Mayor Kevin Johnson's latest strong mayor plan goes head to head with a proposal to create an elected charter review commission at tonight's City Council meeting. And the mayor is making it pretty clear where he stands.
Johnson told reporters this morning he thinks "the charter commission idea needs to be dumped." Councilman Kevin McCarty has proposed placing the creation of a charter commission on the November ballot.
"I don't think it's in anybody's best interest and I feel like it's a reaction to the initiative that I brought forward," the mayor said.
Last month, the council balked at placing Johnson's latest strong mayor plan on the ballot and asked that the issue be brought back alongside the charter commission plan at a future council meeting. While the mayor has pushed hard for his plan, he appears to be at least one council vote short of getting the measure on the ballot.
If approved by voters, McCarty's commission would take a two-year look at the City Charter and place suggested changes before the voters at the end of that term. The commission would be made up of 15 members, who would be elected in November.
McCarty's plan was met with decent support from the council last month. But the councilman shouldn't count on the mayor for his vote.
"I don't think you should manufacture something just for the sake of saying you want to do something," the mayor said.