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).
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.
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.
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.
Statement of Economic Interest Form (FPPC Form 700)