CHAPTER 7
DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS

Sections:

A. Planning Commission

§ 2700    Planning Commission – Creation of.

§ 2701    Members.

§ 2702    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2703    Regular Meetings.

§ 2704    Duties.

§ 2705    Records.

§ 2706    Organization.

§ 2707    Stipend and Expenses.

§ 2708    Reserved.

§ 2709    Reserved.

B. Department of Community Development

§ 2710    Repealed.

§ 2711    Repealed.

§ 2712    Repealed.

C. Finance Division

§ 2720    Finance Division.

§ 2721    Director of Finance.

§ 2722    Transfer of Duties of City Clerk to the Director of Finance.

§ 2723    Duties of the Director of Finance.

§ 2724    Director of Finance – Bond.

D. Department of Parks and Recreation

§ 2730    Department of Parks and Recreation.

§ 2731    Director of Parks and Recreation.

§ 2732    Duties of the Director of Parks and Recreation.

§ 2733    Divisions of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

E. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission

§ 2735    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission Established.

§ 2736    Members.

§ 2737    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2738    Organization.

§ 2739    Meetings.

§ 2740    Repealed.

§ 2741    Duties and Functions of Members.

§ 2742    Compensation and Expenses.

F. Environmental Commission

§ 2750    Environmental Commission – Establishment of.

§ 2751    Members.

§ 2752    Regular Meetings.

§ 2753    Duties.

§ 2754    Records.

§ 2755    Organization.

§ 2756    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 2757    Absence from Meetings.

G. Human Relations Commission

§ 2760    Declaration of Policy.

§ 2761    Human Relations Commission Established.

§ 2762    Members.

§ 2763    Organization.

§ 2764    Regular Meetings.

§ 2765    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2766    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 2767    Compensation and Expenses.

H. Department of Public Safety

§ 2780    Department of Public Safety.

§ 2781    Director of Public Safety.

§ 2782    Chief of Police – References to.

§ 2783    Duties of the Director of Public Safety.

§ 2784    Department of Public Safety – Functions.

§ 2785    County Contracts and Districts.

§ 2786    City Security Officers.

§ 2787    Applications, Investigations, and Examination of Applicants.

§ 2788    Oath.

§ 2789    Training.

§ 2790    Powers and Duties.

§ 2791    Uniforms and Insignia.

§ 2792    Nature of Position.

I. Department of Public Works

§ 2793    Department of Public Works.

§ 2794    Director of Public Works.

§ 2795    Duties of the Director of Public Works.

J. Cultural Arts Commission

§ 2796.1    Cultural Arts Commission – Establishment of.

§ 2796.2    Members.

§ 2796.3    Organization.

§ 2796.4    Meetings.

§ 2796.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2796.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 2796.7    Compensation and Expenses.

K. Department of Personnel

§ 2797.1    Department of Human Resources Established.

§ 2797.2    Director of Personnel.

§ 2797.3    Duties of the Director of Personnel.

L. Public Works Commission

§ 2798.1    Public Works Commission – Establishment of.

§ 2798.2    Members.

§ 2798.3    Organization.

§ 2798.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 2798.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2798.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 2798.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 2798.8    Membership Qualifications.

M. Senior Citizens Advisory Commission

§ 2799.1    Senior Citizens Advisory Commission – Establishment of.

§ 2799.2    Members.

§ 2799.3    Organization.

§ 2799.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 2799.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 2799.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 2799.7    Compensation and Expenses.

N. Youth Commission

§ 27100.1    Youth Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27100.2    Members.

§ 27100.3    Organization.

§ 27100.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27100.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27100.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27100.7    Compensation and Expenses.

O. Citywide Advisory Commission

§ 27101.1    Citywide Advisory Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27101.2    Members.

§ 27101.3    Organization.

§ 27101.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27101.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27101.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27101.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27101.8    Membership Qualifications.

P. Veterans Affairs Commission

§ 27102.1    Veterans Affairs Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27102.2    Members.

§ 27102.3    Organization.

§ 27102.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27102.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27102.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27102.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27102.8    Membership Qualifications.

Q. Public Safety Commission

§ 27103.1    Public Safety Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27103.2    Members.

§ 27103.3    Organization.

§ 27103.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27103.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27103.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27103.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27103.8    Membership Qualifications.

R. Economic Development Commission

§ 27104.1    Economic Development Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27104.2    Members.

§ 27104.3    Organization.

§ 27104.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27104.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27104.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27104.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27104.8    Membership Qualifications.

S. Public Relations Commission

§ 27105.1    Public Relations Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27105.2    Members.

§ 27105.3    Organization.

§ 27105.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27105.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27105.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27105.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27105.8    Membership Qualifications.

T. Women’s Issues Commission

§ 27106.1    Women’s Issues Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27106.2    Members.

§ 27106.3    Organization.

§ 27106.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27106.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27106.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27106.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27106.8    Membership Qualifications.

U. Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission

§ 27107.1    Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27107.2    Members.

§ 27107.3    Organization.

§ 27107.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27107.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27107.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27107.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27107.8    Membership Qualifications.

V. Beautification Commission

§ 27108.1    Beautification Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27108.2    Members.

§ 27108.3    Organization.

§ 27108.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27108.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27108.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27108.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27108.8    Membership Qualifications.

W. Bullying Prevention Commission

§ 27109.1    Bullying Prevention Commission – Establishment of.

§ 27109.2    Members.

§ 27109.3    Organization.

§ 27109.4    Regular Meetings.

§ 27109.5    Absence from Meetings.

§ 27109.6    Duties and Functions of Commission.

§ 27109.7    Compensation and Expenses.

§ 27109.8    Membership Qualifications.

A. Planning Commission

2700 Planning Commission – Creation of.

A Planning Commission is hereby created and established in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Law of the State of California, Title 7 of the Government Code, and in particular pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 3 of said Title 7 of the Government Code. Said Planning Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Planning Commission” or as the “Planning Commission.” (Ord. 13, § 1)

2701 Members.

The Planning Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 13, § 1; Ord. 71-151, § 2; Ord. 74-307, § 1; Ord. 80-542, § 1; Ord. 84-694, § 1; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 2; Ord. 04-1330, § 2; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2702 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Planning Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 13, § 1; Ord. 84-694, § 1; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1)

2703 Regular Meetings.

Regular meetings of the Planning Commission shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each calendar month, at the hour of 6:30 p.m., or on the next succeeding day which is not a holiday. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. Said meeting dates may be changed by resolution adopted by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Council. (Ord. 13, § 1; Ord. 77-415, § 2; Ord. 91-947, § 1)

2704 Duties.

The Planning Commission shall have the power and duty, except as otherwise provided by law, to:

(a) Prepare and recommend to the City Council a comprehensive long-term general plan for the physical development of the City, including all segments of the City, and of any land outside its boundaries which in the Planning Commission’s judgment bears relation to its planning.

(b) Investigate and make recommendations to the City Council upon reasonable and practical means for putting into effect the general plan or part thereof, in order that it will serve as a pattern and guide for the orderly physical growth and development of the City, and as a basis for the efficient expenditure of funds relating to the subjects of the general plan.

(c) Render an annual report to the City Council on the status of the plan and progress in its application.

(d) Endeavor to promote public interest in an understanding of the general plan, and regulations relating to it.

(e) Consult and advise with public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations, and citizens generally with relation to carrying out the general plan.

