Addressing the City Council
When you feel strongly about a public issue or a local concern, the Council encourages you to share your information and thoughts. You can submit comments in writing, speak directly to the Councilmembers during Oral Communications, or provide testimony at a public hearing.
To speak during Oral Communications, you do not need to sign up in advance. You may speak about any subject except quasi-judicial matters (explained in "City Council Meetings").
To conserve time during Oral Communications, only three people are permitted to speak on the same side of any particular topic.
If you have handouts to distribute to the Councilmembers, please provide twelve copies. This will ensure that a copy of your materials is provided to appropriate staff and maintained in the City Clerk's official record of the meeting.
Councilmembers will listen to your concerns. They will most likely, however, not respond directly at the meeting, but they may ask staff to research and report back on the issue.
More information about public testimony at City Council Meetings is available in Section 8 of the Council Rules of Procedure (Resolution
8928). Highlights include:
Instructions will be provided in writing at the meeting room and on the City's web site.
The time allowed shall not exceed thirty minutes, and speakers will be called in order from the sign-up sheet. If the number of speakers signed up to speak will exceed the 30-minute period, the Chair is authorized to give preference to (1) persons speaking to items on that meeting's agenda or anticipated to come on the agenda within one month and/or (2) to persons who have not spoken to Council in the last quarter.
Speakers will be allowed to speak for three minutes.
A maximum of three persons are permitted to speak to each side of any one topic.
Persons participating in Council meetings are strongly encouraged to aid the Council in maintaining the decorum and orderly progression of the Council agenda. Engaging in shouting, use of profanity or slurs against others, disruptive noise, or comments that are off-topic detract from the ability of the Council to conduct business. Where such conduct results in actual disruption of the Council meeting, the Presiding Officer may issue a verbal warning to the speaker and, if the behavior continues, have the speaker removed from the Council Chambers.
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