Starting Tuesday, April 19, the City of Carlsbad’s monthly daytime City Council meetings will take place in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive instead of the Faraday Administration Center. The City Council approved the change at its April 12 meeting.
According to City Clerk Services Manager Sheila Cobian, the move will enable daytime meetings to be live streamed on the city website and cable channel, as well as watched at a later time.
“This move will increase the transparency of city decision making by enabling more people to see these daytime meetings,” said Cobian.
Traditionally, the daytime City Council meetings have provided a less formal opportunity for City Council members to receive updates on projects and discuss issues. According to Cobian, the meetings have been held at the Faraday Center because the setting is more conducive to a roundtable discussion than the more formal dais in the City Council chamber.
Although the daytime meetings are sometimes referred to as workshops, they are considered regular City Council meetings, with the same requirements for noticing, public comment and other procedures.
The daytime meetings, which generally start at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, can be watched live on the city website and on cable TV. The city’s government channel airs on Time Warner, channel 24, and on AT&T U-verse, channel 99 (search on screen directory). Meetings will be replayed during evening hours. Check the city website for the meeting and replay schedule.
City Council meeting agendas are available on its website the Friday before the Tuesday meetings. Members of the public can also sign up to get the agendas via email or get links on the city’s social media channels.