A City Charter is a set of governing laws that allows the city to adopt ordinances and codes which are laws that specifically address the needs of the city. The City of Stockton was founded in 1849 and was granted a City Charter by the State Legislature in 1851. The first Stockton Charter was approved by voters was in 1888, and a new Charter was approved by voters in 1922.
Changes to the Charter require voter approval. The City Council approved placing two ballot Measures on the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot proposing amendments to the City's Charter. Both Measures have passed and will become effective once filed with the State as updates to the City's Charter.
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/14/2016