East County News Service
January 11, 2016 (San Diego) – A ballot proposal has been filed with the San Diego City Clerk on behalf of 20 civic organizations that endorse a Charter Amendment for an independendent Community Review Board on Police Practices. On January 13th at 9 a.m. the City Council's Rules Committee will consider whether or not to refer the measureto the full City Council for placement on the 2016 ballot.
Ray Lutz with Citizens Oversight, a supporter of the measure, states, “We need a big turnout to show the Rules Committee that San Diegans need to be given the opportunity to vote on this.” Lutz adds, “The Community Review Board of Police Practices can review what the police does, but only to the extend the Police Dept wants to give them information. Without subpoena Power, they cannot get any other information to investigate police activities. This ballot measure will increase these powers of the oversight board to allow them to get to the bottom of police malfeasance.”