Commenting at a City Council Meeting
Members of the public are invited and encouraged to address the City Council at City Council meetings, held at 7 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Speakers may comment on items which are on the posted agenda for that meeting, or may comment on items which are not on the agenda during the "public forum" portion of the meeting.
Commenting on items which are on the agenda for that meeting:
Please fill out a Speaker Card at the City Council meeting and submit it to the City Clerk. It's best to do this before the meeting begins, or before your specific agenda item is heard. The Mayor will conduct the discussion on the item, and will call your name when the Council is ready to hear public comment on that item. Please address the Council from the podium. Speakers are allowed three minutes.
Commenting on items which are not on the agenda for that meeting:
You may address the City Council during the “Public Forum” portion of the agenda, near the beginning of the meeting. To do this, please submit your speaker card before or at the start of the meeting, before the public forum portion begins. The Mayor will call your name during the public forum portion of the meeting. Please address the Council from the podium. Speakers are allowed three minutes.
Please note that the City Council may not discuss or take action on issues or questions presented during the public forum, as those items are not on the posted agenda (state law - the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54954.2 - requires that items must first be formally noticed on the agenda before any discussion or action). For public forum issues or questions, the City Council may refer the issue to staff for attention, or may have a matter placed on a future agenda for a more comprehensive report or action.
Contacting Members of the City Council
Please feel free to communicate with your elected representatives by mail, email, or phone.
Correspondence to one or more City Council members should be addressed to:
<Council member name>
c/o City Clerk, City of Half Moon Bay
City Hall, 501 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
For phone numbers (which go to the Clerk's office) and email addresses for City Council members, please visit the City Council pages.