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Agendas & Minutes
The City Council is the legislative body of the Town, with all the regulatory and corporate powers provided under California State law. The City Council provides the policy direction that guides the operation of the Town, adopts ordinances and resolutions that constitute the local laws of the Town, and sets the Town’s priorities through the adoption of an annual budget and the provision of direction to the City Manager. The City Council represents the Town’s residents through these actions and through the conveyance of constituent requests and concerns to the Town staff.
Regular meetings of the City Council are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. As of March 4, 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, City Council Regular Meetings are held by tele or video conferencing and begin at 6 pm. Please see the most recent Agenda to confirm times and locations. The City Council holds Special Meetings/Study Sessions on the first Wednesday of each month. These Special Meeting/Study Sessions typically begin at 4:00 p.m.
To contact all members of Council - email@example.com. Individual email addresses are below.
All communication sent to members of the City Council and/or Town staff are sent to email accounts assigned to public officials. The email and replies to the email may constitute public records and may be subject to disclosure to any person upon request. Communication sent to private accounts may also be considered public if they relate to the Town's normal course of business. Records are retained pursuant to the Town's adopted Records Retention Policies.
Email Elizabeth Lewis,
First Elected: November 2008
Term expires - November 2024
Email Rick DeGolia,
First Elected: November 2013
Term expires - November 2026
City Council Regional and Other Governmental Committee Assignments
Each year with the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor (typically in December/January), the Mayor selects members of the City Council to serve on as the Town’s representatives on various committees and regional boards. Some of the appointments are as members and alternates and others are as City Council member liaisons. Linked here is a list of the 2023 City Council Committee Assignments. Below is a summary of the various regional committees and boards upon which the Council serve.
The Mayor also assigns a variety of Ad Hoc Subcommittees. Ad Hoc Subcommittees are comprised of less than a quorum of the City Council and they serve a limited or single purpose that is not perpetual. Ad Hoc Subcommittees are dissolved once their specific task is completed. Ad Hoc Subcommittees are not subject to the Brown Act and meet on an as needed basis. Details on the 2023 Ad Hoc Subcommittees can be found here. Ad Hoc Subcommittees may be created, dissolved or modified by the Mayor at any time.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
ABAG is the comprehensive regional planning agency for the Bay Area encompassing nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. It is governed by a 38-member Executive Board comprised of locally elected officials based on regional population. City Council member serve as members of the governing board.
City/County Association of Governments (C|CAG)
C|CAG is the regional council of governments dealing with issues that affect the quality of life in general; transportation, air quality, storm water runoff, hazardous waste, solid waste and recycling, land use near airports, and abandoned vehicle abatement. The governing body of C|CAG is made up of local elected officials. City Council members serve as members of the governing board and on various subcommittees focusing on the areas of governance.
Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation
The Holbrook-Palmer Recreation Park Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1968 whose mission is to raise funds for the capital improvement of Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Their purpose is to fund and sponsor activities to enhance use of the park by Atherton residents, as well as to fund and sponsor other charitable and educational activities to promote awareness of the park. City Council members serve as a liaison to the Foundation.
League of California Cities
The League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions at the State level that affect cities. City Council members serve as voting delegates and members of various subcommittees.
Library JPA Governing Board (San Mateo County)
The San Mateo County Library System is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of the county. The governing board consists of local elected officials from the member agencies. City Council members serve as members of the governing board and members of various subcommittees.
Commute.org is San Mateo County’s Transportation Demand Management Agency. The mission is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles traveling in, to and through San Mateo County, reducing vehicle emissions resulting in improved air quality. The Alliance is funded through C|CAG, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy, or PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. Peninsula Clean Energy was launched collaboratively by the County of San Mateo and all twenty of its cities to meet local climate action goals. PCE offers lower rates and a choice of two electricity options, each with a different percentage of sustainable energy. ECOplus rates are 5% below PG&E’s, so with PCE, you’re getting cleaner energy at lower rates. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
San Francisco Airport/Community Roundtable
The Airport/Community Roundtable was established in 1981 as a voluntary committee to address community noise impacts from aircraft operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Roundtable monitors a performance-based noise mitigation program implemented by airport staff, interprets community concerns and attempts to achieve noise mitigation through a cooperative sharing of authority among the aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SFO management and local government. The Roundtable consists of local elected officials. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
San Mateo County Emergency Services Council
The San Mateo Operational Area Emergency Services Council is comprised of all local governments within the geographic area of the County, special districts, unincorporated areas, and participating non-governmental entities. The purpose of the organization is to operate pursuant to Presidential Directive 5, the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Presidential Directive 8, the National Preparedness Goal and California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and local adopted Emergency Operations Plans and Annexes. The Emergency Services Councils collective goal is to provide coordinated plans for the protection of persons and property based on the five phases of emergency management, prevention, protection, response, recovery and mitigation; and support existing regional Public Information and Notification systems to include SMC Alert and TENS, as well as other Situational Awareness Tools; and, to continue to support the regional hazardous materials emergency response program. City Council members serve as members of the Council.
San Mateo County Sub-Regional Housing Policy Advisory
As part of the Regional Housing Needs Analysis (RHNA) conducted through ABAG, San Mateo County is a sub-region. As part of the Sub-Regional RHNA process, an advisory committee and technical committee have been created. The advisory committee consists of local elected officials from San Mateo County. The committee reviews RHNA methodology and helps determine proposed allocations. City Council members serve as members of the Advisory Committee.
Grand Boulevard Task Force
The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a regional collaboration dedicated to the revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor, as it runs through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in the California Bay Area.The Grand Boulevard is a collaboration of 19 cities, counties, local and regional agencies united to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of El Camino Real. Starting at the northern Daly City city limit (where it is named Mission Street) and ending near the Diridon Caltrain Station in central San Jose (where it is named The Alameda), the initiative brings together for the first time all of the agencies having responsibility for the condition, use and performance of the street. City Council members serve as representatives to the Task Force.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District
The Menlo Park Fire District is located on the peninsula in the southern most part of San Mateo County in the metropolitan bay area. It covers approximately 30 square miles that reaches into the bay. The District's population is estimated around 90,000. The Fire District is primarily a bedroom community that does have some industrial areas on the eastern most part. The Fire District covers the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto plus some of the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. City Council members serve as liaisons to the District Board of Directors.