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City Council to Take Up Resolution Allowing Remote Meetings for Next 30 Days After Thanksgiving Holiday

Published on Monday, November 22, 2021 | 1:23 pm

On Nov. 29, the City Council will vote to approve a resolution that allows the council and all of its related commissions and subcommittees to continue meeting remotely to keep the current format in place.

The vote was scheduled on Monday, but that meeting was canceled due to the lack of a quorum. Five voting members must attend the meeting for the City Council to conduct its legislative business.

The council must pass a resolution every 30-days to continue meeting online under the terms of Assembly Bill 361.

The City Council adopted a substantially similar resolution authorizing remote teleconference meetings from November 1 to November 30, but the City Council does not meet on the exact 30th day following expiration of the prior resolution.

Under state law, real-time public comments must be allowed by phone or the internet. If the system fails allowing for public comment the meeting must be ended, according to the law.

The city is already adhering to those conditions.

Beyond that initial 30-day period, it must confirm the circumstances of the state of emergency and make required findings at least 30 days after adoption of the resolution and every 30 days thereafter.

An executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom allowing virtual meetings and suspending parts of the Brown Act, which governs open meetings of legislative bodies, ended on Sept. 30.

All of the items on the consent calendar can be passed collectively with one majority vote by the City Council. Items can be pulled for more discussion and separate vote.

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