Mayor Pro Tem
- 6 p.m.
- Second and fourth Tuesday of each month
- City Council Chambers
215 E Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Special meetings are called as needed.
For information regarding remote public participation at City Council meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Government Access TV - Channel 20 page.
Meetings are televised live on Arroyo Grande’s government access channel 20 and then rebroadcast each day for one week at 9 a.m, 6 p.m, and 1 a.m, and the following Thursday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Public education programs and an ongoing bulletin board providing information on city services and programs are also aired on Channel 20. Archived City Council meeting video and audio files can be viewed online.
Agendas & Minutes
Communications directed to the City Council are public records, and are subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act and Brown Act unless exempt from disclosure under the applicable law.
Email correspondence may be sent to members of the City Council at:
- Caren Ray Russom, Mayor
- Kristen Barneich, Mayor Pro Tem
- Lan George, Council Member
- Jim Guthrie, District 4 Council Member
- Kate Secrest, District 1 Council Member
About the City Council
The City Council consists of five members: one mayor and four councilmembers. Beginning with the November 2022 General Municipal Election, residents will elect a council members within their district. The mayor will continue to be elected at-large. All members of the City Council are elected on a nonpartisan basis.
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Terms & Responsibilities
Council Members serve four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor is directly elected and serves a two-year term. The City Council establishes city policies, approves ordinances and resolutions, makes land use decisions, approves agreements and contracts, and hears appeals on decisions made by city staff or advisory committees. The Mayor and City Council members receive a monthly stipend set by resolution.
City Council Handbook
The City Council Handbook (PDF) was adopted by the Council and is intended to serve as a resource guide and compilation of agreed upon operational policies and procedures for the Mayor and Council Members throughout their term, as well as to serve as an introduction for future Council Members unfamiliar with the operations of the City.
City Council Priorities
The following priorities for Fiscal Years 2021-23 were established by the City Council on April 27, 2021 and updated on May 10, 2022:
FY 2021-23 Council Goals & Priorities (Updated 5/10/2022)