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PUBLIC MEETING TIMES & PROCEDURES


CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Council holds regular meetings concurrently with the Redevelopment Agency Board on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the City Hall, 2131 Pear Street, Pinole, at 6:00 p.m. City Council business immediately follows the conclusion of Redevelopment Agency business.

The Council encourages expression of views and opinions by citizens on any matter of community interest that is within the Council's authority. Comments during public hearings, written and oral communications, are all appropriate methods of expressing views. Any item to be placed on the Council agenda must be received seven days prior to the meeting. Items received after that time will be placed on the agenda for the following meeting. Items to be placed on the agenda should be in writing and sent to the attention of the City Clerk's Office. Who are your Representatives?
See Political Representation.


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Meeting Agendas

  • Consent Calender:
    All matters listed under this section are considered to be routine and will be acted upon by one motion. There is no discussion of individual items on the Consent Calendar unless requested by a member of the Council or the public prior to the Council vote on this section of the agenda.

  • Citizens to be Heard:
    This is a point in the Council meeting where anyone in the audience may communicate with the Council about matters that are not on the agenda. Speakers will be limited to three minutes and should submit their name to the City Clerk. As it is not legal for the Council to discuss any matter not on its agenda, any issue brought up under Citizens to be Heard will typically be referred to staff or an advisory body and come back to the Council as a regular agenda item.

  • Public Hearings:
    Persons who wish to speak on matters set for public hearing will be heard when the Mayor calls for comments from the audience in support or opposition to an issue. Time Limit is five minutes. After all interested parties have spoken, the hearing will be closed and the matter will be discussed and acted upon the Council. No further comment is permitted from the audience at this time, unless invited by the Council.

  • Redevelopment Agency:
    The Redevelopment Agency is a separate body of the City of Pinole, but is comprised of the City Council members. The Agenda Board oversees redevelopment activities. Agency business appears on the Redevelopment Agency agenda and Agency meetings are convened at 6:00 p.m., before City Council meetings.


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Meeting Procedures

  • Quorum:
    At least three Council members must be present in order to conduct a City Council meeting.

  • Ordinance:
    An ordinance is a legislative act, a local law. It normally requires two readings at separate Council meetings and becomes effective thirty days after the second reading is approved by Council. It may be repeated only by another ordinance.

  • Resolution:
    The Council adopts resolutions to approve a policy or direct certain action. Only one reading is required and it can be changed by a subsequent resolution.

  • Motion:
    A motion is used to signify majority approval of procedural action or authorize action on routine items of business. A motion may also direct City staff regarding administrative matters.

  • Referral:
    If the Council thinks more information is needed on an item, it may refer that item to City staff or an advisory commission, board or committee for review and recommendation.

  • Study Session:
    At study sessions, the Council conducts informal and typically more-in-depth discussion of specific issues. Study sessions are public meetings, however, no official action may be taken by the Council at a study session.

  • Closed Session:
    The Council may hold a closed session to discuss specific litigation or personnel matters. These are the only sessions that may be closed to the public and press for confidentiality reasons. Closed sessions are generally scheduled as the first items on the Redevelopment Agency/City council agenda at 6:00 p.m.

Study Session:


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Public Meeting Schedule

  • City Council / Redevelopment:
    Council Chambers
    2131 Pear St, Pinole CA 94564 - map
    1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:00pm
    Archived Meetings

  • Community Services Commission:
    Council Chambers
    2131 Pear St, Pinole CA 94564 - map
    4th Wednesday, 7:00pm

  • EDHAC (Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committee):
    City Hall Community Room
    2131 Pear St, Pinole CA 94564 - map
    1st Tuesday, 7:00pm

  • Planning Commission:
    Council Chambers
    2131 Pear St, Pinole CA 94564 - map
    2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm

  • TAPS (Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee):
    City Hall Community Room
    2131 Pear St, Pinole CA 94564 - map
    3rd Wednesday, 7:00pm

  • Youth Commission:
    Youth Center
    635 Tennent Ave., Pinole CA 94564 - map
    1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm


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