Boards & Commissions

The City Council has established a number of Committees, Commissions and Boards to review City programs, projects and community issues. These groups provide greater community participation and input into local government and facilitate quality decisions by the City Council. The residents of Calimesa have the opportunity of citizen participation in local government through citizen advisory Committees. Basic information about the purpose, responsibilities, and qualifications for membership and how to apply for a City Commission, Committee or Board can be found in the Commission and Board Application Packet(PDF).

Serving as a Member

By serving on a City advisory Committee, Commission or Board, you can participate in planning the future of Calimesa. Many of these Committees, Commissions or Boards are making recommendations that will greatly affect life in Calimesa. It is important that prospective members of our Commissions clearly understand the functions and responsibilities of membership before actively seeking appointment. A great deal of personal satisfaction may be received from public service, and the knowledge and experience gained will be invaluable.

Brown Act Regulations - Commission Rules of Procedure

The primary intent of California’s open meeting law, the Brown Act, is that the people’s business be conducted openly and transparently, after providing an opportunity to the largest number of members of the public to directly address a city commission, committee or board before any action is taken on any item. The Brown Act mandates that city commissions, committee and boards adopt rules for “the conduct of business”  and requires that agendas for regular meetings provide “an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the legislative body on any item of interest to the public” including agenda items before or during the legislative body’s consideration of the item that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body.  

The Brown Act provides that city councils “may adopt reasonable regulations to ensure the intent” of the Brown Act is carried out.  Pursuant to the Brown Act, Calimesa Municipal Code Section 2.10.060 provides that the Calimesa City Council may, from time to time, adopt by resolution rules of procedure for the conduct of commission, committee, and board meetings.  The rules of procedure, as amended by the City Council, provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the commission, committee, and board on any item on the agenda before consideration of the item, in full compliance with the Brown Act, at a reasonable time.  Periodically, the Calimesa City Council reviews and amends the commission, committee, and board rules of procedure to facilitate the efficient and transparent conduct of the City’s business at a reasonable hour.

Commission Rules of Procedure(PDF)

How to Apply

Residents of Calimesa interested in serving on a Committee, Commission or Board should fill out a Citizen Service Application (PDF). Feel free to include a resume or other information you feel would help the City Council to decide which Committee could use your expertise. For further information or additional application forms, contact the City Clerk's Office, 908 Park Avenue or call 909-795-9801, ext. 233.