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City Council Meetings

Order of Business

Regular meetings of the Finance Committee and the Ordinance Committee begin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The regular City Council meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chamber at City Hall.


Copies of the reports relating to agenda items are available for review in the City Clerk's Office, at the Central Library, and at the City website. In accordance with state law requirements, this agenda generally contains only a brief general description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting. Should you wish more detailed information regarding any particular agenda item, you are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Council Agenda Report (a "CAR") for that item from either the Clerk's Office, the Reference Desk at the City's Main Library, or online at the City website. Materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the City Council after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection in the City Clerk’s Office located at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, during normal business hours.

Public Comment

At the beginning of the 2:00 p.m. session of each regular City Council meeting, and at the beginning of each special City Council meeting, any member of the public may address the City Council concerning any item not on the Council's agenda. Public comment for items on the agenda will be heard during the portion of the meeting when the particular item is being discussed. Any person wishing to address the Council with a public comment should first complete and deliver a “Request to Speak” form prior to the time that public comment is taken up by the City Council. Should City Council business continue into the evening session of a regular City Council meeting at 6:00 p.m., the City Council will allow any member of the public who did not address them during the 2:00 p.m. session to do so. No individual speaker may speak for more than 3 minutes about an item not on the agenda. For items on the agenda, each speaker is allotted 3 minutes for public comment, which may be extended by an additional 2 minutes if another audience member who is present at the time wishes to proxy his/her time to the speaker. No individual may speak for more than 5 minutes for items on the agenda. The City Council, upon majority vote, may decline to hear a speaker on the grounds that the subject matter is beyond their jurisdiction.

The City Council cannot discuss matters presented by speakers during general Public Comment per the Brown Act. 

Request to Speak

A member of the public may address the Finance or Ordinance Committee or City Council regarding any scheduled agenda item. Any person wishing to make such address should first complete and deliver a “Request to Speak” form prior to the time that the item is taken up by the Finance or Ordinance Committee or City Council.

Consent Calendar

The Consent Calendar is comprised of items that will not usually require discussion by the City Council. A Consent Calendar item is open for discussion by the City Council upon request of a Councilmember, City staff, or member of the public. Items on the Consent Calendar may be approved by a single motion. Should you wish to comment on an item listed on the Consent Agenda, after turning in your “Request to Speak” form, you should come forward to speak at the time the Council considers the Consent Calendar.

Americans with Disabilities Act

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to gain access to, comment at, or participate in this meeting, please contact the City Administrator's Office at 564-5305 or inquire at the City Clerk's Office on the day of the meeting. If possible, notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements in most cases.

Television Coverage

Each regular City Council meeting is broadcast live in English and Spanish on City TV Channel 18 and rebroadcast in English on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., and in Spanish on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Each televised Council meeting is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Check the City TV Program Guide for rebroadcasts of Finance and Ordinance Committee meetings, and for any changes to the replay schedule.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019
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