Chapter 2.08
CITY COUNCIL

Sections:

2.08.010    Elected Mayor.

2.08.020    City Council.

2.08.025    Nomination requirements.

2.08.030    Mayor to make appointments.

2.08.040    Regular meeting day, time and place.

2.08.050    Compensation.

2.08.060    Additional compensation for elected Mayor.

2.08.070    Vehicle expenses.

2.08.080    Use of City seal and other City marks by City Councilmembers.

2.08.010 Elected Mayor.

The office of the Mayor of the City shall be an elective office which shall have a term of two years. The Mayor shall be elected by a citywide election. (Ord. 1471 § 1, 2015; Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008)

2.08.020 City Council.

The Mayor shall be elected on a Citywide basis and the four Councilmembers shall be elected from four geographic districts in which each resides by a vote of the electors in each respective district. (Ord. 1471 § 2, 2015; Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008)

2.08.025 Nomination requirements.

(A) City Council Candidate Residency. No person shall be eligible to hold office as a member of the City Council unless:

(1) He or she is a registered elector of the Council district from which he or she is nominated or appointed;

(2) He or she is a current resident of the Council district from which he or she is nominated or appointed; and

(3) He or she has been a resident of the Council district from which he or she is nominated or appointed for at least 30 days immediately preceding the commencement of the nomination filing period or their appointment to the City Council.

(B) Mayoral Candidate Residency. No person shall be eligible to hold the office of Mayor unless:

(1) He or she is a registered elector of the City;

(2) He or she is a current resident of the City; and

(3) He or she has been a resident of the City for at least 30 days immediately preceding the commencement of the nomination filing period.

(C) Nomination Papers.

(1) A City Council candidate’s nomination papers must be signed by at least 20, but not more than 30, voters registered in the Council district from which he or she is nominated.

(2) A mayoral candidate’s nomination papers must be signed by at least 20, but not more than 30, voters registered in the City. (Ord. 1483 § 1, 2016)

2.08.030 Mayor to make appointments.

The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, shall make all appointments to boards, commissions and committees of the City as follows:

(A) All board and commission vacancies shall be advertised, seeking volunteers willing and desiring to be appointed to fill such vacancies. Any person seeking to be so appointed must complete and submit the city volunteer application, together with any other information requested by the Mayor as appropriate for a specific board or commission.

(B) All such applications shall be provided to the Mayor for review, who shall, at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, nominate, from among such applicants, the persons whom the Mayor desires to appoint by making a motion, which need not be seconded, for each such appointment.

(C) If the nomination by the Mayor is approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the Mayor may then proceed to appoint the person to the board or commission under consideration.

(D) If the nomination by the Mayor is not approved by a majority vote of the City Council, the Mayor will nominate, by motion, a different candidate until someone is approved by majority vote of the City Council for the position under consideration.

(E) Persons so appointed shall serve the term of office set by ordinance for such board or commission and may only be removed by a majority vote of the City Council; provided, however, for those boards or commissions for which residency in the City of Palmdale is a requirement, the appointment will automatically terminate if the person ceases to be a resident of the City.

(F) This section is not applicable to appointments to the Planning Commission. (Ord. 1505 § 3, 2017; Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008)

2.08.040 Regular meeting day, time and place.

Regular meetings of the City Council will be held on the first Tuesday of each month except in January and July where regular meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of those months. Meetings of the City Council shall be held at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B, Palmdale, California, at 7:00 p.m. If all matters on the agenda for any regular meeting have not been considered by the City Council by the hour of 10:30 p.m., or such earlier or later time as may be fixed by a majority vote of the City Council, then the regular meeting may be adjourned to the next succeeding Tuesday, at the same time and at the same location, unless a different day, time or location is specified in the order of adjournment. When so adjourned, each adjourned meeting shall be a regular meeting for all purposes. Notice of all meetings of the City Council, whether regular, adjourned, special or emergency, will be given in the manner required by statute. When a regular Tuesday meeting of the City Council falls on a national or State holiday and City offices are scheduled to be closed, then such meeting shall not be held and will be deemed adjourned for all purposes with no further action required by the City Council or the City Clerk except such written notices of adjournment as may be required by law. The ordinance codified in this section shall commence with the April 4, 2017, meeting of the City Council. (Ord. 1494 § 1, 2017; Ord. 1380 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008; Ord. 1270 § 1, 2006; Ord. 1239 § 1, 2004; Ord. 1192 § 1, 2002; Ord. 1178 § 1, 2001; Ord. 1161 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1133 § 1, 1998; Ord. U-1098 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1094 § 1, 1996; Ord. U-1018 § 1, 1993; Ord. U-1002 § 1, 1992; Ord. U-776 § 1, 1988; Ord. 373 § 1, 1980. Formerly 2.08.010.)

2.08.050 Compensation.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 36516, each member of the City Council shall receive, as compensation for services, a salary in the amount of $759.00 per month. (Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008; Ord. 1300 § 2, 2007; Ord. 1194 § 2, 2002; Ord. 936 § 1, 1991; Ord. 794 § 1, 1989. Formerly 2.08.020.)

2.08.060 Additional compensation for elected Mayor.

During such period of time as the office of Mayor is an elective office, the Mayor shall receive, in addition to the compensation set forth in PMC 2.08.020, such further amount as shall cause the total compensation for services to equal $1,265 per month. (Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008; Ord. 1300 § 3, 2007; Ord. 1194 § 3, 2002; Ord. 956 § 1, 1991. Formerly 2.08.025.)

2.08.070 Vehicle expenses.

(A) The City Council has determined that efficiency would be served by receiving reimbursement for vehicle expenses at the end of each calendar month without the necessity of presentation of an itemized accounting, receipts, vouchers or other documentation, and that costs associated with use of a personal vehicle, such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance, periodically increase.

(B) The City Council shall receive a vehicle allowance, at the end of each calendar month, without the necessity of presentation of an itemized accounting, receipts, vouchers or other documentation in an amount established by resolution of the City Council. The amount of the vehicle allowance established by the City Council shall be reasonably related to what is required for the performance of the City Councilmembers’ public duties. (Ord. 1422 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008; Ord. 829 § 1, 1989. Formerly 2.08.030.)

2.08.080 Use of City seal and other City marks by City Councilmembers.

(A) The City seal and any emblem, symbol, slogan, logotype, or other distinctive mark of the City shall be used solely for City purposes, unless otherwise authorized by the City Council. Private, commercial, noncommercial, or political use of the official seal or any emblem, symbol, slogan, logotype or other distinctive mark of the City, in whole or in part, by a City Councilmember is prohibited.

(B) City letterhead that includes the City seal or any emblem, symbol, slogan, logotype, or other distinctive mark of the City, in whole or in part, shall be used solely for official City purposes. Use of City letterhead that includes the official seal or any emblem, symbol, slogan, logotype or other distinctive mark of the City, in whole or in part, by a City Councilmember for any private, commercial, noncommercial, or political purpose, without the prior authorization of the City Council, is prohibited. (Ord. 1357 § 1, 2008; Ord. 1341 § 1, 2008. Formerly 2.08.040.)