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City Charter

What is the City Charter?

The first historical City Charter of the City of San Diego was created in 1889 (not available online). The PDF icon original version of the current City Charter was approved by voters on April 7, 1931, adopted by the State Legislature on April 15, 1931 and filed with the Secretary of State April 24, 1931. The edition below includes articles of amendment through the municipal election of November 2018.

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City Charter Articles

Article Title
Article I PDF icon Corporate Powers (Sections 1-3)
Article II PDF icon Nominations and Elections (Sections 4-10)
Article III PDF icon Legislative Power (Sections 11-23)
Article IV PDF icon The Mayor (Sections 24-25)
Article V PDF icon Executive and Administrative Service (Sections 26-64)
Article VI PDF icon Board of Education (Sections 65-67)
Article VII PDF icon Finance (Sections 68-114)
Article VIII PDF icon Civil Service (Sections 115-139)
Article IX PDF icon The Retirement of Employees (Sections 140-151)
Article X PDF icon Transfer of Police and Fire Department Employees into the Retirement System
Article XI PDF icon Fireman’s Relief and Pension Fund
Article XII PDF icon Labor on Public Work (Sections 193-201)
Article XIII PDF icon City Police Court (Sections 202-210)
Article XIV PDF icon Miscellaneous Provisions (Sections 211-226)
Article XV PDF icon Strong Mayor Form of Governance (Sections 250-295)
Article XVI PDF icon Elective Officers (Sections 300-302)
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