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Board, Commission & Committee Openings
March 26, 2019 -- The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions and Boards: Arts Commission; Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee; Housing and Human Services Committee; Planning Commission; and the Personnel Board.
Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., by the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California. All applicants will be interviewed. Applicants may be contacted by City Council members prior to the interviews and appointments so please be prepared to make a brief statement about your desire to serve on a committee.
Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net and file in the City Clerk’s office no later than Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
The number of positions that will be open and details for the following Committees, Commissions and Boards: * The City Council may reduce or enlarge the number of committee members at their discretion.
(4) two-year terms on the Arts Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Arts Commission consists of 8 members, one of which is an alternate position, appointed by the City Council. Four of the seven members must be actively participating in the arts. The Commissioners are compensated in the amount of $137.00 per month. The Arts Commission has the power and duty to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the artistic aspects of the City. Additionally, commissioners recommend to the City Council the adoption of such ordinances, rules
(5) two-year terms on the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee is a nine-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to advise the City Council on all matters pertaining to disaster prevention, planning
(6) two-year terms on the Housing and Human Services Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Housing and Human Services Committee is currently a nine-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to assess and identify housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community; provides input on the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan; informs and makes recommendations to the City Council and other community leaders; and increases community awareness of programs to fill these needs. Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
(2) positions on the Planning Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of reviewing and advising the Council on items related to the development and modification of land uses within the City limits. As such, the Commission reviews and recommends action on the development and amendment of the general plan, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and special projects related to land use planning. Planning Commissioners serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $392.00 per month. The regular meetings of the Commission are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. Study sessions may be held as part of the regular meeting or at other specified times. A substantial time commitment averaging 4-6 hours a week is necessary to be a Planning Commissioner. Meetings may be four or more hours long and require a great deal of preparation time. In addition to these regular meetings, Commissioners are expected to visit sites and review project proposals prior to the meeting, as well as attend special project workshops. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand zoning regulations and their effect on allowed land uses. Experience in land use planning, architecture, engineering and/or real estate would be an asset.
(4) positions on the Personnel Board (1) of the four selected positions will serve as an alternate member, with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Personnel Board consists of 4 members, one of which is an alternate position, appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to hear appeals relative to any disciplinary action, dismissal, demotion, reduction in pay or suspension. The Personnel Board will meet as needed.
The City Council accepts applications two times a year. The following is the comprehensive list of Committees, Commissions and Boards that residents are encouraged to lend their expertise to:
Arts Commission, Design Review Board, Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, Environmental Sustainability Committee, Heritage Committee, HIV Advisory Committee, Housing and Human Services Committee, Measure LL Oversight Committee, Parking Traffic & Circulation Committee, Personnel Board, Planning Commission, Recreation Committee, South Laguna Water/Sewer Advisory Commission, the View Restoration Committee, and the Affordable Housing Task Force.