City Council Meeting Code of Conduct
This agenda has been prepared to provide for the orderly progression of City business. Detailed staff reports on specific items are posted in the hallway for public viewing. The City Council wants to hear your comments, however, to run the meeting efficiently, please observe the following rules when you participate in the meeting.
Please try to submit your REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL form to the Assistant City Manager/City Clerk prior to the start of the item. You will be called at the appropriate time to make your remarks. The Mayor’s instructions to the audience will vary and will depend on the issue being discussed, but will generally follow these guidelines:
- Participants must speak from the podium using the lectern microphone;
- Comments are to be directed to the City Council and not to the staff or the public;
- The normal time limit for each speaker is three minutes;
- Repetition should be avoided; and
- Reading a submission that has been copied or contained in the agenda will be discouraged.
For the sake of efficiency, the City Council agenda is divided into sections: Public Comments: This part of the agenda is reserved for making comments on matters which are NOT on the agenda. If you have submitted a request to speak, you will be called by the City Clerk at the appropriate time and you may speak for up to three minutes. If action by the Council is necessary, the matter may be placed on a future agenda or referred to staff, as determined by Council. Consent Calendar: This section consists of routine items which, unless a request has been received from the public, Council or staff to remove a particular item for discussion, are enacted by one motion of the City Council. If you wish to speak to any Consent Calendar item(s) you will be limited to three minutes. Public Hearings: This section is devoted to noticed hearings. Applicants and/or appellants are allowed ten minutes to address Council and a three minute rebuttal, if requested. Although the normal time limit for all other speakers is three minutes, the Mayor may grant additional time to a representative speaking for an entire group; however, this should not discourage anyone from addressing the City Council individually. City Council Oral Reports: This section is designated for oral reports from council members to report on their Council assignments. Regular Business: This section contains items of general business and you will be allowed three minutes to speak on any item. Old Business: For a list of items previously discussed and continued to a future meeting, please refer to the City Council page on the City’s website at www.palosverdes.com/rpv
Conduct at the Council Meeting: The City Council has adopted a set of rules for conduct during City Council meetings. The following is an excerpt from the adopted Rules of Procedure:
Section 6.3: The Mayor shall order removed from the Council Chambers any person(s) who commits the following acts at a regular or special meeting of the City Council.
1. Disorderly, contemptuous or insolent behavior toward the Council or any member thereof, tending to interrupt the due and orderly course of said meeting.
2. A breach of the peace, boisterous conduct or violent disturbance, tending to interrupt the due and orderly course of said meeting.
3. Disobedience of any lawful order of the Mayor, which shall include an order to be seated or to refrain from addressing the Council.
4. Any other unlawful interference with the due and orderly course of the meeting.