Published: 19 December 2011 09:10 PM

Proposals to create a commission on sustainability, have Riverside’s internal city auditor report to the council, hold council runoff elections sooner, and a handful of less substantive changes have passed the first hurdle to getting into the city charter.

At its final meeting Monday, Riverside’s charter review committee voted to recommend a number of changes to go to the City Council, which will decide whether to put them on the ballot.

The charter is the city’s governing document that lays out how the city’s money can be spent, how its elections are run, and the powers and duties of its top officials. It gets reviewed every eight years, and city voters ultimately decide on any proposed changes.

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