February 16, 2023 3:17 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2023, all City of Santa Monica Boards and Commissions will resume in-person public meetings and public comment. This decision coincides with the sunsetting of the COVID-19 State of Emergency Orders by Governor Newsom planned for February 28, 2023. While COVID transmission is low, there is an understanding that this seasonal fluctuation has simply become our new normal and the general public is fully aware of how to protect themselves and others. The Santa Monica community is encouraged to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including a bivalent booster, and follow current LA County Department of Public Health face mask guidance.
When the State order sunsets, COVID-19 will no longer be a valid basis for public bodies to hold meetings virtually under AB 361, adopted by the State Legislature to provide more flexibility for public bodies to facilitate virtual meetings during the pandemic. Thus, all public bodies will return to holding public meetings in accordance with the Brown Act. The Brown Act does allow for public bodies to hold meetings via teleconference however certain stipulations apply.
The return to in-person meetings also means a return to in-person public comment as well. Those members of the public wishing to provide comment on an item of concern who cannot attend a meeting in person may submit their comment in writing. Those needing an ADA accommodation or language interpretation to participate in a public meeting will need to contact the staff liaison for that board or commission at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Hybrid meetings are not available at this time due to budget and system limitations.
For more information or to find the schedule of board and commission meetings, visit santamonica.gov/departments/city-clerks-office or www.santamonica.gov/events?eventType=4tvgf8x0g6d04txvr9hevf7kn3.
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