(f) Review proposals for major public works submitted to it by departments of the City, and report to such departments with respect to conformity thereof with the general plan.

(g) Review proposals for acquisition of property for street, park or other public purposes and report to the appropriate City department as to conformity thereof with the general plan.

(h) Make recommendations to the City Council with respect to a specific plan or regulation or any amendment to a specific plan or regulation, and report to the City Council upon any change or addition proposed with respect thereto.

(i) Hold a public hearing on any proposed zoning ordinance or amendment to zoning ordinance which changes any property from one zone to another or imposes or removes regulations with respect thereto, and render its decision thereon in the form of a written recommendation to the City Council. Such recommendation shall include the reasons for the recommendation and shall be transmitted to the City Council in such form and manner as may be specified by the City Council. (Ord. 13, § 4)

(j) Hear and decide applications for conditional uses or other permits provided for by the zoning ordinance, where criteria are provided by such zoning ordinance for determining such matters, subject to appeal to the City Council.

(k) Hear and decide applications for exceptions or variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance, subject to appeal to the City Council.

(l) Consider tentative maps of proposed subdivisions of land and recommend to the City Council approval, conditional approval or disapproval of such tentative maps.

(m) Have and exercise all of the powers, duties, rights, privileges and authorities of a City Planning Commission, all as provided for by the law of the State of California, and by the provisions of the Carson Municipal Code, as said law or Municipal Code now exists and as the same may from time to time be hereafter amended. (Ord. 13, § 1)

2705 Records.

The Planning Commission shall cause proper records to be kept of all its official acts and proceedings, and shall make reports to the City Council as provided for by the State Planning Law or as provided by the City Council. (Ord. 13, § 1)

2706 Organization.

The Planning Commission shall elect a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman and a Secretary from among its members, for a term of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business and shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations. Minutes, resolutions, and official records shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City Administrator. (Ord. 13, § 1; Ord. 74-307, § 4)

2707 Stipend and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Planning Commission shall receive as a stipend for service on the Planning Commission $50.00 for each meeting of the Planning Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total stipend of $200.00 in any one (1) month. The Secretary of the Planning Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Planning Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional stipend shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Planning Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes, or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interest of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 16, § 1; Ord. 73-268, § 1; Ord. 05-1335, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

2708 Reserved.

2709 Reserved.

B. Department of Community Development

2710 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 00-1190. (Ord. 39, § 1; Ord. 71-151, § 1)

2711 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 00-1190. (Ord. 39, § 1; Ord. 71-151, § 1)

2712 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 00-1190. (Ord. 39, § 1; Ord. 71-151, § 1; Ord. 71-163, § 1)

C. Finance Division

2720 Finance Division.

There is hereby created and established a Finance Division. The Finance Division shall be composed of the following Sections which shall consist of such personnel as may be authorized by the City Council:

(a) Accounting Section.

(b) Purchasing and Central Services Section.

(c) Business License Section. (Ord. 79-496; Ord. 80-546, § 1; Ord. 82-605, § 1; Ord. 00-1190, § 18)

2721 Director of Finance.

The Division of Finance shall be headed by a Director of Finance who shall be appointed by the City Manager with approval of the City Council. (Ord. 79-496; Ord. 00-1190, § 19)

2722 Transfer of Duties of City Clerk to the Director of Finance.

a. The powers and duties imposed upon the City Clerk by Article I of Chapter 4, Part 2, Division 3, Title 4 of the Government Code of the State are hereby transferred to the Director of Finance in accordance with Section 37209 of the Government Code.

b. The financial and accounting powers and duties imposed upon the City Clerk by Sections 40802 through 40805 of the Government Code of the State are hereby transferred to the Director of Finance, as authorized by Section 40805.5 of said Code. (Ord. 40; Ord. 79-496)

2723 Duties of the Director of Finance.

The Director of Finance shall be responsible to the City Manager and shall perform the following duties in addition to those provided for in CMC 2722.

(a) Serve as the administrative head of the Division of Finance and have direct charge of all City personnel assigned to the Department of Finance.

(b) Advise and assist the City Council, City Manager, City Groups and City Commissions on all matters relating to finance.

(c) Plan, organize, staff, direct and control all functions, operations, programs and responsibilities of the Division of Finance including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) Accounting and Financial Management Responsibilities.

(i) Administration of financial affairs of the City.

(ii) Maintain a general accounting system and records which will accurately reflect the City financial transactions, and prepare financial statements and performance reports which will clearly show the financial condition of the City including revenue, expenses and capital assets.

(iii) Preparation of the City register of demands, payment warrants and vouchers and the City payroll.

(iv) Audit and approve before payment all bills, invoices, payrolls, demands and charges against the City.

(v) Assure the maintenance of inventory records of City stocks, surpluses and capital assets, and assure that an annual inventory is accomplished for all stock and supplies.

(2) Purchasing and Central Services Responsibilities.

(i) Provide centralized purchasing of materials and services for all City groups, divisions, sections, and programs in accordance with Article II, Chapter 6, Purchasing System.

(ii) Establish and direct printing and reproduction services, communications and mail service.

(iii) Establish and administer City-wide supplies and materials warehousing and inventory procedures and facilities.

(iv) Establish and administer records management procedures and facilities.

(3) License and Franchising Responsibilities.

(i) Enforce and administer the City business and franchise regulations and ordinances including collection and accountability for license and franchise fees collected.

(ii) Serve as and perform the duties of the tax collector as provided in the business license ordinance.

(4) Perform other duties as may be required by other ordinances and resolutions governing fiscal administration and exercise such powers as are necessarily incident to the above duties and powers or as may be assigned to the Director from time to time by the City Manager. (Ord. 40; Ord. 69-76, § 2; Ord. 79-496; Ord. 80-546, § 1; Ord. 82-605, § 2; Ord. 00-1190, § 20)

2724 Director of Finance – Bond.

The Director of Finance shall execute a bond to the City similar to the financial bond of public officers, in conformity with the provisions of the Government Code of the State and Section 36518 thereof. (Ord. 40; Ord. 79-496; Ord. 80-546, § 1)

D. Department of Parks and Recreation

2730 Department of Parks and Recreation.

There is hereby created and established a Department of Parks and Recreation, which shall consist of such personnel as may be authorized by the City Council. (Ord. 53, § 1)

2731 Director of Parks and Recreation.

The Department of Parks and Recreation shall be headed by a Director of Parks and Recreation who shall be appointed by the City Administrator with the approval of the City Council. (Ord. 53, § 1)

2732 Duties of the Director of Parks and Recreation.

The Director of Parks and Recreation shall be responsible to the City Administrator and shall perform the following duties:

(a) Be the administrative head of the Department of Parks and Recreation and shall have direct charge of all City personnel assigned to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

(b) Advise and assist the City Council and City Administrator on all matters relating to park and recreation activities and facilities.

(c) Supervise and evaluate the needs and resources of the City for recreational activities and facilities.

(d) Plan and supervise the development and maintenance of this City’s parks.

(e) Be responsible for the administration and enforcement of all rules, regulations and policies of the City and the Department of Parks and Recreation relating to the parks and their facilities.

