Chapter 1.25
CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Sections:

1.25.010    Established.

1.25.020    Membership.

1.25.030    Term—Appointment of successor.

1.25.035    Disqualifying activity.

1.25.040    Remuneration.

1.25.050    Election of chairman of commission.

1.25.060    Removal from office.

1.25.070    Organization—Meetings—Rules.

1.25.010 Established.

The citizens’ advisory committee has been established pursuant the community development block grant program—citizens’ participation plan; and a significant objective of the citizens’ advisory committee is to provide the city council with recommendations of how best to distribute community development block grant (CDBG) funds to various non-profit organizations operating and/or providing services to residents of the city and to CDBG funded city programs.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.020 Membership.

The citizens’ advisory committee shall consist of twenty members. Each city council member shall be entitled to appoint four committee members from among the qualified electors of the city. Before taking office, each committee member shall be confirmed by a majority vote of the city council.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.030 Term—Appointment of successor.

A.    The term of office of a member of the citizens’ advisory committee shall commence upon confirmation by the city council and shall continue for the duration of the term of office of the appointing council member. If the appointing council member does not complete his or her original term of office because of death, recall election, or resignation, the commissioner shall continue to serve until confirmation by the city council of a successor.

B.    Notwithstanding the preceding, the term of office of any commissioner will automatically expire if the commissioner is absent, without an excuse to the CDBG coordinator, from three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings.

C.    Vacancies on the citizens’ advisory committee shall be filled by appointment by the respective appointing city council member. The appointee shall serve only for the unexpired term of the person being replaced.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.035 Disqualifying activity.

In the event that any commissioner named herein files or permits a third person to file with the city clerk a notice indicating his or her candidacy for any elective office in the city of South Gate, the term of the committee member shall automatically terminate.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.040 Remuneration.

A.    For attendance at the affairs of the citizens’ advisory committee, a committee member shall be reimbursed the sum of twenty-five dollars for each regular meeting, or up to six annual meetings of the citizens’ advisory committee.

B.    It is hereby specifically resolved that the sum shall be paid to the committee as set forth above to defray their expenses and costs of travel and investigation which they shall incur, and the sum is not paid as salary or compensation for services rendered, and the payment of the sums shall in no way or manner change the status, relationship or position of the committee members that has heretofore existed.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.050 Election of chairman of commission.

Annually, in August, the commission shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. Both shall be elected from and by the members of the citizens’ advisory committee.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.060 Removal from office.

A commissioner may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the city council.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)

1.25.070 Organization—Meetings—Rules.

The citizens’ advisory committee is an advisory committee to the city council. The city council, by state law, is the responsible legislative body in matters relating to the annual action plan process. The citizens’ advisory committee shall be involved in the development of the annual action plan. The citizens’ advisory committee may make specific funding and program recommendations on the use of community development block grant funds to the city council.

The citizens’ advisory committee shall meet as specified in the citizens’ participation plan, as may be amended from time to time. The citizens’ advisory committee meetings are held in the council chambers at city hall, 8650 California Avenue, South Gate, and are open to the public.

While this plan describes a specific citizens’ organization—the citizens’ advisory committee—it is not intended to exclude any individual citizen input. All citizens of South Gate are encouraged to participate in every public meeting and to contact the city manager’s office or the community development department with any questions concerning the process and the programs pertaining to the annual action plan including the community development block grant program.

(Ord. 2166 § 1 (part), 5-25-04)