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How to Join and Participate in City Council Meetings

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Effective April 11, 2022, Council Chambers is open for in-person testimony


Until further notice, City Council meetings will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code section 54953(e), added by Assembly Bill 361, which allows the City to use teleconferencing and to provide the public an opportunity to address the City Council via a call-in option or an internet-based service option, during a proclaimed state of emergency. Additionally, the Council has approved PDF icon Temporary Rules as amended on April 5, 2022 to be used until further notice.

During the State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public health and safety, some, if not all, City Councilmembers may be participating in the City Council meetings via a virtual teleconference platform. Members of the public in attendance at the City Council meetings are encouraged to maintain social distancing in Chamber. Additionally, we are continuing to provide alternatives to in-person attendance for participating in City Council meetings.

In lieu of in-person attendance, members of the public may also participate and provide comment via telephone, ZOOM, using the City Clerk webform, or via U.S. Mail of written materials, as follows: 

How To Speak To A Particular Item or during Non-Agenda Public Comment:

In Person

Please fill out a speaker slip located at the entrance to Council Chambers. Indicate the item you wish to speak on as well as other requested information. Then submit it to the Clerk at the box indicated near the speaker’s lectern at the front of the room.

Via Virtual Platform

When the Clerk introduces the item you would like to comment on (or indicates it is time for Non-Agenda Public Comment), raise your hand by either tapping the “Raise Your Hand” button on your computer, tablet, or Smartphone, or by dialing *9 on your phone. You will be taken in the order in which you raised your hand. You may only speak once on a particular item.

When the Clerk indicates it is your turn to speak, unmute your phone by tapping the Unmute button on your computer, tablet or Smartphone, or dial *6 on your phone.

  Please note:  Members of the public who wish to provide virtual testimony must enter the virtual queue by raising their hand before the queue closes.  The queue will close when the last virtual speaker finishes speaking or five minutes after in-person testimony ends, whichever happens first. Those participating virtually may not cede time to others participating in person or virtually. 

Joining the Webinar and Offering Phone-in Testimony

The City Council meetings will continue to be held virtually using the Zoom Webinar platform. Members of the public can offer public comment on agendized items or during Non-Agenda Public Comment by accessing the meeting online using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone, or by calling into the meeting using a Smartphone, cellular phone, or land line.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


To join by telephone: Dial 1-669-254 5252 +

When prompted, input Webinar ID:161 170 3951 #

Comment on Agenda Items, Non-Agenda Public Comment, and Closed Session Public Comment may be submitted using the webform indicating the comment type and  item number (if relevant) for which you wish to submit your comment. Comments received two hours prior to the meeting will be distributed to the City Council and posted online with the meeting materials. All webform comments are limited to 500 words but may include attachments. Comments received after that time frame the day of the meeting but before the item is called will be submitted into the written record for the relevant item. 

Quasi-Judicial Items. Organized group presentations for quasi-judicial items will be allowed up to 15 minutes per side to speak either for or against an item for a total of 30 minutes. If more than one group on the same side requests an organized presentation, the 15 minutes will be divided between each group for that side.  Please contact the Project Manager as listed as the primary contact on the staff report for that item to indicate your desire to present.

Written Materials. Instead of submitting written materials as an attachment to the webform you may submit via U.S. Mail to the City Clerk’s attention at 202 C Street, MS2A San Diego, CA 92101. Materials submitted via U.S. Mail must be received one business day prior to the meeting to be distributed to the City Council.  Comments received via U.S. Mail on the day of the meeting will be submitted into the written record for the relevant item.

The public may view the meetings on public television (within the City of San Diego only) on City TV Channel 24 for Cox Communications and Spectrum or Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse, or view the meetings online (link is external)

Order of Business

The order that business will be taken during a Council meeting is not always in numerical order of agenda items. You can view the anticipated order of items on our Summary Sheet that is meant to be an easy guide for the public that combines all items being taken into one document in the order that the items will be taken in. The summary sheet is posted Thursday afternoon and updated Friday afternoon with any supplemental items that may be added.  You can find it on the agenda page on the following link.



Pursuant to California Senate Bill 343 (Section 54957.5(b) of the Brown Act), late-arriving documents related to City Council meeting agenda items which are distributed to the legislative body prior to and during the Council meeting are available for public review in the Office of the City Clerk, Information Services Counter in the Lobby of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  This relates to those documents received after the agenda is publicly noticed and during the 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Please note:  Approximately one hour prior to the start of the Council Meeting, the documents will be available just outside Council Chambers in the lobby of the 12th floor of the City Administration Building in a binder labeled “SB 343.” Late-arriving materials received during the City Council meeting are available for review by making a verbal request of City Clerk staff located in Council Chambers.

Record of the Meeting and My Participation

The City Clerk creates a record of action/journal of proceedings of the City Council Meetings through the minutes as required by the City Charter.  The Legislative Recorder specifically prepares motion-driven minutes. 

The minutes reflect all motions made, the motion maker and second to the motion, as well as the vote.  It is important to note that the minutes reflect the motions made and not the discussion or comments of the Council Members or the names and comments of city staff or members of the public. Per Robert’s Rules (12th edition) 48:2, “ the minutes should contain mainly a record of what was done at the meeting, not what was said by the members” , but there are many ways comments from the public are memorialized and can be seen:

  1. You can submit written comments which will be retained in perpetuity as part of the Meeting File for each Council Meeting;
  2. In person speakers, the speaker slip that is submitted at the meeting is retained in perpetuity as part of the Meeting File for each Council Meeting;;
  3. Virtual speakers are captured in a list of speakers that is documented by the Legislative Recorder and is retained in perpetuity as part of the Meeting File for each Council Meeting;
  4. Video footage of each Council Meeting is posted on-line within 24-48 hours of the conclusion of the Council Meeting and retained and accessible to any member of the public who may wish to view their testimony and/or the discussion of the Councilmembers.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to the Office of the City Clerk at 619-533-4000 or cityclerk@sandigeo.gov