|Frequently Asked Questions|
How can I contact the Mayor or a member of the City Council?
Please fill out a Speaker Card (available at the City Council meeting) and submit it to the City Clerk. Do this before the meeting or before the item is heard. This will ensure that your name is called for the item(s) that you wish to address, and it will help ensure the meeting runs smoothly for all participants.
When the Council reaches your item on the agenda, the Mayor will open the public hearing and call your name. Please address the Council from the podium. Speakers are allowed three minutes to address the City Council, although the amount of time allotted may vary at the Mayor's discretion, depending on the number of speakers or the length of the agenda. Speakers may not allocate time to another individual.
If you wish to discuss an item that does not appear on the City Council agenda, you may address the City Council during the “Public Forum” portion of the agenda. Please follow the same procedure for submitting Speaker Cards. Please note that the City Council is unable to discuss or take action on issues presented during the Public Forum. According to state law (The Brown Act -Government Code Section 54954.2), items must first be noticed on the agenda before any discussion or action. The City Council may refer your issue to staff for attention, or have a matter placed on a future agenda for a more comprehensive report or action.
Where can I find agendas for upcoming City Council meetings?
How do I get a copy of a City Council staff report?
Are City Council Meetings videotaped? Where can I watch them?
The City of Half Moon Bay's website is hosting a live and archived broadcast of the meetings, located here.
Pacific Coast Television (PCT) also tapes and broadcasts City Council meetings live, and also on the Wednesday evening after the Council meeting. PCT also maintains an archive of previous meetings, located here.
How do I request a copy of a public record?
Where can I review Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) for Elected Officials?
Does your office issue marriage licenses?
What boards and commissions does the City have? How do I become a member of a board or commission?
Opportunities to serve on a board or commission are advertised in local newspapers and on the City's website. Individuals interested in serving on a City board or commission must fill out a "Willing to Serve Form" and submit it to the City Clerk's Office. Willing to serve forms are kept on file in the City Clerk's Office for a period of two years. The City Council, either individually or as a group, will interview interested individuals or make appointments to boards and commissions. Boards can be found here.
How do I register to vote?