FAQ Topic: Public Meetings

What is the Ralph M. Brown Act?

The Ralph M. Brown Act, is an act of the California State Legislature. It guarantees the public’s right to attend and take part in meetings of local legislative bodies. It was written by Assemblymember Ralph M. Brown and passed in 1953,  It is  located in the California Government Code 54950 et seq.

When and where are City Council meetings held?

The City Council holds meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. The meetings begin at 6:00pm at 177 First Street West, Sonoma, in the Community Meeting Room. When a holiday falls on the Monday meeting date, the meeting is then scheduled for the following Wednesday.

How do I get the agenda and reports for City meetings?

Our CivicWeb meeting portal provides the calendar, agenda, and meeting materials for City Council and commission meetings.  You can subscribe to agenda updates, and watch televised meetings on CivicWeb, either live or through the archive.  In addition, you can use CivicWeb to review the City’s municipal code, contact your councilmembers, or apply for commission openings.

Are City Council meetings televised?

City Council meetings are broadcast live on Channel 27.  Meetings can also be viewed live and are video-archived on the CivicWeb Meeting Portal.

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