(f) Perform such other duties as the City Administrator may from time to time assign him. (Ord. 53, § 1)

2733 Divisions of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Department of Parks and Recreation shall be divided under the Director of Parks and Recreation into the following divisions:

a. Division of Recreation. The Division of Recreation under the Assistant Director of Recreation shall perform specialized work in the supervision, planning and organizing of recreational programs and perform other related work as required.

b. Division of Maintenance. The Division of Maintenance under the Assistant Director of Maintenance shall perform specialized work in the planning and supervision of the development and maintenance of the City parks and perform other related work as required. (Ord. 53, § 1)

E. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission

2735 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission Established.

There shall be, and there is hereby, established a commission to be known and designated as the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission. This Commission shall formulate, subject to Council direction, oversight, and approval, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Programs for the City of Carson. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 12-1506, § 1)

2736 Members.

The Parks and Recreation Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 72-215, § 1; Ord. 72-227, § 1; Ord. 74-307, § 2; Ord. 84-694, § 2; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 93-1010, § 2; Ord. 94-1041, § 1; Ord. 97-1113, § 1; Ord. 98-1132, § 2; Ord. 04-1325, § 3; Ord. 04-1330, § 3; Ord. 12-1506, § 2; Ord. 12-1495, § 1; Ord. 13-1516, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2737 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 84-694, § 2; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1; Ord. 12-1506, § 3)

2738 Organization.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission shall elect a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary from among its members, for a term of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business, and shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City. The Director of Community Services shall appoint a City employee to serve as staff advisor to the Commission. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 74-307, § 5; Ord. 12-1506, § 4)

2739 Meetings.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the rules and regulations of the Commission. The Commission shall further determine and provide in its rules and regulations the manner in which special meetings may be held and the notice to be given of such meetings. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 12-1506, § 5)

2740 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 84-694.

2741 Duties and Functions of Members.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission will be a functioning arm of the City structure, as all other appointed commissions, and will be the responsibility of and staffed by the Community Services Department.

The functions of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission shall be to advise and recommend to the City Council and City staff on all matters relating to parks, recreation, and cultural arts and shall also:

1. Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to parks, public recreation and cultural arts, and to cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of sound park and recreation planning and programming.

2. Formulate general policies on recreation services and cultural art activities for approval by the City Council.

3. Advise with the Recreation and Cultural Arts staff on the development of recreation areas, facilities, programs, cultural art presentations, and improved recreational services.

4. Recommend the adoption of standards on organization, areas and facilities, programs, cultural art presentations and financial support.

5. Make periodic inventories of recreation services and cultural arts activities that exist, or may be needed, and interpret the needs of the public to the City Council.

6. Interpret the policies and functions of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission to the public.

7. Advise the Director of Community Services in the preparation of the annual budget of the Department and a long-range recreation capital improvement program before it is presented to the City Council. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 12-1506, § 6)

2742 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first demand register of the month. The Secretary of the Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interest of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 69-65, § 1; Ord. 73-268, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 2; Ord. 12-1506, § 7; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

F. Environmental Commission

2750 Environmental Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established an Environmental Commission. Said Environmental Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Environmental Commission” or as the “Environmental Commission.” (Ord. 70-128, § 1)

2751 Members.

The Environmental Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 71-128, § 1; Ord. 71-153, § 1; Ord. 72-207, § 1; Ord. 74-307, § 3; Ord. 80-542, § 2; Ord. 84-694, § 3; Ord. 97-1113, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 4; Ord. 04-1330, § 4; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2752 Regular Meetings.

At least one (1) regular meeting of the Environmental Commission shall be held every month. Said meeting shall be held at the hour of 6:30 p.m. in the Carson City Hall, on the first Wednesday or on the next succeeding day which is not a holiday. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specific date, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. (Ord. 70-128; Ord. 77-416, § 1; Ord. 94-1029)

2753 Duties.

The Environmental Commission shall have the power and duty, except as otherwise provided by law, to:

(a) Undertake investigation and studies, and to hold hearings concerning the pollution of the City’s environment, and to make recommendations to the City Council of reasonable and practical means of creating and maintaining a desirable, healthy environment in and throughout the City of Carson. Said investigations and studies may be made by committees created by the Commission, chaired by a member of the Commission and comprised of Commission members, citizens of the City of Carson and any other individuals having experience or expertise which would be helpful in the accomplishment of the committee’s purposes.

(b) Consult and advise with public officials and agencies on the local, state and federal level, with members of the industrial, civic, educational and professional communities, either individually or in concert, towards the goal of accomplishment and execution of the environmental plans, programs and policies approved by the City Council.

(c) Endeavor to promote public interest in and understanding of the problems of environmental pollution and remedies therefor.

(d) Recommend to the City Council the adoption of standards or guidelines relating to permitted levels of noise, air pollution and water pollution.

(e) Act as the City Underground Utilities Advisory Committee.

(f) Coordinate enforcement by, and cooperative efforts between, other concerned governmental agencies, private firms and organizations and the several departments of the City.

(g) Review proposed legislation, Federal, State and local, which may have a bearing upon environmental factors affecting the City, and make recommendation to the City Council as to any position or action to be taken with respect thereto. (Ord. 70-128, § 1; Ord. 72-207, § 2)

2754 Records.

The Environmental Commission shall cause proper records to be kept of all its official acts and proceedings, and shall make reports to the City Council as provided for by the City Council. (Ord. 70-128, § 1)

2755 Organization.

The Environmental Commission shall elect a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman and a Secretary from among its members, for a term of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business and shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings, and determinations. Minutes, resolutions and official records shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City Administrator. (Ord. 70-128, § 1; Ord. 74-307, § 6)

2756 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Environmental Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Environmental Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 70-128, § 1; Ord. 73-268, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 3; Ord. 13-1519, § 1)

2757 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Environmental Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 84-694, § 3; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1)

G. Human Relations Commission

2760 Declaration of Policy.

The City Council recognizes and finds:

That in an increasingly complex society it is necessary for local government to be concerned with the problems and needs of individuals and groups within that society if the Constitutional principles of democracy, freedom and equality of opportunity are to be achieved, preserved and protected;

That the rights of individuals, regardless of religious affiliation, national origin, political belief, economic status, cultural background, race, color, age or sex are identical under law, and should be equal in practice in our society and community;

That the people of a community are that community’s greatest resource.

That it is therefore in the best interest of the community not only to protect and insure the legal rights of individuals and groups, but also to seek to provide opportunity for the full realization of the hopes, aspirations, abilities and ambitions of individuals of all religions, races, national origins, political beliefs, economic or social status, cultural background, ages or sex, thereby encouraging and developing the human resources of the community to their highest potential value, thereby improving the quality of our society and the richness of life. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1)

2761 Human Relations Commission Established.

In order to work toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives embodied in the foregoing statement of policy, the Human Relations Commission is hereby established. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1)

2762 Members.

The Human Relations Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, seven (7) general members and two (2) youth members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be a resident of the City of Carson. The members shall be appointed as follows.

(a) General Members. All general members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section 2762, the tenure of the first general members appointed after the effective date hereof shall expire April 30, 1994. Thereafter, all general members shall be appointed biennially for two (2) year terms expiring at midnight on April 30th of each regular municipal election year (each even-numbered year).

