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CITY CHARTER

 

CITY CHARTER

In effect May, 1965

As Amended through February 1, 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PDF Versions of articles are available below . Please click here for a PDF of the entire City Charter.

  

ARTICLE I

INCORPORATION AND SUCCESSION

 

SECTION 100. Name.

The City of San Jose, in the County of Santa Clara, State of California, shall continue to be a municipal corporation under its present name of “City of San Jose.”

SECTION 101. Boundaries.

The boundaries of the City of San Jose shall continue as now established until changed in the manner authorized by law.

SECTION 102. Succession, Rights, Powers and Liabilities.

The City of San Jose shall remain vested with and shall continue to own, have, possess, control and enjoy all property, rights of property and rights of action of every nature and description (including but not limited to all pueblo lands and pueblo rights) owned, had, possessed, controlled or enjoyed by it at the time this Charter takes effect, and is hereby declared to be the successor of the same. It shall be subject to all debts, obligations and liabilities which exist against the municipality at the time this Charter takes effect.

 

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ARTICLE II

POWERS OF THE CITY

 

SECTION 200. General Powers.

The City of San Jose shall have the power to make and enforce all laws and regulations in respect to municipal affairs, subject only to such restrictions and limitations as may be provided in this Charter and in the Constitution of the State of California. The City shall also have all other rights, powers and privileges which are not prohibited by, or in conflict with, the State Constitution or the Charter and which it would be proper to specifically set forth in this Charter even though such are not herein set forth. It shall also have the power to exercise any and all rights, powers and privileges heretofore or hereafter established, granted or prescribed by any law of the State, by this Charter or by other lawful authority, or which a municipal corporation might or could exercise under the Constitution and laws of the State of California.

The enumeration or specification in this Charter of any particular power shall not be held to be exclusive of or any limitation upon the generality of the foregoing provisions.

SECTION 201. Special Powers.

The City shall have the following special power: To acquire any property outside the City limits by eminent domain, or otherwise, for municipal purposes.

SECTION 202. Procedures.

The City shall have the power to act and may act pursuant to any procedure established by any law of the State, unless a different procedure is established by this Charter or by ordinance.

SECTION 203. Continuity Of Government in Event of Disaster.

In order to provide for continuity of City government during any emergency resulting from war, enemy-caused calamity or other disasters of whatever nature, and in order to otherwise handle any such emergency, the Council is hereby empowered, anything elsewhere in this Charter to the contrary notwithstanding, to:

(a) Provide for the appointment or designation of persons to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of any City offices, whether elective or appointive, during any such emergency, in the event the regularly elected or appointed incumbents of said offices are killed, missing, disabled or for some other cause unable or unavailable to perform the functions and duties of their respective offices, until said incumbent officers perform or resume performance of their functions and duties or until, where an actual vacancy exists, a successor is elected or appointed, pursuant to other provisions of this Charter, to fill such vacancy;

(b) Provide for the preservation of essential records needed to protect the rights of individuals and to conduct emergency operations;

(c) Provide for the establishment of emergency locations for City government so that the City could continue to operate;

(d) Provide for the formulation of plans to use all personnel, facilities and equipment of government for emergency actions;

(e) Do such other things as may be authorized by the laws of the State of California for such purposes.

SECTION 204. City Government - Ethics.

The citizens of San Jose expect and must receive the highest standard of ethics from all those in the public service. City officers and employees must be independent, impartial and responsible in the performance of their duties and accountable to the members of the public.

Added at election November 6, 1990

 

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ARTICLE III

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

 

SECTION 300. Form of Government.

The municipal government established by this Charter shall be known as the “Council-Manager” form of government.

 

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ARTICLE IV

THE COUNCIL

 

SECTION 400. Powers Vested in Council.

All powers of the City and the determination of all matters of policy shall be vested in the Council, subject to the provisions of this Charter and the Constitution of the State of California.

SECTION 401. Composition of Council.

The composition of the Council shall be as follows:

(a) NUMBER OF MEMBERS. The Council shall consist of eleven (11) members, one of whom shall be the Mayor, each of whom shall have the right to vote on all matters coming before the Council.

(b) DISTRICTS. Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter and excepting the Mayor who shall be elected at a Regular Municipal Election from the City at large, each member of the Council shall be elected at a Regular Municipal Election by one of ten (10) Districts designated by number within the City. The term “by Districts” shall mean the election of eligible persons, as defined in Section 404, to the office of member of the Council by the voters of each District alone.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 402. Mayor and Council Member Term Limits.

The regular term of office of each member of the Council shall be four (4) years. The Mayor and Council members shall be subject to the following term limits:

(a) MAYOR. No person who has been elected to the office of Mayor for two (2) successive four-year terms shall be eligible to run for election to the office of Mayor, nor to serve as such, for any additional successive term; but the above shall not disqualify any person from running for election to the office of Mayor, nor from further service as Mayor, for any term or terms which are not successive; nor for any parts of terms which are not successive.

(b) COUNCIL MEMBER. No person who has been elected to the City Council as a Council member in any Council District in the City for two (2) successive four-year terms, after the effective date of this Section, shall be eligible to run for election as a member of the Council in any Council District, nor appointed to serve as a Council member for any additional successive term. Any person appointed or elected to the City Council as a City Council member to fill an unexpired term of two years or less in length shall be eligible to serve two successive four-year terms upon the expiration of the unexpired term for which that person was appointed or elected. Any person appointed or elected to the City Council as a City Council member to fill an unexpired term of more than two years in length shall only be eligible to serve one successive four-year term. The above shall not disqualify any person from running for election to the Office of Mayor or for any term or terms which are not successive. The effective date of this Section shall be January 1, 1991.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 6, 1990

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 403. Elections by Districts.

For the purpose of electing members of the Council, excepting the Mayor, the City shall be divided into ten (10) numbered Districts as nearly equal in population as practicable. The boundaries of the ten Districts shall be established initially by reference to that certain map of the City of San Jose, entitled “Election Districts of the City of San Jose”, filed and displayed in the office of the City Clerk, and drafted according to data contained in the official census of the City as taken in 1975 and certified by the City Clerk. Thereafter the boundaries of such Districts shall be subject to alteration and change under the provisions of this Section.

Following the taking of each federal decennial census, commencing with the 1980 federal decennial census, the Council shall, by ordinance, redistrict the City into ten (10) numbered Districts. If time permits, such ordinance shall be enacted no earlier than three (3) months and no later than eight (8) months following receipt by the City Clerk of data containing an enumeration of population by blocks derived from such census. In no event shall such ordinance be enacted later than October 31 in the year following the decennial census.

The redistricting ordinance shall be adopted according to the provisions of Article VI, Section 604 of this Charter and shall become effective at the expiration of thirty (30) days after adoption of the ordinance; provided, however, that if the redistricting ordinance becomes effective on or after the first day on which nomination papers may be filed for an election to the office of member of the Council, excepting the Mayor, then the ordinance shall not apply, or be deemed to apply, to that election or to the person elected to the office of member at such election.

By no later than February 1 in the year following the decennial census, the Council shall appoint an Advisory Commission whose purpose shall be to study and make appropriate recommendations with respect to such redistricting. This Advisory Commission shall consist of one (1) member from each District, who shall be appointed by the Council member from that District, and a Chairperson chosen from the City at large, who shall be appointed by the Mayor. The membership of the Commission shall be representative of the ethnic make-up of the City at large, to the extent practicable.

The Advisory Commission shall conduct at least three public hearings, at various locations in the City, concerning its recommendations regarding District boundaries, and shall submit its report and recommendations to the Council within one hundred twenty (120) days following its appointment.

The Council shall duly consider the report and recommendations of the Advisory Commission and in adopting any redistricting ordinance. However, the Council is required to adopt an ordinance within the period of time required under this Section even if the Advisory Commission fails to provide recommendations or reports as specified in this Section.

Except as provided hereinabove, such Districts shall be used for all elections of members of the Council, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council, subsequent to the effective date of such ordinance and until new Districts are established.

Any territory which is annexed to or consolidated with the City but not included within a District shall, prior to or concurrently with completion of the proceedings therefor, be added to an adjacent District or Districts by the Council by ordinance, which shall become effective at the expiration of thirty (30) days after adoption and shall apply to all elections held on and after its effective date.

Any ordinance adopted by the Council and establishing, changing, or altering the boundaries of any District shall describe the new boundaries by reference to a map on file in the office of the City Clerk and/or by a metes-and-bounds description.

In any redistricting, the Council shall make the Districts as nearly equal in population as may be practicable, and may, in establishing the boundaries of the Districts, give consideration to (a) natural boundaries, street lines and/or City boundaries; (b) geography; (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of territory; and (d) community of interests within each District.

Upon any redistricting pursuant to the provisions of this Charter, each incumbent member of the Council will continue, during the remainder of the member’s term, to hold office and to represent the District by which the member was elected prior to such redistricting, notwithstanding any provision of Section 404 requiring a member to be a resident of the District represented by such member.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 6, 1990

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 404. Eligibility.

A person shall not be eligible to take office as a member of the Council, including Mayor, unless the person satisfies all of the following conditions:

(a) The person must have been a citizen of the United States for at least one year immediately preceding the commencement of the term for which the person is elected or the date upon which the person is appointed.

(b) The person must have been a resident of the City of San Jose and, excepting the Mayor, of the District represented by the person as member, for at least thirty (30) days immediately preceding the last day specified by law for the filing of nomination papers with the City Clerk for such office or, if appointed, preceding the date of the person’s appointment to fill a vacancy.

(c) If elected to office at a Regular Municipal Election, the person must have been a registered elector of the City of San Jose on the last day specified by law for the filing of nomination papers with the City Clerk for such office.

(d) If appointed to such office, the person must have been a registered elector of the City of San Jose at the time of the person’s appointment.

A person shall not be eligible to be a candidate at any election for any Council office, if the person would not be eligible under the above provisions of this Section to take office if elected. Any determination as to whether a person has met the eligibility requirements shall be made at the time the nomination papers are filed and at the time of taking office.

The incumbent must, at all times, during the term of office continue being:

(a) a citizen of the United States;

(b) a resident of the City of San Jose and, except as provided in Section 403, of the District which he or she represents;

(c) and a registered elector of the City.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 405. Judge of Qualifications.

The Council shall be the judge of the election and qualification of its members, including the Mayor, and of any other elective officer, and of the grounds for forfeiture or loss of their respective offices, and for that purpose shall have the power to subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and require the production of evidence. A member, or the Mayor, or the holder of any other elective office, charged with conduct constituting grounds for forfeiture or loss of his or her office shall be given, if he or she so demands, an opportunity to be heard in his or her own defense at a public hearing after reasonable notice to such members.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 406. Holding Other Office.

Except as authorized by this Charter, no member of the Council shall hold any other City office or City employment, other than Mayor, during the term for which he or she was elected to the Council; provided and excepting, however, that a member of the Council may become a member of any advisory, administrative or governing body of any special purpose district, entity, organization or committee when such is authorized by State law or where the offices are not incompatible.

Amended at election June 7, 1994



SECTION 407. The Council; Compensation.

Each member of the Council, including the Mayor, shall be paid as compensation for his or her services as a member of the Council, for each calendar month during which he or she is a member of the Council, a monthly salary which shall be established by ordinance adopted pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions hereinafter set forth in this Section. No salary shall be established for any member of the Council, including the Mayor, except as provided in this Section.

Between March 1st and April 30th of every odd-numbered year, the Council Salary Setting Commission shall recommend to the Council the amount of monthly salary which it deems appropriate for the members of the Council, including the Mayor, for the two year period commencing July 1 of that odd-numbered year. The amount recommended for each member of the Council shall be the same, except that the amount recommended for the Mayor may exceed that of the other members of the Council. The monthly salary shall be in an amount which takes into account the full time nature of the office and which is commensurate with salaries then being paid for other public or private positions having similar full time duties, responsibilities and obligations.

No recommendation shall be made except upon the affirmative vote of three (3) members of the Commission. Failure of the Commission to make a recommendation in any year within the time prescribed shall be deemed to mean a recommendation that no change be made.

Each biennial recommendation, together with the reasons therefor, shall be made in writing. Before it submits any such recommendation to the Council, the Commission shall conduct at least one public hearing on the matter. When such a recommendation has been submitted to the Council, it shall not thereafter be amended by the Commission.

The Council shall, by ordinance, which shall be subject to the referendum provisions of this Charter, adopt the salaries as recommended by the Commission, or in some lesser amount, but in no event may it increase the amount.

No more than one salary setting ordinance shall be adopted on the basis of any biennial recommendation, provided that the Council may, at any time, by ordinance, reduce the salaries of the members of the Council, including the Mayor. In any salary setting ordinance adopted hereunder, the salaries for each member of the Council shall be the same, except that the salary of the Mayor may exceed that of the other members of the Council. Salaries established by ordinance adopted pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall remain in effect until amended by a subsequent ordinance adopted pursuant to the provisions of this Section.

For each member of the Council, except the Mayor, a sum, as established by the Council Salary Setting Commission, shall be deducted from the salary of such member for each regular meeting of the Council, other than regular adjourned meetings, which he or she fails to attend in each such calendar month; provided, however, that such deduction shall not be made for his or her failure to attend any meeting during which he or she is away on authorized City business, or from which he or she is absent because of his or her own illness or the illness or death of a close family member. No deduction shall be made from the Salary of the Mayor because of his or her failure to attend any Council meeting.

Amended at election June 7, 1966

Amended at election June 5, 1973

Amended at election November 4, 1980

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 408. Reimbursement.

The members of the Council and the Mayor shall receive reimbursement, if and to the extent such is authorized by the Council, for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties or functions of office.

SECTION 409. When Office Becomes Vacant.

The office of a member of the Council or of the Mayor becomes vacant on the happening of any of the following events before the expiration of such officer’s term:

(a) The death of the incumbent;

(b) Insanity of the incumbent, when determined by a final judgment or final order of a court of competent jurisdiction;

(c) Resignation of the incumbent;

(d) The incumbent ceases to satisfy any requirements for retention of his or her office which are set forth elsewhere in this Charter;

(e) Removal of the incumbent from office;

(f) Absence of the incumbent from the State of California for more than sixty (60) days, unless either upon business of the City or with the consent of the Council. In the case of illness or other urgent necessity, and upon a proper showing thereof, the time limited for absence from the State shall be extended by the Council;

(g) The incumbent ceases to discharge the duties of his or her office for a period of three (3) consecutive months except when prevented by sickness or when absent from the State with permission required by this Charter;

(h) The incumbent being convicted of a felony or of any offense involving a violation of his or her official duties;

(i) The refusal or neglect of the incumbent to file his or her official oath or bond, if such is required by law, within the time prescribed by law;

(j) The decision of a competent tribunal declaring void the incumbent’s election or appointment;

(k) The making of an order vacating the incumbent’s office or declaring his or her office vacant when he or she fails to furnish an additional or supplemental bond if such is required of him or her by law;

(l) The commitment of the incumbent to a hospital or sanitarium, by a court of competent jurisdiction, as a drug addict, dipsomaniac, inebriate, or stimulant addict; but in such event the office shall not be deemed vacant until the order of commitment has become final;

(m) The incumbent’s absence from five (5) consecutive regular meetings of the Council, unless excused by written resolution of the Council. No such excuse shall operate retroactively. No resolution shall excuse an incumbent’s absence from more than five (5) consecutive regular meetings immediately following the date of adoption of such resolution although additional resolutions may be adopted excusing an incumbent’s absence from not more than five (5) additional regular meetings immediately following the date of each such resolution. For purposes of this subsection, regular meetings from which an incumbent has been absent shall not be deemed consecutive if separated by one or more regular meetings at which such incumbent has been present or his or her absence from which has been excused by the Council. Also, for purposes of this subsection, “regular meetings” shall not be deemed to mean or include “regular adjourned meetings”, “special meetings”, or any committee meetings.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 410. Filling of Vacancies.

If, for any reason, a vacancy, as defined by Charter Section 409, occurs in the office of Mayor or Council member, the Council shall either fill the vacancy by appointment by a majority of its remaining members, or call an election for the purpose of filling such vacancy.

(a) APPOINTMENT. If the vacancy is filled by appointment, the appointment shall be effective until the end of the unexpired term of office or January 1st following the next Regular Municipal Election after the appointment, which ever first occurs.

(b) ELECTION. If the vacancy is to be filled by election, the election will be for the entire unexpired term of the office. The election will either be conducted at a Regular Municipal Election, a General Election or at a Special Municipal Election, as determined by the Council. The election will be conducted in accordance with Section 1600.

(c) INTERIM APPOINTMENT. If a vacant office is to be filled by election, the Council may make an interim appointment to fill the office until a candidate has been duly elected and the results of the election have been officially certified. A person who is appointed during the interim period shall meet the eligibility requirements to hold office under Section 404 of this Charter.

