PASO ROBLES — On Nov. 6, Paso Robles residents will have the opportunity to vote for two open City Council seats and the Mayoral seat. Each position serves a four-year term. The initial period for filing nomination papers was July 16 to Aug. 10. However, because a seated incumbent did not file nomination papers for their respective Council seat, the filing period to submit nomination papers, for City Council only, has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Candidate packets (nomination papers) are available through the Paso Robles City Clerk's Office. An appointment is required with the Deputy City Clerk to pick up a packet. Call 805-237-3888 to schedule an appointment. Additional election information and the list of current candidates is available online at www.prcity.com/182/elections.
Residents elect the Mayor and four Councilmembers at large rather than by district, making each accountable to the entire citizenry. The Council acts as the board of directors of the municipal corporation and meets in a public forum where citizens may participate in the governmental process.
The City Council establishes City policies, approves ordinances and resolutions, makes land use decisions, approves agreements and contracts, hears appeals on decisions made by City staff or advisory committees, and sets utility rates. The Mayor and City Councilmembers receive a monthly stipend.
Mayor and City Councilmembers are required, pursuant to the Political Reform Act (Government Code Section 81000), to submit a statement of economic interests disclosure statement, as well as, complete AB 1234 Ethics Training, and submit other Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) campaign and annual statements.
The City Council receives advice and assistance from various Advisory Body Committees and Commissions. Each Councilmember may serve as a liaison to one or more Advisory Body Committees. Each Councilmember may also represent the City on various regional boards and commissions.
Regular meetings of the Paso Robles City Council are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor Conference Center/Council Chamber at City Hall. Copies of the staff reports and related materials are prepared in support of individual scheduled agenda items and available in the City Clerk's Office or the City Library at 1000 Spring St., or can be viewed/downloaded from the City's website.
City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of Closed Sessions. The Mayor chairs City Council meetings and is the presiding officer for the City Council, but does not have veto power.