The way Santa Rosa elects its city leaders will be the subject of what is expected to be a spirited meeting today of the city's Charter Review Committee.

The committee is expected to weigh in for the first time on whether it supports two proposed changes to the city's by-laws.

One involves a directly elected mayor, as opposed to council members appointing one of their own to be mayor every two years.

The other is whether the city is so large that it should be broken up into districts, like the county Board of Supervisors. Currently, candidates for city council are elected citywide.

The committee is expected to debate the relative merits of the proposals.

The meeting takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Utilities Field Operations building, 35 Stony Point Road.

A community meeting on the subject is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 10.

The City Council will decide whether to put any of the committee's recommended changes on the ballot in November.

-- Kevin McCallum