(d) ADVANCE REPLACEMENT. When a vacancy is, for any reason, anticipated in advance of its actual occurrence, the Council may initiate the appointment or election process in anticipation of the vacancy. The member who will be vacating the position may participate in the process.

(e) NO REMAINING MEMBERS. If the offices of all of the Council members and also of the Mayor should become vacant and no member of the Council remains to fill any vacancies, the City Clerk shall call and conduct a Special Municipal Election, as soon as reasonably possible, to fill such offices for the remainder of the unexpired terms.

(f) ELECTION DATES. All dates for elections to fill vacancies shall be set by resolution.

(g) ELECTION IN 1994. The election held on November 8, 1994 to fill a vacancy effective January 1, 1995 in Council District 7 shall be deemed to be an election pursuant to this Section. The person so elected shall serve for the full term of that office.

Amended at election June 6, 1967

Amended at election June 6, 1972

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 411. The Council; Interference With Administrative Matters.

Neither the Council nor any of its members nor the Mayor shall interfere with the execution by the City Manager of his or her powers and duties, nor in any manner dictate the appointment or removal of any City officers or employees whom the City Manager is empowered to appoint except as expressly provided in Section 411.1. However, the Council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the City Manager anything pertaining to the appointment and removal of such officers and employees.

Except for the purpose of inquiries and investigations under Section 416, the Council, its members and the Mayor shall deal with City officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Auditor, Independent Police Auditor or City Clerk, solely through the City Manager, City Attorney, City Auditor, Independent Police Auditor or City Clerk, respectively, and neither the Council nor its members nor the Mayor shall give orders to any subordinate officer or employee, either publicly or privately.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 411.1 Department Heads; Policy Objectives; Consent to Hire.

(a) The Council shall adopt a written Statement of Policy for each City Department which is under the administration of the City Manager. Said Statement of Policy shall set forth the broad goals, objectives and aspirations to be accomplished by that Department.

(b) When the position of head of each Department becomes vacant, the Council shall review and, if necessary, amend the previously approved Statement of Policy. The Council also shall adopt a set of questions which are intended to elicit responses from each prospective appointee concerning the goals, objectives and aspirations in the Statement of Policy.

For purposes of this section, the term “department” shall mean any department specified in Charter Section 807 as well as any department created by ordinance pursuant to Charter Section 800.

Prior to appointing any Department head, the City Manager shall submit to the Council, for its review, the responses to the Council’s questions submitted by the proposed appointee, and shall seek the Council’s advice and consent. The appointment shall be made only if the Council, by the affirmative vote of a majority of its members, advises the City Manager that it concurs with the proposed appointment. This section shall not apply to the appointment of any “acting” department head to serve in an interim capacity.

Added at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 412. Meetings of the Council.

The Council shall provide, by ordinance or resolution, not inconsistent with other provisions of this Section, for the time, place, and manner of holding its meetings. Copies of such ordinances or resolutions shall be kept on file in the office of the City Clerk where they shall be available for public inspection. To the extent that they are not inconsistent with other sections of this Charter, the provisions of Chapter 9 of Part I of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, as they now exist or may hereafter be amended, insofar as they relate to the right of the public to attend meetings of the Council, the adjournment of regular or adjourned regular meetings, the calling of special meetings and the holding of executive sessions, shall govern meetings of the Council. No business shall be considered at any special meeting other than such as is specified in the notice of such meeting.

SECTION 413. Citizen Participation.

Within the established rules for the conduct of its official proceedings, no person shall be denied the right personally, or through authorized representatives, to present grievances or offer suggestions for the betterment of municipal affairs at any regular meeting of the Council.

SECTION 414. Quorum.

Except as otherwise specifically provided elsewhere in this Charter, a majority of the entire membership of the Council shall be necessary to constitute a quorum to do business, but a lesser number may adjourn from time to time.

SECTION 415. Rules and Procedure.

The Council shall establish rules for the conduct of its proceedings, and to preserve order at its meetings. It shall cause a record of its meetings to be maintained and this record shall be open to public inspection.

SECTION 416. Investigations.

The Council may make investigations into the affairs of the City and the conduct of any City department, office, or agency, and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Disobedience of any subpoena or the refusal to testify upon other than constitutional grounds shall be punishable by contempt proceedings.

 

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ARTICLE V

THE MAYOR

 

SECTION 500. Mayor.

There shall be a Mayor of the City of San Jose, elected at large, who shall be the eleventh member of the Council. Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in the Charter, the Mayor shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast citywide at a Regular Municipal Election, for a term of four (4) years from and after the first day of January following the year of the election.

The office of each member of the Council, including the office of the member who is Mayor, is a separate office to be separately filled. Any incumbent member of the Council may run for the seat of Mayor, and the Mayor may run for the seat of Mayor or for any other seat on the Council for which the Mayor is otherwise eligible; however, no member of the Council shall hold more than one seat, and no person may be a candidate for more than one seat.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 501. Political Position.

It is the intent of this Article that the Mayor shall be the political leader within the community by providing guidance and leadership to the Council, by expressing and explaining to the community the City’s policies and programs and by assisting the Council in the informed, vigorous and effective exercise of its powers. Political leadership shall be concerned with the general development of the community and the general level of City services and activity programs.

SECTION 502. The Mayor; Powers and Duties.

The Mayor shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) The Mayor shall have the power to make recommendations to the Council on matters of policy and program which require Council decision.

(b) Not less than annually, the Mayor shall address the citizens of the City concerning the current status of City affairs and articulating the policy plans which the Mayor proposes for the City during the ensuring year.

(c) In addition, the Mayor, at other times during the year, may inform the citizens concerning any matters of policy or program which the Mayor believes are for the welfare of the community.

(d) If the Mayor recommends any increases in the City budget, the Mayor shall recommend the method of financing such expenditures. If the Mayor proposes the curtailment of any service, the Mayor shall provide specific recommendations and the reasons for the proposal.

(e) The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Council and shall have a vote as a member of the Council. The Mayor shall have no veto powers;

(f) The Mayor shall have authority to preserve order at all Council meetings, to remove or cause the removal of any person from any meeting of the Council for disorderly conduct, to enforce the rules of the Council and to determine the order of business under the rules of the Council;

(g) The Mayor shall have the power to direct and supervise the Public Information Office of the City.

(h) The Mayor shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Council, provided the same are not inconsistent with this Charter.

Nothing in this Section shall be construed in any way as an infringement or limitation on the powers and duties of the City Manager as Chief Administrative Officer and head of the administrative branch of the City government as prescribed in other sections of this Charter. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the Mayor shall possess only such authority over the City Manager and the administrative branch as he or she possesses as one member of the Council.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 503. Vice-Mayor.

At the second meeting of the Council following the end of each even-numbered year within which a Regular Municipal Election is required to be held, the Council shall elect one of its members as Vice-Mayor who, until a person is appointed to succeed him or her, or until his or her office otherwise becomes vacant, shall serve as Vice-Mayor during the temporary absence or inability of the Mayor to discharge the duties of his or her office.

In case of the temporary absence or disability of both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor, the Council shall elect one of its members to act as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Amended at election June 6, 1972

Amended at election June 7, 1994

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 504. Vacancy.

The office of Mayor shall become and be deemed vacant immediately upon the incumbent’s ceasing to be a member of the Council.

 

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ARTICLE VI

LEGISLATION

 

SECTION 600. Council Action; Method.

The Council shall act only by ordinance, by resolution or by motion made, seconded and adopted. The vote on all ordinances, resolutions and motions shall be by “ayes” and “noes.” The individual vote of each member of the Council shall be entered in the minutes of the Council, except that where a vote is unanimous, it may be so recorded. Upon request of any member, a roll-call vote shall be taken and recorded on any vote. Whenever a roll-call vote of the Council is in order, the City Clerk shall call the names of members in alphabetical order except that the name of the presiding officer shall be called last. All members present shall be required to vote unless disqualified from doing so by law. All written ordinances and resolutions shall be signed by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk.

SECTION 601. Council Action, Vote Required.

Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, no ordinance, resolution or motion shall be passed, adopted, or become effective unless it receives the affirmative vote of at least either (a) four (4) members of the Council, if the vote is taken on or before December 31, 1980; or (b) six (6) members of the Council, if the vote is taken on or after January 1, 1981.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

SECTION 602. Ordinances, When Required.

The following acts of the Council shall be by ordinance:

(a) Those acts required by specific provision of this Charter to be by ordinance;

(b) Each act the violation of which will constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or other penalty;

(c) Each act imposing a new or additional tax, other than the annual property tax;

(d) Each act granting a franchise.

SECTION 603. Ordinances, Requisites of.

Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced in writing. The enacting clause shall be “Be it Ordained by the Council of the City of San Jose”. Each ordinance shall contain a title which shall state in general terms the subject or subjects contained in the ordinance. No section of any ordinance or of any code shall be amended unless the whole section to be amended is set forth as amended.

SECTION 604. Ordinances, Procedure for Adoption.

Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, and with the exception of ordinances which take effect immediately upon adoption, hereinafter referred to in this Article, no ordinance shall be adopted unless (a) it is first passed for publication of title, (b) the title of the ordinance is published as hereinafter provided in this Section, and (c) at least six (6) days have elapsed between the date it was passed for publication of title and the date it is adopted.

The title of an ordinance shall be deemed to have been “published”, as said term is hereinabove used in this Section if such title is printed in a newspaper of general circulation in the City no later than the third day immediately preceding the date of its adoption. No part of any ordinance, or proposed ordinance, other than its title, need be published.

Ordinances which take effect immediately upon adoption, hereinafter referred to in this Article, may be adopted without compliance with the above provisions of this Section.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

SECTION 605. Ordinances; Effective Date.

Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, each adopted ordinance shall become effective at the expiration of thirty (30) days after adoption or at any later date specified therein.

The following ordinances shall take effect immediately upon adoption:

(a) An ordinance calling for or otherwise relating to an election;

(b) An ordinance declaring the amount of money necessary to be raised by taxation, or fixing a rate of ad valorem taxation or levying the annual tax on property;

(c) An ordinance providing for a tax levy or appropriation for the usual current expenses of the City;

(d) An ordinance adopted as and declared by the Council to be an urgency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, containing a statement of the facts constituting such urgency, if adopted by the affirmative vote of at least five (5) members of the Council if the vote occurs on or before December 31, 1980 or by not less than eight (8) members of the Council if the vote occurs on or after January 1, 1981;

(e) An ordinance relating to a bond issue;

(f) An ordinance adopted pursuant to a State law by virtue of which such ordinance shall be effective immediately.

Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to require an ordinance when an ordinance is not otherwise required.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

SECTION 606. Codification.

To the extent that it has not already so done, the Council shall cause to be codified all general ordinances in force, and cause the same to be printed in book, pamphlet or looseleaf form for the use of the City, its officers and the public.

SECTION 607. Code of Ethics.

The Mayor and City Council shall adopt and maintain a Code of Ethics to provide guidance to City officers and employees in their conduct while discharging their public responsibilities. This Code of Ethics shall include, but not be limited to, ordinances relating to the following areas of regulation:

(a) Limitations on and requirements for reporting of campaign contributions and post-election contributions to candidates for elected City Offices.

(b) Reporting and registration requirements for local government lobbyists who act to influence any governmental action of the City of San Jose.

(c) Limitations on the acceptance of gifts by City officers and employees including elected officers and members of Boards and Commissions.

(d) Limitations on the acceptance of honoraria by City officers including elected officials, Council appointees and members of Boards and Commissions.

(e) Regulations regarding disqualification of former City officers and employees in matters connected with former City duties or official responsibilities.

The Mayor, on a biennial basis beginning in 1993, shall conduct a review of the City’s Code of Ethics including any ordinances relating to ethic standards. The Mayor shall make any recommendation for amendments or changes to the Code of Ethics and its implementing ordinances to the City Council.

No amendments or changes shall be adopted which in any way lessen the ethical standard in regulations except by a two-thirds vote of the City Council.

Added at election November 6, 1990

SECTION 608.

Repealed at election June 2, 1970

SECTION 609. Violation and Penalty.

The Council may make the violation of its ordinances a misdemeanor for which a violator may be prosecuted in the name of the People of the State of California and may prescribe punishment for each violation by a fine in an amount not to exceed that set by State law or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment. Such violations may also be redressed by civil actions.

Amended at election November 6, 1984

 

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ARTICLE VII

CITY MANAGER

 

SECTION 700. Appointment, Term and Compensation.

There shall be a City Manager. The Mayor shall nominate one or more candidates for Council consideration for appointment to the position of City Manager. The City Manager shall be appointed by the Council for an indefinite term. The Council shall fix the compensation of the City Manager.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 701. City Manager; Powers and Duties.

The City Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the City. He or she shall be responsible to the Council for the administration of City affairs placed in his or her charge by or under this Charter. Without limiting the foregoing general grant of powers, responsibilities and duties, the City Manager shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Subject to the Civil Service provisions of this Charter and of any Civil Service Rules adopted pursuant thereto, and except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, the City Manager shall appoint all officers and employees of the City; and, when he or she deems it necessary for the good of the service, the City Manager may, subject to the above-mentioned limitations, suspend without pay, demote, discharge, remove or discipline any City officer or employee who under this Charter is appointed by the City Manager;

(b) Except as otherwise provided elsewhere by this Charter, the City Manager shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the City;

(c) The City Manager shall have the right to attend all meetings of the Council, other than closed executive sessions where the City Manager or another Council appointee is the subject of discussion, and to take part in its discussions, but not to vote. The City Manager shall attend all regular and special meetings of the Council unless prevented by illness or physical incapacity or unless his or her absence has been authorized by the Council;

(d) The City Manager shall be responsible for the faithful execution of all laws, provisions of this Charter, and acts of the Council which are subject to enforcement by the City Manager or by officers who are under the City Manager’s direction and supervision;

(e) The City Manager shall prepare and submit the annual budget to the Council in accordance with the provisions of Section 1204.

(f) The City Manager shall submit a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City as of the end of the preceding fiscal year to the Council at a public meeting to be held within three (3) calendar months following the close of each preceding fiscal year. The annual report, which shall be personally certified by the City Manager to be accurate and complete shall contain a statement indicating:

(1) Whether the revenues budgeted for the preceding fiscal year were actually received, and an explanation concerning any material differences between the total revenues budgeted and the revenues actually received;

(2) The extent to which expenditures budgeted actually were incurred, and an explanation for any material variance between budgeted expenditures and actual expenditures;

(3) The amount of the financial reserves of the city;

(4) All other information which, in the opinion of the City Manager, is necessary to provide an accurate and complete picture of the fiscal status and condition of the city.

The report shall be in a form which is susceptible to confirmation by audit. It shall be made available to the public in the Office of the City Clerk.

(g) The City Manager shall make such other reports as the Council from time to time may request concerning the operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to his or her direction and supervision; shall keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the City; and make such recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City as he or she deems desirable or as requested by Council.

(h) The City Manager shall exercise such other powers, and shall perform such other duties, as are specified in this Charter or may be authorized or required by the Council.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 702. Removal by Council.

The Council may remove the City Manager from office at any time.

SECTION 703. Removal by People.

The City Manager may be removed from office by the People of the City pursuant and subject to the provisions of Section 1604 of this Charter.

SECTION 704. Acting City Manager.

The City Manager may appoint, subject to approval of the Council, or if he or she fails to do so the Council may appoint, an officer of the City as Acting City Manager to exercise and perform the powers and duties of the City Manager during the temporary absence or disability of the City Manager.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

 

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ARTICLE VIII

ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

 

SECTION 800. Administrative Organization; General Provisions.

