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About the City Council Meeting Docket

The docket is the official agenda for the San Diego City Council meetings. The San Diego City Council meets on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. The meetings are held on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 "C" Street in downtown San Diego.

If you are interested in expressing your interest or comments about an item to be discussed by the City Council in an upcoming meeting, please feel free to complete our Public Comment Form.

On Monday, the Council normally hears legislative items. On Tuesday, the Council hears Special Orders of Business, consent items, noticed hearings for land use matters and appeals. For questions about the Council docket, or to request copies of the exhibit material for any docket item, please call the City Clerk's office at 533-4000.

The following numbering system is used to identify items on the Council Dockets:

150s: Adoption, Discussion, Committee Items
200s: Adoption, Discussion, Other Legislative Items
(Either Ordinances or Resolutions)
250s: Public Notice (do not require Council Action)

30s: Special Orders of Business
*50s: Consent Ordinances to be Introduced or Adopted
*100s: Consent Resolutions
330s: Noticed Hearings and Special Hearings
* Denoted on the docket with an asterisk

400s: Monday Supplemental items (May be Special Orders of Business, Consent, Or Adoption)
500s: Tuesday Supplemental items (May be Special Orders Of Business, Special Hearings, or Noticed Hearings)

Please note that any item that is continued by the City Council for one week is placed on a supplemental docket.

600s and 700s
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About the City Council Meeting Minutes & Results

The San Diego City Charter, Section 38, provides that the City Clerk shall maintain all official records of the City. The San Diego Municipal Code, Section 22.0101.5, provides that the City Clerk shall be responsible for the administration of a uniform records management program assisting all City departments. To assist the City Clerk in the performance of this responsibility, Minutes are prepared to provide documentation of City Council actions.

Types of City Council Meetings

There are six types of City Council meetings. These are:

  1. Regular. The regular weekly meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 12th Floor, City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA. These meetings are scheduled as follows:
    Monday - 2:00 p.m. to end of business
    Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. to noon; 2:00 p.m. to end of business

  2. Quarterly Night Meeting. A night meeting is held at a community facility on a quarterly basis.
  3. Special. A special meeting may be called by the Council President or a majority of the members of the Council for a specific purpose. The time and place of this meeting is determined by the caller.
  4. Closed Session. The California Government Code (The Brown Act as amended) permits the City Council to meet privately, normally on a regular meeting day, on the following topics:
    1. matters affecting the national security;
    2. matters of pending or potential litigation;
    3. matters of appointment, employment, or dismissal of an employee or complaints or charges thereon;
    4. negotiations with designated representatives on the Meet and Confer process. Proceedings of this type of meeting are not for public review, however, final actions taken by Council and adopted by resolutions are reflected in the Minutes for that day under the section, CLOSED SESSION.
  5. Committee of the Whole. The City Council meets as the Committee of the Whole to review the budget recommendations of the standing committees and the Budget Analyst. These meetings are set during the ten weeks immediately preceding the introduction of the Annual Appropriation Ordinance.

    This committee also convenes for the purpose of analyzing, studying and evaluating proposed legislative matters and holding fact-finding hearings.

  6. Adjourned. This is a meeting adjourned by the City Clerk because of a legislative recess, or because of the lack of a quorum.

Conduct of Meetings and Order of Business

  1. Rules for the conduct of Council meetings and the order of business are set forth in the Municipal Code. In all cases not provided by these Rules, as by statute or other ordinance or resolution, the authority shall be Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised. The items to be acted on by the Council are printed on the docket and are listed generally according to the order of business to be followed (San Diego Municipal Code, Section 22.0101.5).

  2. Procedural Actions.
    The City Council may take any of several procedural actions during a meeting. The following list defines some of these actions as well as other terms related to the conduct of meetings.
    Adopt - Council approves an item with at least five affirmative votes.
    Amend - Council revises the action requested as stated on the City Council Docket.
    Continued - Council's consideration of an item is postponed to a specified point of time.
    Defeated/Failed - Council failed to approve an item with at least five affirmative votes.
    Directive - Council directs a matter to a committee for action and/or directs staff to take action.
    File - Council votes in the affirmative not to take action or not to vote on the item.
    Introduce - Council approves the first of two public hearings of an ordinance. The second hearing takes place generally in two weeks.
    Introduce, Dispense with the Reading, and Adopt (IDA) - This term refers only to ordinances which, because of their classification, may be adopted on the same day as their introduction.
    Noticed Hearing - This is a hearing of an item for which a notice has been officially published in the designated newspaper, mailed to the parties concerned, and/or posted. This notice states that the City Council will be considering a matter on a specific date and time.
    Refer/Return - These terms refer to an item which has been directed by the City Council to be returned to the originator for further research, or to a committee for review.
    Trailed - City Council's discussion of a docket item has been halted and will resume later in the day or the following day. Items cannot be trailed to the following week. The action to trail an item can be taken by a vote of the Council or at the discretion of the chairperson.
    Unfinished Business - This term refers to a matter which the City Council did not consider during the meeting, although it was scheduled for consideration.
  3. Types of Council Actions.
    The City Council may take an action by ordinance, resolution, order or vote. The City Charter states that all legislative action shall be by ordinance. The Charter also states, with two exceptions, that the affirmative vote of a majority of members elected to Council shall be necessary to adopt any ordinance, resolution, order or vote, i.e., five affirmative votes are required. The three exceptions are (1) adjournment, which requires only an affirmative vote of a majority of the members present, (2) a matter requiring the suspension of the rules which requires six affirmative votes, and (3) eminent domain proceedings, which require eight affirmative votes. All actions taken by the City Council are dated for the day on which they were adopted.

    The following paragraphs describe ordinances and resolutions:

    Ordinance. Ordinances constitute the main laws of the City and are the most binding form of action taken by the City Council. Ordinances are adopted after twelve calendar days have elapsed between the day of their introduction and the day of their final passage. Each ordinance shall be read in full prior to the final passage unless such reading shall be dispensed with by a vote of not less than a majority of the members elected to the Council, and not then unless a written or printed copy of said ordinance was available for the consideration of each member of the Council and the public prior to the day of its final passage. Ordinances usually become effective 30 days after adoption, unless specified otherwise in the last paragraph of the ordinance. Ordinances relating to the annual tax levy, annual appropriation (sometimes referred to as annual budget), any ordinance calling or relating to elections, ordinances recommended by the Mayor or other independent department heads transferring or appropriating moneys already appropriated by the annual appropriations ordinance, ordinances establishing or changing the grade of a public highway, and emergency ordinances may be passed by the Council on the day of their introduction and adoption after two public hearings. These ordinances take effect at the time indicated therein. For more details, refer to the San Diego City Charter, Sections 16 and 17.

    Resolutions. Resolutions constitute a written action or decision. A resolution becomes effective on the date of its adoption.

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