Individual Right of Access & Speaking at Public Meetings
Anyone may speak at a regular City Council meeting and express a point of view. You may speak to the Council under Public Participation toward the beginning of each meeting, on any topic that is not related to legislation being considered at that meeting. Or you may address a specific legislative item on the agenda, in which case you will be called to speak when the item comes up for discussion.
Typically, each speaker will have seven minutes to speak. A speaker may request more than seven minutes but must fill out the City Clerk's Public Speaking Form (PDF) and indicate how much total time is needed. If several people are planning to speak on one topic, the Mayor has the discretion on the time allotted to each speaker, which may be less than the seven minutes. All speakers are timed.