Subject to the limitations hereinafter specified in this section, the Council shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) The Council, in its discretion, may at any time establish such City offices, departments and agencies, in addition to those established by this Charter, as it may desire; and shall prescribe the respective functions, powers and duties of such additional offices, departments and agencies. The Council shall also prescribe the respective functions, powers and duties of those departments which are established by Section 807 of this Charter. The Council may at any time add to, take away, reduce or otherwise change the respective functions, powers and duties of any of the above mentioned offices, departments and agencies. The Council may at any time abolish or discontinue any office, department or agency other than those established by this Charter. The Council may also, at any time, prescribe additional functions, powers or duties for those offices and departments specified in Sections 803 to 807, inclusive, and may at any time take away, reduce or otherwise change all or any of such additional functions, powers or duties;

(b) Subject to the limitations hereinafter specified in subsection (c) of this Section, the Council may:

(1) Contract with any “public agency” for the exercise or performance by a “public agency” for or on behalf of the City, of any of the powers, duties or functions of any office, department or agency of the City established by or pursuant to the provisions of this article;

(2) Contract with any “public agency” for the exercise or performance by the City, for or on behalf of any “public agency” of any of the powers, duties or functions of any “public agency”;

(3) Contract with any “public agency” for the joint exercise or performance by such “public agency” and the City, for or on behalf of any “public agency” and/or the City, of any of the powers, duties or functions of any office, department or agency of the City established by or pursuant to the provisions of this article and/or of any of the powers, duties or functions of any “public agency”;

(4) Contract with any “private agency” for the exercise or performance by a “private agency” or jointly by a “private agency” and the City for or on behalf of the City, of any of the powers, duties or functions of any office, department or agency established by or pursuant to the provisions of this article;

(5) Contract with any “public agency” for the purchase or acquisition by a “public agency” by the City, or jointly by both, for or on behalf of the City, a “public agency” or both, of any real or personal property, or for the construction or making by a “public agency,” by the City, or jointly by both, for or on behalf of the City, a “public agency” or both, of any public works project or public improvement.

Each such contract, excepting contracts for specific improvements or projects, and also excepting contracts for specific studies or reports to be completed within five years, shall be terminable by the City at any time following the expiration of one (1) year from and after the date of such contract or at any time following the expiration of such shorter period of time as may be specified in the contract.

In case of and during the term of any such contract, any provisions of this Charter, or of any ordinance, resolution or other City regulation, providing for the exercise or performance of said powers, duties or functions by a City office, department or agency established by or pursuant to the provisions of this article, or specifying a procedure for or otherwise controlling or regulating the manner in which such powers, duties or functions may be exercised or performed by any City office, department or agency established by or pursuant to this article, shall be deemed suspended to the extent that they are inconsistent with the performance or exercise by a “public agency” or “private agency” of any of such powers, duties or functions pursuant to or as provided by such contract. Also, the provisions of Section 1217 of this Charter, and of any City ordinance, resolution or other regulation relating to the matters mentioned in said Section 1217, shall not apply to any acquisitions or purchases of property, nor to any public works projects or improvements, made, constructed or done by a “public agency” for or on behalf of the City pursuant to any contract above mentioned in sub-paragraph (5) of this sub-section (b), provided that the “public agency,” in doing such things for or on behalf of the City, complies with such procedural requirements as would be applicable to it if it were to do such things for or on behalf of itself.

As used in this sub-paragraph (b), “public agency” means the United States of America, the State of California, any division, department, office, agency or political or administrative subdivision of the United States or of the State of California, or any county, municipal corporation (other than the City of San Jose), district, authority or other governmental body or organization; and, as used in this sub-section (b), “private agency” means any private corporation, firm, association, organization or person.

(c) Anything hereinabove in this section to the contrary notwithstanding, unless authorized by other sections of this Charter, no power, duty or function assigned by this Charter to the office of City Clerk, City Attorney, City Auditor, Independent Police Auditor or to the Finance Department, shall be discontinued or assigned or transferred to any other office, department or agency of the City nor to any “public agency” or “private agency” as said terms are hereinabove defined; excepting, however, that the Council may provide for the furnishing or performance of special services by another office, department or agency or by a “public agency” or a “private agency” to assist the office of City Clerk, City Attorney, City Auditor, Independent Police Auditor or the Department of Finance in the exercise or performance by them of those powers, duties and functions which are assigned to them by this Charter if and when such assistance or service is requested or recommended by the head of such office or department.

Amended at election June 7, 1966

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 801. Direction by City Manager.

Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, all offices, departments and agencies established by or pursuant to the provisions of this Article shall be administered by an officer appointed by and subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager.

SECTION 802. Organization, Conduct and Operation of Departments.

By action not inconsistent with other provisions of this Charter, the Council shall provide for the organization, conduct and operation of the several offices, departments and agencies of the City.

SECTION 803. Office of City Attorney.

The office of City Attorney is hereby established. The City Attorney shall be an attorney at law, and shall be licensed to practice law in the State of California. In addition, he or she shall have had at least five (5) years of experience in the practice of law prior to his or her appointment. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the City Attorney shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Represent and appear for the City, its Council, boards and commissions, in any or all legal actions or proceedings in which they or any of them are concerned or are a part;

(b) Upon request of an officer or employee or former officer or employee of the City, defend such officer or employee or former officer or employee in any action or proceeding brought against him or her, in his or her official or individual capacity or both, on account of an act or omission in the scope of his or her employment as an officer or employee of the City, whenever the City is required by the general laws of the State of California to provide such defense or whenever the Council elects to provide such defense even though not required to so do; provided and excepting, however, that the City Attorney may refuse to provide such defense whenever, in his or her opinion, his or her providing such defense would conflict with his or her other duties or responsibilities, in which event the City, if required by the general laws of the State to provide such defense or if it elects to provide such defense though not required by the general laws to do so, shall provide other legal counsel for such purpose;

(c) Advise the Council and all City boards, commissions and officers in all matters of law pertaining to their offices or their powers and duties;

(d) Perform other legal services required by the Council.

The Council may retain or employ, by contract or otherwise, other attorneys to take charge of any litigation or legal matter or to assist the City Attorney therein, or may purchase insurance which requires the insurer to provide for the defense of the City and/or of its officers and employees in connection with any matter covered by such insurance.

Except as may be otherwise provided by the Council, the City Attorney shall be under the direction and supervision of the Council.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 803.1 City Attorney; Power of Appointment.

Subject to the Civil Service provisions of this Charter and of any Civil Service Rules adopted pursuant thereto, the City Attorney shall appoint all officers and employees, exclusive of clerical, employed in the Office of the City Attorney, and when he or she deems it necessary for the good of the service, he or she may, subject to the above-mentioned limitations, suspend without pay, demote, discharge, remove or discipline any such officer or employee whom he or she is empowered to appoint. Neither the Council nor any of its members nor the Mayor shall in any manner dictate the appointment or removal of any such officer or employee whom the City Attorney is empowered to appoint, but the Council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the City Attorney anything pertaining to the appointment and removal of such officers and employees.

Added at election November 4, 1980

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 804. Office of City Clerk.

The office of City Clerk is hereby established. The City Clerk shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Attend all regular and special meetings of the Council, unless prevented by illness or physical incapacity or unless his or her absence has been authorized by the Council; and keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the Council;

(b) Keep a record of all ordinances of the City, and of all written resolutions adopted by the Council, in such manner that the information contained therein will be readily accessible to the public. To each ordinance contained in such record he or she shall annex or attach his or her certificate stating (1) that it is the original copy of such ordinance or, if the ordinance contained in his or her record is not the original copy, that it is a true and correct copy of the ordinance, and (2) if the ordinance was one required by law to be published, that it has been published pursuant to law;

(c) Keep all other records of Council proceedings and of his or her office in such manner that the information contained therein will be readily accessible to the public until such time as any of them are destroyed in accordance with State law;

(d) Be custodian of the seal of the City;

(e) Administer oaths or affirmations and take affidavits and depositions in connection with or pertaining to City affairs or business; and certify copies of official records of his or her office;

(f) Have charge of all City elections;

(g) Be responsible for the publication of all official advertising of the City; and

(h) Perform such other duties consistent with this Charter as may be required of him or her by the Council.

Except as may be otherwise provided by the Council, the City Clerk shall be under the direction and supervision of the Council.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 805. Office of the City Auditor.

The office of City Auditor is hereby established. The City Auditor shall be appointed by the Council. Each such appointment shall be made as soon as such can reasonably be done after the expiration of the latest incumbent’s term of office. Each such appointment shall be for a term ending four (4) years from and after the date of expiration of the immediately preceding term; provided, that if a vacancy should occur in such office before the expiration of the former incumbent’s terms, the Council shall appoint a successor to serve only for the remainder of said former incumbent’s term.

The office of City Auditor shall become vacant upon the happening before the expiration of his term of any of the events set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (h), (i), (j), (k) and (l) of Section 409 of this Charter. The Council, by resolution adopted by not less than ten (10) of its members may remove an incumbent from the office of City Auditor, before the expiration of his or her term, for misconduct, inefficiency, incompetence, inability or failure to perform the duties of such office or negligence in the performance of such duties, provided it first states in writing the reasons for such removal and gives the incumbent an opportunity to be heard before the Council in his or her own defense; otherwise, the Council may not remove an incumbent from such office before the expiration of his or her term.

The City Auditor shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Conduct or cause to be conducted annual post audits of all the fiscal transactions and accounts kept by or for the City. Such audits shall include but not be limited to the examination and analysis of fiscal procedures and the examination, checking and verification of accounts and expenditures. The audits shall be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and accordingly shall include tests of the accounting records and other auditing procedures as may be considered necessary under the circumstances. The audits shall include the issuance of suitable reports of examination so the Council and the public will be informed as to the adequacy of the financial statements of the City.

(b) Conduct performance audits, as assigned by Council. A “performance audit” means a post audit which determines with regard to the purpose, functions and duties of the audited agency all of the following:

(1) Whether the audited department, office or agency, is managing or utilizing its resources, including public funds, personnel, property, equipment and space in an economical and efficient manner.

(2) Causes of inefficiencies or uneconomical practices, including inadequacies in management information systems, internal and administrative procedures, organizational structure, use of resources, allocation of personnel, purchasing policies and equipment.

(3) Whether the desired results are being achieved.

(4) Whether objectives established by the Council or other authorizing body are being met.

(c) Conduct special audits and investigations, as assigned by Council. “Special audits” and “investigations” mean assignments of limited scope, intended to determine:

(1) The accuracy of information provided to the Council.

(2) The costs and consequences of recommendations made to the Council.

(3) Other information concerning the performance of City Departments, Offices or Agencies as requested by the Council.

(d) The City Auditor shall have access to, and authority to examine any and all documents including but not limited to books, accounts, internal memoranda, writings and tapes, reports, vouchers, correspondence files and other records, bank accounts, money and other property of any City department, office or agency, whether created by the Charter or otherwise, with the exception of the office of any elected official.

It is the duty of any officer, employee or agent of the City having control of such records to permit access to, and examination thereof, upon the request of the City Auditor or his or her authorized representative. It is also the duty of any such officer, employee or agent to fully cooperate with, and to make full disclosure of all pertinent information.

(e) Prepare and submit to the Council, in each calendar month, a written report of the City Auditor’s activities and findings in the immediately preceding calendar month, together with any recommendations to improve the administration of the City;

(f) Perform other auditing functions, consistent with other provisions of this Charter, and prepare and submit such other reports, as may be assigned by the Council.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 805.1 City Auditor; Power of Appointment.

(a) The City Auditor may appoint and prescribe the duties of the professional and technical employees employed in the Office of the City Auditor. Such appointed professional and technical employees shall serve in unclassified positions at the pleasure of the City Auditor. The Council shall determine whether a particular employee is a “professional” or “technical” employee who may be appointed by the City Auditor pursuant to these Subsections.

(b) In addition, subject to the Civil Service provisions of this Charter and of any Civil Service Rules adopted pursuant thereto, the City Auditor shall appoint all clerical employees employed in the Office of the City Auditor, and when the City Auditor deems it necessary for the good of the service he or she may, subject to the above-mentioned limitations, suspend without pay, demote, discharge, remove or discipline any such employee whom he or she is empowered to appoint.

(c) Neither the Council nor any of its members nor the Mayor shall in any manner dictate the appointment or removal of any such officer or employee whom the City Auditor is empowered to appoint, but the Council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the City Auditor anything pertaining to the appointment and removal of such officers and employees.

Added at election November 4, 1980

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 805.2 City Auditor Performance Audit.

The Council shall contract with an independent audit firm, which has no other contracts with the City, to conduct a performance audit of the City Auditor’s office at least every two years. The report of the performance audit shall be available to the public.

Added at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 806. Finance Department.

A Finance Department is hereby established. A Director of Finance shall be the head of such department. The functions of such department and the powers and duties of the Director of Finance shall be as follows:

(a) Regularly, at least once each month, and at the end of each fiscal year, prepare and submit to the City Manager a monthly statement indicating the financial condition of the City;

(b) Except as otherwise provided in Article XII of this Charter, receive or collect all monies or revenues due the City; maintain custody of all public funds and securities belonging to or under the control of the City, and deposit and invest funds in accordance with principles of sound treasury management and in accordance with the applicable laws or ordinances;

(c) Maintain a general accounting system for the City; and supervise and control disbursements and expenditures to assure that unexhausted and unencumbered appropriations exist therefor or that payment has been otherwise legally authorized, and that money is available therefor in the City Treasury with which to make payment;

(d) Verify cash receipts, the distribution of revenues to the appropriate funds, and certify as to the legality and correctness of all bills, invoices, payrolls, demands and charges against the City, and sign warrants or checks in payment of such claims;

(e) Unless and except as may be otherwise provided by the Council, procure materials, supplies and general services for the City, and prepare and maintain a current inventory of all materials and supplies and an inventory of general assets belonging to the City;

(f) Unless and except as may be otherwise provided by the Council, provide general services to other departments of the City as may be determined appropriate;

(g) Perform such other functions, consistent with this Charter, as may be required by the Council.

Subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager, the Director of Finance shall be responsible for the conduct of all of the functions of the Finance Department and, except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, shall have for such purpose the duties and powers imposed by the general laws of the State of California upon City Treasurers, City Assessors and City Tax Collectors.

SECTION 807. Administrative Organization; Other Departments.

(a) The following Charter departments are hereby established: A Police Department, a Fire Department, a Public Works Department, a Parks and Recreation Department, a Personnel Department, a Planning Department, an Airport Department and a Library Department.

(b) Additional departments may be created by Council from time to time pursuant to Section 800.

(c) Each department shall have such functions, powers and duties as Council may from time to time prescribe.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 808. Public Information Office.

A Public Information Office is hereby established.

This office shall be administered by a Public Information Officer appointed by the Mayor. The Public Information Officer shall be under the direction and supervision of the Mayor.

The functions and duties of this office shall be to gather and disseminate to the public and to the news media, in a timely manner, accurate and complete information concerning the policies of the Council and other information regarding the City and the general region in which it is located, and to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Council.

Added at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 809. Office of the Independent Police Auditor

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor is hereby established. The Independent Police Auditor shall be appointed by the Council. Each such appointment shall be made as soon as such can reasonably be done after the expiration of the latest incumbent’s term of office. Each such appointment shall be for a term ending four (4) years from and after the date of expiration of the immediately preceding term; provided, that if a vacancy should occur in such office before the expiration of the former incumbent’s terms, the Council shall appoint a successor to serve only for the remainder of said former incumbent’s term.

The office of Independent Police Auditor shall become vacant upon the happening before the expiration of his or her term of any of the events set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (h), (i), (j), (k) and (l) of Section 409 of this Charter. The Council, by resolution adopted by not less than ten (10) of its members may remove an incumbent from the office of the Independent Police Auditor, before the expiration of his or her term, for misconduct, inefficiency, incompetence, inability or failure to perform the duties of such office or negligence in the performance of such duties, provided it first states in writing the reasons for such removal and gives the incumbent an opportunity to be heard before the Council in his or her own defense; otherwise, the Council may not remove an incumbent from such office before the expiration of his or her term.

The Independent Police Auditor shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Review Police Department investigations of complaints against police officers to determine if the investigation was complete, thorough, objective and fair.

(b) Make recommendations with regard to Police Department policies and procedures based on the Independent Police Auditor’s review of investigations of complaints against police officers.

(c) Conduct public outreach to educate the community on the role of the Independent Police Auditor and to assist the community with the process and procedures for investigation of complaints against police officers.

Added at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 809.1. Independent Police Auditor; Power Of Appointment.

(a) The Independent Police Auditor may appoint and prescribe the duties of the professional and technical employees employed in the Office of the Independent Police Auditor. Such appointed professional and technical employees shall serve in unclassified positions at the pleasure of the Independent Police Auditor. The Council shall determine whether a particular employee is a “professional” or “technical” employee who may be appointed by the Independent Police Auditor pursuant to these Subsections.

(b) In addition, subject to the Civil Service provisions of this Charter and of any Civil Service Rules adopted pursuant thereto, the Independent Police Auditor shall appoint all clerical employees employed in the Office of the Independent Police Auditor, and when the Independent Police Auditor deems it necessary for the good of the service he or she may, subject to the above-mentioned limitations, suspend without pay, demote, discharge, remove or discipline any such employee whom he or she is empowered to appoint.

(c) Neither the Council nor any of its members nor the Mayor shall in any manner dictate the appointment or removal of any such officer or employee whom the Independent Police Auditor is empowered to appoint, but the Council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the Independent Police Auditor anything pertaining to the appointment and removal of such officers and employees.

