A Charter is, in essence, a constitution for a city. It sets forth the main principles of the City government and can be amended at any time with approval of the voters. For example, the City of Santa Rosa’s Charter has sections establishing the seven member City Council, the selection and powers of the mayor, key staff positions for public safety and others, rules on board participation, and even how water and sewer rates are reviewed, among others. Review the City Charter.
Approximately every 10 years, City Council appoints a committee to review and potentially update the City's Charter. The Council has committed to a new Charter Review Committee comprised of a diversity of City residents. The Committee will be charged with review of current Charter provisions and recommendations for revisions.