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City Council Meetings


Get active and stay informed at the local level!  Attend YOUR local city council meeting on a regular basis.
Below is a list of the scheduled meetings of various City councils and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.  Beneath the list are the "Basics for Attending City Council Meetings".



Sonoma County Board of Supervisors:
They meet on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 am (calendar must be check for specific dates as they do not seem to meet on a regular schedule)

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

Supervisor’s Chambers
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive, Room 102 A
Santa Rosa

Any member of the audience desiring to address the Board on a matter on the agenda:
Please walk to the podium.
After receiving recognition from the chair:
State your name
Make your comments
In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please be brief and limit your comments to the subject under discussion. Each person is usually granted 3 minutes to speak; time limitations are at the discretion of the Chair.

1:00 PM:   Public Comment
Any member of the audience desiring to address the Board on a matter on the agenda: Please walk to the podium and after receiving recognition from the Chair, state your name and make your comments. In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please be brief and limit your comments to the subject under discussion. Each person is usually granted 3 minutes to speak.
Public Comment on Issues Not on the Agenda. Please limit comments to 3 minutes each.
 



Information on City Council meetings in Sonoma County


Cloverdale:
6:30 pm
Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month
Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 N. Main St.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.


ADDRESSING THE CITY COUNCIL:
When asked to do so by the Mayor, those wishing to address the City Council are asked to step up to the
podium. Speak directly into the microphone so everyone in the audience can hear your comments and so
they’ll be recorded into the official record. State your name and City of Residence for the record. Per City
Council Policy, three (3) minutes are typically allotted to each speaker. However, Council may at its discretion
revise the amount of time allotted. Public comments will normally be received after staff presentations on an
agenda item and before the City Council starts deliberations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Any person wishing to speak to the City Council on any item not listed on the agenda may do so at this time.
Members of the public have the right to speak on any items on the Council Agenda during that item. Pursuant
to the Brown Act, the City Council is not allowed to consider issues or take action on any item not listed on the
agenda. Each person wishing to speak must go to the podium when advised by the Mayor and speak directly
into the microphone.


Healdsburg:
The Healdsburg City Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month (except holidays) at 6:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 401 Grove Street, Healdsburg CA.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Any person wishing to speak to the City Council on any item not listed on the agenda may do so at this time.
Members of the public have the right to speak on any items on the Council Agenda during that item. Pursuant
to the Brown Act, the City Council is not allowed to consider issues or take action on any item not listed on the
agenda. Each person wishing to speak must go to the podium when advised by the Mayor and speak directly
into the microphone.


Windsor:

The meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the Civic Center Council Chambers 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

CITIZEN PUBLIC COMMENT (comes after opening business)
Any citizen wishing to speak to the Council on any Consent Calendar item or any item not listed on the agenda may do so at this time. Pursuant to the Brown Act, the Council is not allowed to consider issues or take action on any item not listed on the agenda during this period. Each Citizen Public Comment is normally restricted to three (3) minutes in length and must be spoken into the microphone from the podium.


Santa Rosa:

Regular meetings of the City Council are usually held each Tuesday (there is no City Council meeting on a Tuesday that follows a legal holiday OR on the fourth Tuesday of the month) at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue. The public portions of regular meetings which are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall generally begin at 4:00 p.m.  Public study session(s) and closed session(s) portions of regular meetings, when held, are usually held in Room 10, City Hall earlier in the afternoon.  The public is welcome to attend and participate in all public sessions of the Council.  

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

Last Item on the agenda
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA MATTERS
This is the time when any person may address the Council on matters not listed on this
agenda, but which are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Council. Each speaker is
allowed three minutes. To address the Council you are requested to complete the yellow
Speaker’s Card and give it to the City Clerk.


Cotati:

The Cotati City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at 201 West Sierra Avenue, Cotati.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

Those wishing to address the Council are asked to complete a speaker card and give it to the Deputy City Clerk.
Please limit comments to three minutes or as the Mayor directs.; When you are called, step to the podium and state
your name and address for the record. Persons wishing to address the Council are not required to identify themselves
however, this information assists the Mayor by ensuring that all persons wishing to address the
Council are recognized and it assists the Deputy City Clerk in preparing the City Council meeting minutes.

