Full agenda packages are available for review prior to the meeting in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and at the Arcadia Public Library.
Where are City Council meetings held?
Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 240 W. Huntington Drive. Meetings are broadcast live on AT&T channel 99 and Time Warner Cable digital channel 15-257 and replayed at various times in the following weeks. Council meetings can also be watched live and streamed on the website. From time to time, special meetings are held for specific purposes.
The City Council follows a regular order of business, as provided in the agenda for each meeting. The agenda is prepared and made available to the public 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes may be viewed here.
How do I invite the City Council to an event?
Invitations should be sent as early as possible to the attention of the City Council as a whole, or to an individual Council Member, to P.O. Box 60021, Arcadia, CA 91066.
How do I ask the City Council to recognize an individual for exceptional service or achievement?
The City enjoys acknowledging Arcadia residents for their outstanding service to the community or for achieving a special milestone. Please fill out the information on the Request City Council Recognition Form and submit, or you may send your request in writing to the Office of the City Council at P.O. Box 60021, Arcadia, CA 91066. Be sure to include relevant background information and a telephone number where you can be reached if we have any questions.
Is the public allowed to speak with Council Members at their meetings?
Citizen participation is invited at all City Council meetings. At each regular meeting, time is reserved for those in the audience who wish to address the City Council on any matter. Please be aware that pursuant to the provisions of the Brown Act, the City Council is prohibited from taking action on any matter not listed on the agenda, unless an emergency exists requiring City Council action or an urgent need for action arises after the agenda is published. The Council may, however, answer a question, provide general information or refer you to the appropriate staff member.
Do Council Members represent specific areas of town?
No. Arcadia Council Members are elected “at large” meaning that each one is elected by voters from throughout the entire city and represents all Arcadia residents.
How is Arcadia's Mayor selected?
The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are selected by the City Council. The Mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings, with the Mayor Pro Tem filling that role in the Mayor’s absence. Both the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tem have the same voting power as other Council Members.
Who is eligible to run for the City Council?
The only requirements to run for City Council is that the person reside in the City of Arcadia and be a registered voter of the City when nomination papers are filed. There are a number of regulations that must be followed when running for the City Council and upon election to the Council. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 574-5410 for more information.
When are City Council elections held?
General municipal elections are held the second Tuesday in April in each even-numbered year.
How long is the term of office for a Council Member?
Arcadia Council Members serve four-year terms. Members may serve two consecutive terms and then are not eligible to run again until two years after expiration of the second consecutive term. The terms of office are staggered, with three seats filled at one election and the other two seats filled at another election two years later.