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Vista Voters Change the Rules at City Hall

Voters in Vista overwhelmingly approved a measure June 6 to adopt a new city charter, a move elected officials say will provide them with more control and flexibility over how the city is managed.

With 100 percent of the special election ballots counted, the measure passed with 67.3 percent voting to approve the change, and 32.6 percent voting against it.

About 6,000 residents cast ballots, or about 20 percent, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

In mandating the change, Vista joins four other county cities that have their own charters. The others are San Diego, Chula Vista, Del Mar and San Marcos.

The remaining 13 cities in the county are governed by the state’s general law, making them somewhat beholden to the state Legislature, charter advocates said.

As a charter city, Vista now has more power in awarding contracts and is not required to pay “prevailing wages,” or union scale, for public works projects.

The latter was a major reason for the change as Vista has more than $100 million in capital improvement work planned. A large portion of the work is being financed through revenues generated from a half-cent sales tax increase residents narrowly passed in November.

, Mike Allen

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