I would reform the committee rules and structures and other systems that allow recommendations to languish in committee. All items should be either removed from the committee’s agenda or brought before the council for a vote. See the answer to Question 1 for further explanation.
I have no reason to suggest combining nor eliminating any of the existing committees, however I do question whether there should be a cap on the size of the committees. While we want to encourage support, the purpose of committees is generally to be a smaller, more focused group that can address more specific city related issues. Some of the committees appear to have 30+, and in some cases 40-50 members…or the entire city council. I wonder if that makes for effective “committee”. For example, the Committees of Budget and Government Operations and Committee on Finance both have 35 members…whereas the committee on Real Estate and Housing has just 15. I’d like to understand why.
I think the City Council should take a stronger role in committee assignments and chairmanships. I also support reforms to make it easier to bring bills to the floor from committee.