CITIZEN BUSINESS is heard between agenda item 1 and 2
Any member of the public wishing to speak to the Council on any item or items listed on the Consent Calendar or any item or
items not listed on the agenda that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Council may do so at this time. Pursuant to
the Brown Act, the Council is not allowed to consider issues or take action on any item not listed on the agenda during this
period. Comments of any member of the public are normally restricted to a total of three (3) minutes in length per person for
matters not on the agenda and a total of three (3) minutes per person in length for items on the Consent Calendar.


Rohnert Park:

City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Hall Council Chamber. Meetings officially begin at 5:00 p.m. 130 Avram Avenue, Rohnert Park, California

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.


Citizen participation in City Council meetings is welcomed and highly encouraged. For those citizens who may wish to address the Council on a matter, the meeting agenda regularly contains a Public Comment period near the beginning and another at the end of the open session for this purpose. Members of the public who wish to speak during the Public Comment period are asked to complete a speaker's card and are generally limited to three minutes of comments. The completed speaker's card is submitted to the City Clerk prior to the period designated for Public Comments.One at the beginning of the meeting and another at the end of the meeting.

 For public comment on items listed or not listed on the agenda, or
on agenda items if unable to speak at the scheduled time (limited to three minutes per
appearance and a 30 minute total time limit, or allocation of time based on number of speaker
cards submitted)

Time shown for any particular matter on the agenda is an estimate only. Matters may be considered earlier or later than
the time indicated depending on the pace at which the meeting proceeds. If you wish to speak on an item under discussion by the
Council which appears on this agenda, after receiving recognition from the Mayor, please walk to the rostrum and state your name
and address for the record. - PLEASE FILL OUT A SPEAKER CARD PRIOR TO SPEAKING - Any item raised by a
member of the public which is not agendized and may require Council action shall be automatically referred to staff for
investigation and disposition which may include placing on a future agenda. If the item is deemed to be an emergency or the need
to take action arose after posting of the agenda within the meaning of Government Code Section 54954.2(b), Council is entitled to
discuss the matter to determine if it is an emergency item under said Government Code and may take action thereon.


Petaluma:

Meeting are held on different Monday evenings each month at 7pm in Council Chambers, City Hall, 11 English Street, Petaluma. Will have to check website for exact date of meeting as they do not have a calendar posted.

Find out the  AGENDA for the next meeting here. 


Public comments are limited to 3 minutes per person. When you address the City Council, you should fill out a speaker
card and submit it to the City Clerk so the order of speakers may be determined and an official record of speakers
obtained. Please be ready to step forward to the microphone as soon as the previous speaker has concluded his/her
comments. The public is invited to make comments on items of public interest not listed on the agenda at this time.


Sebastopol:

Generally, the City Council meets on first and third Tuesdays of each month. All meetings begin at 6:00 pm. Unless noted, the meeting location is at Sebastopol Youth Annex, 425 Morris Street in Sebastopol.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

Public comment occurs right after approval of minutes for previous meeting. This is the opportunity for members of the public to address the council on items not already on the agenda. No action can be taken at the time of comment. Speakers are encouraged to litmit their time to 3 minutes to allow for other to speak.


Sonoma:

Meetings are held the first and third Monday of the month at 6pm at Community Meeting Room, 177 First Street West, Sonoma.

Find out the AGENDA for the next meeting here.

1. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
At this time, members of the public may comment on any item not appearing on the agenda. It is recommended that you keep your comments to three minutes or less. Under State Law, matters presented under this item cannot be discussed or acted upon by the City Council at this time. For items appearing on the agenda, the public will be invited to make comments at the time the item comes up for Council consideration. At all times please use the microphone.


