Contacting the Council
Contact the Council / Submit Public Comment
The City Council may be contacted as follows:
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mail or hand-delivered correspondence:
City Hall, Administration Offices
760 Mattie Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
- Fax: 805-773-7006
- General Office Phone: 805-773-4657
- Individual email addresses and phone numbers for each member are provided on their individual webpages, linked in the "Members" section on the City Council webpage.
Agenda Item Comment and Correspondence
Public comment on Council agenda items may be submitted at any time. Providing comment as early as possible is recommended to allow the Council sufficient time to consider the comment before taking action.
During the meeting where the agenda item is considered, oral comment will be invited during a public comment period designated for each agenda item, prior to action. During regular meetings, an open public comment period for non-agenda items will also be provided near the beginning of the meeting. Each speaker will typically be provided 3 minutes to make their comment, but the Mayor may exercise discretion. Speakers are requested, but not required, to complete a "speaker slip," available by the door to the meeting room, and submit it to the Clerk or another staff member. Submitting this slip allows the Mayor to call speakers to the lectern by name, and ensures that names are spelled correctly in the permanent meeting record.
Written comment is accepted at all times. Written comment received prior to the afternoon of the meeting will be actively distributed and posted online prior to the meeting. Written comment received the afternoon of the meeting or later may not be distributed and posted until after the meeting due to staffing constraints. Written comment is accepted during the meeting; providing enough copies for the entire Council and at least one staff member (6 or more copies) is recommended. However, the Council may be unable to give thorough consideration to written comment received shortly before action is taken on the item.
Commentors may display presentation materials during their comment period; please contact the City Clerk's Office at 805-773-4657 or email City Clerk Erica Inderlied at email@example.com no later than the morning of the meeting to arrange for use of display equipment in the meeting room.
Other Comment and Correspondence
Comment and correspondence on any matter may be delivered to the Council at any time. Correspondence not relating to a particular agenda item will typically not be posted online; however it will be distributed to Council and relevant staff, and placed into the public record (see below).
Written correspondence to the City Council is public record, and may be posted online or distributed in hard copy form, as part of an agenda packet, or elsewhere. Commentors with specific privacy concerns may wish to consider this when determining the format and content of communications to the Council.
Additionally, please note that any correspondence sent to or from the City Council, its members, and/or City staff is public record, unless otherwise exempt by law, and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the Public Records Act or subpoena.