Saving the City Auditor From Political Pressure

This November, voters will consider a City Charter amendment to help the city auditor keep it real

While the Stop Domain Subsidies amendment may be getting the most press, there's another amendment to the City Charter set for the November ballot: changes to the office of the city auditor. Unlike the SDS amendment, which emerged through collecting citizen signatures, the auditor amendment was placed there by City Council. The brainchild of Council Members Lee Leffing­well and Mike Martinez, the amendment assigns the auditor a set five-year term and requires a supermajority of the council (at least three-quarters, or six of seven) to remove the auditor before the end of his or her term. In doing so, council seeks to insulate the office of the city auditor from political pressure, ensuring he or she couldn't be removed for asking uncomfortable questions. The auditor amendment (Proposition 1) and the SDS amendment (Proposition 2) will appear on the presidential ballot Nov. 4.

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