Guide To Council Meetings - City Of San Jose

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City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday beginning at 1:30 p.m.,
and on the first and third Tuesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Most land use
items are considered during evening sessions. With a few exceptions
specified by state law, all City Council meetings are open to the public.
Council meetings are televised live on CivicCenter TV (Cable Channel 26)
and are replayed on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Meetings are also webcast live and archived for review on the City’s
website. Go to and click on "Meeting Broadcasts"
in the "Media" box on the right side for an archive of all Council and
Committee meetings back to August of 2005. Meetings are searchable
by keyword and include all agendas and reports for review
and download.
The Consent Calendar section of the agenda is comprised of items
that require routine approval by the Council and only one motion is
needed for the adoption of all items listed on that portion of the agenda.
Any Councilmember, staff or member of the public can request that
specific items be removed from the Consent Calendar for separate
discussion and action.
This publication can be made available upon request in alternative formats
such as Braille, large print, audio compact disc or CD ROM. Requests can
be made by calling (408) 535-8100 (Voice) or (408) 294-9337 (TTY).
Office of the City Manager
200 East Santa Clara Street, San José, CA 95113
Customer Service Call Center
(408) 535-3500
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Land Use/Public Hearings are a major portion of evening Council
meetings and are generally devoted to review of planning issues such
as the General Plan, zoning changes, special development permits,
and land-use permits.
Items to be Continued/Deferred are agenda items where the
Council has received a request for continuation of the discussion to
a future meeting.
Items that are Dropped from the agenda are no longer going
to be considered or acted upon by the City Council at that meeting.
Motions are the least formal of Council actions and can be adopted
to establish Council policy and procedures. It is the most common Council
action for dealing with an agenda item.
Resolutions are formalized Council actions and are filed by number
in the Office of the City Clerk. Resolutions generally become effective
immediately upon adoption.
Ordinances are Council actions that adopt laws, authorize expenditures
or determine land use. With the exception of emergency ordinances and
tax/appropriation ordinances, all ordinances must have two "readings"
at two separate Council meetings. Those ordinances do not become
effective until 30 days after Council adoption at the second meeting.
Ordinances are subject to voter referendum.
A quorum of six Councilmembers is needed to convene a meeting for
formal action on agenda items. Six votes of the City Council are needed
to approve most motions.
Study Sessions are public meetings to provide Council with an
opportunity to review a special issue or project in depth. Generally
no formal actions or decisions are made at this time.
Closed Sessions are meetings where the Council addresses specific
personnel matters, real estate negotiations, or litigation. For reasons
of confidentiality specified by state law, a closed session is the only
Council meeting not open to the public.
Parking validation for the City Hall Parking Garage for those
attending Council meetings is available in the Council Chambers.
Customer Service Call Center 408-535-3500
Office of the City Clerk 408-535-1252
Fax: 408-292-6207
Office of the City Manager 408-535-8100
Fax: 408-920-7007
Office of the Mayor 408-535-4800
Fax: 408-292-6422
Offices of the City Council 408-535-4900
Fax: 408-292-6423
Email: District(insert District #)
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The City of San José operates under the Council/Manager form of
government. The City Council, as the legislative body, is empowered by
the City Charter to formulate citywide policy that provides overall direction
to City administration.
Ten Councilmembers are elected by district by city voters to serve fouryear terms. The City Charter limits Councilmembers to serving two,
consecutive terms.
Voters throughout the City of San José elect the Mayor. The Mayor
represents all the people of San José and also has a seat on the City
Council. The City Charter limits the Mayor to serve two, four-year terms.
The City Manger is responsible for day-to-day administrative duties
and implementation of Council policies. The City Attorney advises and
represents the City and Council in all legal matters. The City Clerk
prepares and maintains the City Council agenda and minutes. The City
Clerk is also responsible for the retention and retrieval of official records.
The San José Redevelopment Agency oversees redevelopment activities
in the City of San José. The Redevelopment Agency is a separate body
whose policy board is comprised of all City Councilmembers sitting as
the Agency Board with the Mayor serving as chairperson.
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