From the city charter:

Sec. 304. Presiding Officer, Mayor.

(a) Mayor. There shall be elected at the general municipal

election a Mayor who shall hold office for a term of four years

and until a successor is elected and qualified.

(b) Duties. The Mayor shall be a member of the City Council

and shall perform all the functions and have all of the powers

and rights of a duly elected Councilmember. In addition to said

powers and duties, the Mayor shall have the power and duty:

(1) to report to the City Council annually and from time to

time on the affairs of the City and to recommend for

its consideration such matters as deemed expedient, and

(2) to be the official head of the City for all political

and ceremonial purposes and to be recognized by the

courts for the purpose of serving civil process, for

the signing of all legal instruments and documents, and

by the Governor for emergency purposes, and

(3) in the time of public danger or emergency, the

Mayor,with the consent of the Council, and for such

period as the council may fix, to take command of the

police, maintain order and enforce the law, and

(4) to assume the primary, but not the exclusive

responsibility, for interpreting to the people the

policies, programs and needs of the City government and

for informing the people of any major change in policy

Section 304 (continued)

or program. The Mayor may represent the City in any and

all matters involving other governmental agencies,

provided that no act, promise, commitment or agreement

entered into or committed by the Mayor shall be binding

upon the City of Chula Vista unless duly authorized or

ratified by the City Council, and

(5) to represent the City in all regional public agencies

which require an elected City official, unless

otherwise determined by the City Council, and

(6) to supervise the operation of the mayor/council office

and personnel assigned thereto, and

(7) to perform such other duties consistent with the office

as may be prescribed by this Charter or delegated to

the Mayor or imposed on the Mayor by the City Council

if not inconsistent with the provisions of this

Charter, and

(8) to exercise the full-time function as Mayor of the City

during the usual business hours that the offices of the

City are open, and such other hours and times as shall

be necessary to discharge in full the duties imposed

upon the Mayor.

(c) Compensation. The Mayor shall receive an annual salary

equivalent to 66% of the salary of a Judge of the Superior Court

of the State of California. The Mayor shall also receive

reimbursement on order of the Council for Council-authorized

travel and other expenses when on official duty out of the City.

The City Council may also provide, by resolution, for the payment

to the Mayor of an allowance of a sum certain per month, as

reimbursement for the additional demands and expenses made upon

and incurred by the Mayor.