City Council Meeting Basics

The easiest way to stay informed is to subscribe to your City’s website, usually found on the City Council’s page. After you subscribe,you will be sent the dates of upcoming meetings, canceled meetings, special meetings and agenda notifications. All cities must make the agenda available to the public and it should be placed in an accessible location where the meeting is to be held. Agendas are also available on the city’s official site for you to download or read. It’s strongly suggested that you review the agenda items before you attend the meeting. You have the right to speak on any and all issues of concern, however there is limited time allocated to this action. The City must abide by the agenda and if there is any incorrect information or items omitted or not followed by Council, you have the right to inform the members and require them make the necessary corrections.

Agenda and Minutes

All agendas are posted within a 72 hour time period before each council meeting. It is our responsibility to inform the City (make sure they are doing their job) if the agenda was not posted in a timely manner or made available to each citizen in attendance at a meeting.  After each meeting, the City should post minutes the next day for the public viewing. It is the responsibility of the citizens to bring any discrepancies in the minutes to the attention of the Council and require the minutes be corrected by the City in a timely manner. As citizens, we are able to make necessary corrections known to the Council during the appropriate time accorded in the Agenda.  I have seen council members ignore corrections from the public and vote to “Approve” the minutes as recorded. This behavior must not be allowed and we must hold the council members accountable. Remember, you are able to be heard on each item on the agenda. Our comments are recorded as pro or con to the issue at hand. It is important to go to the website and check for posted minutes and to assure your comment was summarized accurately.

Speaking Before the Council

The public is allowed to speak on anything they wish to during “Citizen’s Business” excluding any item which is on the agenda.  This is usually a good time for rebuttal from the prior meeting and you will notice the meetings are conducted in such a way; they will have the last word. You can also speak on any or each item on the agenda. Each City conducts their meetings a little differently than others, but they all must abide by protocol lined out by “The Brown Act”. There is a time limit to our comments (usually 3 minutes) and you may be instructed to fill out a simple card in order to speak. It’s important to go over the agenda before a meeting. There will be times you may want to speak on several items and preparing your thoughts into a 3 minute condensed form isn’t as easy as it seems, but our voice is heard and does make a difference. It’s important to keep in mind that your time is yours and you can say or do what you please that is in reason and lawful and the council can not interrupt you nor deny you time.

Video/podcast recorded Council Meetings

Each City should have a form of documented video/audio record posted on their site of each council meeting for the public to access. Most cities are videotaped. These videos or podcasts are a valuable source in our interaction with Government Officials. I have often gone back and transcribed parts of the podcast. I then use their own exact verbiage to the individual council member during citizen’s business. It is our right to keep our local officials in check and call them out on improper behavior and questionable governing. It is our right to record, take videos and still pictures as long as we are not disruptive. We can go back to these tools and collect specific language and quotes with accuracy. It is essential, to use these tools to hold our public officials accountable.

 

The Brown Act

It is important for each of us to know our rights. We must become we educated on “The Brown Act” as we take on our role as active, concerned citizens. A site to download The Brown Act in a PDF form is included below. The Brown Act was enacted in response to mounting public concerns over informal, undisclosed meetings held by local elected officials. City councils, county boards, and other local government bodies were avoiding public scrutiny by holding secret "workshops" and "study sessions." The Brown Act solely applies to California city and county government agencies, boards, and councils.

The introduction to the Brown Act describes its purpose and intent:[2]In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.

 

A Pocket Guide   http://www.thefirstamendment.org/Brown-Act-Brochure-DEC-03.pdf

The Brown Act Intro and Main Document

 http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Intro_BrownAct.pdf

http://caag.state.ca.us/publications/2003_Main_BrownAct.pdf

 

Council Members, City Employee’s, Key Players and City History

Get to know the names of the representatives in the local offices, and those behind the scenes who are major decision makers. From the Mayor to the City Clerk, each one of their roles has a direct effect on your City and your life. You need to know who they are and what they represent to learn who may be pulling their strings. Each city has its own unique history and that history holds the key to what is going on in your particular corner of Sonoma County.


 

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