Chapter 2.72


2.72.010    Definitions.

2.72.020    Created.

2.72.030    Name.

2.72.040    Function.

2.72.050    Appointment.

2.72.060    Chairman and organization.

2.72.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following definitions apply:

A. “City” means the city of Pittsburg, county of Contra Costa, state of California.

B. “City council” means the city council of the city of Pittsburg.

C. “Commission” means the Pittsburg housing commission.

D. “Housing authority” means the housing authority of the city of Pittsburg, California, a public entity.

E. “Member” means a member of the Pittsburg housing commission.

F. “Persons of low income” means persons of families who lack the amount of income which is necessary, as determined by the Pittsburg housing authority, to enable them, without financial assistance, to live in decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings, without overcrowding.

G. “Tenant” means a member of the Pittsburg housing commission who is also a tenant of the housing authority of the city. Two such tenants shall serve, one being a person over 62 years of age. [Ord. 688 § 3, 1976.]

2.72.020 Created.

There is created a city housing commission known as the Pittsburg housing commission pursuant to the Housing Authorities Law of the state of California, as set forth in Article 3.5, Chapter 1, Part 2, Division 24 (Section 34291) of the Health and Safety Code. [Ord. 688 § 1, 1976.]

2.72.030 Name.

The name of the city housing commission shall be Pittsburg housing commission. [Ord. 688 § 2, 1976.]

2.72.040 Function.

The functions of the Pittsburg housing commission shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

A. Investigating the living, dwelling and housing conditions and the means of improving such conditions within the city;

B. Determining where slum areas exist and where there is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary dwelling accommodations for persons of low income;

C. Making studies and recommendations relating to the problems of clearing, replanning and reconstruction of some areas, and the problems of providing dwelling accommodations for persons of low income. The Pittsburg housing commission shall cooperate with the Pittsburg housing authority, the city of Pittsburg and the county of Contra Costa, state of California, and the United States government, or any of the political subdivisions thereof, in actions taken in connection with problems.

D. Engaging in research studies and any experimentation on the subject of housing and the provision of decent, safe and sanitary housing;

E. Making recommendations to the Pittsburg housing authority for changes or revisions in policy of the Pittsburg housing authority;

F. Reviewing and recommending contracts for site selection, improvements, construction and property appraisals of leases for any proposed Pittsburg housing authority projects or programs;

G. Reviewing and recommending action on annual administrative and operating budgets;

H. Preparing and making recommendations on applications to the federal and state governments for funds for housing and other related programs;

I. Performing such other advisory and appellate functions that may be delegated from time to time to the Pittsburg housing commission by the Pittsburg housing authority or the city council. [Ord. 688 § 4, 1976.]

2.72.050 Appointment.

The commission shall consist of five members who shall be resident electors of the city appointed by the city council and two tenant members who shall be tenants of the housing authority of the city with one of the two being a person over 62 years of age, subject to the following provisions:

A. The term of office for each member shall be four years. The members of the original Pittsburg housing authority who were appointed to serve on the housing commission will be allowed to complete the terms of their prior office. The two new additional appointees (both tenant appointees) will serve a shorter term for the first appointment only, one term to expire in December, 1976, and the other to expire in December, 1977.

B. Vacancies occurring during the term shall be filled for the unexpired term. A member shall hold office until a successor has been appointed and qualified.

C. A member may not be an elective officer or an employee of the city but, notwithstanding any other law, may be a member, commissioner or employee of any other agency or authority of, or created for, the city.

D. Members shall receive their actual and necessary expenses including travel expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.

E. A tenant member may be removed from office upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the city council. Grounds for removal from office include, but are not limited to, unexcused and excessive absences from required meetings, excessive absences that interfere with the conduct of commission business, failure to discharge duties, inefficiency, ceasing to satisfy residency requirements, and/or conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor or other offense which would be detrimental to a member’s ability to serve as determined by the city council.

F. A tenant commissioner shall serve no more than two consecutive, four-year terms in office. If a tenant commissioner has completed two terms, the commissioner is not eligible for reappointment to the housing commission until two years have passed.

G. If a tenant commissioner is appointed to a vacant seat and serves less than two years of the unexpired seat, the appointed tenant commissioner shall be eligible to serve two additional four-year terms in addition to completing the term of the vacant seat the appointed commissioner fills. If a tenant commissioner is appointed to a vacant seat and serves more than two years of an unexpired term, the appointed commissioner shall only be eligible to serve one additional consecutive term.

H. Notwithstanding the term limits contained herein, if a tenant commissioner’s term has expired or is expiring, and there is an insufficient number of applicants to fill all vacant seats on the housing commission, the city council shall be entitled, in its discretion, to reappoint one or more commissioners who would otherwise be ineligible to reapply under subsection (F) of this section. Nothing in this section shall require a commissioner to accept reappointment. [Ord. 04-1218 § 23, 2004; Ord. 688 § 5, 1976.]

2.72.060 Chairman and organization.

The mayor and city councilmen shall appoint all members of the commission. The first chairman and vice-chairman of the commission shall be those persons holding those offices when the commission operated as an authority. The term of office of the chairman shall be for one year, except that the first chairman shall serve for that period of time remaining on the term he was serving as chairman of the preexisting housing authority. When there is a vacancy in the office of chairman, the commission shall elect a chairman from its members. Upon appointment, the first chairman shall call an organizational meeting of the commission at which the members shall elect a vice-chairman and determine the time, place and frequency of meetings and adopt rules or procedure for the conduct of commission business. The commission may do any other things necessary or proper to carry out its functions. [Ord. 688 § 6, 1976.]