The City Council:


    Section 60. On the first Tuesday of the month following a General Municipal Election, the City Council shall meet at the usual place for holding its meetings, at which time any newly elected Mayor or Councilmem¬ber shall assume the duties of his office. Thereafter the City Council shall meet at such times and places as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution, except that it shall meet regularly at least once a month. The City Council shall prescribe the manner in which special meetings may be called.
    At all meetings of the City Council a majority shall constitute a quorum to transact business; a smaller number may adjourn from day to day and may compel the attendance of absent members in such a manner and under such penalties as the City Council previously by ordinance may have prescribed. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the City Council and shall be entitled to vote upon all meetings coming before the City Council (Amended June 9, 1944; January 27, 1965; March 14, 1973; November 4, 1986; June 7, 1994.)

Rules and records.

    Section 61. The City Council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall keep a journal of its proceedings in which shall be entered the “Ayes” and “Noes” on every question acted upon by it.


    Section 62. Each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in written or printed form. No ordinance, unless it be an emergency measure, adopted by an affirmative vote of four of the members of the City Council, shall be passed until it has been read at two regular meetings.
    An emergency measure is an ordinance for the immediate preservation of the public peace, property, health or safety; or one providing for the usual daily operation of a municipal department in which an emergency is set forth and defined in a preamble thereto.

Enacting clause of ordinances.
    Section 63. The enacting clause of all ordinances passed by the City Council shall be: “Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Napa as follows:.” The enacting clause of all ordinances submitted to popular election by the initiative shall be: “Be it ordained by the people of the City of Napa as follows:.”

When ordinances take effect.
    Section 64. All ordinances passed by the City Council shall be in effect thirty (30) days from and after the date of their passage, except as otherwise in this Charter provided. (Amended June 9, 1944; March 4, 1997.)

Recording and publication of ordinances.

    Section 65. Every ordinance upon its final passage shall be recorded in a book kept for that purpose and shall be authenticated by the signatures of the Mayor and the City Clerk. (Amended May 11, 1921.)

Financial reports.

    Section 66. Annually the City Council shall publish a report of the financial proceedings of the City for the preceding fiscal year, and copies thereof shall be distributed as prescribed by the City Council so as to reach as many of the citizens of the City as possible. (Amended May 18, 1955.)

Annual audit.
    Section 66A. It shall be the duty of the City Council, by a majority affirmative vote, to contract with a Certified Public Accountant, not later than the third Monday of March in each year, for an examination of all books and accounts of the City for the current fiscal year and to report, in writing, the results of such examination to the City Council. (Added June 29, 1962.)

Improvement on streets.

    Section 67. Except as otherwise, in this Charter, or by ordinance of the City, provided, the general laws of the State of California, now in force, or which may hereafter be adopted by the Legislature of this State, relative to the improvement of and work upon streets, lanes, alleys, courts, places and sidewalks, including the establishments of and change of the grade thereof; the construction of sewers, water, storm water or other mains, ditches, pipes or conduits therein; the laying out, opening, extending, widening, straightening or closing up, in whole or in part, of any thereof; the condemning and acquiring of any or all land necessary and convenient therefor; the planting, maintenance and care of shade trees upon or along the same, and of hedges upon the lines thereof; the eradication of weeds within the City and the cleaning of weeds, grass, dirt, rubbish and rank growths from the streets and sidewalks therein, or any other work or improvement upon the same; the levying and collecting of assessment upon property for doing such improvement, or work, or carrying out all or any of such purposes, and for the issue of improvement bonds to represent such assessment, shall govern and control and all proceedings shall be in conformity therewith.

Eminent domain.

    Section 69. In all matters where the right of eminent domain is conferred by the laws of the State of California, the City of Napa is hereby vested with said right, to be exercised, in conformity to said laws, whether the property affected is within or without the corporate limits of said City of Napa.

Bonded indebtedness.

    Section 70. Whenever the City Council shall determine that the public interest or necessity demands the acquisition, construction or completion of any municipal improvement or other works, property or structures necessary or convenient to carry out the objects, purposes or powers of the municipality, the costs of which will be too great to be paid out of the ordinary annual income and revenue of the municipality, the City of Napa may incur a bonded indebtedness therefor; and the general laws of the State of California relative to the procedure for authorizing the incurring of such bonded indebtedness and for the issuance and redemption of such bonds now in force, or which may hereafter be adopted, shall govern and control and all proceedings shall be in conformity therewith; provided that, notwithstanding any provision of the general laws of the State of California, or any other provision of this Charter, no bonded indebtedness shall be incurred by the City which, together with the amount of bonded indebtedness outstanding, shall exceed fifteen percent of the assessed value of all real and personal property in the City subject to taxation for City purposes; except that bonded indebtedness heretofore or hereafter created for water supply, storage or distribution purposes or facilities shall be exclusive of the limitation on the amount of bonded indebtedness of the City contained in this section or otherwise provided by law, and bonded indebtedness may be incurred for such purposes without limitation as to amount. (Amended July 25, 1946.)

Creating certain liens.

    Section 71. Whenever the owner or occupant of any land or building shall be required to remove weeds, grass, rank growths, dirt or debris from any such lands or buildings or from the street in front thereof; or to remove from such lands or buildings, garbage, ashes, animal and vegetable refuse, dead animals, animal offal, waste or other offensive matter; standing pools of water or anything injurious to health, in such manner and at such times and under such notice as the City Council, by ordinance, shall prescribe, and such owner or occupant shall fail so to do, the City of Napa may remove the same or cause the removal thereof and the expense incurred therein shall become a lien upon said lands; or whenever the City of Napa shall furnish, supply or provide water, gas, electric power or electric current, or any commodity, service or accommoda¬tion, to any owner or occupant of any land or building for use thereon or therein, or connected therewith, the charge therefor shall be and become a lien upon such land. All such liens shall be prior to all other liens, encumbrances or exemptions, except State and County taxes, having the force and effect of a tax lien, and may be enforced in such manner as shall be prescribed by ordinance.