Added at election November 5, 1996

 

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ARTICLE IX

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

 

SECTION 900. Officers and Employees; Enumeration.

The officers of the City shall consist of the Mayor, members of the Council, the City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Clerk, the City Auditor, the Independent Police Auditor, the directors or heads of the various City offices or departments, the members of various boards and commissions and such other officers as may be provided for by this Charter or by action of the Council.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 901. Officers and Employees; Appointment and Removal.

The City Manager, the City Attorney, and the City Clerk shall be appointed and may at any time be removed by the Council. Except as otherwise provided by this Charter, all other officers, department heads and employees of the City, except members of boards and commissions, shall be appointed by the City Manager and, except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, shall serve at his or her pleasure.

The Council shall appoint, and may at any time remove, an Acting City Manager, an Acting City Attorney, Acting City Clerk, Acting City Auditor and Acting Independent Police Auditor to perform the functions and duties of the respective offices in the case of absence or disability.

The Mayor and each member of the Council shall appoint any assistants to serve in his or her office.

The City Manager shall, subject to the provisions of Section 411.1, appoint a person to act as the head of a department or office, other than the office of City Clerk, City Attorney, City Auditor, Independent Police Auditor and Public Information Officer in the case of absence or disability of the head of such department or office.

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 902. Compensation.

The compensation of all City appointive officers and employees, except as otherwise provided in this Charter, shall be fixed by the Council. All officers and employees shall be entitled to be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred while performing official business of the City when said expenses have been authorized or approved by the proper authority.

SECTION 903. Oath of Office.

Each officer of the City, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take the oath of office as provided for in the Constitution of this State and shall file the same with the City Clerk.

SECTION 904. Administering Oaths.

Each department head and his or her deputies shall have the power to administer oaths and affirmations in connection with any official business pertaining to his or her department.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 905. Official Bonds.

The Council shall fix the nature, amount and terms of the official bonds of all officials or employees who are required by the Council to qualify for such bonds; provided, however, that all officers and employees having custody or control of public funds shall be required to be bonded. All bonds shall be executed by a responsible corporate surety, shall be approved as to form by the City Attorney and shall be filed with the City Clerk. Premiums on official bonds shall be paid by the City.

SECTION 906. Prohibited Interests.

The provisions of Article 4, Chapter 1, Division 4, Title 1 of the Government Code of the State of California as the same now exist or may hereafter be amended, relating to prohibitions applicable to specified officers, shall apply in the City.

SECTION 907. Nepotism.

The Council shall not appoint to a salaried position under the City government any person who, at the time of his appointment, is related by blood or marriage, within the second degree, to any member of such Council; nor shall the City Manager or any other appointing authority appoint to any salaried position under City government any person who, at the time of his appointment, is related by blood or marriage, within the second degree, to such appointing authority.

SECTION 908. Discrimination.

Except as otherwise provided by the general laws of this State heretofore or hereafter enacted, no person employed by the City or seeking employment therewith shall be employed, refused employment, promoted, demoted, disciplined or discharged or in any way favored or discriminated against because of political opinion or affiliations, or membership in a lawful employees association, or because of race, color or creed.

 

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ARTICLE X

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

SECTION 1000. Planning Commission.

There shall be, and there is hereby established, a Planning Commission to consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Council. It shall be deemed to be a continuation of the Planning Commission established by and pursuant to this Section as it read immediately prior to the effective date of this Section as it now reads.

A person shall not be eligible to take or hold office as a member of the Planning Commission unless he or she satisfies all of the following conditions:

(a) He or she must have been a citizen of the United States for at least one year immediately preceding the commencement of the four-year term or lesser period of time for which he or she is appointed, and he or she must be a citizen of the United States during his or her incumbency;

(b) He or she must have been a resident of the City of San Jose for at least one year immediately preceding the commencement of the four-year term or lesser period of time for which he or she is appointed, and he or she must be a resident of the City of San Jose during his or her incumbency;

(c) He or she must have been a registered elector of the City of San Jose at the time of his or her appointment and thereafter to and including the date of commencement of the four-year term or lesser period of time for which he or she is appointed.

The City Manager, the City Attorney and such other officers as the Council may designate, or their representatives, may meet with the Planning Commission and may participate in its discussions but shall not have a vote.

Those persons who immediately prior to the effective date of this Section (as it now reads) were members of the Planning Commission established by and pursuant to this Section as it read immediately prior to the effective date of this Section (as it now reads) shall continue to be members of this Planning Commission and, subject to other provisions of this Charter, shall hold such offices until the expiration of the terms for which they were appointed, to wit: the three members appointed for terms expiring on June 30, 1970, shall continue in office until the end of June 30, 1970, and the four members appointed for terms expiring on June 30, 1972, shall continue in office until the end of June 30, 1972. Thereafter, the Council shall appoint commissioners for four-year terms commencing on the first day of July of each even-numbered year to fill the offices of those members whose terms expire as of the end of the 30th day of June of such year.

The office of a member shall become vacant if during his or her term of office he or she ceases to be a resident of the City of San Jose or ceases to be a citizen of the United States. Also, the office of a member shall become vacant upon the happening before the expiration of his or her term of any of the events set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c), (e), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), and (l) of Section 409 of this Charter, or upon such member’s absence from five (5) consecutive regular meetings other than adjourned regular meetings, of the Commission, unless excused by resolution of Council. Also, the Council may remove a member from office at any time for misconduct, inefficiency or willful neglect in the performance of the duties of his or her office providing it first states in writing the reasons for such removal and gives such member an opportunity to be heard before the Council in his or her own defense. If a vacancy occurs before the expiration of a member’s term, the Council shall appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term of such member.

The Planning Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Make recommendations to the Council respecting the adoption, amendment, or repeal of master, general, comprehensive, precise or specific plans for future physical development of the City or any part thereof, and periodically review the same;

(b) Make recommendations to the Council respecting the adoption, amendment or repeal of land use and development regulations, including but not limited to zoning and subdivision regulations;

(c) Make recommendations to the Council respecting the adoption, amendment or repeal of plans or programs for the redevelopment, rehabilitation or renewal of any areas of the City;

(d) Make recommendations to the Council respecting capital improvement programs; and

(e) Exercise such other powers and perform such other functions and duties as may be expressly given to it by other provisions of this Charter, or exercise such other powers or perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Council not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter.

Amended at election June 6, 1966

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election June 7, 1988

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1001. Civil Service Commission.

There shall be, and there is hereby established, a Civil Service Commission. The following provisions shall be applicable thereto:

(a) MEMBERSHIP. The Civil Service Commission shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Council for terms of four (4) years. Members must be qualified electors of the City at all times during their terms of office; not more than four (4) shall be of the same sex; and one (1) shall be an attorney-at-law, licensed to practice law in the State of California, who shall have practiced law in said State for at least five (5) years.

(b) TERMS OF OFFICE. The term of office for persons appointed after November 1, 1998 shall be four (4) years.

The person who is appointed to fill the one (1) office of the member whose term expires on December 1, 2001, and each person who is thereafter appointed to fill such one (1) office whenever it becomes vacant, regardless of whether it becomes vacant during or at the end of an incumbent’s term of office, shall be appointed by the Council from a list of three (3) persons to be nominated in each case by all full-time officers and employees in the Civil Service of the City (other than members of the Council and members of boards and commissions) at elections to be held for such purpose. Only full-time officers and employees shall be eligible to vote at such elections, and no officer or employee shall be permitted to vote for more than one person at any one election. The names of three (3) persons receiving the highest number of votes at any such election shall be referred to the Council, and the Council, without consideration of the number of votes received by each, shall appoint to such office the one of the three whom it believes is best qualified for such office. Said nomination elections shall be conducted by the City Clerk in accordance with an election procedure prepared by the City Clerk and approved by the Council.

(c) VACANCIES. The City Council shall adopt an ordinance setting forth rules relating to vacancies before expiration of a term of office and removal of a member from office.

(d) OATH AND DECLARATION. The members of the Civil Service Commission, in addition to the oath of office required by law, shall make under oath and file in the office of the City Clerk the following declaration: “I am opposed to appointment to public service as a reward for political activity and will execute and perform the powers and duties of the office of Civil Service Commissioner in the spirit of this declaration.”

(e) SECRETARY. The Council shall provide the Commission with a secretary satisfactory to the Commission; provided, however, that the head of any personnel department of the City shall not hold any secretarial, executive or administrative position under the direct jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission.

(f) POWERS AND DUTIES. The Civil Service Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) To recommend to the Council the adoption, amendment or repeal of Civil Service Rules relating to the matters specified in Section 1102 of Article XI of this Charter;

(2) To make any investigation which it may consider desirable concerning the administration of personnel in the Classified Service;

(3) To make recommendations to the Council, the City Manager or to any other appointive power on matters relating to the administration of personnel in the Classified Service;

(4) To exercise and perform such other powers and duties as are expressly given to it by other provisions of this Charter; and to exercise such other powers and perform such other functions and duties as may be prescribed by the Council not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter.

Amended at election June 7, 1988

Amended at election June 7, 1994

Amended at election November 3, 1998

SECTION 1001.1 Council Salary Setting Commission.

There shall be, and there is hereby established, a Council Salary Setting Commission. The following provisions shall be applicable thereto:

(a) MEMBERSHIP. The Council Salary Setting Commission shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Civil Service Commission. Members must be qualified electors of the City at all times during their term of office.

(b) TERMS OF OFFICE. Except as provided hereinbelow, the regular term of office of each member of the Council Salary Setting Commission shall be four (4) years. The initial members of the Council Salary Setting Commission shall be appointed by the Civil Service Commission during the month of January, 1981. Two (2) of the members so appointed shall be appointed for a term expiring on December 31, 1982; and three (3) of the members so appointed shall be appointed for a term expiring on December 31, 1984. Commencing in December of 1982, the Civil Service Commission shall, during the month of December of each even-numbered year, make appointments to fill the offices of the members whose terms are expiring at the end of such even-numbered year. Such appointments shall be for regular terms of four (4) years commencing on the first day of January of the following odd-numbered year and expiring on the 31st day of December of the second even-numbered year thereafter.

(c) VACANCIES. The office of a member shall become vacant upon the happening before the expiration of his or her term of any of the events set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (h), (i), (j), (k), and (l) of Section 409 of this Charter. Also, the Civil Service Commission may remove a member from office at any time for misconduct, inefficiency or willful neglect in the performance of the duties of his or her office providing it first states in writing the reasons for such removal and gives such member an opportunity to be heard before the Civil Service Commission in his or her own defense. If a vacancy occurs before the expiration of a member’s term, the Civil Service Commission shall appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term of such member.

(d) POWERS AND DUTIES. The Council Salary Setting Commission shall biennially make recommendations respecting salaries for members of the Council, including the Mayor, as provided in Section 407 of this Charter.

Added at election November 4, 1980

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1002. Other Boards and Commissions.

In addition to those specific boards and commissions which are established by other provisions of this Article, the Council may create such other boards and commissions as in its judgment are required, and may grant them such functions, powers and duties as are consistent with the provisions of this Charter. In addition, the Council may create such temporary committees as it may deem advisable to render counsel and advice to the Council, the City Manager or any board or commission on any specified matter within the jurisdiction of such authorities. All boards, commissions and committees created by the Council shall be subject to such direction and supervision, if any, as the Council may specify, and the members thereof shall be appointed by the Council, or by the Mayor if such is authorized by the Council, for such terms as the Council may deem advisable.

SECTION 1003. Reimbursement for Expenses.

Members of boards, commissions and committees shall receive reimbursement, if and to the extent such is authorized by the Council, for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties or functions of office.

 

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ARTICLE XI

CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM

 

SECTION 1100. Merit Principle.

All appointments and promotions to positions in the Classified Service shall be made on the basis of merit and fitness, demonstrated by examination and other evidence of competence, in accordance with Civil Service Rules adopted in the manner provided in this Charter.

SECTION 1101. Civil Service System; Classified and Unclassified Service.

The Civil Service of the City shall be divided into the Classified Service and the Unclassified Service, as follows:

(a) The Unclassified Service shall comprise and include all of the following officers and employees:

(1) The Mayor and the members of the Council and their assistants;

(2) All members of boards and commissions, and if so desired by the Civil Service Commission, the Secretary of the Civil Service Commission;

(3) The City Manager and all his or her assistants, deputies, and secretaries, the head of each department, assistant directors of departments, deputy directors of departments, (excluding the police department) and the City Clerk and one assistant.

(4) Temporary Employment

a. Persons temporarily employed to make or conduct a special inquiry, investigation, examination or installation, or to render professional, scientific or technical services of an occasional or exceptional character; provided that no person employed in the Unclassified Service pursuant to this subsection for any purpose shall continue in such employment pursuant to this subsection for a period in excess of six (6) months for each special inquiry, investigation, examination, installation or particular service unless an extension is approved by the Civil Service Commission;

b. Persons temporarily employed to fill positions for a period of time not to exceed two (2) years, where there exists a need to perform duties of a temporary nature or where duties may be required on an intermittent basis.

(5) Persons employed in the event of an emergency to perform services required because of and during such emergency for a period of time not to exceed six (6) months unless an extension is approved by the Civil Service Commission;

(6) Persons employed to temporarily fill positions in the classified service when no eligible lists of applicants for such positions exist, until such time as eligible lists are created and persons can be hired there from to fill such positions;

(7) Volunteer members of the police, fire or civil defense departments or of any police, fire or civil defense force or organization.

(8) The Public Information Officer, and all persons employed in the Public Information Office, exclusive of clerical employees.

(9) The City Auditor and the professional and technical employees in the Office of the City Auditor.

(10) The City Attorney and all attorneys and supervisors in the Office of the City Attorney;

(11) The Independent Police Auditor and the professional and technical employees in the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

(b) The Classified Service shall consist of all persons employed in positions in the City Civil Service which are not in the Unclassified Service;

(c) Nothing herein shall be construed as precluding the appointing authority from filling any position in the manner in which positions in the Classified Service are filled.

(d) Whenever previously classified positions are placed in the unclassified service in this Charter, the unclassified status shall not apply to those incumbents filling those classified positions on the date that the conversion was approved by election.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election June 7, 1994

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 1102. Civil Service Rules; Contents.

The Council shall adopt Civil Service Rules for the Classified Service relating to the following matters: Creation of positions; applications for employment; examinations; eligibility and qualifications; duration of eligible lists; certification of eligible lists; appointments; promotions; demotions; transfers; resignations; layoffs; temporary reductions due to retrenchment or completion of work; performance ratings; factors and weights to be considered in efficiency rating; filling of positions; classification of positions; specifications for positions; separation from service; dismissals; suspensions; disciplinary action; such other things, consistent with this Charter, as the Council may deem proper and necessary.

SECTION 1103. Civil Service Rules; Manner of Adoption.

Civil Service Rules for the Classified Service shall be adopted, and may from time to time be repealed or amended, by ordinance of the Council. Upon adoption, Civil Service Rules shall have the force and effect of law.

The Council may adopt, repeal or amend any Civil Service Rule for the Classified Service, provided it first receives from the Civil Service Commission a report or recommendation with respect to the proposed new Rule, if a new Rule is proposed to be adopted, or with respect to the proposed repeal or amendment of an existing Rule if an existing Rule is proposed to be repealed or amended; provided, however, that if the Civil Service Commission refuses or fails to submit to the Council a report or recommendation on any proposed new Rule, or proposed repeal or amendment of any existing Rule, within ninety (90) days from and after the date the Council requests such a report or recommendation, the Council may adopt such new Rule or repeal or amend such existing Rule, without first receiving a report or recommendation thereon from the Civil Service Commission.

SECTION 1104. Disciplinary Action.

Repealed at election November 3, 1998

SECTION 1105. Appointments from Classified Service to Unclassified Service.

In the event an officer or employee of the City who heretofore held or now holds a position in the Classified Service was thereafter or is hereafter appointed to a position in the Unclassified Service, and should subsequently be removed or resign from the Unclassified Service, he or she shall have the right, if he or she has not been guilty of infamous, disgraceful or dishonest conduct, to be employed forthwith in a position consonant with his or her former classification in the Classified Service without loss of any rights or privileges and upon the same terms and conditions as if he or she had remained in said classification.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1106. Employees of Consolidated Cities.

Except as otherwise required by such laws of the State of California as are applicable to charter cities, all officers and employees of any city (hereinafter called “consolidated city”) hereafter consolidated with the City of San Jose, who were full-time officers or employees of such consolidated city upon the date of election held in such consolidated city for such consolidation, when such officers or employees would be included in the classified service of the City of San Jose, shall from the effective date of such consolidation be deemed to have their names upon eligible lists for respective types of positions held by them, and to be qualified for appointment to such respective positions.

Amended at election June 3, 1969

SECTION 1107. Employees of Annexed Agencies.

