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City Clerk - Patricia Athenour, MMC
Tel: (510) 724-8928 - Fax: (510) 724-9826


The City Clerk is an appointed officer of the City and is responsible to:

  • Serve as the Election Official, and conducting City elections in compliance with the election laws of California;
  • Monitor compliance with State and local campaign finance and conflict of interest laws, serve as the Filing Official and maintain Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) filings and logs;
  • Preparation of the City Council and related subcommittees agenda packets and reports;
  • Produce and maintain the official record of the City Council, Successor Agency to the Former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Pinole, the Oversight Board, and the Council Finance Subcommittee;
  • Respond to Public Records requests and maximize public access to municipal government, as the official custodian and records manager of the City;
  • Maintain a depository of contracts, agreements, and official Council actions; and insures the timely availability of these records to the City Council, public, other agencies and staff;
  • Maintain and update the Pinole Municipal Code 
  • administer liability claims
  • administer City board and commission recruitments

The City Clerk’s role is to serve as the elections official, legislative administrator and records manager for the City in an efficient, professional and friendly manner; to provide outstanding support to the Council; and to serve the citizens of Pinole as an accessible and responsive representative of transparent and open government.

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Voter Registration

Californians must be registered to vote at least 15 days before Election date. Registration can be accomplished either through a voter registration application at any Department of Vehicles office, most post offices, public libraries and government offices. You may request one at the Contra Costa County Elections office, or pick up a form at Pinole City Hall. On-line registration is also available on the Secretary of State website. To receive a voter registration aplication by mail from the Secretary of State, call the toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.

Council Members are elected at large to staggered four-year terms. The City of Pinole consolidates its General Municipal Election with the statewide and presidential elections held in even-numbered years.

The 2014 Candidate Handbook provides an opportunity for citizens to familarize themselves with the election process.

Candidate Requirements
To hold an elected office in the City: the person must be:
(1) 18 years of age by Election Day;

(2) a citizen of Pinole and a registered voter of the City when nomination papers are issued to the person or at the time of the person's appointment, and qualified to vote for the office; and

(3) Eligible to take the Oath of Office.

A person, 18 years of age or older and not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, may register to vote at anytime; however, registration for the November 4, 2014 election closes 15 days prior on October 20, 2014. Registration is permanent and a new affidavit of registration need only be executed if you have changed your name, address or wish to change your political party affiliation. Voter registration forms can be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, the Contra Costa County Election Division, online through the California Secretary of State or by calling the City Clerk’s Office to have a form mailed to you.


Ballot Measures

The City Clerk is the City Elections Official and is responsible for administering the City’s general municipal elections and special elections for both candidates and measures; and processing petitions relating to initiatives, recalls and referendums.

Sales Tax Measure

The City Council approved Resolution 2014-34 on May 20, 2014, placed a Sales Tax Revenue Measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Measure S - 2014 was approved by the voters and the tabulation results are listed below. The sales tax will be collected beginning on April 1, 2015; the new rate in Pinole will be 9.5%.


The Contra Costa County Elections Office released the official Certified Results of the Canvass of the election. The City Council accepted the results at their Regular meeting on December 2, 2014.

Debbie Long            3,034
Tim Banuelos           2,839
Phil Green                2,676
Write in                       246

Ballot Measure

Measure S (1/2 cent General Sales Tax)

Yes                             2,429
No                              2,189

The Contra Costa County Elections website can be accessed at



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The City Clerk is the filing official for the Campaign Financial Disclosure Statements and Statements of Economic Interests, as required by State law. Form 700 -Statements of Economic Interest forms are available on the FPPC website at


The City Council Members listed below, the City Treasurer, Planning Commissioners, the City Manager and the City Attorney are positions dentified in Government Code Section 87200, and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office.  Refer to the Form 700 link below to view the current year filings.

Tim Banuelos

Phil Green

Judy Lee (Treasurer)

Debbie Long

Peter Murray

Roy Swearingen

Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 2131 Pear Street, Pinole CA  94564. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at

Form 700s (Calendar Year 2014 Annual filings) by Pinole office holders, Planning Commissioners, City Manager and City Attorney are available for review in this link.

Campaign Financial Disclosure Statements, filed semi-annually and during the pre-election periods may be viewed at the City Clerk's Office during regular business hours. Attached are Form 460's* filed for the period of January 1 through June 30, 2015.

There are two Pre-Election filing periods for candidates during the election cycle, which occur in even number years. Attached are the links from the prior election.

* Revised 4/2013. The addresses of private citizens have been redacted to insure privacy provisions when posted on the web. Campaign contribution forms are public record and are available, unredacted, for review during business hours in the City Clerk's Office. Copies are available upon request; the copying charge is ten cents per page.

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The FPPC regulations require that any time a public agency receives a gift, a report must be filed on the agency's website. The Form 801 is for use by all state and local government agencies to disclose payments which result in a gift to the agency.  The payments must be used for official agency business and must meet other requirements as set forth by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).


This form is used to report additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions of a public agency, special district, and joint powers agency or authority. (FPPC Regulation 18705.5, amended 03.2012). Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions.

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The California Public Records Act (GC § 6250-6270) provides the public the right to obtain or access public records held by public agencies in the State. Public records are open to inspection during regular City business hours, and interested persons may request and pay for a copy of any identifiable public record. The City of Pinole encourages public record requests to be completed in writing in order to assist staff in their response to your request. A public records request form is available at the City Clerk's Office or by clicking here. Please file the form with the City Clerk's Office either in person, by mail, or email.

It is not always practicable to provide an immediate copy for review or duplication; therefore you will be notified within 10 days when the record(s) may be available. If your public record request cannot be granted, you will be nofified within 10 days of the receipt of the request, pursuant to GC§6256.


If you believe that the City of Pinole or its employee(s) has caused damage to you, your personal property or real property, you have the right to file a claim against the city for damages. Claim forms are available at City Hall through the City Clerk's Office during normal business hours or by clicking here. Claims take approximately 45 days to process. Please follow the instructions on the claim form and attach any documentation (e.g. photographs, reports, witness statements or estimates) that you feel may support your claim. You may mail or personally deliver a claim form to:

Pinole City Clerk’s Office
2131 Pear Street, 2nd Floor
Pinole, CA 94564
Please complete the form in its entirety or risk having it returned to you as insufficient.

If you need additional information regarding the filing of a claim, please contact the City Clerk at (510) 724-8928. Please note that the City does not provide legal advice.


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