Riverside’s review board solicits residents’ input on how the city should be run

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 03 October 2011 09:43 PM

Riverside’s charter review committee will start narrowing down which proposals, from changing the election cycle to creating a citizens’ audit committee, to bring to the City Council.

The committee on Monday held the second of two meetings to get residents’ input, and a third meeting may be scheduled later in addition to its monthly meetings, which also are open to the public.

The charter outlines how Riverside’s money can be spent, how its elections are run, and the powers and duties of its top officials. It must be reviewed every eight years and any changes must be approved by voters.

During Monday’s hour-long meeting at the Janet Goeske Senior Center, seven people offered suggestions for changes and noted provisions they want left alone.

Several residents raised concerns about city financial practices. Mary Shelton questioned the wisdom of having the internal auditor report to the city manager, and Dvonne Pitruzzello suggested a citizens audit committee and an elected city treasurer.

Representatives of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce urged the committee to keep the status quo on elections and the mayor’s powers.

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