In the event of the annexation of all or a portion of the area of any governmental agency to the City, it shall be discretionary with the Council as to whether all or any of the officers or employees of such agency shall be entitled to have their names placed upon eligible lists for respective types of positions held by them and to be qualified for appointment to such respective positions.

SECTION 1108. Mandatory Separation from Service.

Any member of the Police or Fire Department of the City who is also a member of any Police and Fire Department retirement plan or system of the City must be separated from any position in the Police or Fire Department of the City upon his or her attaining the age of seventy (70) years, such separation to be effective no later than the last day of the calendar month within which he or she attains such age. Subject to the provisions of other sections of this Charter, the Council may at any time provide for mandatory separation of officers or employees, other than persons holding elective offices, from specified positions in the Civil Service at an earlier age if and when the Council deems such to be for the good of the Civil Service.

Amended at election November 2, 1982

Amended at election June 5, 1984

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1109. Exclusions and Exceptions.

The provisions of this Article shall not be deemed to apply to, nor in any way limit the Council in, the Council’s exercise of any of the powers granted to it by the provisions of sub-section (b) of Section 800, or by the provisions of Section 803, of the Charter. All transfers or consolidations of functions, and all contracts, resulting from the exercise by the Council of such powers shall be deemed exempt from the Civil Service provisions of this Charter, and all persons employed or whose services are contracted for, pursuant to any such transfer, consolidation or contract shall be deemed, for Civil Service purposes, to be independent contractors and not officers or employees within the Civil Service of the City, regardless of the extent, if any, of any supervision or control which may be exercised over such persons or their activities by any officer or employee of the City. Also, the Council may at any time, or from time to time, authorize or direct the execution of contracts between the City and any public or private body, entity, firm, organization, association or person, for the conduct or making of any special study, inquiry, investigation or examination, or for the preparing or doing of any special or particular services or work, for or on behalf of the City or any office, department or agency thereof, unless such is prohibited by the provisions of any other Article of this Charter, without complying with the provisions of this Article; and all persons with whom such contracts are made shall be deemed, for Civil Service purposes, to be independent contractors and not officers or employees within the Civil Service of the City, regardless of the extent, if any, of any supervision or control which may be exercised over such persons or their activities by any officer or employee of the City. In addition, the appointment by the Council of any person to any office, pursuant to authority granted to the Council by this Charter, shall not be subject to the Civil Service provisions of this Charter.

SECTION 1110. Exceptions: War or National Emergency.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Charter to the contrary, in time of war or national emergency the Council may provide for the emergency employment of any person to fill any office or position in the City. Such person shall not be subject to the requirements, regulations and qualifications of the personnel, merit or civil service system adopted by the City. An emergency appointee shall not acquire civil service or other permanent status because of the emergency appointment. The Council may, however, provide that an emergency appointee selected from an eligible list who is otherwise eligible for permanent appointment may acquire such rights as are expressly provided for under Civil Service Rules.

SECTION 1111. Compulsory Arbitration for Fire and Police Department Employee Disputes.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the City of San Jose that strikes by firefighting and peace officers are not in the public interest and should be prohibited, and that a method should be adopted for peacefully and equitably resolving disputes that might otherwise lead to such strikes.

If any firefighter or peace officer employed by the City of San Jose willfully engages in a strike against the City, said employee shall be dismissed from his or her employment and may not be reinstated or returned to City employment except as a new employee. No officer, board, council or commission shall have the power to grant amnesty to any employee charged with engaging in a strike against the City.

The City, through its duly authorized representatives, shall negotiate in good faith with the recognized fire and police department employee organizations on all matters relating to the wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of City employment, including the establishment of procedures for the resolution of grievances submitted by either employee organization over the interpretation or application of any negotiated agreement including a provision for binding arbitration of those grievances. Unless and until agreement is reached through negotiations between the City and the recognized employee organization for the fire or police department or a determination is made through the arbitration procedure hereinafter provided, no existing benefit or condition of employment for the members of the fire department or police department bargaining unit shall be eliminated or changed.

All disputes or controversies pertaining to wages, hours, or terms and conditions of employment which remain unresolved after good faith negotiations between the City and either the fire or police department employee organization shall be submitted to a three-member Board of Arbitrators upon the declaration of an impasse by the City or by the recognized employee organization involved in the dispute.

Representatives designated by the City and representatives of the recognized employee organization involved in the dispute, controversy or grievance shall each select one arbitrator to the Board of Arbitrators within three (3) days after either party has notified the other, in writing, that it desires to proceed to arbitration. The third member of the Arbitration Board shall be selected by agreement between the two arbitrators selected by the City and the employee organization, and shall serve as the neutral arbitrator and Chairman of the Board. In the event that the arbitrators selected by the City and the employee organization cannot agree upon the selection of the third arbitrator within ten (10) days from the date that either party has notified the other that it has declared an impasse, then either party may request the State of California Conciliation Service to provide a list of seven (7) persons who are qualified and experienced as labor arbitrators. If the arbitrators selected by the City and the employee organization cannot agree within three (3) days after receipt of such list on one of seven (7) to act as the third arbitrator, they shall alternatively strike names from the list of nominees until only one name remains and that person shall then become the third arbitrator and chairman of the Arbitration Board.

Any arbitration convened pursuant to this section shall be conducted in conformance with, subject, and governed by Title 9 of Part 3 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.

At the conclusion of the arbitration hearings, the Arbitration Board shall direct each of the parties to submit, within such time limit as the Board may establish, a last offer of settlement on each of the issues in dispute. The Arbitration Board shall decide each issue by majority vote by selecting whichever last offer of settlement on that issue it finds most nearly conforms with those factors traditionally taken into consideration in the determination of wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of public and private employment, including, but not limited to, changes in the average consumer price index for goods and services, the wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment of other employees performing similar services, and the financial condition of the City and its ability to meet the cost of the award.

After reaching a decision, the Arbitration Board shall mail or otherwise deliver a true copy of its decision to the parties. The decision of the Arbitration Board shall not be publicly disclosed and shall not be binding until ten (10) days after it is delivered to the parties. During that ten-day period the parties may meet privately, attempt to resolve their differences, and by mutual agreement amend or modify any of the decisions of the Arbitration Board. At the conclusion of the ten-day period, which may be extended by mutual agreement between the parties, the decision of the Arbitration Board together with any amendments or modifications agreed to by the parties shall be publicly disclosed and shall be binding upon the parties. The City and the recognized employee organization shall take whatever action is necessary to carry out and effectuate the award.

The expenses of any arbitration convened pursuant to this section, including the fee for the services of the Chairman of the Arbitration Board, shall be borne equally by the parties. All other expenses which the parties may incur individually are to be borne by the party incurring such expenses.

Added at election November 4, 1980

 

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ARTICLE XII

FISCAL ADMINISTRATION

 

SECTION 1200. Fiscal Year.

Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, the fiscal year of the City shall begin on the first day of July of each year and end on the 30th day of June of the following year.

SECTION 1201. Use of County Tax System.

Unless otherwise provided by or pursuant to ordinance adopted or approved by the qualified electors of the City, the Council shall continue to use for the purpose of municipal ad valorem property taxation the Santa Clara County system of property assessment and property tax collection as said system is now provided by law or may hereafter be amended and insofar as such provision is not in conflict with this Charter.

Should there arise any reason whatsoever that prevents the City from using said County system for said purpose or if the use of the County system should be discontinued by or pursuant to ordinance adopted or approved by the qualified electors of the City, the Council shall provide a system for the assessment of property and the collection of property taxes in the City.

SECTION 1202. Submission of Capital Improvement Program; Contents.

At least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, or at such earlier time as the Council may specify, the City Manager shall prepare and shall submit to the Council a capital improvement program for the five (5) fiscal years immediately following the fiscal year within which such program is submitted to Council. On or before the day that he or she submits such program to the Council, the City Manager shall also file a copy of the program with the Planning Commission of the City. Such capital program shall include:

(a) A clear summary of its contents;

(b) A list of all capital improvements which are proposed to be undertaken during the five fiscal years immediately following the fiscal year within which such program is submitted to the Council with appropriate supporting information as to the necessity of such improvements;

(c) Cost estimates, method of financing and recommended time schedules for each such improvement; and

(d) Such other information as the City Manager may deem desirable.

Amended at election November 6, 1990

Amended at election June 7, 1994

Amended at election November 7, 2000

SECTION 1203. Action on Capital Program.

Upon receipt of the copy of the capital improvement program prepared by the City Manager, the Planning Commission shall consider the program and, at least ten (10) days prior to the time fixed by Council for a public hearing on the capital program, shall submit to the Council a written report setting forth its findings and recommendations respecting such program. The Planning Commission, in its report may recommend such additions, deletions or other amendments as it deems desirable. If it should recommend any capital improvements different from or additional to those proposed by the City Manager, it shall set forth, in its report, the estimated cost thereof and the manner in which it proposes that the same shall be financed.

The Council shall fix a time and place for a public hearing on the capital program as submitted by the City Manager and upon such amendments or changes, if any, as shall have been submitted as aforesaid by the Planning Commission at least ten (10) days prior to the time fixed by Council for a public hearing on the capital program.  The Council shall cause a notice of such public hearing to be published not less than ten (10) days prior to said hearing by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the City. Copies of the capital program as submitted by the City Manager, and copies of such report as may have been submitted by the Commission, shall be filed and available for inspection by the public in the office of the City Clerk for at least ten (10) days prior to said public hearing. The notice of such public hearing shall state the time and place of hearing and the times and place when and where copies of the capital program as submitted by the City Manager and the report of the Planning Commission will be available for inspection by the public. At the time and place so advertised or at any time or place to which such public hearing shall from time to time be adjourned, the Council shall hold a public hearing on the capital program as submitted by the City Manager, and on the written report of the Planning Commission, at which interested persons desiring to be heard shall be given reasonable opportunity to be heard.

Upon conclusion of such hearing, the Council shall adopt such a capital program, for the five (5) fiscal years covered by the City Manager’s proposed capital program with such amendments as it may deem desirable. Upon its adoption and until adoption of a new budget and a new five (5) year capital program, such capital program, as adopted by the Council, shall serve as a general guide to the Council and to the City administration in the planning and scheduling of capital improvements. From time to time, however, the Council may authorize such departures therefrom as it may deem necessary or desirable.

Amended at election November 6, 1990

Amended at election November 7, 2000

SECTION 1204. Fiscal Administration; Submission of Budget and Budget Message.

(a) Each Council Appointee shall submit to the Mayor and the Council annually the budget request, for the ensuing fiscal year, of each City department, office or agency under his or her administration.

(b) The Mayor shall deliver a budget message which shall include:

-- A statement of the fiscal priorities which the City should adopt for the ensuing year.

-- Which Departments, Offices or Agencies the Mayor proposes to be expanded or to receive reduced budgeted allocations.

-- Specific recommendations concerning any proposed additions to or deletions from the budget.

(c) The Mayor shall deliver the Mayor’s budget message during a meeting of the Council to be held following the receipt of the budget request from the City Manager.

(d) The Council shall hold a public hearing to consider the Mayor’s budget message and to make any revisions or changes in it which the Council deems advisable.

The Council shall fix a time and place for the public hearing, and shall give notice in the manner specified in Section 1206.

Upon close of the public hearing, the Council shall approve the Mayor’s budget message as presented, or as revised, by the affirmative vote of a majority of its members.

(e) None of the recommendations included within the Mayor’s budget message, or as amended and approved by the Council, shall be implemented or carried out in any manner which violates the requirement for a balanced budget contained in Section 1205.

(f) At least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, or at such earlier time as the Council may specify, the City Manager shall submit to the Council a budget for the ensuing fiscal year, together with an accompanying report.

In addition to complying with the requirements of Section 1205, the budget shall contain the City Manager’s financial plan for the activities of the City proposed for the ensuing fiscal year which reflects accurately the recommendations and priorities specified in the budget message as adopted by the Council.

The report of the City Manager accompanying the budget shall specify the budget allocations which implement each component included within the budget message as adopted by the Council.

Amended at election November 4, 1986

SECTION 1205. Budget, Contents.

The budget shall provide a complete financial plan of all City funds and activities for the ensuing fiscal year and, except as required by law or this Charter, shall be in such form as the Council may require or, in the absence of Council requirements, in such form as the City Manager deems desirable. It shall begin with a clear general summary of its contents; shall show in detail all estimated income, including the amount proposed to be raised by property taxation, estimated unencumbered balances of funds to be carried over from the preceding year, estimated unencumbered available reserves, and all proposed expenditures, including debt service, for the ensuing year. The total of proposed expenditures shall not exceed the total of estimated income, estimated unencumbered balances of funds to be carried over from the preceding year and unencumbered available reserves.

SECTION 1206. Council Action on Budget.

Upon receipt of the proposed budget from the City Manager, the Council shall proceed to consider the same and may make such revisions and changes as it may deem advisable; but it shall not adopt such budget, either as proposed by the Manager or as revised or changed by the Council, until after it shall have held a public hearing in accordance with the following provisions of this Section.

The Council shall fix a time and place for a public hearing on the budget, and shall cause a notice of such public hearing to be published not less than ten (10) days prior to said hearing by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation within the City. Copies of the proposed budget as submitted by the City Manager shall be filed and available for inspection by the public in the office of the City Clerk for at least ten (10) days prior to said hearing. Statements, or copies, of such revisions or changes as the Council shall have made in the proposed budget prior to said public hearing shall be available for public inspection at the public hearing. The notice of said public hearing shall state the time and place of public hearing and the times and place where copies of the budget as submitted by the City Manager will be available for public inspection, and shall further state that statements, or copies, of such revisions or changes as the Council shall have made in the proposed budget before the public hearing will be available for public inspection at the time and place of said public hearing.

At the time and place advertised for said public hearing or at any time or place to which said public hearing shall from time to time be adjourned, the Council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed budget, and upon such revisions or changes as may have been made by the Council, at which interested persons desiring to be heard shall be given reasonable opportunity to be heard. Upon conclusion of such public hearing, the Council may adopt the proposed budget with such amendments, if any, as it may deem desirable. Such amendments may add or increase programs or amounts or may delete or decrease any programs or amounts except expenditures required by law or for debt service, provided that no amendment to the budget shall increase proposed expenditures to an amount greater than the total estimated income plus unencumbered available reserves and estimated unencumbered balances of funds carried over from the preceding fiscal year.

SECTION 1207. Appropriations.

After adoption of the budget and on or prior to the beginning of the budget year, the Council, by ordinance, shall appropriate monies for the operation of each of the offices, departments and agencies of the City during the budget year and for other purposes or objects named in the budget. Appropriations may be made for various classes or categories of expenditures, if the Council deems such to be desirable, without separately appropriating specific amounts of money for each of the items of expenditure within any class or category. Each department, officer or agency to or for which an appropriation has thus been made shall be deemed authorized to use the money so appropriated, subject to the supervision and direction of the City Manager and subject to such other restrictions as are elsewhere set forth in this Charter or are imposed by the Council, for the classes or categories of expenditures specified in the appropriation ordinance, provided its expenditures are within the bounds of the appropriation. Appropriations for bond interest, bond redemption, fixed charges and other classes or categories of expenditures not appropriated to a specific department, office or agency shall be subject to the administration of and expenditure by the City Manager for the respective classes or categories of expenditures for which such appropriations are made.

Appropriation ordinances adopted pursuant to the provisions of this Section need not be first passed for publication, nor be published, and shall be effective immediately upon adoption.

In the event the Council should fail to adopt such ordinance within the prescribed time, the several amounts proposed as expenditures in the budget adopted by the Council, or if the Council has not yet adopted a budget, the several amounts proposed as expenditures in the budget as prepared and submitted by the City Manager to the Council, for the classes or categories of expenditures therein mentioned, so far as they relate to operation and maintenance expenditures, shall be deemed appropriated for such classes or categories of expenditures until the Council adopts said appropriation ordinance for the current budget year.

SECTION 1208. Appropriations; Changes.

Appropriations may be amended, revised or supplemented as follows:

(a) SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS. If during the budget year the City Manager certifies or the Council finds that there are available for appropriation revenues in excess of those estimated in the budget, the Council by ordinance may make supplemental appropriations for the year up to the amount of such excess.

(b) EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace the Council may make emergency appropriations. Such appropriations may be made by emergency ordinance in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (e) of Section 605 of this Charter.

(c) REDUCTION OF APPROPRIATIONS. If at any time during the budget year it appears probable to the City Manager that the revenues available will be insufficient to meet the amounts appropriated, he or she shall report to the Council without delay, indicating the estimated amount of the deficit, any remedial action taken by him or her, and his or her recommendations as to any other steps to be taken. The Council shall then take such further action as it deems necessary to prevent or minimize any deficit, and for that purpose it may by ordinance or resolution reduce one or more appropriations.

