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Current Council Agenda and Past Meeting Information

City Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513

About the City Government

General Law City
Brentwood is a general law city, restricted to the exercise of powers specifically outlined in the State Government Code.  This is in contrast with a charter city whose broad range of powers are locally set by an original charter voted by the city's electorate.

City Council - City Manager Form of Government
The City of Brentwood has a City Council-City Manager form of government.  Under this form of government, the Brentwood City Council is the legislative body responsible for setting City policy and adopting the City budget.  The Brentwood electorate elects the Mayor who serves a two-year term and four members of the City Council who serves four-year terms at-large.  Elections are held in November of even-numbered years.  The City Council members also serve as the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency.

The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is the administrative head of the city government and serves as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency.  The City Manager advises and makes recommendations to the City Council concerning any conditions or situations that require Council direction or policy determination and prepares the recommended budget for consideration and approval by the City Council.

Redevelopment Agency
The Brentwood Redevelopment Agency is the governmental body responsible for directing and overseeing the goals and objectives of the City's Redevelopment Plans.  In accordance with California Community Redevelopment Law, the objectives of the Redevelopment Plans are to eliminate economic, social, physical, and visual blight, provide for economic revitalization, preserve and improve existing residential areas, establish a more beneficial mix of land uses and restore the public infrastructure. To further these objectives, the Agency implements programs to improve the quality of existing housing, build new low and moderate income housing and support the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized or deteriorated properties within the Redevelopment Project Areas.

Understanding the City Council Agenda

Consent Calendar:
All matters listed under this section are considered to be routine and will be acted upon by one motion.  There is no discussion of individual items on the Consent Calendar unless requested by a member of the Council or the public prior to the Council vote on this section of the agenda.

Citizen Comments:
This is a point in the Council meeting where anyone in the audience may communicate with the Council about matters that are not on the agenda. Persons addressing the City Council are required to limit their remarks to five (5) minutes.  You should file your name and address with the Mayor on the form provided at the podium. Speakers desiring answers to questions should direct it to the Council and, if relevant, the Council may direct it to the appropriate staff member.   As it is not legal for the Council to discuss any matter not on the agenda, any issue brought up under Citizen’s Comments will typically be referred to staff or an advisory body and come back to the Council as a regular agenda item.

Appeals:
Appeals to the City Council of decisions made by advisory boards and commissions must be submitted in writing to the City Clerk within ten days of the board commission action.

Public Hearings:
Persons who wish to speak on matters set for public hearing will be heard when the Mayor calls for comments from the audience in support or opposition to an issue. Persons addressing the Council are asked to file their name and address with the Mayor on the form provided at the podium. The Council may adopt reasonable regulations at the onset of the public hearing to facilitate public testimony. These regulations may include time limits. In the absence of such regulations, the public hearing shall follow the protocol for Citizen Comments.   After all interested parties have spoken, the hearing will be closed and the matter will be discussed and acted upon by the Council.  No further comment is permitted from the audience at this time, unless invited by the Council.

Matters Initiated by Council:  Issues related to Council projects or priorities are handled under this section of the agenda.  Typically, items appearing in this section are reviewed and discussed by the Council and the appropriate action taken.

Redevelopment Agency:
The Redevelopment Agency is a separate body of the City of Brentwood, but is comprised of the City Council members.  The Agency Board oversees redevelopment activities.  Agency business appears on the Redevelopment Agency agenda and Agency meetings are usually convened immediately after adjournment of City Council meetings.

Meeting Procedures

Quorum: 
At least three Council members must be present in order to conduct a City Council meeting.

Ordinance:
An ordinance is a legislative act, a local law.  It normally requires two readings at separate Council meetings and becomes effective thirty days after Council approves the second reading.  It may be repealed only by another ordinance.

Resolution:
The Council adopts resolutions to approve a policy or direct certain action.  Only one reading is required and it can be changed by a subsequent resolution. 

Motion:
A motion is used to signify majority approval of procedural action or to authorize action on routine items of business.  A motion may also direct City staff regarding administrative matters.

Referral:
If the Council thinks more information is needed on any item, it may refer that item to City staff or an advisory commission, board or committee for review and recommendation.

Workshop:
At workshops, the Council conducts informal and typically more in-depth discussion of specific issues. Workshops are public meetings; however, no official action may be taken by the Council at a workshop.

Closed Session:
The Council may hold a closed session to discuss specific litigation or personnel matters.  These are the only sessions that may be closed to the public and press for confidentiality reasons.

Participating in Council Meetings

Citizens may speak on items of public interest that are within the jurisdiction of the City Council, after being recognized by the Mayor.  If comments related to matters that appear on the agenda, those comments should be made when that item is discussed.  For non-agenda items, comments should be made under “Citizen Comments.”  Remarks made under “Citizen Comments” are limited to five (5) minutes.  To address the City Council, the speaker must step up to the podium, state his/her name and address and speak into the microphone.  If a group wishes to address the Council, the Mayor may request that a spokesperson be chosen by that group.

City Administration
City of Brentwood City Council
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5440
Fax (925) 516-5441
E-mail allcouncil@brentwoodca.gov