CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO.
Meeting Date: December 11, 2001
Subject/Title: Discussion and consideration of reorganizing City Council standing subcommittees
Submitted by: Mayor Michael McPoland
Prepared by: Dennis Beougher, City Attorney
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
The proposed recommendation is as follows:
Residential Growth Management/Housing
Ad Hoc Committees (single one time issue):
Disband, with the opportunity to form ad hoc committees on an as-needed-basis:
Water & Sewer
The subcommittees listed above were created by City Council actions and must be disbanded by the City Council.
The Mayor has requested the City Council consider reorganization of the standing subcommittees.
In cities with elected mayors, the mayor, with the approval of the city council, makes all appointments to boards, commissions, and committees unless otherwise specifically provided by statute. Government Code §40605. Brentwood has used various standing subcommittees to make the Council meetings more efficient and effective.
The Brown Act requires standing city council subcommittees to be open and noticed meetings. Government Code §54954. Meetings of advisory committees or standing committees for which an agenda is posted at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting are considered as regular meetings of the legislative body. This has caused staff and councilmembers to become frustrated with the agenda process and the public notice requirements
A majority of members of the legislative body may attend an open and noticed meeting of a standing committee of the city council, as long as the councilmembers who are non-members of the standing committee attend “only as observers.” The phrase “only as observers” means that the attending councilmembers may be physically present at the meeting, but may not participate in the proceedings or sit in their usual place on the dais, or participate in discussion. This could become a problem with controversial projects and subjects that may be of personal interest to a particular councilmember(s).