Also, at any time during the budget year, the Council may repeal or reduce, for any other reason, by ordinance or resolution, any appropriation theretofore made; and, at any time during the budget year, may reappropriate by ordinance all or part of the amount of such reduction for the same or any other class or category of expenditure.

(d) TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATIONS BY COUNCIL. At any time during the budget year, the Council may, by ordinance or resolution, transfer part or all of any unencumbered balance of any appropriation from any department, office or agency to another or from any class or category of expenditure to another class or category of expenditure.

Ordinances or resolutions adopted by the Council pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be effective immediately upon adoption.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1209. Lapse of Appropriations.

Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, every appropriation shall lapse at the close of the fiscal year to the extent that they shall not have been expended or encumbered.

SECTION 1210. Control of Expenditures by City Manager.

The several items of expenditure appropriated each fiscal year being based on estimated receipts, income or revenues which may not be fully realized, it shall be incumbent upon the City Manager to establish a schedule of allotments, monthly or quarterly or as he or she may otherwise determine, under which the sums appropriated to the several departments, offices and agencies shall be expended. The City Manager shall revise revenue estimates from time to time, and may revise allotments at any time.

No officer, department or agency of the City, during any budget year, shall expend or incur any obligation to expend money for any class or category of expenditure not authorized by or in excess of the amounts appropriated by the Council, or in excess of any allotments made by the City Manager.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1211. Funds; General Fund.

All monies paid into the City Treasury shall be credited to and kept in separate funds in accordance with provisions of this Charter or ordinance. A fund, to be known as the “General Fund,” is hereby created as a medium of control and accounting for all City activities excepting activities for which special funds are established and maintained. All revenues and receipts which are not required by this Charter, State law or ordinances to be placed in special funds shall be credited to the General Fund.

SECTION 1212. Cash Reserve Fund.

A revolving fund, to be known as the “Cash Reserve Fund,” is hereby created for the payment of any authorized expenditures of the City for any fiscal year in anticipation of and before the collection of taxes and other revenues of the City for such fiscal year, and for the payment of authorized expenses of the City for any fiscal year which became due and payable and must be paid prior to the receipt of tax payments and other revenues for such fiscal year. A reserve shall be built up in said fund from any available sources other than restricted sources in an amount which the Council deems sufficient for said purposes. If necessary, money may be borrowed on tax anticipation notes, subject and pursuant to State law, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining said funds until monies from other available sources are adequate for such purpose. Transfers may be made by the Council from such fund to any other fund or funds of such sum or sums of money that may be required to place or keep such other fund or funds on a cash basis. All monies so transferred from the Cash Reserve Fund to any other fund or funds shall be returned to the Cash Reserve Fund before the end of the fiscal year. The balance in said fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in said fund; provided, however, that, to the extent that the amount of money in such fund should exceed such amount as the Council deems desirable for purposes of such fund, the Council may transfer such excess to any other fund or funds for any other purpose or purposes.

SECTION 1213. Emergency Reserve Fund.

A fund, to be known as the “Emergency Reserve Fund,” is hereby created for the purpose of meeting any public emergency involving or threatening the lives, property or welfare of the people of the City or property of the City. A reserve shall be built up in said fund from any available sources, other than restricted sources, in an amount which the Council deems desirable. Except as otherwise hereinafter provided, money in said fund shall be expended pursuant to appropriations made therefrom by ordinance.

In case of a public emergency involving or threatening the lives, property or welfare of the people of the City or the property of the City, the City Manager shall have the power, until the next meeting of the Council, subject to the availability of funds therefor and, subject to such conditions, restrictions and limitations as the Council may impose, to summon, organize and direct the forces of any department of the City in any needed service, to summon, marshal, deputize or otherwise employ other persons, or to do whatever else he or she may deem necessary for the purpose of meeting the emergency; and for such purpose, to the extent that other monies have not been appropriated or are otherwise unavailable therefor, he or she may expend any unencumbered monies in the Emergency Reserve Fund notwithstanding the fact that such monies may not have been appropriated for such purpose. At the first meeting of the Council following any such action, the City Manager shall present to the Council a full report of what he or she has done to meet the emergency.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1214. Other Funds.

The Council may provide, by ordinance, for the establishment and maintenance of other special funds.

SECTION 1215. Independent Audit.

The Council shall employ at the beginning of each fiscal year a certified public accountant who shall audit the municipal books, records, accounts and fiscal procedures of all officers and employees of the City who receive, administer or disburse public funds on behalf of the City, and such other officers, employees, departments and agencies as the Council may direct. The Council may order a special audit of any particular department or division of the City government at any time. Such accountant shall at all times abide by the current and most accepted standards of municipal accounting. As soon as practicable after completion of a special audit, if such an audit should be ordered by the Council, said independent accountant shall submit a special report to the Council setting forth his or her findings and recommendations with respect to the matters covered by such special audit. Also, as soon as practicable at the end of the fiscal year, a final report shall be submitted by such independent accountant to the Council setting forth his or her findings and recommendations respecting the records, accounts, and fiscal procedures covered by his or her general audit. Three (3) copies of each report shall be placed on file in the office of the City Clerk where they shall be available for public inspection.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1216. Bonded Debt Limit.

The City shall not incur any indebtedness evidenced by general obligation bonds which shall in the aggregate exceed the sum of fifteen percent (15%) of the total assessed valuation of all the real and personal property within the City.

SECTION 1217. Bid Requirements.

Contracts are to be let to the lowest responsible bidder as set forth below:

(a) PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. When the expenditure required for a specific “public works project” (hereinafter defined), excluding the cost of any materials, supplies or equipment which City may have acquired or may separately acquire therefor, will exceed the greater of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) or the amount which a general law city of the State of California may legally expend for a “public project” (as defined by State law) without a contract let to a lowest responsible bidder after notice, it shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after notice.

For purposes of this Section, “public works project” shall mean a project for the construction, erection, improvement or demolition of any public building, street, bridge, drain, ditch, canal, dam, tunnel, sewer, water system, fire alarm system, electrical traffic control system, street lighting system, parking lot, park or playground. “Public works project” shall not mean or include maintenance of any public works project, or any repairs incidental to such maintenance, or the planting, care or maintenance of trees, shrubbery or flowers.

(b) NOTICE REQUIREMENT AND PROCEDURE.

(1) The notice inviting bids shall set a date for the opening of bids, and shall be published at least once, at least ten (10) days before the date set for opening of bids, in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.

(2) All bids, including such bidder’s security as may be required, shall be presented under sealed cover.

(3) If the successful bidder fails to execute the contract within the time specified in the notice inviting bids or in the specifications referred to therein, the amount of the security required, if any, may be declared forfeited to the City and may be collected and paid into its General Fund, and all bonds so forfeited may be prosecuted and the amount thereof collected and paid into such fund.

(4) All bids shall be publicly opened, and the aggregate bid of each bidder declared at a time and place specified in the notice inviting bids.

(5) The Council shall have the right to waive any informalities or minor irregularities in bids or bidding.

(c) APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. Nothing herein shall preclude the City from including in any contract provisions that require contractor participation in an apprenticeship program for at-risk youth.

(d) SELECTION OF LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER. If no bids are received, the Council may readvertise, or have the “public works project” for which no bids are received done, without further complying with this Section.

(1) If two or more bids are the same and the lowest, the Council may accept the one it chooses.

(2) In its discretion, the Council may reject any or all bids presented. If it rejects all bids, the Council may, in its discretion, readvertise.

(3) If, after rejecting all bids for any “public works project” and after readvertising for bids, the Council finds and declares that the bids were excessive, it may have such “public works project” done by City employees without further complying with this Section.

(e) SECTION NOT APPLICABLE. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any of the following public works projects.

(1) Any public works project done for the City by any public or governmental body or agency.

(2) Any public works project done by any public utility which is either publicly owned or is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California where such work involves any property of such public utility or is otherwise of direct concern to both the City and such public utility.

(3) Any public works project done by a subdivider, developer or owner of real property in connection with the subdivision or development by him or her of any real property, notwithstanding the fact that such may be subject to entire or partial reimbursement from the City.

(4) Any public works project involving highly technical or professional skill where the peculiar technical or professional skill or ability of the person selected to do such work is an important factor in his or her selection.

(5) Expenditures deemed by the Council to be of urgent necessity for the preservation of life, health or property, provided the same are authorized by resolution of the Council adopted by the affirmative vote of at least eight (8) members of the Council and containing a declaration of the facts constituting the urgency.

(6) Situations where solicitation of bids would for any reason be an idle act.

(7) Any public works project where the contract will cost more than $5,000,000 and the City Council finds that the “design-build” procurement process would save money or result in faster project completion. In such situations, the City may negotiate and award a “design-build” contract without having to award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder. For purposes of this provision, “design-build” means a procurement process in which both the design and construction of the project are procured from a single entity.

(f) PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT. The procedures for the purchase of supplies materials and equipment shall be as prescribed by ordinance.

Amended at election June 8, 1982

Amended at election November 8, 1988

Amended at election November 6, 1990

Amended at election June 7, 1994

Amended at election November 8, 1994

Amended at election November 3, 1998

Amended at election November 7, 2000

Amended at election March 2, 2004

SECTION 1218. Claims Against City.

Except as otherwise required by the provisions of State law applicable to chartered cities, claims against the City shall be presented and audited as prescribed by ordinance.

SECTION 1219. Property Tax Limit.

Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the Council shall not levy an ad valorem property tax for any fiscal year in excess of One and 40/100 Dollars ($1.40) on each One Hundred Dollars ($100) of assessed value of taxable property in the City unless authorized by the affirmative votes of a majority of the electors voting on a proposition to increase such levy at any election at which the question of such additional levy is submitted to the electors of the City. The number of years that such additional levy is to be made shall be specified in any such proposition. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, there shall be levied and collected at the same time and in the same manner as other ad valorem property taxes of the City are levied and collected, as additional taxes not subject to the foregoing tax limit, if no other provision for the payment thereof is made, a tax sufficient to meet all obligations of the City for principal and interest on all bonds or judgments due and unpaid or to become due during the fiscal year which constitute general obligations of the City.

SECTION 1220. Revenue Bonds for Off-street Parking or Airport Facilities.

The Council shall have the power to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition, construction, establishment, expansion, improvement, maintenance, operation and administration of off-street vehicular parking facilities within the City (hereinafter in this section referred to as “the project”). The Council shall also have the power to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition, construction, establishment, expansion, improvement, maintenance, operation and administration of municipal airport facilities (hereinafter in this Section also referred to as “the project”). Such revenue bonds may be issued in such manner and upon such terms and conditions as may be fixed and established by ordinance of the Council. In the alternative, the Council may issue such revenue bonds under the general laws of the State of California applicable thereto, provided that no election shall be required for the issuance of such revenue bonds. The authorization granted to the Council by this section to issue revenue bonds for any of said purposes is complete, and no additional authorization shall be required for their issuance. Neither such revenue bonds nor the interest accruing thereon shall constitute indebtedness of the City, nor shall be taken into consideration in determining the limit of general obligation bonded indebtedness of the City. Such revenue bonds, the interest accruing thereon and any reserve, sinking fund or special fund created to secure the payment of such bonds shall be a charge solely upon the revenues, or upon such portion thereof as may be fixed by the Council, of the project on account of which such bonds were issued. Such revenue bonds shall not be a charge, lien or encumbrance, legal or equitable, on any funds or property of the City, other than the revenues of the project on account of which they were issued, excepting that on-street parking meter revenues may be pledged as additional security for the payment of revenue bonds issued for any automotive parking facilities pursuant to the Constitution of this State. Neither the credit nor the taxing power of the City shall be deemed to be pledged to or charged with the payment of the principal or interest of any such revenue bonds, nor shall the holders of such revenue bonds have any right to compel the exercise of the taxing power of the City or the forfeiture of any of its properties. The provisions herein contained for the issuance of revenue bonds shall constitute an alternative method of financing said municipal projects.

Nothing contained in this Charter shall preclude the issuance of general obligation bonds of the City for all or any of the above mentioned purposes pursuant to proceedings taken therefor in accordance with the Constitution and General Laws of the State.

SECTION 1221. Revenue Bonds for Public Utilities.

No revenue bonds shall be issued by the City for the purpose of supplying its inhabitants, or any portion thereof, with water, light, heat, power, railroad or motor vehicle transportation service (other than airport service), or telephone, telegraph or wireless communication service unless authorized by the affirmative vote of a majority of the electors voting on such a proposition in each case.

Nothing herein contained, however, shall be deemed to apply to any of the facilities mentioned in Section 1220. Also, nothing herein contained shall be deemed to deprive the City or its Council of any power which it may have under other Sections of this Charter or under the laws of the State to reimburse, or agree to reimburse, in whole or in part, from any special fund or special revenues, without the affirmative vote of any electors, any subdivider, developer or owner of any real property for any public improvements constructed, installed or furnished by any such person, or for any property dedicated or conveyed to the City by any such person, for or in connection with the subdivision, development or improvement of any real property of any such person.

Also, nothing herein contained shall preclude the issuance of general obligation bonds of the City for any purpose pursuant to proceedings taken therefor in accordance with the Constitution and general laws of the State.

SECTION 1222. Revenue Bonds for Other Purposes.

Revenue bonds may be issued by the City for any purposes other than those specified in Sections 1220 and 1221 only under and pursuant to the laws of the State of California.

Nothing herein contained, however, shall be deemed to deprive the City or its Council of any power which it may have under other Sections of this Charter or under the laws of the State to reimburse, or agree to reimburse, in whole or in part, from any special fund or special revenues, without the affirmative vote of any electors, any subdivider, developer or owner of any real property for any public improvements constructed, installed or furnished by any such person, or for any property dedicated or conveyed to the City by any such person, for or in connection with the subdivision, development or improvement of any real property of any such person.

Also, nothing herein contained shall preclude the issuance of general obligation bonds of the City for any purpose pursuant to proceedings taken therefor in accordance with the Constitution and general laws of the State.

 

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ARTICLE XIII

FRANCHISES

 

SECTION 1300. Power to Require Franchises.

Any person, firm or corporation furnishing or proposing to furnish the City or its inhabitants, or any portion thereof, with water, light, heat, gas, electricity, power, transportation, telephone, telegraph, communication, refrigeration, storage, or any other public utility or service, or traversing or proposing to traverse any part of the City for the transmitting or conveying of any such utility or service elsewhere, or using or proposing to use any public street, way, alley or place in the City for any of such purposes or for the operation of any plants, works or equipment for the furnishing thereof, or exercising or proposing to exercise any public utility franchise right or privilege in the City, may be required by ordinance to have a valid and existing franchise from the City therefor, excepting insofar as the City is prohibited by the Constitution or other applicable laws of the State of California or of the United States of America from requiring such franchise.

SECTION 1301. Authority to Grant Franchises.

The Council is empowered to grant by ordinance a franchise to any person, firm or corporation, whether operating under an existing franchise or not, to furnish the City and its inhabitants, or any portion thereof, with any of the public utilities or services, or to do any of the things, mentioned in Section 1300 of this Charter.

SECTION 1302. Franchise Terms, Conditions and Procedures.

Subject to the provisions of this Charter, the Council may grant a franchise pursuant to a procedure prescribed by ordinance or pursuant to a procedure provided by State law. Any ordinance which prescribes a franchise-granting procedure different from that provided by State law shall make reasonable provision for a public hearing, after public notice, on any requested or proposed grant of a franchise. The Council may grant a franchise without calling for bids or may, in its discretion, advertise for bids for sale of a franchise upon such basis, not in conflict with the terms of this Article, as in its judgment is in the public interest. The Council may prescribe, in any procedural ordinance adopted pursuant to this Section, the terms and conditions under which any franchise or franchises will be granted.

The Council, in granting any franchise, shall prescribe the terms and conditions of such franchise in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Charter and any ordinance adopted pursuant thereto, and may in such franchise impose such other and additional terms and conditions not in conflict with said Charter or ordinances, whether governmental or contractual in character, as in the judgment of the Council are in the public interest or as the people, by initiative, indicate they desire to have so imposed.

SECTION 1303. Term of Franchise.

Every franchise shall be for either a fixed term or for an indeterminate period. If for a fixed term, the franchise shall state the term for which it is granted; if indeterminate, it shall set forth the terms and conditions under which it may be terminated.

SECTION 1304. Purchase or Condemnation by City.

No franchise grant shall in any way or to any extent impair or affect the right of the City now or hereafter conferred upon it by law to acquire property of the grantee thereof either by purchase or through the exercise of the right of eminent domain, and nothing herein contained shall be construed to contract away or to modify or to abridge either for a term or in perpetuity the City’s right of eminent domain with respect to any public utility.

