City Council

NEW Caren Ray Russom (003)Mayor
 Caren Ray Russom

Barneich_KristenMayor Pro Tem
 Kristen Barneich

NEW george_lan 2023Council Member
 Lan George

Guthrie_JimDistrict 4
 Council Member
 Jim Guthrie
 12/22 - 12/26

Kate_Secrest (002)District 1
Council Member
 Kate Secrest
 12/22 - 12/26


  • 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.

Email correspondence may be sent to members of the City Council at:

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. 

View Your District

Arroyo Grande Interactive Review Map

  1. Click on layer Adopted Plan 202 Mod on the right-hand side of the interactive map
  2. Type in your address at the top-left search bar of the interactive map
  3. Find out what district you live in

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)