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Six Proposed City Charter Changes On Nov. 6 Ballot

Six Proposed City Charter
Changes On Nov. 6 Ballot

Along with voting for a new mayor and local city council candidates, voters will have a choice of voting yes or no on six changes to the City Charter.

For the third time since 1998, when the new charter was enacted, voters are asked to amend the city’s "constitution," the blueprint for how the city is to be run.

The six proposals will appear on the right side of the ballot. Voters can vote yes or no on each.

1. Gender-Neutral Amendment: Makes the City Charter gender neutral, by revising references to the masculine form to include either an additional feminine form or to replace the masculine form with a gender-neutral form (i.e. firefighter rather than fireman.

2. Children’s Services: Amends the City Charter to make the Administration for Children’s Services an independent Charter Agency.

3. Gun Violence and School Safety: Amends the City Charter to create a "gun-free" safety zone within 1,000 feet of a school; bans the sale of any gun to persons under the age of 21 and requires Board of Education employees to report immediately to the police department, "suspected crimes, including sex offenses and violent crimes" that occur in public schools.

4. Human Rights and Immigrant services: Amends the City Charter to make the Human Rights Commission a Charter Agency; amends the City Charter to make the Office of Immigrant Affairs a Charter Agency and "protects immigrant’s rights to access city services."

5. Public Health: Amends the City Charter to integrate the City’s health and mental health services by creating a unified Department of Public Health as a Charter Agency.

6. Public Safety: Amends the City Charter to establish an Emergency Management Department, Organized Crime Control Commission and Office to Combat Domestic Violence as Charter Agencies to "advance public safety."


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