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File #: 21-0367    Version: 1
Type: Consent - Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready
In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 11/2/2021 Final action:
Title: City Council Reconsideration of the Circumstances of the Declared COVID-19 Emergency to Facilitate Remote Attendance at Public Meetings by Councilmembers and Other City Legislators Pursuant to AB 361's Special Teleconferencing Requirements (City Attorney Barrow). ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION
TO:
Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

THROUGH:
Bruce Moe, City Manager

FROM:
Quinn M. Barrow, City Attorney

SUBJECT:Title
City Council Reconsideration of the Circumstances of the Declared COVID-19 Emergency to Facilitate Remote Attendance at Public Meetings by Councilmembers and Other City Legislators Pursuant to AB 361's Special Teleconferencing Requirements (City Attorney Barrow).
ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION
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Recommended Action
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends that the City Council make the following findings to enable Councilmembers and other members of City legislative bodies to continue to attend meetings remotely: (1) the City Council has reconsidered the circumstances of the COVID-19 state of emergency; and (2) state and local officials continue to recommend measures to promote social distancing.
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BACKGROUND:
As reported at the City Council meeting on October 5, 2021, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency to exist in California in March 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19. The Governor subsequently issued numerous executive orders suspending or modifying state laws to facilitate the response to the emergency. Among other things, these executive orders superseded certain Brown Act requirements and established special rules to give local public agencies greater flexibility to conduct teleconference meetings, including authorizing council members and other City legislative bodies to participate in meetings from remote locations without compliance with the following noticing requirements:

* The notice of the meeting and agenda identify the location of the remote location;
* The remote location is accessible to the public; and
* The agenda provides an opportunity for the public to directly address the council at each teleconference location.

The special rules suspending these Brown Act requirements expired on September 30, 2021.

On September 16, 2021, i...

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