SECTION 1305. Exercising Right Without Franchise.

The exercise by any person, firm or corporation of any privilege for which a franchise is required without procuring such franchise shall be a misdemeanor and each day that such continues shall constitute a separate violation.

SECTION 1306. Article Not Applicable to City.

Nothing in this Article shall be construed to apply to the City, or any department thereof, when furnishing any public utility or service.

SECTION 1307. Preservation of Rights.

Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed to affect or impair any rights, powers or privileges vested in, possessed by or available to the City by virtue of previous Charter provisions relating to franchises.

 

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ARTICLE XIV

SCHOOL SYSTEM

 

SECTION 1400. Effect of Charter.

The organization, government and administration of the public school system in the City of San Jose shall not be affected by the adoption of this Charter, but shall continue in existence as is now or hereafter prescribed by the Education Code of the State of California.

 

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ARTICLE XV

RETIREMENT

 

SECTION 1500. Duty to Provide Retirement System.

Except as hereinafter otherwise provided, the Council shall provide, by ordinance or ordinances, for the creation, establishment and maintenance of a retirement plan or plans for all officers and employees of the City. Such plan or plans need not be the same for all officers and employees. Subject to other provisions of this Article, the Council may at any time, or from time to time, amend or otherwise change any retirement plan or plans or adopt or establish a new or different plan or plans for all or any officers or employees.

SECTION 1501. Exclusions.

The Council in its discretion may exclude all or any of the following persons from any or all retirement plans, to wit: Persons mentioned in sub-paragraphs (1), (2), (4), (5), (6), and (7) of sub-section (a) of Section 1101 of this Charter; all persons employed or whose services are contracted for pursuant to any transfer, consolidation or contract mentioned or referred to in Section 1109 of this Charter; persons employed pursuant to Section 1110 of this Charter; persons in City service primarily for training, study or educational purposes; persons employed or paid on a part-time, per diem, per hour or any basis other than a monthly basis; temporary employees; persons employed pursuant to any relief or anti-poverty program primarily for the purpose of giving relief or aid to such persons. Also, persons who are members of any other retirement or pension system, other than the federal social security system or any other federal retirement or pension system, and who are receiving credit in such other system for service rendered to the City may be excluded, as to such service, from any such plan or plans.

SECTION 1502. Authority to Join Other Systems.

Subject to other provisions of this Article, the City, by and through its Council, is hereby empowered, but not required, to join or continue as a contracting agency in any retirement or pension system or systems existing or hereafter created under the laws of the State of California or of the United States of America to which municipalities and municipal officers or employees are eligible.

SECTION 1503. Continuance of Existing Retirement Systems.

Any and all retirement system or systems, existing upon adoption of this Charter, for the retirement of officers or employees of the City, adopted under any law or color of any law, including but not limited to those retirement systems established by Parts 1, 2 and 4 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code, are hereby confirmed, validated and declared legally effective and shall continue until otherwise provided by ordinance. The foregoing provisions of this Section shall operate to supply such authorization as may be necessary to validate any such retirement system or systems which could have been supplied in the Charter of the City of San Jose or by the people of the City at the time of adoption or amendment of any such retirement system or systems. However, subject to other provisions of this Article, the Council shall at all times have the power and right to repeal or amend any such retirement system or systems, and to adopt or establish a new or different plan or plans for all or any officers or employees, it being the intent that the foregoing sections of this Article shall prevail over the provisions of this Section.

SECTION 1504. Minimum Benefits for Certain Members of Police and Fire Departments.

The Council, by ordinance, shall provide the following minimum benefits for the following members of the Police and Fire Departments of the City excepting those members who are hereinafter excluded from the application of this Section.

(a) RETIREMENT. An officer or employee of the Police Department or Fire Department of the City shall be entitled, upon his or her request, to be retired from City service and to receive during such retirement until his or her death a monthly retirement allowance equal to fifty percent (50%) of his or her “final compensation,” hereinafter defined, if he or she:

(1) Completes twenty (20) years of “service,” hereinafter defined, and attains, while holding such office or employment, the age of fifty-five (55) years or more; or

(2) Completes twenty (20) years of “service,” hereinafter defined, is “disabled,” as such term is hereinafter defined, while holding such office or employment, and applies for such retirement while holding such office or employment.

(b) CONTRIBUTIONS. Contributions required to be made by officers and employees of the Police Department or Fire Department of the City to any retirement fund, plan or system for or because of current service or current service benefits of or for such officers or employees, in relation to and as compared with contributions made by the City for such purpose, shall not exceed the ratio of three (3) for such officers and employees to eight (8) for the City. The foregoing provision, however, does not apply to any contributions required for or because of any prior service or prior service benefits, nor to any contributions required for or because of membership in the Federal Old Age and Survivorship Insurance Program or any other Federal insurance or retirement program or because of benefits provided by any such program.

(c) ACTUARIAL SOUNDNESS. Any retirement plan or system established for officers or employees of the Police or Fire Departments shall be actuarially sound; and an actuarial report thereon shall be obtained at intervals not exceeding five (5) years.

(d) DEFINITIONS. As used in this Section, “service” means service as defined on the effective date of this Charter in Topic 5 of Part 3A of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code; and “final compensation” means final compensation as defined on the effective date of this Charter in Topic 1 of Part 3A of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code, except that with respect to officers and employees who on the effective date of this Charter are members of the Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan established by Part 3 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code “final compensation” shall be deemed to mean the average monthly pay received by any such officer or employee during the three (3) years immediately preceding his or her request for retirement. Also, as used in this Section, “disabled” means the incurrence of a disability, short of death, of permanent duration, resulting from injury or disease, which renders the officer or employee incapable of continuing to satisfactorily assume the responsibilities and perform the duties and functions of his or her office or position and of any other office or position in the same classification of offices or positions to which the City may offer to transfer him or her; provided, however, that such a disability shall be deemed to be of permanent duration if the City or any of its authorized agencies finds that such disability will continue at least until the disabled person attains the age of fifty-five (55) years.

(e) MISCELLANEOUS. The benefits hereinabove specified are minimum only; and the Council, in its discretion, may grant greater or additional benefits. The City shall not be deemed obligated, by virtue of any of the above provisions, to continue to employ any person or persons until he or she or they qualify for or request any retirement benefits. Also, anything hereinabove to the contrary notwithstanding, any retirement allowance may be terminated and cancelled if the person otherwise entitled thereto commits treason or is convicted of a felony.

(f) PERSONS EXCLUDED. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any of the following persons, the same being hereby excluded from the application of the above provisions, to wit: Any and all persons hereinabove mentioned or referred to in Section 1501; officers or employees whose principal duties are those of a telephone operator, clerk, stenographer, secretary, machinist or mechanic; and any and all other officers or employees whose principal duties or functions do not fall clearly within the scope of active law enforcement or active fire fighting and prevention service even though such an officer or employee is subject to occasional call or is occasionally called upon to perform duties or functions within the scope of active law enforcement service or active fire fighting or prevention service, excepting persons employed and qualifying as police patrolmen or in equal or higher rank in the police department irrespective of the duties to which they are assigned, or persons employed and qualifying as firemen, fire fighters, hosemen or in equal or higher rank in the fire department irrespective of the duties to which they are assigned. Also, the provisions of this Section shall not apply to any person or persons who have been retired from the service of the City prior to the effective date of this Charter.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1505. Minimum Benefits for Officers and Employees Other Than Members of the Police or Fire Departments.

The Council, by ordinance, shall provide the following minimum benefits for all officers and employees of the City excepting those who are hereinafter excluded from the application of this Section.

(a) SERVICE RETIREMENT. An officer or employee of the City, other than those hereinafter excluded, shall be entitled, upon his or her request, to be retired from City service and to receive during such retirement until his or her death an annual retirement allowance equal to two percent (2%) of his or her “final compensation,” hereinafter defined, per each year of his or her first twenty-five (25) years of service, hereinafter defined, plus one percent (1%) of such final compensation per each year of his or her service in excess of twenty-five (25) years, subject to a maximum of eighty-five percent (85%) of such final compensation, if he or she:

(1) Completes twenty-five (25) years or more of “service,” hereinafter defined, and attains, while holding such office or employment, the age of fifty-five (55) years or more; or

(2) Attains, while holding such office or employment, the age of seventy (70) years or more regardless of his or her years of service.

(b) DISABILITY RETIREMENT. An officer or employee of the City, other than those hereinafter excluded, who has completed ten (10) years of “service,” hereinafter defined, and is “disabled,” as such term is hereinafter defined, while holding such office or employment, and applies for a disability retirement while holding such office or employment, shall be entitled, upon his or her request, to be retired from City service because of such disability, and to thereafter receive, during the period of such disability, a monthly disability retirement allowance equal in amount to the monthly disability retirement allowance provided for in Topic 16 of Part 4 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code as said Topic and Chapter read on the effective date of this Charter.

(c) CONTRIBUTIONS. Contributions required to be made by officers and employees of the City, other than those hereinafter excluded, to any retirement fund, system or plan for or because of current service or current service benefits of or for such officers or employees, in relation to and as compared with contributions made by the City for such purpose, shall not exceed the ratio of three (3) for such officers and employees to eight (8) for the City. The foregoing provision, however, does not apply to any contributions required for or because of any prior service or prior service benefits, nor to any contributions required for or because of membership in the Federal Old Age and Survivorship Insurance Program or any other Federal insurance or retirement program or for or because of any benefits provided by any such program.

(d) DEFINITIONS. As used in this Section, “service” means all service for which an officer or employee is entitled to credit under the provisions of the retirement system established by Part 4 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code as such Part 4 reads on the effective date of this Charter; and “final compensation” means final compensation as defined on the effective date of this Charter in Topic 1 of Part 4 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code. Also, as used in this Section, “disabled” means the incurrence of a disability, short of death, resulting from injury or disease, which renders the officer or employee incapable of continuing to satisfactorily assume the responsibilities and perform the duties and functions of his or her office or position and of any other office or position in the same classification of offices or positions to which the City may offer to transfer him or her.

(e) MISCELLANEOUS. The benefits hereinabove specified are minimum only; and the Council in its discretion, may grant greater or additional benefits. The City shall not be deemed obligated, by virtue of any of the above provisions, to continue to employ any person or persons until he or she or they qualify for or request any retirement benefits. Also, anything hereinabove to the contrary notwithstanding, any service or disability retirement allowance may be terminated and cancelled if the person otherwise entitled thereto commits treason or is convicted of a felony.

(f) PERSONS EXCLUDED. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any of the following persons, the same being hereby excluded from the application of the above provisions, to wit: Any and all persons mentioned or referred to in Section 1501; and any and all officers and employees in the Police Department and Fire Department of the City; any person or persons who have been retired from the service of the City prior to the effective date of this Charter; and any and all persons to whom, on the effective date of this Charter, the provisions of Topic 15A of Part 4 of Chapter 9 of Article II of the San Jose Municipal Code, as it reads on the effective date of this Charter, do not apply.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

SECTION 1506. Conformance to State and Federal Law.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article, the City Council may, by ordinance, and subject to the provisions of California Government Code Section 3500 et seq., provide for the conformance of any retirement plan or plans established and maintained by the City of San Jose to Section 415 of the United States Internal Revenue Code or other applicable provisions of the laws of the United States or the State of California.

Added at election June 5, 1990

 

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ARTICLE XVI

ELECTIONS

 

SECTION 1600. Municipal Elections.

All municipal elections shall be held in accordance with the following:

(a) REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. A Regular Municipal Election is either a regularly scheduled Primary or Run-off Municipal Election. Such elections shall be held every two years, with the election for Mayor and for the odd numbered Council Districts being every four (4) years beginning with 1994, and the election for the even numbered Council Districts being every four (4) years beginning in 1996. Each member’s term shall commence on the first day of January next following, and end on the last day of December in the fourth calendar year succeeding, the date of the member’s election. A regularly scheduled Primary Election shall be held on the same date that the State of California holds its Direct Primary Election. A Run-off Municipal Election shall be held on the same date the State of California holds its Statewide General Election.

(b) GENERAL ELECTIONS. Elections which are held simultaneously in all districts of the City, whether municipal, county or state elections are referred to as General Elections.

(c) SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. Special Municipal Elections are elections scheduled pursuant to Section 1601. The dates of any Special Municipal Election shall be set by resolution.

(d) RUN-OFF QUALIFICATION. The two candidates who poll the greatest number of votes for office in the Primary Municipal Election shall be the only candidates whose names shall appear on the ballot as candidates for such office at the following Run-off Municipal Election.

(e) TIES. Anything elsewhere to the contrary notwithstanding, all ties in any municipal election shall be decided by lot during open meeting of the Council, under the direction of the Council.

(f) DEATH OF A CANDIDATE. If a candidate dies after the filing of nomination papers for the primary election, the deceased candidate is treated as a candidate for all election purposes. If the deceased candidate is elected, the office will be declared vacant as of the beginning of the term of office for which the election was held. The position shall be filled in accordance with Section 410.

(g) MAJORITY OF VOTES. No person shall be declared elected to the office of the Mayor or Council member at any municipal election unless the person receives a majority of the votes cast for such office.

Amended at election June 7, 1966

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election June 7, 1972

Amended at election November 8, 1994

Amended at election March 26, 1996

SECTION 1601. Special Municipal Elections.

All municipal elections, other than Regular Municipal Elections, shall be deemed to be Special Municipal Elections.

No Special Municipal Election shall be held at any time other than at the time of a Regular Municipal Election or a General Election, except in any of the following situations:

(a) Where such election is held pursuant to Section 410 to fill a vacancy in the Council;

(b) Where such election is held pursuant to the initiative, referendum and recall provisions of Sections 1603 and 1604;

(c) Where the Council calls such an election pursuant to any provision of Sections 34450 and following of the California Government Code;

(d) Where such election is consolidated with a state, county or school district election held in the County of Santa Clara; or

(e) Where the holding of a Special Municipal Election at another time is authorized by the affirmative vote of ten (10) members of the Council.

Subject to the above provisions, Special Municipal Elections shall be held at such times and for such purposes as the Council may authorize.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 1602. Election Procedure.

Except as otherwise provided by ordinance hereafter enacted, all municipal elections shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, as the same now exist or may hereafter be amended, for the holding of elections in cities, insofar as the same are not in conflict with this Charter.

SECTION 1603. Initiative, Referendum and Recall.

The powers of initiative, referendum and the recall of elected municipal officers are hereby reserved to the electors of the City. The provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, as the same now exist or may hereafter be amended, governing the initiative and referendum and the recall of municipal officers in cities shall be applicable insofar as the same are not in conflict with this Charter; provided, however, that the number of signatures required shall be as follows:

(a) INITIATIVE. To initiate proceedings for the exercise of the power of initiative, either of the following provisions shall apply as is applicable:

(1) If the petition is signed by duly qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least eight percent (8%) of the number of persons eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time the notice of intent to circulate the petition is published, and contains a request that the proposed ordinance be submitted immediately to a vote of the people at a Special Municipal Election, the Council shall either pass the proposed ordinance for publication, without alteration, at the regular meeting at which it is presented by the City Clerk and adopt said ordinance within ten (10) days after it is presented, or immediately call a Special Municipal Election at which the ordinance, without alteration, shall be submitted to a vote of the voters of the City.

(2) If the petition is signed by duly qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least five percent (5%) of the number of persons eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time the notice of intent to circulate the petition is published, and the ordinance petitioned for is not required to be, or for any reason is not, submitted to the voters at a Special Municipal Election, and is not adopted without alteration by the Council, then the proposed ordinance, without alteration, shall be submitted by the Council to the voters at the next General Election.

In the event that a petition is submitted in accordance with the provisions of either subparagraphs (1) or (2) of subsection (a), and the Council submits said proposed ordinance to a vote of the voters of the City, the Council may not at the same time submit an alternative ordinance.

(b) REFERENDUM. To initiate proceedings for the exercise of the power of referendum, the petition shall be signed by duly qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least eight percent (8%) of the number of persons eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time of adoption of the ordinance or measure which is the subject of the petition.

(c) RECALL OF THE MAYOR. To initiate proceedings for the exercise of the power of recall of the Mayor, the petition shall be signed by duly qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least twelve percent (12%) of the number of persons eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time the notice of intent to circulate the petition is published.

(d) RECALL OF COUNCIL MEMBER. To initiate proceedings for the exercise of the power of recall of a Council member elected by a District, the petition shall be signed by duly qualified electors of the District equal in number to at least twelve percent (12%) of the number of persons residing in the District eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time the notice of intent to circulate the petition is published.

