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City Council Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does the City Council meet?

A: Regular meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The Council occasionally conducts special meetings and study sessions.

Q: How can I find out what’s on the Council agenda?

A: Agendas are posted at City Hall at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. In addition, agenda summaries are available by calling (805) 781-7107. The agenda is also posted on the City’s website.

Q: How does a member of the public request an item be placed on the City Council agenda?

A: A member of the public may request an item be placed on a future agenda during the Public Comment period of a regular meeting of the Council; or via other communication with Council Members. Placement of the item on the agenda is subject to a majority consensus of the City Council.

Q: How does the public participate in Council meetings?

A: A public comment period is scheduled at the beginning of each meeting for citizens to comment on any city issue not already listed. The public may also speak concerning any agenda item when it is under consideration and the floor is opened by the Mayor for public comments. Speakers are asked to come forward to the audience microphone and state their name and address for the record. Public testimony for or against an item is limited to three minutes. Written comments regarding scheduled agenda items are always accepted and should be directed to the Mayor and Council through the City Clerk.

Q: I cannot attend the Council meetings. How else can I stay informed?

A: Regular Council meetings are televised on Charter Cable TV Channel 20. In addition, the current Council Minutes are available on this website or by contacting the City Clerk.

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