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Volunteer Citizen Based Charter Committee

The City Council has appointed a Charter Committee for the purposes of reviewing the City's existing charter and recommending appropriate changes, if any, to be placed on the November 2016 ballot. The Committee seeks and encourages public input and participation at each public meeting held.

Reports to Council
Charter Review Committee Final Report, Charter, Timeline to Council (50 pages) - May 16, 2016
Progress Report to Common Council 02/29/16 (25 pages)
Charter Review Progress Report to Mayor and Common Council 9/21/15 (22 pages)

Committee Meeting Schedule
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
5-7:30 p.m. 
EDA Board Room
201 North "E" Street
(parking and entrance accessible on rooftop level of the City Hall parking structure)
Board Agendas and meeting videos
Live Webstream

To contact the Committee, please call the City Clerk's office at 909-384-5002 or email CharterReview@SBCity.org.

Current City Charter
Annotated Charter of the City of San Bernardino

Community Engagement Forums
The committee would like to thank the residents and stakeholders who attended a community engagement forum. In each forum, a Charter Committee representative, walked attendees through proposed changes to the existing City Charter. The Committee has reviewed, compared and analyzed other city charters to gather industry best practices and develop a Charter that will make San Bernardino better.
Forum Summary
Summary of November 2015 Public Forums (4 pages)

November 2015 and February 2016 Forum Materials
Community Forum Presentation (pdf - 27 pages)
Handout - Mayor Council Changes (pdf - 2 pages)

  • Alcalde y El Ayunamiento (en español)

    Handout - Elected v Appointed (pdf - 2 pages) 

  • Elegido v Nombrado (en español)

    For those who were uable to attend, below is a video of the February 25 forum.

    Charter Review Committee Community Forum Videos

    Past Forum Meetings
    March 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (3rd Ward) - Urbita Elementary School
    February 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (7th Ward) - San Gorgonio High School
    February 24, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (2nd Ward) - San Bernardino High School
    February 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (5th Ward) - Chavez Middle School
    February 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (3rd Ward) - Middle College High School (rescheduled to March 3)
    November 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (4th Ward) - Golden Valley Middle School
    November 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (6th Ward) - Arroyo Valley High School
    November 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (1st Ward) - Indian Springs High School

    Committee Studies/Reports

    Links & Resources

    Charter Committee Members Resumes
    To learn more about the forms of municipal governments visit the 
    National League of Cities website.