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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San Diego
Measure M Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

248,018 votes yes (59.7%)

167,190 votes no (40.3%)

100% of precincts reporting (813/813).

497,613 ballots counted.

Charter Amendment Regarding Reappointment of Audit Committee Public Members
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Shall City Charter section 39.1 be amended to allow the City Council to waive a requirement that the Council consider at least two applicants for appointment to a position as a public member of the Audit Committee, when the Council wishes to reappoint a sitting public member who is eligible for another term?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Summary

Office of The City Attorney, City of San Diego

OFFICIAL TITLE AND SUMMARY

BALLOT TITLE

Amendments to the San Diego City Charter to Allow the City Council to Waive the Requirement of Considering at Least Two Candidates When a Public Member of the Audit Committee Seeks Reappointment

BALLOT SUMMARY

This measure would amend the San Diego City Charter to allow the City Council to waive the requirement that a screening committee provide a pool of at least two candidates for consideration for a vacant position as a public member of the Audit Committee if the public member is eligible for and applies for reappointment.

The City Council placed the measure on the ballot. If approved, the Charter amendments would become effective after they are chaptered by the California Secretary of State.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Office of The City Attorney City of San Diego

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

In 2008, voters amended the San Diego City Charter (Charter) to establish the City’s Audit Committee, to more clearly separate the City’s internal auditing function from the Mayor’s supervision.

The Audit Committee oversees the City’s internal auditing and control practices, directs the City Auditor’s work, and recommends the City’s outside auditor, monitoring its work.

Charter section 39.1 provides that the Audit Committee is a five-member body comprised of two City Councilmembers and three public members.

The Charter states that the City Council appoints the three public members from a pool of at least two candidates for each vacant position.

The candidate pool is established by a majority vote of a screening committee that includes one City Councilmember, the City’s Chief Financial Officer, the City’s Independent Budget Analyst, and two outside financial experts. The outside financial experts are appointed by the other three members of the screening committee and confirmed by the City Council.

Public members of the Audit Committee must meet minimum requirements provided in the Charter. This includes at least 10 years of professional experience, as a certified public accountant or as a certified internal auditor, or other professional financial or legal experience in audit management.

Public members serve four-year terms. They are limited to serving two full consecutive terms, with one term intervening before they are eligible to serve another term.

If approved by voters, the Charter amendment would allow the City Council to waive the requirement that there be a pool of at least two candidates for Council consideration when a sitting public member applies and is eligible for reappointment. The public member will have gone through the screening process at the time of his or her initial appointment. The City Council may either waive the pool requirement and reappoint the sitting member, or require that a pool of at least two candidates be submitted for consideration.

The Charter amendment was proposed by the office of the City’s Independent Budget Analyst and placed on the ballot by the City Council.

Financial effect

Office of The City Attorney, City of San Diego

FISCAL IMPACT ANALYSIS

This measure would amend City Charter section 39.1 to allow the waiver of the requirement that there be a pool of at least two candidates for an Audit Committee Public Member appointment in instances where a sitting incumbent applies, is eligible for reappointment, and City Council approves the incumbent’s reappointment. There is no fiscal impact associated with this Charter amendment.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

No argument in favor or against Measure M was filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument in favor or against Measure M was filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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The text of this measure was entered into Voter's Edge by a League of Women Voters volunteer, using a PDF version of this sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters: http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Sample_Ballots/Eng/SB-ENG-400.pdf 

To find your own sample ballot version, containing all the candidates and measures on your own ballot, please use the ROV's sample ballot look-up tool at https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/ballot.asp .

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FULL TEXT OF MEASURE M

ARTICLE V

EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

SECTION 39.1: AUDIT COMMITTEE

Notwithstanding any other Charter provision to the contrary, the Audit Committee shall be appointed as provided under this section. To ensure its independence, the Audit Committee shall be composed of two members of the City Council and three members of the public. The two Councilmembers shall be appointed by the Council, one of whom shall serve as Chair of the Audit Committee. The three public members of the Audit Committee shall be appointed by the City Council from a pool of at least two candidates for each vacant position, to be recommended by a majority vote of a screening committee comprised of a member of the City Council, the Chief Financial Officer, the Independent Budget Analyst and two outside financial experts appointed by the other three members of the screening committee and confirmed by the City Council. The City Council may waive the requirement for appointment from a pool of at least two candidates when a sitting incumbent applies, and is eligible for reappointment. Public members of the Audit Committee shall possess the independence, experience and technical expertise necessary to carry out the duties of the Audit Committee. This expertise includes, but is not limited to, knowledge of accounting, auditing and financial reporting. The minimum professional standards for public members shall include at least 10 years of experience as a certified public accountant or as a certified internal auditor, or 10 years of other professional financial or legal experience in audit management. The public members of the Audit Committee shall serve for terms of four years and until their successors have been appointed and qualified. Public members of the Audit Committee are limited to two full consecutive terms, with one term intervening before they become eligible for reappointment. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, appointments shall be made so that not more than one term of office shall expire in any one year.

The Audit Committee shall have oversight responsibility regarding the City's auditing, internal controls and any other financial or business practices required of this Committee by this Charter. The Audit Committee shall be responsible for directing and reviewing the work of the City Auditor and the City Auditor shall report directly to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall recommend the annual compensation of the City Auditor and annual budget of the Office of City Auditor to the Council and shall be responsible for an annual performance review of the City Auditor. The Audit Committee shall recommend to the Council the retention of the City's outside audit firm and, when appropriate, the removal of such firm. The Audit Committee shall monitor the engagement of the City's outside auditor and resolve all disputes between City management and the outside auditor with regard to the presentation of the City's annual financial reports. All such disputes shall be reported to the Council. The Council may specify additional responsibilities and duties of the Audit Committee by ordinance as necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this section.

Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure M

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