(b) Youth Members.* The two (2) youth members shall be appointed by the Mayor, based upon the recommendation of the general members, and subject to approval by the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Each youth member shall serve for a one (1) year term or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. All terms of office shall commence on July 1st of each year and expire on June 30th of the successive year. Thereafter, one (1) or both of the youth commissioners may be appointed for one (1) additional year, for a maximum tenure of two (2) years. The two (2) youth members shall meet all of the following qualifications.

(1) Youth members shall be between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-one (21) and enrolled in school at the time of appointment;

(2) Youth members shall have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average in the previous school year; and

(3) Youth members shall have an interest in human relations issues and concerns.

(c) Termination, Vacancies, Voting. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the appointing power and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. Action taken by the Commission shall only be valid if a majority of the general members present, and in no event less than three (3) general members, have voted for it. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 75-330, § 1; Ord. 81-562, § 1; Ord. 81-581, § 1; Ord. 84-694, § 4; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1; Ord. 92-983, § 1; Ord. 93-1010, § 3; Ord. 94-1041, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 5; Ord. 04-1330, § 5; Ord. 07-1384, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

*Editor’s Note: Procedures for the filling of vacancies for youth members may be found in Ordinance No. 93-1010, Section 4, which has not been codified herein.

2763 Organization.

The Human Relations Commission shall elect a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business and shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City Administrator. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1)

2764 Regular Meetings.

The Human Relations Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and date as designated in the rules and regulations of the Commission. Five (5) members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. The Commission may hold its meetings in the Council Chambers or in such other suitable place as the Commission may designate. All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 81-562, § 1; Ord. 81-581, § 1; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1)

2765 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Human Relations Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 84-694, § 4; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1; Ord. 92-983, § 2; Ord. 97-1113, § 1)

2766 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Human Relations Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(a) To advise and consult with the City Council, City Administrator, and the commissions, boards and officers of the City on all matters involving discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, culture, economic status, age or sex;

(b) To recommend such corrective or legislative action as may be appropriate to effectuate the policy of the City Council which is declared in this Part;

(c) To invite and enlist the cooperation of racial, religious and ethnic groups, youth and senior citizen organizations, community organizations, fraternal and benevolent societies, veterans organizations, professional and technical organizations and other groups in the City of Carson in carrying on its work;

(d) To foster communication, mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and other groups in the community;

(e) To make such studies in any area of human relationship in the community as in the judgment of the Commission will aid in effectuating its general purpose;

(f) To cooperate with the City, County, State and Federal agencies whenever it deems such action appropriate in effectuating the policy of this Part;

(g) To initiate, conduct or recommend such educational programs as, in the judgment of the Commission, will increase good will among inhabitants of the community and open new opportunities into all phases of community life and society for all inhabitants of the City;

(h) To hold conferences, and other public meetings, in the interest of the constructive resolution of racial, religious or other group tensions, prejudice or discrimination;

(i) To receive, hear and investigate complaints of tensions, practices of discrimination and acts of prejudice against any person or group because of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, culture, economic status, age or sex, whether practiced by private persons, associations, corporations or public bodies, and to seek to resolve such matters through consultation and advice;

(j) To seek the best means of progressively improving human relations in the entire City;

(k) To issue such publications and such special reports concerning its work and investigations it may consider desirable and in the public interest, subject to the approval of the City Council;

(l) To refer all findings of discrimination within the jurisdiction of any County, State or Federal boards, commissions or departments to such agencies;

(m) To make recommendations and reports to the City Council on all matters within the duties and functions of the Commission;

(n) To submit an annual report to the City Council and such other reports as may be requested by the City Council. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 84-694, § 4; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1)

2767 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Human Relations Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Human Relations Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 74-294; Ord. 87-812, § 1; Ord. 89-883, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 4; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

H. Department of Public Safety

2780 Department of Public Safety.

There is hereby created and established a Department of Public Safety which shall consist of a Director of Public Safety and such other personnel as may be authorized by the City Council. (Ord. 82-611, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2781 Director of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety shall be headed by the Director of Public Safety who shall be appointed and may be dismissed by the City Administrator with the approval of the City Council.

The Public Safety Director shall be the City Officer and that member of City government referred to as Chief of Police in Government Code Sections 36501 and 36505. (Ord. 82-611, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2782 Chief of Police – References to.

Wherever the term “Chief of Police” is used in the Carson Municipal Code, such term shall mean the Director of Public Safety of the City of Carson except to the extent that the Sheriff of Los Angeles County is designated as Chief of Police for the purpose of performance of, and within the scope of, the County Law Enforcement Contract. Any action heretofore taken by the City Council of the City of Carson referring to or designating the Sheriff of Los Angeles County as Chief of Police is hereby modified and superseded to the extent that the same is inconsistent herewith. (Ord. 75-325, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2783 Duties of the Director of Public Safety.

The Director of Public Safety shall be responsible to the City Administrator and shall perform the following duties:

(a) Be the administrative head of the Public Safety Department and have direct charge of all personnel assigned to the Public Safety Department.

(b) Plan and recommend objectives and programs for the Public Safety Department.

(c) Advise and assist the City Council and City Administrator on all matters relating to public safety.

(d) Supervise and evaluate the needs and resources of the City for public safety programs.

(e) Develop and direct public education and service programs for continuing public safety needs.

(f) Act as Assistant Director of Civil Defense, and as such, develop and maintain plans for civil emergency and natural disaster relief services.

(g) Administer and monitor the County Law Enforcement, Fire, Public Health and Animal Control Contracts.

(h) Perform such other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City Administrator.

(i) Supervise and evaluate needs for Security Officer services and security systems. (Ord. 82-611, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2784 Department of Public Safety – Functions.

The Department of Public Safety shall include and have responsibility for the following functions of the City:

(a) Administration of Law Enforcement Contract, including general law enforcement, traffic enforcement, investigations, community relations with respect to law enforcement and jail.

(b) Youth services, including programs to educate youth in law enforcement and safety related areas.

(c) Municipal Code enforcement services, including programs to ensure compliance with and enforcement of this Code and solid waste management.

(d) Health services, including planning, liaison and ambulance services.

(e) Animal control services, including regulations, licensing and pound services.

(f) Fire protection services, including fire prevention, fire protection, fire education, rescue and paramedic services.

(g) Civil defense, including emergency preparedness, planning coordination and liaison.

(h) Administration of the residential refuse collection program.

(i) Security officer services and facility security systems. (Ord. 82-611, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2785 County Contracts and Districts.

Where any of the functions or activities mentioned in CMC 2784 are provided by Los Angeles County pursuant to contract with the City, or by County Districts, or by contract with a private contractor, the Department of Public Safety shall have the responsibility for the administration and monitoring of such contracts, maintenance of liaison between the City and County officers and other personnel having responsibility for the performance of such contracts and recommendations to the City Administrator as to the level of performance, amendment and renewal of such contracts. The Department of Public Safety shall have the responsibility for performance of any functions authorized by the City Council or pursuant to law, and pursuant to the Department’s responsibilities referred to in CMC 2784 which are not within the scope of any County or private contract or District functions. (Ord. 82-611, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2786 City Security Officers.

In order to provide for the public safety, there is hereby created and established the position of City Security Officer for the City of Carson. City Security Officers shall be under the supervision, direction and control of the Public Safety Director. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 79-475, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2787 Applications, Investigations, and Examination of Applicants.

