Boards, Commissions, & Committees
The City Council seeks guidance and input from Salinas' residents in order to carry out their duties. To fulfill that need, the City Council has formed a number of boards, commissions and committees who study various issues and recommend appropriate direction to the City Council. The meeting schedule, agenda, and minutes for each board, commission and committee along with their respective memberships can be found under the appropriate
Please Note: Agendas are posted on this web site as a courtesy and every effort is made to ensure the most current agenda is posted. However, the public should not rely on this site for the notice of meetings. A paper copy of the agenda is posted in accordance with the Brown Act at the City Clerk's office and Rotunda Building at 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas.
The minutes listed on this site are the approved minutes. Minutes are approved at the next regular meeting of the board, council, or commission and then posted on the web site. Minutes may therefore seem out of date, especially if the committee only meets monthly
For information about the duties of a public official, please download the Public Officials Handbook which is accessible in PDF format.If you have any questions, please contact the secretary of the particular entity.
The City of Salinas is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on City commissions and boards to advise the City Council on issues relating to the areas of responsibility outlined below. With the exception of the Planning Commission, commissions and boards make recommendations to the City Council, which has the final decision-making responsibility. Subject to appeal to the City Council, the Planning Commission has the authority to approve, modify, or disapprove Conditional Use Permits and Zoning Variances which meet specified criteria. The City is also seeking applicants for the Police Community Advisory and Animal Shelter Committees. These c ommittees makes recommendations to the Police Chief.
Minimum Requirements for City Commissioners
At the time of appointment and continuously during their terms of office, Commissioners must live within City limits and be eligible to vote in Salinas municipal elections. Commissioners serve until successors are appointed. The Mayor and each Councilmember appoints a representative from the City at-large. Residency within the appointing Councilmember’s district is not required, although preference may be given to applicants from within the district. Commissioners must be able to attend meetings regularly and commit time as necessary to be able to make informed decisions on issues coming before them. Commissioners spend an average of two to three hours at each meeting and one to four hours preparing for the meeting.
Economic Interest Statements
All commission and board members must file an economic interest disclosure statement within 30 days of assuming and leaving office.
Application & Appointment Process
All interested persons must file a City application form or submit a resume. Application forms may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901, (831) 758-7381. If the City application is not used, a certification that the applicant is an eligible municipal voter must accompany the resume for commissions and/or the Grievance Board. One application or resume may be used to apply for more than one office. However, the application or resume should specify all offices being sought.
Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated on:
- Knowledge of and experience with community issues with which
a particular advisory body deals
- Past and present participation in community and/or City forums
- Attendance at City Council and advisory body meetings
- Understanding of the advisory body’s functions and responsibilities
- Ability to articulate a position on an issue
- Ability to devote the necessary time