Board Member and Commissioner Resources

Board Members and Commissioners can use these resources to learn best practices for conducting and participating in public meetings.

Boards, Commissions and Committees Handbook

On November 30, 2020 the City Council adopted a Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCC) Handbook. The handbook standardizes and streamlines the BCC protocols. The work of the BCC supports and clarifies the City Council’s priorities and expectations. For more information, please review the Boards, Commissions and Committees Handbook(PDF, 2MB).

Brown Act

The California State Legislature passed the Brown Act in 1953. The Brown Act ensures the public's rights on attending and participating in meetings of local legislative bodies.

Meeting Management

The City of Palo Alto strives to have effective discussion in public meetings. Understanding the roles and procedures in a meeting are important for informed discussion and action.

Ethics Training

Local officials in California are required by law (AB 1234, Chapter 700, Stats. of 2005) to complete an ethics training. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has made the AB 1234 Local Ethics Training available to satisfy the local officials ethics training requirement.