Vacancies on Various City Boards and Commissions

Contact Person:           Lara Weisiger

Telephone:                   (510) 747-4800

Date:                           April 6, 2017


Commission on Disability Issues

- 4 vacancies (4 incumbents eligible for reappointment)


Golf Commission

- 2 vacancies (2 incumbents eligible for reappointment)


Historical Advisory Board                    

- 2 vacancies (2 incumbents eligible for reappointment)


Library Board                                       

- 2 vacancies (1 incumbent eligible for reappointment)


Planning Board                                     

- 2 vacancies (1 incumbent eligible for reappointment)


Public Art Commission                         

- 1 vacancy (incumbent eligible for reappointment)


Public Utilities Board                           

- 1 vacancy (incumbent eligible for reappointment)


Rent Review Advisory Committee      

- 2 vacancies (2 incumbents eligible for reappointment; Tenant Seat and Housing Provider Seat)


Social Service Human Relations Board (SSHRB)    

- 1 vacancy (incumbent eligible for reappointment)


Transportation Commission                  

- 1 vacancy (incumbent eligible for reappointment)


The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the above-noted Boards and Commissions.  Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 380, by telephoning 747-4800, or on the City’s website.  Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, April 20, 2016.  If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 510-747-4800.


The Commission on Disability Issues meets at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Monday quarterly, in City Hall. The Commission was formed to provide information and make recommendations regarding disability issues to the City Council and to receive information regarding the disabled from the community at large.


The Golf Commission was established to advise Council on operational policies and fees for the golf facilities, including the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.  The Commission meets the second Tuesday of every other month, 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.


The Historical Advisory Board meets the first Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall.  The primary duties of the Board are to advise the City Council on all matters concerning the historical state of the City; report to the City Council on the historical needs of the City, and recommend the means for their fulfillment.


The Library Board meets the second Wednesday of odd months, at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 224, Main Library.  Under the City Charter, the Board is authorized to: 1) control and manage the Public Library System of the City; 2) expend, for library purposes, all monies in the Library Fund, consisting of monies given as gifts and memorials and/or collected as fines (in addition to City funding, the library is supported by the Friends of the Library, an organization composed of local civic-minded residents which annually sponsors fund raising events for the benefit of the Library System.  However, these funds cannot be used without their consent.  The Library is also supported by the Library Foundation which seeks to supplement public funding with private financial support by soliciting annual donations, receiving bequests from dedicated library supporters and sponsoring fundraising events on the library’s behalf); 3) establish and enforce rules and regulations necessary for the administration, government and protection of the Library System and its property; 4) purchase books, journals, publications, and other property; and 5) borrow books from and loan books to other libraries.  The Board submits to the City Council an annual budget necessary for the administration of the Library System.


The Planning Board meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 7:00 p.m., in City Council Chambers, City Hall.  The Board advises the City Council on all matters pertaining to the location, design and modification of physical development in the City.  A primary role of the Planning Board is the creation and maintenance of the City’s General Plan which defines the City’s future development policies and goals.  The Board administers regulations related to physical development, including the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and Environmental Guidelines.


The Public Art Commission was established is to incorporate public art and cultural programs into private and public projects which will enhance the public's visual and aesthetic understanding and enjoyment of the art.  The Public Art Commission meets as needed.


The Public Utilities Board (PUB) meets the third Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall or at Alameda Municipal Power.  The PUB is responsible for the control and management of the electric and communications enterprises owned by the City of Alameda, doing business as Alameda Power and Telecom.  Duties of the PUB include: 1) adopting an annual budget; 2) setting prices for all services and products; 3) contracting for the purchase of materials, supplies, services, or such other commodities necessary for operation; 4) acquisition of rights-of-way and real property (by lease or purchase in the name of the City) necessary for its purposes.


The Rent Review Advisory Committee is a City Council created Committee of five Alameda residents, two tenants, two housing providers and one homeowner. The Committee reviews rent increases but individual members of the Committee are not, and the Committee as a whole is not, an advocate of either the housing provider or the tenant.  The Committee encourages communication between the housing provider and the tenant and makes recommendations concerning the reasonable amount of a rent increase.  The Rent Review Advisory Committee meets the first and third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. as needed.


The SSHRB meets the fourth Thursday of each month, except for a combined November/December meeting on a different day due to holidays, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.   The board was established to assess the social service needs of the community and to facilitate provision therefor; encourage the formation of private social welfare organizations; foster mutual understanding, respect, equality and good will among community groups; facilitate the provision of social services in the community by informing private agencies of needs and areas of duplication of effort; disseminate information concerning programs and functions of social service and regulatory agencies; and report to the City Council the social service needs of the people.


The Transportation Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of every other months at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall.  The Commission advises the City Council on City transportation policies, through the development of transportation plans, including but not limited to the Transit Plan, Bike Plan, Circulation Plan, Pedestrian Plan, Ferry Plan and Transportation Demand Management Plan.  Via quarterly staff reports, the Transportation Commission shall monitor implementation of approved transportation plans and policies.