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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 for:

  • conducting City elections in compliance with the election laws of California;
  • scheduling and preparing council meetings and producing and maintains the official records of Council / Agency Board decisions;
  • maximizing public access to municipal government and is the official custodian of the records of the City;
  • maintains a depository of contracts, agreements, and official Council/Agency actions; and insures the timely availability of these records to the Council/Agency, public, other agencies and staff;
  • maintaining the Pinole Municipal Code 
  • administer liability claims 

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.


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.

Council Members are elected at large to staggered four-year terms. The City of Pinole consolidates its General Municipal Election with the statewide election held in even-numbered years. The upcoming Municipal Election will be conducted on November 4, 2014. Three City Council seats will be open. The Nomination Period will open on July 14, 2014. A Candidate Information packet will be uploaded to this site in by early July.

Candidate Requirements
To hold an elected office in the City: the person must be:
(1) a registered elector of the City when nomination papers are issued (Government Code § 36502); and
(2) an elector of the city when he or she assumes office.
An “elector” is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older and a resident of the election precinct at least 15 days prior to an election (Elections Code § 321).

The Contra Costa County Elections website can be accessed at

The City is discussing the feasibility of a Sales Tax Revenue Measure on the November 4, 2014 election. Several discussions have been held at recent City Council meetings, and is anticipated to be discussed at both Regular Council meetings in May 2014.

Voter Registration

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 a specific election closes 15 days prior to that election. 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

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

Elected officials and candidates, Planning Commission members, City Treasurer, City Manager, and City Attorney are required by G.C. Section 87200 to file Form 700 statements annually.


Statements of Economic Interest - Form 700

The City Council Members and the City Treasurer, listed beloware elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200, and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office.  

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

Annual filings by the office holders are attached.

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 July 1 through December 31, 2013.

* 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.


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.


The California Public Records Act (GC § 6250-6270) provides the public rights to obtain access to recrods held by public agencies in the State. Public records are open to inspection during regular City business hours, and may request and pay for a copy of any identifiable public record. The City of Pinole encourages public record requests to be filed in writing in order to assist staff in responding efficiently to your request. A public records request form is available at the City Clerk's Office or by clicking here.

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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