The City Council appoints more than 90 community members to its various committees, commissions, boards and task forces. Currently, Arcata has 10 committees that provide advice and/or recommendations to the Council. The City Council is responsible for all final actions.
A staff liaison is appointed by the City Manager to assist each of the advisory bodies in carrying out their roles and to ensure compliance with protocol as defined by the following:
- Commission and Committee Handbook, Part I
- Commission and Committee Handbook Part II—The Ralph M. Brown Act (Gov. Code §§ 54950-54963)
- Commission and Committee Handbook Part III—Appendices
- Conflict of Interest Provisions
Relationship to the City Council
The City Council provides the committees with general policy direction while allowing them the freedom to fully investigate issues.
The City Council schedules study sessions with each committee annually, when needed or as requested in writing to the Mayor by the Chair. In addition, each committee is responsible for making an annual report to the City Council on its work activity.
Terms of Office
The term of office for committee members is three years.
Removal from Office
The City Council may remove committee members by a majority vote. In addition, section 2204(C) of the Arcata Municipal Code requires automatic removal of committee members upon notification to the Council of three absences within a calendar year.
Chair and Vice-Chair
The Chair and Vice-chair of each committee are determined annually at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the fiscal year which begins July 1.
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Training
This section applies to Economic Development Committee members only.
There are numerous potential conflicts of interest that may require an Economic Development Committee member to disqualify him or herself from participating in decision making. The Political Reform Act of 1974 (P.R.A.) controls financial conflicts of interests of public officials and advisory bodies.
Economic Development Committee members must complete ethics training upon assuming office and every two years thereafter, as required by Government Code Section 53234, et seq. In addition, the City’s Municipal Code requires each member of the Economic Development Committee to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) as administered by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, when assuming office, leaving office, and annually during their term of service. For more information, refer to the Conflict of Interest Provisions section of this site.