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File #: 2018-5276   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Open Government Commission
On agenda: 3/5/2018
Title: Review the Rules of Order for City Council Agendas and Meetings
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Subcommittee Recommendations, 2. Exhibit 2 - City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Rosenberg’s Rules of Order at a Glance, 3. Exhibit 3 - December 7, 2007 City Council Staff Report, 4. Exhibit 4 - Council Referral Form Updated April 18, 2017

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Review the Rules of Order for City Council Agendas and Meetings

 

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To: Honorable Members of the Open Government Commission

 

From: Lara Weisiger, City Clerk

 

Re: Review the Rules of Order for City Council Agendas and Meetings

 

BACKGROUND

 

On February 5, 2018, the Open Government Commission addressed Rules of Order for City Council meetings and formed a subcommittee to return after additional review.


DISCUSSION

 

Commissioners Dieter and Little drafted ----------a list of recommendation (attached as Exhibit 1) and also provided a City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Rosenberg’s Rules of Order at a Glance (Exhibit 2). 

 

One of the matters the Commission subcommittee raises pertains to Council referrals.  The City Council first approved the referral process on December 4, 2007 (staff report attached as Exhibit 3).  At the April 18, 2017 meeting, the current City Council approved a revised referral form (attached as Exhibit 4), which includes specific language that allows Council to take dispositive action on referrals.  It states:

 

“The Council can take any of the following actions:

1) Take no action.

2) Refer the matter to staff to schedule as a future City Council agenda item.

3) Take dispositive action if sufficiently noticed such that the public and Council have been provided sufficient information by the published agenda, and no formal published notice of a public hearing is required.”

 

The Commission is to review the Rules of Order.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

There is no financial impact from reviewing the Rules of Order.

 

MUNICIPAL CODE/POLICY DOCUMENT CROSS REFERENCE

 

Municipal Code 2-1.7 addresses Rules of Order, which are to be set by resolution.


ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

 

This action is not a project for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under CEQA Guidelines section 15061 (b) (3) as there is no possibility that this action may have a significant effect on the environment.


RECOMMENDATION

 

Review the Rules of Order.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lara Weisiger, City Clerk

Exhibits:

1)                     Subcommittee Recommendations

2)                     City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Rosenberg’s Rules of Order at a Glance

3)                     December 4, 2007 City Council Staff Report

4)                     Council Referral Form