City Council

portrait of Caren Ray Russom
Caren Ray Russom
Term 12/20-12/22

Portrait of Jimmy Paulding
Mayor Pro Tem
Jimmy Paulding
Term 12/18-12/22

Portrait of Kristen Barneich
Council Member
Kristen Barneich
Term 12/20-12/24

Portrait of Keith Storton
Council Member
Keith Storton
Term 12/18 - 12/22

Lan George
Council Member
Lan George
Term 12/20 - 12/24


  • 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.

Televised Broadcasts

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

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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.

About the City Council

The City Council consists of five members elected at-large, on a nonpartisan basis. Residents elect the mayor and four council members, making each accountable to the entire citizenry.

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 Year 2020-21 were established by the City Council on September 22, 2020:

FY 2020-21 Top 10 Council Priorities