We read the Mayors measured Pulse of the People letter (The Record - Sunday, January 27, 2008) with great interest. Our first response was to laugh. Then, we actually read the Charter, unlike the City Council. As much as it pains us to say, the Mayor is correct. Many of the actions taken by the Council are not authorized by the Charter.In fact, we believe that Council members can actually be removed by the Mayor so tread lightly, guys.
For those sceptical of our analysis, we offer you the relevant Charter provision which we received from the Mayor's Office last night pursuant to our Freedom of Information request. Please note: This excerpt is from the official Charter and not the bootleg version commonly cited.
Clearly, the City Council does not have the power to set the salary of the Mayor or its legislative assistant. The Council does not have the authority to transfer funds via budget amendment. We have no idea what the Council is doing but we advise them to be careful.