The applicants shall have such qualifications and stand such examinations of their physical and mental fitness as may be prescribed from time to time. The character and reputation of prospective City Security Officers shall be investigated by the Public Safety Director. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 79-475, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2788 Oath.

Before entering upon his duties as a City Security Officer of the City of Carson, each officer shall take the following oath before the City Clerk:

I................, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.

(Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2789 Training.

City Security Officers shall be trained in accordance with State law and in the manner determined and directed by the Public Safety Director. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 79-475, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2790 Powers and Duties.

While on duty, under the orders of the Public Safety Director, City Security Officers shall have the authority and duty to enforce the provisions of the Municipal Code and the ordinance of the City of Carson as may be from time to time designated or assigned by the Public Safety Director pursuant to California Penal Code Section 836.5. City Security Officers may make arrests for violation of such Municipal Code ordinances and may issue citations for misdemeanors pursuant to California Penal Code Chapter 5C (commencing with Section 853.6) and Carson Municipal Code Article I, Chapter 2. City Security Officers shall be responsible for the proper performance of their duties and shall be subject to removal by the Public Safety Director. City Security Officers shall not be considered general law enforcement officers and shall only have powers prescribed by this Code. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 79-475, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2791 Uniforms and Insignia.

It shall be unlawful for any City Security Officer to wear identifying uniform and insignia except while on duty. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

2792 Nature of Position.

Since City Security Officers have only limited law enforcement responsibilities, they shall be considered as civilian employees of the City of Carson for the purposes of pension and pay. (Ord. 75-342, § 1; Ord. 77-406, § 1; Ord. 89-892, § 1)

I. Department of Public Works

2793 Department of Public Works.

There is hereby created and established a Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works shall be composed of an Engineering Division and a Street Maintenance Division; consisting of such personnel as may be authorized by the City Council. (Ord. 77-407, § 1)

2794 Director of Public Works.

The Department of Public Works shall be headed by a Director of Public Works who shall be appointed by the City Administrator with the approval of the City Council. (Ord. 77-407, § 1)

2795 Duties of the Director of Public Works.

The Director of Public Works shall be responsible to the City Administrator and shall perform the following duties:

a. Be the administrative head of the Department of Public Works and have direct charge of all City personnel assigned to the Department of Public Works.

b. Advise and assist the City Council, City Administrator, and other City departments or commissions on all matters relating to Public Works.

c. Keep current the City’s Master Plan of Highways and Select System of Streets.

d. Act as the Superintendent of Streets as provided in the Streets and Highways Code unless another person is appointed by the City Council as the Superintendent of Streets for a particular project or duty.

e. Administer and cause to be enforced the Streets and Highways Code, Highway Permit and Traffic Ordinances, City Ordinances, including all State and Federal laws relating to Public Works.

f. Investigate and make recommendations to the City Council, City Administrator, and other City departments or commissions when warranted or directed.

g. Administer and certify to the usage and expenditures of Federal and State Gas Tax Funds received by the City.

h. Perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the City Administrator. (Ord. 77-407, § 1)

J. Cultural Arts Commission

2796.1 Cultural Arts Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Cultural Arts Commission. Said shall be known and referred to as the “Cultural Arts Commission.” (Ord. 13-1516, § 2)

2796.2 Members.

The Cultural Arts Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2796.3 Organization.

The Cultural Arts Commission shall elect a Chairman and a Vice Chairman, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in September of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in September of each year. The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business and shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City. The Parks and Recreation Director shall appoint a City employee to serve as staff advisor to the Commission. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2)

2796.4 Meetings.

The Cultural Arts Commission shall establish a regular time and place for meetings and shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting each month. Special meetings of the Cultural Arts Commission may be called at any time by the Presiding Officer, or by any four (4) or more members of the Cultural Arts Commission by providing notice of such meeting as required by law. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2)

2796.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Cultural Arts Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2)

2796.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Cultural Arts Commission will be a functioning arm of the City structure, as all other appointed commissions, and will be the responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The functions of the Cultural Arts Commission shall be to advise and recommend to the City Council and City staff on all matters relating to cultural arts and shall also:

(a) Encourage programs for the cultural enrichment of the City.

(b) Coordinate and strengthen existing organizations in the cultural arts field.

(c) Propose methods to encourage private initiative in the arts and culture.

(d) Advise and consult with other groups and individuals of the community, and coordinate with the State and Federal cultural commissions in obtaining the benefits of this knowledge, experience and resource in the fields of culture and the arts.

(e) Formulate programs and methods to encourage creative activities to the highest standards, as well as to encourage increased public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the cultural art forms and activities.

(f) Review and make recommendations upon all works of art to be acquired by the City, either by purchase, gift or otherwise, and the location thereof.

(g) Review and make recommendations with respect to the removal, relocation or alteration of any existing works of art in the possession of the City. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2)

2796.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Cultural Arts Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. The Secretary of the Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional compensation shall be paid for the expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 13-1516, § 2; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

K. Department of Personnel

2797.1 Department of Human Resources Established.

There is hereby created and established a Department of Human Resources which shall consist of a Director of Human Resources and such other personnel as may be authorized by the City Council. All references in the Carson Municipal Code and in the ordinances, resolutions, polices, procedures, contracts, agreements, and other official promulgations of the City of Carson to the ‘Department of Personnel’, or the ‘Director of Personnel’ or ‘Personnel Manager’, shall be deemed to be references to the ‘Department of Human Resources’ or the ‘Director of Human Resources’, respectively, upon and after the effective date of this Section. (Ord. 82-605, § 4; Ord. 96-1096, § 2)

2797.2 Director of Personnel.

The Department of Personnel shall be headed by a Director of Personnel who shall be appointed by the City Administrator with the approval of the City Council. (Ord. 82-605, § 4)

2797.3 Duties of the Director of Personnel.

The Director of Personnel shall be responsible to the City Administrator and shall perform the following duties.

a. Serve as the administrative head of the Department of Personnel and have direct charge of all City personnel assigned to the Department of Personnel.

b. Advise and assist the City Council, City Administrator, and other City departments, commissions and committees on all matters relating to Personnel.

c. Administer the provisions of the Personnel System and of the Personnel Rules not specifically reserved to the City Council or City Administrator.

d. Prepare and recommend, after consultation with Department Directors, a position classification plan, including position specifications, a compensation plan and Personnel Rules which shall become effective upon approval by the City Council.

e. Administer procedures for recruitment and selection of City employees, including notice of open positions, conducting and grading of tests and preparation of lists of persons eligible for appointment to positions in the City service.

f. Assist in developing criteria and parameters to be used in negotiations with recognized employee organizations. Assist in representing the City in such negotiations.

g. Process employee grievances and appeals in accordance with Personnel Rules and the City’s standard management procedures.

h. Develop, recommend and publish procedures relating to the administration of personnel policies and programs.

i. Maintain centralized personnel records relating to City employees.

j. Perform such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned by the City Administrator. (Ord. 82-605, § 4)

L. Public Works Commission

2798.1 Public Works Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Public Works Commission. Said Public Works Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Public Works Commission” or the “Public Works Commission.” (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

2798.2 Members.

The Public Works Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner. Each member shall be a person having interest, experience or ability in construction, transportation, traffic or circulation areas to ensure that traffic, vehicle parking, bikeways, and transportation systems and other City facilities are regulated and constructed in a manner calculated to best provide for the safety and welfare of the public. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2; Ord. 04-1325, § 7; Ord. 04-1330, § 7; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2798.3 Organization.

