Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Boards and Commissions: General Information

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Dear Resident,

The City Council appreciates your interest in serving your community through participation on a City of Berkeley Board, Commission, or Committee.

The City of Berkeley has over thirty-five Boards and Commissions on which more than 350 citizens serve as members.  Membership changes frequently and residents are encouraged to check the Commissioner Roster for the most current information regarding vacancies.  Interested applicants may submit an application for any commission for consideration at any time.

General information on the role of each commission, when and where meetings are held, and contact information for the staff secretary may be found by selecting a name from the Boards & Commissions page.  Meeting times and locations are subject to change.  Please check with the secretary to confirm a particular meeting date or location.  Also included are agendas and minutes for scheduled meetings and public hearings. 

With the exception of a few commissions, each Councilmember makes one appointment to a commission.  The Council, as a whole, makes appointments to the Board of Library Trustees,  Human Welfare and Community Action Commission, and Mental Health Commission upon recommendation of these bodies.  Appointments to the Peace and Justice Commission and Youth Commission are made by both Councilmembers and Directors of the Board of Education.

With few exceptions, commissioners must reside in Berkeley.  Certain commissions may require specific experience in a technical field or have other qualifying criteria.  Commissioners are required to take an oath of office and attend meetings on a regular basis.  Most commission members are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office.

The City Clerk Department provides all commissioners with a Commissioners' Manual and provides a Training Video to assist you in understanding and performing your valuable role.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (510) 981-6900 if you have any questions.


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