Charter changes not substantial

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A year ago, the Roseville City Council appointed a Charter Review Commission tasked with reviewing the city charter and making recommendations to the council on changes to appear on the November 2010 ballot for the voters approval. The commission scheduled monthly meetings, plus two public forums after they completed their report for the stated purpose of informing the public about their recommendations. No public meetings were scheduled to learn what the voting public would like to see on the ballot. However, several individuals, neighborhood associations, and the Friends of Roseville learned of the commission’s meetings, and submitted suggestions, all of which were rejected by the commission. If the commission’s report is accepted by the council, voters in November will be asked to approve such charter amendments as capitalizing the word “city” throughout the charter, changing “mayor pro-tem” to “vice mayor,” and similar innocuous issues. You will not be voting on any substantive changes such as a seven-member council versus five, district elections versus city-wide, or filling council vacancies based on election results versus political appointments. Apparently, democracy and government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been replaced with “of the people, by the few, and for the few.” The last opportunity to address the commission will be Monday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive. Jack D. Wallace, Roseville