The Public Works Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

2798.4 Regular Meetings.

The Public Works Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

2798.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Public Works Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

2798.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Public Works Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the Director of Engineering Services in all matters pertaining to public works issues.

(b) Capital Improvement Program formulation and review, including deficiency and feasibility reports, project priorities and capital improvement reports.

(c) Activities within the public rights-of-way which are not subject to administrative permit procedure, including encroachments and undergrounding of utilities.

(d) Traffic management, including matters germane to traffic circulation, regulatory traffic control devices which require action by City Council or Planning Commission, special traffic and parking studies, temporary street closures and the proposed use of Proposition A and Proposition C Local Return Funds.

(e) Environmental enhancement and beautification, including design review for aesthetic evaluation of landscaped median improvement projects within the public right-of-way.

(f) Review and provide advice concerning the operations of and contract for the Carson circuit transportation system. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

2798.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Public Works Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Public Works Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2; Ord. 06-1368, § 6; Ord. 13-1519, § 1)

2798.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Public Works Commission shall be and remain a resident of, or have a place of employment or business in, the City of Carson, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 99-1181, § 2)

M. Senior Citizens Advisory Commission

2799.1 Senior Citizens Advisory Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Senior Citizens Advisory Commission. Said Senior Citizens Advisory Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Senior Citizens Advisory Commission” or the “Senior Citizens Advisory Commission.” (Ord. 97-1119, § 1)

2799.2 Members.

The Senior Citizens Advisory Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson and be at least fifty (50) years of age. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 1, 1997, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1; Ord. 97-1126, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 8; Ord. 04-1330, § 8; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

2799.3 Organization.

The Senior Citizens Advisory Commission shall elect a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, and a Corresponding Secretary from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1)

2799.4 Regular Meetings.

The Senior Citizens Advisory Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1)

2799.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1)

2799.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Senior Citizens Advisory Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) To act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, City Council subcommittee or City department concerned with senior citizens’ problems concerning, but not limited to, social service programs for seniors (case management and in-home supportive services including the Stroke Activity Center, housing security/personal safety, transportation, recreation, therapeutics, economics and other governmental concerns which can impact the seniors of Carson).

(b) To assist City staff in establishing goals and objectives. Developing financial support networks and delivery of services to seniors.

(c) To assemble information on problems and their solutions for older Americans through all available means including public hearings.

(d) To be empowered on its own initiative to make recommendations to senior citizens service agencies on matters within its purview.

(e) To act to facilitate coordination between existing and proposed programs for the elderly.

(f) To carry out such studies as may be assigned to it by City Council.

(g) To officially represent the City before State, local and national organizations and agencies when directed by the City Council.

(h) To report to the Mayor and City Council its findings on a regular basis. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1)

2799.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 97-1119, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 7; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

N. Youth Commission

27100.1 Youth Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Youth Commission. Said Youth Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Youth Commission” or the “Youth Commission.” (Ord. 98-1132, § 1)

27100.2 Members.

The Youth Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall be and remain a resident of the City of Carson and be at least thirteen (13) but not more than eighteen (18) years of age at the time of their appointment. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The term of office of Commission members shall be for one (1) year commencing July 1st and expiring at midnight on June 30th unless a different expiration date is prescribed by the City Council at the time of the member’s appointment. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 10; Ord. 04-1330, § 10; Ord. 12-1495, § 3; Ord. 13-1516, § 3; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27100.3 Organization.

The Youth Commission shall elect a Chairperson, a First Vice Chairperson, and a Second Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager and shared with the Parks & Recreations Commission and the Human Relations Commission. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1)

27100.4 Regular Meetings.

The Youth Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1)

27100.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Youth Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1)

27100.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Youth Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the Director of Recreation and Community Services in all matters pertaining to youth issues and to cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of sound youth programs.

(b) Formulate general policies on youth services for approval by the City Council.

(c) Advise the Director of Recreation and Community Services concerning the development of youth facilities, programs, and services.

(d) Make periodic inventories of youth services that exist or may be needed and interpret the needs of the public to the City Council and the Director of Recreation and Community Services.

(e) Aid in coordinating youth services with the programs of other governmental agencies, public service agencies, and volunteer organizations.

(f) Attend and become involved in activities of any ad-hoc committees and meet with appropriate community organizations, agencies, or other groups, so as to provide adequate information for deliberations.

(g) Generate discussion in the community with respect to youth problems, concerns, and issues. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1)

27100.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Youth Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Youth Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 98-1132, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 8; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

O. Citywide Advisory Commission

27101.1 Citywide Advisory Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Citywide Advisory Commission. Said Citywide Advisory Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Citywide Advisory Commission” or the “Citywide Advisory Commission.” (Ord. 98-1149, § 1)

27101.2 Members.

The Citywide Advisory Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after November 19, 1998, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 11; Ord. 04-1330, § 11; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27101.3 Organization.

The Citywide Advisory Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1)

27101.4 Regular Meetings.

The Citywide Advisory Commission shall hold at least one regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1)

27101.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Citywide Advisory Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1)

27101.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Citywide Advisory Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

A. Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, the staff, and City consultants on those matters that deal with evaluation of community-wide issues in relationship to Community Development Block Grant funding, census activities, and special funding requests, as requested by the City Council.

1. Review and comment on community development strategy, as requested by the City Council.

2. Provide a forum for the exchange of information and input with the City Council and local citizens on the Community Development Block Grant program, census activities, and special funding requests, as requested by the City Council.

3. Serve as an alternative public body to fulfill all or a portion of the requirements for citizen participation in Federally funded programs per Title 24 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Section 91.105, at the discretion of the City Council. (Ord. 08-1399 § 1)

27101.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Citywide Advisory Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Citywide Advisory Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 9; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

27101.8 Membership Qualifications.

(a) Each member of the Citywide Advisory Commission shall be a resident of or have a place of employment or business in the City of Carson, and/or live within the boundaries of a Target Area, and/or be a member of an existing organization having an interest in community development in the City of Carson, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment.

(b) The Target Area boundaries are those boundaries which may be adopted from time-to-time as the official boundaries on the City’s Community Development Block Grant application and are more specifically described on the maps attached to such applications, as well as certain additional areas as may be designated from time-to-time. If the Target Area boundaries are amended, then the Commission’s membership may be reconstituted by procedures established by the City Council to reflect the new circumstances. (Ord. 98-1149, § 1)

P. Veterans Affairs Commission

27102.1 Veterans Affairs Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Veterans Affairs Commission. Said Veterans Affairs Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Veterans Affairs Commission” or the “Veterans Affairs Commission.” (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

27102.2 Members.

The Veterans Affairs Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after March 4, 1999, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 12; Ord. 04-1330, § 12; Ord. 12-1495, § 4; Ord. 13-1516, § 4; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27102.3 Organization.

The Veterans Affairs Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

27102.4 Regular Meetings.

The Veterans Affairs Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

27102.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Veterans Affairs Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

27102.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Veterans Affairs Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the Director of Recreation and Community Services in all matters pertaining to veterans’ issues and to cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of sound veterans’ programs.

(b) Recommend general policies on veterans’ services for approval by the City Council.

(c) Advise the Director of Recreation and Community Services concerning the development of veterans’ facilities, memorials, programs, and services.

