Chapter 2.04
CITY COUNCIL1

Sections:

2.04.010    Regular meetings—Days and time.

2.04.020    Place of meetings.

2.04.030    Notice of special meetings.

2.04.040    Reading of ordinances.

2.04.050    Minutes—Journal.

2.04.070    Order of business.

2.04.080    Addressing council.

2.04.090    Suspension of order of business.

2.04.100    Disorderly conduct at meeting.

2.04.110    Procedure in absence of quorum.

2.04.120    Appointment of mayor.

2.04.130    Rules of order.

2.04.160    Salaries—Established.

2.04.180    Salaries exclusive of reimbursement for necessary expenses.

2.04.190    Filling of vacancies on the City Council.

2.04.200    Advisory boards and commissions.

2.04.210    District-based electoral system.

2.04.220    Establishment of city council electoral districts.

2.04.230    Election schedule.

2.04.010 Regular meetings—Days and time.2

A regular meeting of the City Council shall be held on each Tuesday of every month commencing at seven p.m. A regular meeting of the City Council may be canceled by (i) by notice at a prior City Council meeting, or (ii) by notice to all of the City Council members of not less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting date and by notice to the newspapers of general circulation in the city and by posting a notice of cancellation at all locations where public notices are regularly posted by the city. (Ord. 924 § 1, 2003: Ord. 760 § 1, 1987: Ord. 534 § 1, 1973: Prior code § 2.3).

2.04.020 Place of meetings.

The place of the meetings of the City Council is fixed as the civic center. (Prior code § 2.4).

2.04.030 Notice of special meetings.

All notices of special meetings must be delivered personally to the members of the council in the time, form and manner provided by law. (Prior code § 2.5).

2.04.040 Reading of ordinances.

Ordinances may be given their first reading upon their introduction by reading their title only. Reading upon final passage of the ordinance shall be in full unless dispensed with by a majority vote. (Ord. 916 § 1, 2003: Prior code § 2.6).

2.04.050 Minutes—Journal.

The minutes of the council or journal of its proceedings required to be kept by the clerk shall be neatly kept in a special journal book, with each of the different kinds of business transacted set off in paragraphs with proper subheads. (Prior code § 2.7).

2.04.070 Order of business.

The order of business to be followed in conducting the meetings of the City Council shall be established by the City Council by motion. (Ord. 511 § 1, 1971: Prior code § 2.9).

2.04.080 Addressing council.

Any citizen may arise and address the council on any business brought by the citizen before the council, and preference will be given to those who have first presented such matters in writing to the City Council. (Prior code § 2.10).

2.04.090 Suspension of order of business.

The regular order of business may be suspended for any reason by a majority vote of the membership of the City Council present at any meeting. (Prior code § 2.11).

2.04.100 Disorderly conduct at meeting.

Any member or other person using profane, vulgar, loud or boisterous language at any meeting, or otherwise interrupting the proceedings, who refuses to be seated or keep quiet when ordered to do so by the mayor or the mayor pro tempore is guilty of a misdemeanor. It shall be the duty of the chief of police upon order of the presiding officer to eject any such member or person from the councilroom. (Prior code § 2.12).

2.04.110 Procedure in absence of quorum.

In case a quorum is not present at any meeting and important business remains to be transacted or disposed of, any two members of the council may cause a written notice to be served personally upon the other members directing their immediate attendance, whereupon the members receiving such written notice are required to attend immediately except in case of sickness or death in their immediate families otherwise they are liable to a fine, penalty or forfeiture to the city in the sum of twenty-five dollars, recoverable by civil action. (Prior code § 2.13).

2.04.120 Appointment of mayor.3

The city council shall meet in December of each year and choose one (1) of its number as mayor and one (1) as mayor pro tempore. (Ord. 1016 § 1, 2016: Ord. 800 § 1, 1989: Ord. 677 § 1, 1982: Ord. 645 § 1, 1979: Ord. 635 § 1, 1978: Ord. 611 § 1, 1977: Ord. 577 § 1, 1977: Prior code § 2.14).

2.04.130 Rules of order.

The proceedings of the council shall be governed under Robert’s Rules of Order on all matters pertaining to parliamentary law, but no ordinance, resolution, proceeding or other action of the council shall be invalidated or the legality thereof otherwise affected by the failure or omission to observe or follow such rules. (Prior code § 2.15).

