 138 Charter revision proposals to date (with many more to come) into the numbered question-and-language format you see when you click any of these links.

This is a new blog with a simple purpose — to make it easier for Cleveland citizens to understand what’s happening in the Cleveland City Charter Review process, as the members of the Charter Review Commission (including me) spend the last month of our allotted time deciding what changes  to recommend to City Council in our city’s basic governing document.

At this moment Commission members have received formal language for 138 proposed changes to twelve of the Charter’s twenty chapters.  There will be more.  One obvious example: Last week City Council President Martin Sweeney made a presentation to the Commission asking us to recommend a new way of setting the number of Council wards.  There will certainly be other “Council reform” plans formally proposed in the near future.

The idea of this blog is to create easier public access to all these proposals, the documents submitted with them, the schedule of Commission events for the coming month, and the decisions leading up to our final report and recommendations to City Council.

Along the way I’ll try to post some road maps of the different (and often conflicting) proposals for change in specific areas like Civil Service and election rules.  But I don’t intend to engage in much opinionating here — my main blog, Callahan’s Cleveland Diary, gives me more than enough opportunity for that.

So here’s Cleveland Charter Review 2008, a special Cleveland Diary project.  I hope it’s helpful.