The City Council consists of five members elected at-large, on a non-partisan basis. Residents elect the Mayor and four Council Members, making each accountable to the entire citizenry.
Council members serve four-year overlapping terms. The mayor is directly elected and serves a two-year term. The City Council establishes City policies, approves ordinances and resolutions, makes land use decisions, approves agreements and contracts, and hears appeals on decisions made by City staff or advisory committees. The Mayor and City Council members receive a monthly stipend set by resolution.
City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of statements of economic interests filed by the City's elected officials may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 300 East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, California 93420. Statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov
Regular City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Special meetings are called as needed.
Meetings are televised live on Arroyo Grande's government access channel 20 and then rebroadcast each day for one week at 9:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and 1:00 AM and the following Thursday and Sunday at 6:00 PM. Public education programs and an ongoing bulletin board providing information on City services and programs are also aired on channel 20.
Email correspondence sent to or from the following people via the City's website, if available, are considered public records and may be subject to disclosure and additional distribution pursuant to the Public Records Act and/or Brown Act.