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Measure V-City Charter

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In the fall of 2011, Costa Mesa City Council asked the City Attorney to investigate the benefits and variations of the Charter form of city government. The information below outlines the differences between a general law city (Costa Mesa’s current form of government) and a charter law city; the advantages of the Charter form of city government; and various other relevant issues regarding the decision to use the Charter form of city government. One hundred twenty-one California cities use charters, including Newport Beach, Irvine and Huntington Beach.

Specifics on Measure V, the proposed charter for Costa Mesa

Background information on Costa Mesa's proposed charter

Background information on city charters