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About City Advisory Committees
Per their Adopted Policies and Procedures, the City Council may establish commissions, boards and advisory committees to aid in gathering public input. They may adopt criteria for membership, provided the criteria do not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, or any other classification prohibited by law; adopt reasonable methods for selecting members and disband any commission, board, or advisory body, provided State law does not prohibit such action.
The City Council may establish standing or ad hoc committees, boards, and advisory committees (referred to collectively herein as "committees") as a means of gathering community input. The citizens who are appointed to Council committees serve in advisory capacities to the City Council (except that the Planning Commission, Library Board, and Redevelopment Agency Project Area Committee may be vested with additional responsibilities as prescribed in State law).
Standing Advisory Committees
Standing advisory committees are established by resolution of the City Council and are organized under Council adopted by-laws specific to each. Appointees shall be residents of the City. However, when exceptions are warranted, the reasons shall be so stated in that committees by-laws. Standing committees and standing committee members shall comply with all applicable open meeting and conflict of interest laws of the State. Committee members are expected to adhere to the Councils Code of Ethics.
Council Liaison Assignments to Advisory Body Committees and/or to Local Associations
Council members may attend any public commission, board or committee meeting as long as their attendance does not violate the provisions of State law. Council members may be assigned to serve as liaison to these bodies. As such, they do not serve as ex-officio members, rather as a conduit to facilitate interaction between the body and the Council. In interacting with these bodies, Council members are to reflect the views of the Council majority. Council members do not engage in any ex parte communication with any member of a commission, board or committee regarding any quasi-judicial matter pending, or reasonably expected to come, before such a body.
Council Designees to Regional Public Agencies
Those public agencies, whose boards include Council designees as members (such as the Local Agency Formation Commission), are not considered committees of the City Council. Each such public agency follows its own procedures for complying with the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.