For a first time visitor, a City Council meeting may be confusing and intimidating. In an effort to encourage resident participation, the City has created the attached brochure to assist you in navigating the meeting.
The City of Claremont is a general law City with a City Council-City Manager form of government and derives its power from the City Municipal Code, the State Government Code, the California Constitution, and laws enacted by the State and Federal legislature. All legislative power is held by the publicly elected five member City Council which consists of the Mayor and four Councilmembers. While all Councilmembers enjoy the same powers and privileges, the Mayor has the additional responsibility of presiding over City Council meetings, signing official documents, and officiating at ceremonies and events.
The City Council consists of five members who are elected at large. The City Council elections are held in November of even numbered years and terms are staggered. Members serve four year terms. There are no term limits. The Mayor is selected by the City Council to serve a one-year term, and has the same voting power as any other Councilmember. The Council also serves as the City’s Financing Authority Board of Directors. Members of the Claremont City Council are:
Mayor Opanyi Nasiali
Mayor Pro Tem Corey Calaycay
Councilmember Joseph M. Lyons
Councilmember Sam Pedroza
Councilmember Larry Schroeder
The City Clerk or any other staff member will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also leave contact information with the City Clerk, and a staff member will contact you directly.
The City encourages the participation of disabled individuals in the City’s services, activities, and programs. Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations should contact staff.
City Council Meetings
The City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 225 Second Street. All meetings are open to the public. However, under limited circumstances (i.e. personnel and legal matters) Council may move their discussion to “closed session.”
The City Council takes action in four ways:
1. ORDINANCES are laws adopted by the City Council that often amend the Municipal Code. Most ordinances appear on two consecutive agendas. An ordinance is usually introduced at the first meeting and adopted at the second. Most ordinances become effective 30 days after adoption.
2. RESOLUTIONS constitute a written action or decision of the City Council but do not amend the Municipal Code.
3. MINUTE ORDERS, OR MOTIONS, are the least formal City Council action, and are used to approve policy, establish procedures, or provide direction to staff.
4. APPOINTMENTS are designations by the City Council of selected applicants to commissions, committees and boards; or the Mayor’s appointment of Councilmembers to committees, multi-jurisdictional boards, agencies and joint power authorities.
The “Brown Act”
The Ralph M. Brown Act (beginning at Government Code Section 54950) governs the conduct of City Council meetings and allows for public participation as discussed throughout this brochure. The law also provides limited circumstances for a “closed session” not open to the public.
The agenda is the published roadmap for the meeting. The Council may not consider items of business that are not listed on the agenda unless an emergency situation exists or there is a need to take immediate action and the need became apparent after the agenda was posted. Agendas are located in the foyer.
Closed Session Report
If Council has been in closed session, they will report any action taken in open session.
Ceremonial Matters, Presentations and Announcements
This item includes introductions, recognitions and presentations and occurs at the beginning of the meeting. If you attend to participate in an item listed on the agenda, please check in with a staff member prior to the meeting.
Public Comment—Matters Not on Agenda
Public comment is taken for 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting for matters not listed on the agenda (and will resume later in the meeting if there are more speakers than the initial 30 minutes can accommodate). If you wish to speak on an item not on the agenda, approach the podium when the Mayor calls for public comment. Please give your name and address, as it will be helpful if a response to your comment is indicated. Since Council is unable to take action on issues not on the agenda, your matter may be referred to staff for follow-up or to be placed on a future Council agenda. Public comment on other items of business will be received before or during Council’s consideration of that item.
Public comment is taken on the Consent Calendar as a whole. Items listed on the Consent Calendar portion of the agenda are generally approved in a single motion by the City Council and are procedural in nature. A Council Member may remove an item from the Consent Calendar if there is a question, or further discussion is warranted.
Administrative Items and Public Hearings
Each item of business is considered separately during this portion of the agenda. The Mayor announces an item, staff presents a report, Council asks questions of staff, and the public is invited to speak one at a time. Following public input, the Council may respond briefly or ask staff to respond. Council will then discuss the matter and take action on the issue. Public hearings are required by law on certain matters.
Council discusses a matter until they are ready to vote. In order to consider taking action, one Councilmember makes a motion, which, if supported, is followed by a second from another Councilmember. Once there is a second, the Mayor asks for the Council to vote. Generally a majority vote rules, and a tie vote fails. If a Councilmember has a conflict of interest, prior to consideration of the item, he or she will state the reason for the conflict, and leave the meeting room until the matter is concluded.
The consideration of an ordinance generally follows the same procedure as an administrative item. With the exception of an urgency ordinance, an ordinance is placed on first reading upon its introduction by Council. The ordinance is then put on the Consent Calendar of the following meeting for second reading and adoption. Once adopted, an ordinance becomes a law.
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For more information please contact the City Clerk's Office at (909) 399-5460.