Amended at election June 2, 1970

Amended at election November 7, 1978

Amended at election June 6, 1994

Amended at election November 8, 1994

SECTION 1604. Removal of City Manager.

The electors of the City do hereby reserve the power to remove from his or her office the person holding the position of City Manager. The provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California governing the recall of holders of elective offices of cities, as they now exist or may hereafter be amended, shall be applicable, insofar as the same are not in conflict with this Charter, to the removal from his or her office of the person holding the position of City Manager, the same as if the position of City Manager were an elective office; provided, however, that:

(a) To initiate proceedings for the exercise of said power, the petition shall be signed by duly qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least the same percentage of the number of persons eligible to vote according to the last report of registration filed by the County Registrar of Voters with the Secretary of State, which is in effect at the time the notice of intent to circulate the petition is published, as is required for recall petitions under the provisions of sub-section (c) of Section 1603 of this Charter.

(b) If a vacancy occurs in the office of City Manager after a removal petition has been filed, no election need be held;

(c) There shall be no nomination of candidates to succeed the incumbent in the event the incumbent is removed from office. If the incumbent is removed from his or her office pursuant to the provisions of this Section, a successor shall be appointed by the Council.

No person who has been removed from the office of City Manager pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be reappointed thereto within a period of four (4) years from and after date of such removal.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

 

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ARTICLE XVII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

SECTION 1700. Parks.

Except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Charter, the public parks of the City shall be inalienable unless otherwise authorized by the affirmative votes of the majority of the electors voting on such a proposition in each case; provided and excepting, however, that the same or any interest therein, or any concessions or privileges therein or in any building or structure situate therein, may be leased by the Council, or the Council may grant permits or licenses for the same, without any vote of any electors, if the term of each such lease or permit does not exceed three (3) years. As used herein “public parks” means any and all lands of the City which have been or are dedicated, improved and opened to the public for public park purposes.

SECTION 1700.1 Council Authority to Enter into Long Term Agreements.

The City Council may enter into long term leases, concessions, permits or other agreements (“Agreements”) with individuals or non-City entities, to allow use of public parks for terms of up to 25 years at a time, without voter approval, if the Council determines that Agreement would benefit the community and that the following conditions have been met:

(i) the Agreement would enhance the designated recreational purposes for the public park;
(ii) the public park subject to the Agreement is more than 5 acres in size and has at least 1 Community Serving Amenity, as defined below;
(iii) the Agreement complies with an adopted City Council policy for Long Term Agreements in Parks, which defines community outreach standards, requirements for affordable access to the public park, periodic performance reviews, and early termination rights among other things; and
(iv) any funds received by the City from the Agreement shall be used for recreational purposes.

A “Community Serving Amenity” is defined as one of the following: Pool, Community Center or Reservable Sports Field or similar recreational improvements in a park and that is described in the City's approved master strategic plan for parks and community facilities. Nothing herein is intended to limit City Council's authority to enter into other long term agreements on parks which have been approved by the voters.

Amendment to Section 1700 and addition of Section 1700.1 approved at election, November 4, 2008
Charter Chapter No. 17, Statutes of 2008

SECTION 1701. Underground Parking Stations in Parks.

Whenever the Council finds with respect to any public park, plaza, or square that the construction, when completed, in the sub-surface space thereunder of a public parking station (including all entrance and exit approaches, openings, and ramps, ventilators, elevator shafts and other appurtenances to such parking station) and/or the operation in the subsurface space thereunder of a public parking station (including services incidental to such operations such as sale of gasoline, oil and accessories and lubrication and oiling of vehicles) will not be in any material respect or degree detrimental to public park, plaza or square purposes or in contravention of any conditions under which such public park, plaza or square was received, the City, without the affirmative vote of any electors, may construct and/or operate such public parking station in the sub-surface space under such public park, plaza or square, or said Council may lease to the highest responsible bidder for a term not to exceed fifty (50) years, and upon such other terms and conditions as it may determine, sub-surface space under such public park, plaza or square for the purpose of constructing and/or operating therein such public automobile parking station. Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to deprive the City or its Council of any powers, nor limit or restrict any powers which the City or its Council may have, with respect to public parks, under or by virtue of other provisions of this Charter.

SECTION 1702. Streets in Parks.

The Council, by ordinance, without the affirmative vote of any electors, may authorize the opening, establishment and/or maintenance of streets or other public ways in or through any of the public parks, public places or other public property of the City. Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to deprive the City or its Council of any powers, nor limit or restrict any powers which the City or the Council may have, with respect to public parks, under or by virtue of other provisions of this Charter.

SECTION 1703. Validity of Charter; Severability.

If any provision of this Charter, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the Charter and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 1704. Definitions.

Unless the provisions of the context otherwise require, as used in this Charter:

(a) “Shall” is mandatory and “may” is permissive;

(b) “City” is the City of San Jose and “department,” “board,” “commission,” “agency,” “officer,” or “employee” is a department, board, commission, agency, officer or employee, as the case may be, of the City of San Jose;

(c) “Council” is the Council of the City of San Jose;

(d) A “member of the Council” means any one of the members of the Council, including the Mayor;

(e) “County” is the County of Santa Clara;

(f) “State” is the State of California;

(g) “Newspaper of general circulation within the City” is defined by Section 6000 of the Government Code of the State of California;

(h) The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

(i) “Council Appointees” are the City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Clerk, the Independent Police Auditor and the City Auditor

Amended at election November 4, 1980

Amended at election November 4, 1986

Amended at election November 3, 1992

Amended at election November 5, 1996

SECTION 1705. Effective Date.

This Charter shall be effective from the time of its approval by the State legislature.

 

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ARTICLE XVIII

TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

 

SECTION 1800. Existing Laws, Ordinances, Regulations, Etc.

All City ordinances, resolutions, orders and regulations which are in force when this Charter becomes effective are repealed to the extent that they conflict or are inconsistent with, or interfere with the effective operation of, this Charter or of any ordinances or resolutions adopted pursuant thereto. To the extent that the Constitution of the State of California permits, all State laws relating to or affecting this City or its agencies, officers or employees which are in force when this Charter becomes effective are superseded to the extent that they conflict or are inconsistent with, or interfere with the operation of, this Charter or of ordinances or resolutions adopted pursuant thereto.

All City ordinances, resolutions, orders and regulations which are in force when this Charter becomes effective, if and to the extent that they are not repealed by the provisions of the immediately preceding paragraph, shall remain in full force and effect until amended or repealed pursuant to the provisions of this Charter.

Without limitation of the general operation of the above provisions of this Section, or of the number or nature of the provisions to which it applies, the Council is hereby empowered to amend or repeal any City ordinance, resolution, rule or regulation which is in force when this Charter becomes effective notwithstanding the fact that such ordinance, rule or regulation may have been adopted or approved by the people of the City prior to the time this Charter becomes effective.

SECTION 1801. Pending Matters.

All rights, claims, actions, orders, contracts and legal or administrative proceedings shall continue except as modified, terminated or otherwise disposed of pursuant to the provisions of this Charter, and in each case shall be maintained, carried on or dealt with by the City department, office or agency appropriate under this Charter.

SECTION 1802. Continuity of Agencies.

Any office, department or agency provided for in this Charter with powers and duties the same or substantially the same as those of an office, department, or agency heretofore existing shall be deemed to be a continuation of such office, department or agency and shall exercise such powers and duties as it has under this Charter in continuation of their exercise by the office, department or agency by which the same were heretofore exercised and shall have the power to continue any business, proceedings or other matter within the scope of its powers and duties under this Charter commenced by an office, department or agency by which such powers and duties were heretofore exercised.

SECTION 1803. Existing Members of Boards and Commissions.

Until otherwise provided by the Council, all persons who at the time this Charter takes effect are members of any City boards and commissions, excepting the Planning Commission, the Civil Service Commission and the Board of Library Trustees, shall continue to hold their respective offices and perform the duties thereof, to the extent that such duties as are not in conflict with other provisions of this Charter, until the expiration of their respective terms or until sooner removed therefrom by the Council. Membership in the Planning Commission and in the Civil Service Commission shall be governed by other applicable provisions of this Charter. The Board of Library Trustees is hereby abolished, and membership therein vacated, as of the effective date of this Charter; provided, however, that the Council may, in its discretion, establish a new library board and grant it such powers and duties, consistent with other provisions of this Charter, as the Council may deem appropriate.

SECTION 1804. Existing Officers and Employees.

Subject to the provisions of Section 1604, the persons holding the offices of City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney, respectively, at the time this Charter takes effect shall continue to hold such offices and perform the respective duties thereof, as established by or pursuant to this Charter, until removed by Council. Subject to such removal, change and control as is required, provided or authorized in or by other provisions of this Charter, all other persons holding other appointive offices or positions in the Civil Service of the City at the time this Charter takes effect, excepting members of boards and commissions, shall continue to perform the duties of their respective offices or positions until persons are appointed, pursuant to this Charter, to succeed to or take over their duties or until relieved pursuant to this Charter, of their duties.

SECTION 1805. Transfers, Etc.

If because of this Charter all or substantially all of the duties or work of any position or employment which was in the Classified Service under the provisions of the immediately preceding Charter are transferred from one department or office to another department or office, then in that event, unless otherwise provided by the Council, such Classified positions or employments shall be deemed transferred to the new department or office and the persons holding such positions or employments on the effective date of this Charter shall continue to hold such positions or employments and perform the duties and work thereof in the new department or office, subject to such removal, supervision and control as is provided for elsewhere in this Charter. If, upon or after the transfer by this Charter of such duties or work of such Classified positions or employments to another department or office, said positions are discontinued and new or revised Classified positions are created, the persons holding the original positions shall be deemed qualified for transfer or appointment to, and may be transferred or appointed to, the new or revised positions, without examination or further compliance with any Civil Service regulations governing transfers or appointments, if the duties or work thereof are substantially similar to or were substantially included within the duties or work of their prior positions or employments.

If because of this Charter any of the duties or work of any position or employment which was in the Unclassified Service under the provisions of the immediately preceding Charter are transferred from one department or office to another and thereafter assigned in such new department or office to a Classified position in the new department or office, then in that event, unless otherwise provided by the Council, the person holding the original Unclassified position or employment shall be deemed qualified for transfer or appointment to, and may be transferred or appointed to, the new Classified position to which any of his or her former duties or work have been transferred or assigned, without examination or further compliance with any Civil Service regulations governing transfers or appointments, if the duties or work of the new Classified position are substantially similar to or were substantially included within the duties or work of his or her prior position or employment.

Any person who is transferred pursuant to the preceding provisions of this Section from a Classified or Unclassified position or employment in one department or office to a Classified position or employment in another department or office shall acquire a non-probationary status in the classification within which such new position or employment is included pursuant to this Charter if such person has been performing the duties of such position, employment or classification for a period of at least six (6) months immediately prior to the effective date of this Charter; but if such person on the effective date of this Charter has been performing such duties for a period of less than six (6) months, he or she shall have a probationary status in the new classification and will acquire non-probationary status only if and when he or she completes six (6) months of such service in such position, employment or classification.

Amended at election June 7, 1994

 

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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

 

Charter approved at election April 13, 1965

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 104

Cited: Resolution Chapter 76, Statutes 1965

Statutes 1965, Volume 3, page 5122

Filed with Secretary of State May 4, 1965

 

Amendments to Sections 407, 800, 1000 and 1600 approved at election June 7, 1966

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 67

Cited: Resolution Chapter 107, Statutes 1966

Statutes 1966, page 885

Filed with Secretary of State June 23, 1966

 

Amendment to Section 410 approved at election June 6, 1967

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 75

Cited: Resolution Chapter 99, Statutes 1967

Statutes 1967, Volume 3, page 4672

Filed with Secretary of State June 23, 1967

 

Amendment to Section 1106 approved at election June 3, 1969

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 156

Cited: Resolution Chapter 276, Statutes 1969

Statutes 1969, Volume 2, page 3948

Filed with Secretary of State August 7, 1969

 

Amendments to Sections 402, 403, 404, 409, 604, 1000, 1217, 1600, 1601, 1603 and repeal of Sections 607 and 608 approved at election June 2, 1970

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 98

Cited: Resolution Chapter 146, Statutes 1970

Statutes 1970, Volume 2, page 3693

Filed with Secretary of State July 30, 1970

 

Amendments to Sections 410, 503 and 1600 approved at election June 6, 1972

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 72

Cited: Resolutions Chapter 77, Statutes 1972

Statutes 1972, Volume 2, page 3339

Filed with Secretary of State July 26, 1972

 

Amendment to Section 1104 approved at election November 7, 1972

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 17

Cited: Resolution Chapter 18, Statutes 1973

Statutes 1973, Volume 9, page 2970

Filed with Secretary of State February 26, 1973

 

Amendment to Section 407 approved at election June 5, 1973

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 69

Cited: Resolution Chapter 72, Statutes 1973

Statutes 1973, Volume 2, page 3140

Filed with Secretary of State June 26, 1973

 

Amendments to Sections 401, 402, 403, 410, 500, 601, 605, 805, 901,1601 and 1603 approved at election November 7, 1978

Filed with Secretary of State January 19, 1979,

Charter Chapter No. 4

 

Amendments to Sections 407 and 1704, and addition of Sections 803.1,805.1, 1001.1 and 1111 approved at election November 4, 1980

Filed by Secretary of State December 23, 1980,

Charter Chapter No. 31

 

Amendment to Section 1217 approved at election June 8, 1982

Filed with Secretary of State July 14, 1982,

Charter Chapter No. 18

 

Amendment to Section 1108 approved at election November 2, 1982

Filed with Secretary of State December 13, 1982,

Charter Chapter No. 31

 

Amendment to Section 1108 approved at election June 5, 1984

Filed with Secretary of State July 2, 1984,

Charter Chapter No. 10

 

Amendment to Section 609 approved at election November 6, 1984

Filed with Secretary of State December 12, 1984,

Charter Chapter No. 32

 

Amendments to Sections 407, 411, 502, 700, 701, 800, 805, 805.1, 807,900, 901, 1101, 1204 and 1704, and addition of Sections 411.1, 805.2, 808 and 809 approved at election November 4, 1986

Filed with Secretary of State December 30, 1986,

Charter Chapter No. 33.

 

Amendments to Sections 1000 and 1001 approved at election June 7, 1988

Filed with Secretary of State June 30, 1988,

Charter Chapter No. 7

 

Amendment to Section 1217 approved at election November 8, 1988

Filed with Secretary of State December 5, 1988,

Charter Chapter No. 22

 

Amendment to Section 1506 approved at election June 5, 1990

Filed with Secretary of State July 2, 1990,

Charter Chapter No. 8, Statutes of 1990

 

Amendments to Sections 402, 403, 1202, 1203 and 1217, and addition of Sections 204, 607 and 809.1 approved at election November 6, 1990

Filed with Secretary of State December 20, 1990,

Charter Chapter No. 2, Statutes of 1991

 

Amendments to Sections 411, 800, 900, 901, 1101 and 1704 and deletion of Sections 809 and 809.1 approved at election November 3, 1992

Filed with Secretary of State December 4, 1992,

Charter Chapter No. 20, Statutes of 1992

 

Amendments to Sections 403, 1603, 1604, and the following sections (regarding gender neutrality) 405, 406, 409, 503, 704, 803, 803.1, 804, 904, 1000, 1001, 1001.1, 1101, 1104, 1105, 1108, 1202, 1208, 1210, 1213, 1215, 1217, 1504, 1505, 1604, and 1805, approved at election June 7, 1994

Filed with Secretary of State July 11, 1994,

Charter Chapter No. 8, Statutes of 1994

 

Amendments to Sections 401, 402, 404, 410, 500, 503, 1217, 1600, 1601 and 1603 approved at election November 8, 1994

Filed with Secretary of State December 1, 1994

Charter Chapter No. 15, Statutes of 1994

 

Amendment to Section 1600 approved at election March 26, 1996

Filed with Secretary of State May 2, 1996

Charter Chapter No. 7, Statutes of 1996

 

Amendments to Sections 411, 800, 900, 901, 1101 and 1704 and addition of Sections 809 and 809.1 approved at election November 5, 1996

Filed with Secretary of State December 16, 1996

Charter Chapter No. 27, Statutes of 1996

 

Amendments to Sections 1001 and 1217 and repeal of Section 1104 approved at election November 3, 1998

Filed with Secretary of State December 21, 1998

Charter Chapter No. 24, Statutes of 1998

 

Amendments to Sections 1202, 1203 and 1217 approved at election November 7, 2000

Filed with Secretary of State April 16, 2001

Charter Chapter No. 13, Statutes of 2001

Amendment to Section 1700 and addition of Section 1700.1 approved at election, November 4, 2008.

Charter Chapter No. 17, Statutes of 2008

 


 

 

 

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