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Frequently Asked Questions




How can I contact the Mayor or a member of the City Council?
Click this (link) for contact information for the Mayor and City Council.

When/where and what time are City Council meetings held?
City Council Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at the Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center, 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
(link to map/directions)

How can I address the City Council?
Members of the public are invited to address the City Council at City Council meetings, held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.

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?
Agendas for City Council meetings can be found here (link). Agendas and staff reports for City Council meetings are generally posted online at the City’s website on the Friday prior to the Tuesday night meeting.  Agendas and staff reports are also available at Half Moon Bay City, 501 Main Street, and the Half Moon Bay Library.

How do I get a copy of a City Council staff report?
Staff reports for City Council meetings can be found here (link). Staff reports for City Council meetings are generally posted online on the City’s website on the Friday prior to the Tuesday night meeting.   Staff reports are also available at Half Moon Bay City Hall, 501 Main Street, and the Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas.

Where can I find City Council meeting minutes?
City Council meeting minutes for the current year are available online at the City’s website (link). Minutes are generally available online after City Council approval. If you would like minutes from a meeting that is not posted online, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 650-726-8250 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and they will be mailed or emailed to you.

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?
A copy of the City’s Request for Public Records may be downloaded here. Please forward your request to the City Clerk’s office, either by phone at 650-726-8271, fax at 650-726-8261, or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Where can I review Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) for Elected Officials?
The following elected officials are required to file a SEI on an annual basis:
Mayor
Vice Mayor
Councilmembers
Copies of these SEI may be obtained by visiting the office of the City Clerk, 501 Main Street, or the FPPC, 1420 J Street, Sacramento. SEI’s of certain state and local officials may be available in an electronic format on the FPPC’s web site: www.fppc.ca.gov

Does your office issue marriage licenses?
No, the City of Half Moon Bay does not issue marriage licenses. A marriage license may be obtained from the County of San Mateo.

Does your office issue passports?
No, the City of Half Moon Bay does not issue passports.

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?
Voter registration forms are available at Half Moon Bay City Hall, 501 Main Street, the Half Moon Bay Post Office, and online at the County of San Mateo Elections Division website

Where is my polling place?
Your polling place can be located at the County of San Mateo Elections Division website