Section 92. Direct legislation.
The qualified voters of the City shall have power through the initiative and otherwise, as provided by this Charter and the general laws of the State, to enact appropriate legislation to carry out and enforce any of the powers of the City or any of the powers of the Council.
(1) Any proposed ordinance or charter amendment may be submitted to the Council by a petition signed by registered electors of the City equal in number to the percentage hereinafter required.
(2) Provisions of Article III apply. The provisions of Article III respecting the forms and conditions of the petition and the mode of verification and certification and filing shall be substantially followed, with such modification as the nature of the case requires.
(3) Initiative Ordinance: Ten percent petition. If the petition accompanying the proposed ordinance be signed by electors equal in number to ten percent of the entire vote cast for all candidates for Mayor at the last preceding general municipal election at which a Mayor was elected, and contain a request that said ordinance be submitted forthwith to the vote of the people at the next occurring regular statewide or general municipal election, then the Council shall either:
(a) Pass said ordinance without alteration within twenty days after the attachment of the City Clerk's certificate of sufficiency to the accompanying petition (subject to a referendary vote, under the provision of Article XIV of this Charter); or
(b) Within twenty-five days after the City Clerk shall have attached to the petition accompanying such ordinance the certificate of sufficiency, the Council shall cause said ordinance without alteration to be submitted to a vote of the people at the next occurring regular statewide or general or special municipal election providing no posting, publication or other legal deadline as set forth in the California Elections Code and Government Code has expired at the time the City Clerk reports verification of the petition to the City Council.
(4) Initiative Ordinance: Five percent petition. If the petition be signed by electors in number to at least five but less than ten percent of the entire vote cast for all candidates for Mayor at the last preceding general municipal election at which a Mayor was elected, and said ordinance be not passed by the Council as provided in the preceding subdivision, then such ordinance, without alteration, shall be submitted by the Council to a vote of the people at the next general municipal election providing no posting, publication or other legal deadline as set forth in the California Elections Code and Government Code, has expired at the time the City Clerk reports verification of the petition to the City Council.
(5) The Charter may be amended by initiative pursuant to the California Elections Code and Government Code.
(6) Publicizing of Popular Ordinance or Charter Amendment. Whenever any ordinance, charter amendment, or proposition is required by this Charter to be submitted to the voters of the City at any election, (a) the Council shall cause the ordinance, charter amendment, or proposition to be printed and it shall be the duty of the City Clerk to enclose a printed copy thereof in an envelope with a sample ballot and mail the same to each voter prior to the election, and (b) the Council shall order such ordinance, charter amendment, or proposition to be printed in the official newspaper of the City and publicized in the like manner as ordinances adopted by the Council are required to be publicized.
(8) Several ordinances or charter amendments at one election. Any number of proposed ordinances, charter amendments, or both may be voted upon at the same election, in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(9) Repeal of popular ordinance or charter amendment. The Council may submit a proposition for the repeal of any such ordinance, charter amendment, or for amendments thereto, to be voted on at any succeeding general municipal election; and should such proposition, so submitted, receive a majority of the votes cast thereon at such election, such ordinance or charter amendment shall be repealed or amended accordingly. An ordinance or charter amendment proposed by petition, or adopted by a vote of the people, cannot be repealed or amended except by a vote of the people.
(10) Further regulations. The Council may, by ordinance, make such further regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, and to adapt the provisions of Article III thereto.