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A New Council and Attendant Housekeeping at Special Arcata City Council Meeting Tomorrow

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‘Tis the season for swearings-in! Arcata gets its new councilmember, Kimberley White, at a special meeting of the City Council Thursday, following conclusive wins by White and incumbent councilmember Meredith Matthews at the polls last month. Eureka will have its ceremony next week.

With the new Arcata council comes a new Arcata Mayor and Vice-Mayor, and that’s part of the housekeeping that’ll happen at Thursday night’s special meeting. And then there’s the question of which councilmember will represent the full body on all the multitudinous committees and commissions and authorities and agencies to which the city belongs.

Let Gennie, the Outpost’s agenda-summarizing robot, tell you all about it in the annotated city council agenda, which can be found below!

Arcata City Council
Dec. 15, 2022, 6 p.m.




1. Roll Call



A. Adopt Resolution No. 223-28 Declaring the Results of the Municipal Election Held on November 8, 2022.

B. City Clerk to Swear-In Newly Elected Members of the Arcata City Council Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10265.

C. 4052 : Elect a Mayor and Vice Mayor Pursuant to Arcata Municipal Code Section 2020.

The City Council is meeting on December 15th to elect a Mayor and Vice Mayor for the next year. The Mayor and Vice Mayor will be chosen according to the Arcata Municipal Code and the City Council’s Protocol Manual. There is no budget/fiscal impact with this action.

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… or, as a stage play!

(City Council Room. The Council members are seated around the table. The Mayor and Vice Mayor are at the head of the table. Bridget Dory is at the podium.)

BRIDGET: Good evening everyone. As per Section 2020 of the Arcata Municipal Code, it is time to elect a new Mayor and Vice Mayor for the term of one year. (She looks at the Council members). Before we begin, I would like to remind you of the rotational schedule laid out in the Protocol Manual.

MAYOR: (Interrupting) Thank you Ms. Dory. I would like to nominate Councilmember Smith to take my place as Mayor.

VICE MAYOR: I second the motion.

BRIDGET: (Making a note on her clipboard) Very well, we have a motion and a second. All in favor? (The Council members unanimously raise their hands.) Motion passes. Is there a nomination for Vice Mayor?

COUNCILMEMBER: I would like to nominate Councilmember Jones for Vice Mayor.

BRIDGET: (Making a note on her clipboard) We have a motion and a second. All in favor? (The Council members unanimously raise their hands.) Motion passes. Congratulations to Councilmember Smith and Councilmember Jones on their election as Mayor and Vice Mayor. (The Council members applaud as Bridget concludes her report.)

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Staff ReportArcata Municipal Code, II-1Excerpt from Protocol Manual 2021

D. 4054 : Consider Council Member Assignments to Regional Boards, Committees, and Commissions, and as Liaisons for 2023.

The City Council is reviewing whether to continue sending representatives to regional boards, committees, and commissions. The representatives will be responsible for attending meetings, providing information, and reporting back to the Council. This staff report includes a list of current appointments and will be discussed at the City Council Meeting on December 15, 2022.

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… or, as an episode of Scooby Doo!

Scene 1:

Scooby Doo and the gang have been invited to the City Council Meeting by the Mayor. After hearing the staff report, the Mayor calls for a vote and the Council Members unanimously agree to review the Council Members’ board and committee assignments.

Shaggy: Like, what’s this all about?

Velma: It looks like they are trying to decide who will be assigned to which committees and boards.

Fred: That’s right. We should see if we can help them out.

Scene 2:

The gang splits up to investigate the various committees and boards. They quickly discover that each committee and board has its own unique problems that need to be addressed.

Velma: I think I’ve found something suspicious. There’s a strange figure lurking around the Regional Parks and Recreation Board.

Fred: Let’s go check it out.

Scene 3:

The gang follows the mysterious figure to the Regional Parks and Recreation Board.

Scooby Doo: Ruh-roh!

Fred: It looks like he’s up to no good. Let’s split up and investigate.

Scene 4:

The gang discovers that the figure is actually a disguised employee of the board who was trying to sabotage the board’s efforts.

Velma: I knew it! He was trying to ruin the board’s efforts so that he could get an easy job!

Fred: Let’s catch him and turn him in to the Mayor!

Scene 5:

The gang captures the villain and takes him to the Mayor. The Mayor thanks the gang for their help and assigns the Council Members to the various boards and committees.

Mayor: I can’t thank you enough for your help. The City Council is now able to make informed decisions on who should represent us on these regional boards and committees.

Scooby Doo: Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

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Staff ReportCommittee Commission Liaison Appointments 2022


A. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL—ANTICIPATED LITIGATION Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2): One Case.


A. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL—ANTICIPATED LITIGATION Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2): One Case


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