2.04.160 Salaries—Established.

Each member of the City Council shall receive as salary the sum of six hundred forty dollars ($640.00) per month pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code Section 36516, which shall be payable from and after January 1, 2001, at the same time and in the same manner as the salaries are paid to the other officers and employees of the city. (Ord. 901 § 1, 2000: Ord. 798 § 1, 1989: Ord. 700 § 1, 1984: Ord. 649-A § 1, 1980).

2.04.180 Salaries exclusive of reimbursement for necessary expenses.

The salaries prescribed in this chapter are and shall be exclusive of any amounts payable to each member of the council as reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred by him in the performance of official duties for the city. (Prior code § 2.101).

2.04.190 Filling of vacancies on the City Council.

If a vacancy occurs in the office of a member of the City Council, an election shall be held to fill the vacancy. The person elected shall hold office for the unexpired term of the former incumbent. the election shall be held at the next regularly scheduled election held at least eighty-nine days after the vacancy is created. In the event, however, that only two of the five offices are occupied, those two members of the City Council may appoint a third member of the City Council. (Ord. 559 § 1, 1974).

2.04.200 Advisory boards and commissions.

The City Council shall by resolution establish the policy of the city relating to advisory boards and commissions. Such resolution shall establish the charge to the particular advisory body and its specific responsibilities, and shall provide for any other regulations deemed necessary or advisable with reference thereto. (Ord. 580 Art. III, 1975).

2.04.210 District-based electoral system.

Pursuant to California Government Code Sections 34886 and 34871(c), council members shall be elected on a district-based electoral system from five (5) single-member city council districts. For purposes of this chapter, the term “district-based electoral system” shall mean the election of city council members by the voters of the district alone. The city’s district-based electoral system shall be conducted in accordance with California Government Code Section 34871, subdivision (a). (Ord. 1044 § 2 (part), 2018).

2.04.220 Establishment of city council electoral districts.

(a)    Pursuant to Section 2.04.210, council shall be elected on a district-based electoral system, from the five (5) city council districts described as follows, which shall continue in effect until they are amended or repealed in accordance with law:

(1)    City Council District 1 shall comprise all that portion of the city reflected in Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(2)    City Council District 2 shall comprise all that portion of the city reflected in Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(3)    City Council District 3 shall comprise all that portion of the city reflected on Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(4)    City Council District 4 shall comprise all that portion of the city reflected in Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(5)    City Council District 5 shall comprise all that portion of the city reflected in Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(b)    City council members shall be elected in the electoral districts established by this section and subsequently reapportioned pursuant to applicable state and federal law.

(c)    Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section and notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, once the ordinance codified in this chapter is fully phased in, the council member elected to represent a district must reside in that district and be a registered voter in that district, and any candidate for city council must live in, and be a registered voter in, the district in which he or she seeks election at the time nomination papers are issued, pursuant to Elections Code 10227. Termination of residency in a district by a council member shall create an immediate vacancy for that city council district unless a substitute residence within the district is established within thirty (30) days after the termination of residency.

(d)    Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, and consistent with the requirements of California Government Code Section 35612, the council members in office at the time the ordinance codified in this chapter takes effect shall continue in office until the expiration of the full term to which he or she was elected and until his or her successor is qualified. At the end of the term of each council member, the successor of that council member shall be elected on a district-based system in the districts established in this section. (Ord. 1044 § 2 (part), 2018).

2.04.230 Election schedule.

Except as otherwise required by California Government Code Section 36512, the council members of the city council shall be elected in City Council District Nos. 1, 2 and 4 beginning at the general municipal election in November 2018, and every four (4) years thereafter, as such city council districts shall be amended. City council members shall be elected from City Council District Nos. 3 and 5 beginning at the general municipal election in November 2020, and every four (4) years thereafter, as such city council districts shall be amended. (Ord. 1044 § 2 (part), 2018).


1

For statutory provisions regarding scheduling and content of City Council meetings, see Gov. Code §§ 3680536812.


2

For state law as to council meetings, see Gov. Code §§ 36805 to 36808, 54950 to 65960.


3

See also Gov. Code § 36801.