(d) Make periodic inventories of veterans’ services that exist or may be needed and interpret the needs of the veterans to the City Council and the Director of Recreation and Community Services.

(e) Aid in coordinating veterans’ services with the programs of other governmental agencies, public service agencies, and volunteer organizations.

(f) Attend and become involved in activities of any ad-hoc committees and meet with appropriate community organizations, agencies, or other groups, so as to provide adequate information for deliberations.

(g) Generate discussion in the community with respect to veterans’ problems, concerns, and issues. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

27102.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Veterans Affairs Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Veterans Affairs Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 10; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

27102.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Veterans Affairs Commission shall be a resident of the City of Carson and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 99-1154, § 1)

Q. Public Safety Commission

27103.1 Public Safety Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Public Safety Commission. Said Public Safety Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Public Safety Commission” or the “Public Safety Commision.” (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

27103.2 Members.

The Public Safety Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after February 7, 2002, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 13; Ord. 04-1330, § 13; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27103.3 Organization.

The Public Safety Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting and thereafter at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

27103.4 Regular Meetings.

The Public Safety Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

27103.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Public Safety Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

27103.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Public Safety Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, City Manager, and Director of Public Safety in certain matters pertaining to public safety services within the City of Carson.

(b) Recommend general policies on public safety services for approval by the City Council, City Manager, or Director of Public Safety.

(c) Advise the City Council, City Manager, and Director of Public Safety concerning the development of public safety programs and services.

(d) Provide a forum for community discussion of public safety concerns and issues.

(e) “Public safety” as used herein refers to law enforcement, fire suppression, code enforcement, and disaster and emergency aid services provided within the City of Carson.

(f) The Public Safety Commission shall have no responsibility or authority to review, evaluate, investigate, or comment upon individual personnel complaints involving any public agency or contractor employee. Any and all such matters are solely within the jurisdiction of the involved public agency or contract employer and its internal affairs and personnel policies and procedures.

(g) The Public Safety Commission shall have no responsibility or authority to direct or interfere with the operations and management of any public safety agency or contractor, nor shall any individual member of the Public Safety Commission at any time attempt to direct, interfere with, or participate in the operations or management of any public safety agency or contractor or their personnel.

(h) The Public Safety Commission shall have no responsibility or authority to review, evaluate, investigate, or comment upon matters which are within the duties and functions of any other City of Carson commission or committee. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

27103.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Public Safety Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. The Secretary of the Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interest of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 11; Ord. 13-1519, § 1)

27103.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Public Safety Commission shall be a resident of the City of Carson and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 99-1160, § 1; Ord. 01-1239, § 1)

R. Economic Development Commission

27104.1 Economic Development Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established an Economic Development Commission. Said Economic Development Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Economic Development Commission” or the “Economic Development Commission.” (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

27104.2 Members.

The Economic Development Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after June 8, 2000, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 14; Ord. 04-1330, § 14; Ord. 10-1454, § 1; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27104.3 Organization.

The Economic Development Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of two (2) years, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

27104.4 Regular Meetings.

The Economic Development Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

27104.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Economic Development Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

27104.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Economic Development Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, the Carson Redevelopment Agency, the City Manager, the Executive Director, and the Economic Development Group in all matters pertaining to economic development issues.

(b) Evaluate and recommend methods, measures, and programs which will favorably impact the City’s business and industrial climate by attracting to and retaining business and industry in Carson, by providing assistance to firms having the potential of expanding their activities in Carson, and by creating a positive image of Carson as a place for business and industry.

(c) Ensure a diverse economic and employment base for the City with a variety of business types, sizes, and markets, including small and disadvantaged businesses.

(d) Review requests for City and Redevelopment Agency assistance and make recommendations to the City Council and Redevelopment Agency.

(e) Coordinate projects with the Carson/Lomita/Torrance Private Industry Council that are designed to inform and educate citizens and businesses concerning its services.

(f) Advise and assist other City Groups, Commissions and Committees in developing and administering programs and procedures which will further the City’s economic development goals and objectives.

(g) Monitor regional projects, plans, and decisions which might impact the City’s economic development goals and objectives. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

27104.7 Compensation and Expenses.

No compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members and alternate members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 12; Ord. 11-1474, § 2; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

27104.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Economic Development Commission shall be and remain a resident of, or have a place of employment or business in, the City of Carson, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. The membership of the Economic Development Commission shall include representatives of all major sectors of the Carson business community as determined in the sole discretion of the City Council. (Ord. 00-1191, § 1)

S. Public Relations Commission*

*Code reviser’s note: Ordinance No. 02-1246 added these provisions as Subchapter R, §§ 27104.1 through 27104.8. They have been renumbered to avoid duplication.

27105.1 Public Relations Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Public Relations Commission. Said Public Relations Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Public Relations Commission” or the “Public Relations Commission.” (Ord. 01-1239, § 2)

27105.2 Members.

The Public Relations Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after February 7, 2002, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2; Ord. 04-1325, § 16; Ord. 04-1330, § 16; Ord. 11-1476, § 1; Ord. 12-1495, § 5; Ord. 13-1516, § 5; Ord. 13-1520, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27105.3 Organization.

The Public Relations Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting and thereafter at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2)

27105.4 Regular Meetings.

The Public Relations Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2)

27105.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Public Relations Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2)

27105.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Public Relations Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, City Manager, and Public Information Manager in certain matters pertaining to public relations and public information services within the City of Carson.

(b) Recommend general policies on public relations and public information services for approval by the City Council, City Manager, or Public Information Manager.

(c) Advise the City Council, City Manager, and Public Information Manager concerning the development of public relations and information programs and events.

(d) Provide assistance to the Public Information staff on coordinating major public relations programs and events. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2)

27105.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Public Relations Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. The Secretary of the Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interest of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 01-1239, § 2; Ord. 06-1368, § 13; Ord. 13-1520, § 2)

27105.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Public Relations Commission shall reside or be employed in the City of Carson and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. “Employed in the City of Carson” shall mean that a commissioner’s principal place of business or employment must be located in the City of Carson. (Ord. 15-1567, § 2)

T. Women’s Issues Commission*

*Code reviser’s note: Ordinance No. 02-1246 added these provisions as Subchapter R, §§ 27104.1 through 27104.8. They have been renumbered to avoid duplication.

27106.1 Women’s Issues Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Women’s Issues Commission. Said Women’s Issues Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Women’s Issues Commission” or the “Women’s Issues Commission.” (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

27106.2 Members.

The Women’s Issues Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner, each of whom shall have the qualifications hereinafter set forth. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any Alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after April 18, 2002, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1; Ord. 04-1325, § 15; Ord. 04-1330, § 15; Ord. 13-1519, § 1; Ord. 13-1523, § 1)

27106.3 Organization.

The Women’s Issues Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting and thereafter at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Chairperson shall preside over the meetings of the Commission in a fair and impartial manner. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

27106.4 Regular Meetings.

The Women’s Issues Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

27106.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Women’s Issues Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

27106.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Carson Women’s Issues Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City Manager with respect to issues affecting women and families in the City of Carson including domestic violence, equality in employment, educational equality, women’s empowerment, self-esteem, teen-dating abuse, women’s health, unwed motherhood, parenting, child care, social service resources available to women, and other issues of particular concern to women and families.

(b) Recommend to the Council educational programs and events which promote public understanding and awareness of women’s issues and social services available for women and families.

