It’s outdated and sometimes conflicts with state law but the city must follow its rulebook.
That rulebook, known as the city charter, has gotten more attention in the wake of repeated calls for Mayor Bob Filner’s ouster.
Nearly a decade ago, voters approved the switch to the strong mayor form of government, giving the city’s top executive more authority over the city’s day-to-day business and policies.
The city added an article to make that change but didn’t revise its charter or municipal codes to make it easier to remove the mayor. (City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s office suggested Thursday a court process might be possible but resignation, recall or a felony conviction are the only clear routes to his removal. He’s also acknowledged it’s easier to remove the president of the United States than the mayor of San Diego.)