(a)   Council may by ordinance create boards and commissions in addition to those created in this charter. No function assigned by this charter to a board or commission may be discontinued or assigned to any other unless this charter specifically permits its discontinuance or reassignment.
   (b)   All appointments to boards and commissions, including those in other parts of the charter, shall to the extent possible be finalized so that the appointee may attend at least one meeting prior to assuming office.
   (c)   Any member of a board or commission named specifically in this charter may subpoena and require the attendance of witnesses, cause the administration of oaths and compel testimony and the production of books, papers and other evidence pertinent to any issue before that board or commission. If any applicant fails to respond to these requests, the board or commission may take that failure into account when deciding the applicant's matter.