(c) Assist the City Council in the implementation of educational programs and events on women’s issues and social services available to women and families as may be authorized by the City Council.

(d) Review and recommend Council support of or opposition to legislation or programs of other agencies which affect women and families.

(e) Compile information on counseling, legal, medical, educational, employment, and housing resources available to women and families in need; provided, that the Commission shall not provide such services to women and families unless specifically authorized by the City Council.

(f) The Women’s Issues Commission shall have no responsibility or authority to direct or interfere with the operations and management of any public or private agency or contractor, nor shall any individual member of the Women’s Issues Commission at any time attempt to direct, interfere with, or participate in the operations or management of any public or private agency or contractor or their personnel.

(g) The Women’s Issues Commission shall have no responsibility or authority to review, evaluate, investigate, or comment upon matters which are within the duties and functions of City employees or any other City of Carson Commission. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

27106.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Women’s Issues Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. The Secretary of the Commission shall submit to the Finance Officer at the end of each calendar month a statement showing the number of meetings of the Commission attended by each member during such month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council finds beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interest of the City. Claims for such expenditures shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1; Ord. 06-1368, § 14; Ord. 13-1519, § 1)

27106.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Women’s Issues Commission shall be a resident of the City of Carson or work in the City of Carson during their tenure on the Commission and shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 02-1246, § 1)

U. Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission1

27107.1 Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission. Said Commission may be known and referred to as the “Carson Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission” or the “Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission.” (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.2 Members.

The Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner. Each member shall be a person having interest, experience or ability in computers, computer programming, computer software, information technology, systems hardware and/or software inter- or intra-network connectivity, calculated to best provide for the training and education of the public. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after December 1, 2014, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.3 Organization.

The Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.4 Regular Meetings.

The Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the Information Technology Manager in all matters pertaining to information technology issues.

(b) Review and provide advice and recommendations concerning the City’s information technology systems and recommend to the full City Council enhancements to such systems and ways to enhance teaching of computer and information technology literacy for Carson residents. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Technology and Innovation Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

27107.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Technology Advancement and Innovation Commission shall be and remain a resident of, or have a place of employment or business in, the City of Carson, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 14-1546, § 1)

V. Beautification Commission

27108.1 Beautification Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Beautification Commission. Said Commission may be known and referred to as the “Beautification Commission.” (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.2 Members.

The Beautification Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner. Each member shall be a person having interest, experience or ability in community beautification. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after December 1, 2014, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for seats on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.3 Organization.

The Beautification Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.4 Regular Meetings.

The Beautification Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Beautification Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Beautification Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, the City Manager and their designees in matters related to the beautification of the City of Carson.

(b) Review and provide advice and recommendations concerning beautification of the City of Carson and recommend to the full City Council enhancements to the aesthetics of the City of Carson and ways to enhance the beauty of the City of Carson for Carson residents. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Beautification Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Beautification Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

27108.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member of the Beautification Commission shall be and remain a resident of, or have a place of employment or business in, the City of Carson, and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the member’s appointment. (Ord. 15-1549, § 2)

W. Bullying Prevention Commission

27109.1 Bullying Prevention Commission – Establishment of.

There is hereby established a Bullying Prevention Commission. Said Commission may be known and referred to as the “Bullying Prevention Commission.” (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.2 Members.

The Bullying Prevention Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, and three (3) alternate members who shall be called upon, when necessary, in the order of their appointments as Alternate 1, 2 or 3, to substitute for any absent commissioner. Each member shall be a person having interest, experience or ability in the identification, education, and prevention of bullying, including cyber-bullying, and could be a credentialed educator, licensed psychologist, credentialed counselor who may work in the City of Carson or who may reside in the City of Carson; however, is not required to work or reside in the City. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. The tenure of any member of the Commission and any alternate shall be terminable at will, and without cause, by removal on the motion of any member of the Council, duly seconded, and with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. Subject to the provisions of this Section, the tenure of Commission members appointed on or after July 1, 2015, shall expire at midnight on the last day of the calendar month in which the next general municipal election after the member’s appointment is held for the seat of Mayor on the Carson City Council. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor, and has qualified unless the City Council declares the position to be vacant. Should any vacancy exist on the Commission, an appointment shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the entire City Council present, including the Mayor. All appointments shall be made in an open meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.3 Organization.

The Bullying Prevention Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members, for terms of one (1) year, at its first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission may also appoint such other officers as may be necessary or convenient for the administration of its business, at the same time and for like terms. Said officers shall enter in the duties of their office at the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Commission shall adopt Bylaws for the transaction of its business. The Bylaws, or any amendments thereto, shall become effective only upon approval by the City Council. The Commission shall keep a record of all its minutes, resolutions, actions, findings and determinations, all of which shall be filed with the City Clerk. Minutes, resolutions, and recommendations shall be filed with both the City Clerk and the City Manager. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.4 Regular Meetings.

The Bullying Prevention Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting in each month at such time and place as designated in the Bylaws of the Commission. Regular meetings may be adjourned by public announcement to a specified date, time, and place, and any such adjourned meeting shall be deemed a regular meeting. All meetings shall be open to the public. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.5 Absence from Meetings.

If a member of the Bullying Prevention Commission is absent from three (3) successive regular meetings without being excused by the Commission, or is absent for any reason for more than six (6) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period, the office of such member shall be vacated and the Chair shall immediately notify the City Manager, who shall notify the City Council that said office is vacant. Upon such notification, a successor for the remainder of the term of such member shall be appointed by the appointing authority for the member whose position is vacated. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.6 Duties and Functions of Commission.

The Bullying Prevention Commission shall have the following authority and duties:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, the City Manager, and their designees in matters related to the identification and prevention of bullying, including cyber-bullying, in the City of Carson.

(b) Review and provide advice and recommendations concerning a shared understanding of the causes and effects of bullying, to create a public service announcement (PSA) that would educate and create heightened awareness of the effects of bullying to the full City Council, to develop educational tools to be presented to students, parents, and other interested persons or entities about ways to identify and prevent bullying, including cyber-bullying, in the City of Carson.

(c) To perform such other tasks as may be assigned to the Commission by the City Council from time to time related to the identification and prevention of bullying, including cyber-bullying, in the City of Carson. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.7 Compensation and Expenses.

Each member and alternate member of the Bullying Prevention Commission shall receive compensation at the rate of $35.00 for each meeting of the Bullying Prevention Commission attended by such member, not to exceed a total compensation of $70.00 in any one (1) month. Such compensation shall be paid on the first register of the month. No additional compensation shall be paid for expenses incurred by the members of the Commission in the performance of their duties, except that the City Council may, from time to time, authorize in advance expenditures for attendance at seminars, institutes or other meetings which the City Council may find to be beneficial to the Commissioners in the performance of their duties, and in the best interests of the City. Claims for such expenses shall be filed with the Finance Officer and shall be subject to audit and approval by the City Council. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)

27109.8 Membership Qualifications.

Each member shall be a person having interest, experience or ability in the identification, education, and prevention of bullying, including cyber-bullying, and could be a credentialed educator, licensed psychologist, credentialed counselor who may work in the City of Carson or who may reside in the City of Carson; however, is not required to work or reside in the City. (Ord. 15-1560, § 2)


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Editor’s Note: Ord. 14-1546 added Sections 27107.1 through 27107.8 as Subchapter T. It has been relettered as U to avoid duplication.